The UK's most inspiring women in tech

From software developers to security engineers, these are the women powering up the ranks of the UK tech sector.

by Kate Bassett
Last Updated: 24 Jan 2020

In case you hadn’t noticed, MT is pretty big on inspiring women in business. So this list featuring the country's most remarkable, up-and-coming female tech talent was right up our street.

There are no shortage of ground-breaking inventions created by women – not least the first home security system, the dishwasher, space station batteries and computer software. And yet women are still under-represented (and under paid) in the UK tech sector.

Only 17% of employees in tech are women. More than 60% of 11-21 year-old girls believe STEM is 'just for boys'. Such inaccurate perceptions hold girls back from considering a future in the technology industry. Only one in six school leavers starting a degree in computer science in 2016 was female.

This list, compiled by WeAreTechWomen, doesn't focus on the women who have already made it to the top in tech; it champions the pipeline of female technologists covering roles such as software engineers, Java developers, security engineers, students and college lecturers.

  1. Alessa Betts, Senior Consultant, EY
  2. Amy Orben, College Lecturer in experimental psychology & DPhil Candidate, University of Oxford
  3. Ana-Rosa Broster, Senior Payments Product Manager, O2
  4. Anne-Laure Le Cunff, Founder & CEO, Lysa
  5. Becky Plummer, Senior Software Engineer & Team Leader, Bloomberg LP
  6. Carol Morris, Cloud Engagement Lead, Barclays
  7. Charlotte Guzzo, Cofounder, Heterogeneous
  8. Charlotte Hutchinson, Technical Consultant, IBM
  9. Claire Burn, Software Engineer, Rapid7
  10. Deborah Okenla, Membership Manager and Founder, Huckletree and YSYS
  11. Dionne Condor-Farrell, Senior Developer, Transport for London
  12. Dr Jessica Barker, Co-Founder, Redacted Firm
  13. Elin Haf Davies, Founder, Aparito
  14. Fenglian Xu, Senior Software Engineer, IBM
  15. Ffiona Jones, Manager, Technology Consulting, Deloitte
  16. Fiona Loftus, Senior Solution Architect, Capgemini
  17. Harriet Lester, Technical Projects Officer, Internet Watch Foundation
  18. Helen Cavill, Manufacturing Engineer, TTP Labtech Ltd.
  19. Hema Patel, Vice President - Software Configuration & Release Management, Pershing EMEA
  20. Ivelina Koleva, Cyber Security Portfolio Strategy Lead, BT
  21. Jennifer Wetton, Innovation Lead, Santander
  22. Jenny Fallover, Project Manager, Save the Children International
  23. Jessica Leigh Jones, Engineer, Sony
  24. Jigisha Lock, Vice President, Credit Suisse
  25. Jo Franchetti, Web Developer, Samsung Internet
  26. Jodie Gilbert, Head of Cyber Strategy, Strategic Transformation, Barclays UK
  27. Jules Coleman, CTO, BuildPath
  28. Kamila Piorowska, Agile Coach, Barclays
  29. Katharine Pratt, Digital Business Integration Consultant, Accenture
  30. Katie Griffiths, Student 
  31. Lara Nyman, Software Developer, Credit Suisse
  32. Laura Wheeler , Head of Digital Communications, Digital Science
  33. Laura Gemmell, Innovation Analyst, Worldpay
  34. Lauren Gemmell, Software Development Manager, Amazon
  35. Lisa Dittmar, Head of Project Office, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
  36. Lucy Muldoon, Messaging Operations Analyst, Nomura International
  37. Mariam Ogunbambi, Programme Manager, Starling Bank
  38. Maya Kolaska, Business Consultant, BAE Systems
  39. Michelle Kennedy, Founder, Peanut
  40. Mikela Eskenazi, Commercial Director EMEA , Blippar
  41. Mubashara Mehdi, Security Engineer, Ministry of Justice
  42. Natasha Mantell, Vice President - Client Support Services - Head of UK Site Operations, Credit Suisse
  43. Nicola Entwistle, Director, Digital Payments, Mastercard Worldwide
  44. Raminder Bath, Global Lead - Strategic Control Components – VP, Credit Suisse
  45. Roisin Connolly, Innovation Consultant, Accenture
  46. Ruth Polyblank, Head of digital / SME, Chubb
  47. Sarah Rench, Cognitive Lead, IPsoft
  48. Saritha Arunkumar, Senior Security Architect, IBM Research
  49. Shruti Ajitsaria, Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy LLP
  50. Shwetal Shah, Partnerships, Drumroll HQ

If you know an inspiring young woman in tech, nominate her for this year's 35 Women Under 35 - launching on MT next month.

Join us at our Inspiring Women conference in Edinburgh on 15th May featuring tech talent Jude Cook, founder of fintech business ShareIn, and Caroline Jones Carrick, director of the TEV Project, which is developing a highway that will power electric vehicles as they drive.

Image credit: We are Tech Women


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