I never expect to be recognised for things. I think the moment you do that’s when you take your eye off the ball and lose focus on why you’re doing something in the first place. That’s not to say it’s not a nice feeling when it happens – and in this case, being nominated for the UK’s most influential woman in IT is fabulous because it recognises a group of women are doing great things with technology.
Last week I found out I have been included in Computer Weekly’s Top 50 most influential women in the UK IT community list. It’s really lovely to have been included, particularly as my name sits besides some of the most important names in the industry, and a lot of women I personally admire, respect, and lucky to call friends. There’s so many to mention, but here’s a few…
- Dido Harding, CEO of TalkTalk – I recently spent the day with Dido and witnessed her address her 100 TalkTalk employees, motivating them to become Digital Champions. She leads from the front but is also in touch with her customers and their needs. She is a force to be reckoned with.
- Martha Lane Fox – a friend and ambassador, who has done so much for digital inclusion, she’s a role model for women entrepreneurs, and is now influencing decision makers in the House of Lords.
- Maggie Philbin – an icon to so many people, and me, she has helped and influenced over the last 30 years. I’m delighted Maggie has agreed to host Tinder Foundation’s annual conference at the BT Centre in London on 25th November.
- Emma Mulqueeny – an expert when it comes to implementing digital strategies, she is so passionate and persuasive about the power of digital to change politics, I had the pleasure of working alongside Emma for the House of Commons Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy.
- Gillian Arnold – Chair of BCSWomen, part of the Chartered Institute for IT, which is currently running its Women in IT campaign. A fantastic leader shining a spotlight on senior and junior women pushing through the digital glass ceiling.
It’s well worth taking a look at the full list of IT most influential women nominees here and casting your vote (voting closes at 5pm on Monday 15th June). If you feel like voting for me – thank you.