Best of the best: everywoman in Technology awards winners revealed
Take a look at the women (and man) representing women in technology and acting as role models for the next generation
Last night, the following people were crowned 2015 winners in the everywoman in Technology awards at a ceremony in London.
1. Patricia O’Hagan MBE, CEO, Core Systems, from Belfast
Entrepreneur of the Year
Achievements: O’Hagan has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry. She previously worked for Harland & Wolff, CEM and Gardner Merchant. She helped found Core Systems in 1994, which specialises in offender-focused technology solutions for high security facilities and for offenders in the community in Northern Ireland. As CEO of the firm since 2012, she has grown the business internationally.
2. Ayman Assaf, Head of Strategy & Planning, BP, from London
Inspiration of the Year
Achievements: Your eyes do not deceive you. Assaf is the sole, privileged man to make the finalists and winners list celebrating women in tech. As the IT director at BP, he made deliberate changes to job descriptions to attract more female job applicants. He champions initiatives like BP’s ‘Rules of the Road’, which requires recruitment agencies to ensure gender balance in the candidate pools, and having a woman on interview panels. Thirty percent of Assaf’s leadership team is female.
3. Helen Lamb, VP-Head of Managed Infrastructure Services, Fujitsu UK & Ireland, from London
Leader of the Year
Achievements: Under Lamb’s leadership over the past two years, Fujitsu has taken on new clients, including RBS, Boots, Balfour Beatty and Northern Ireland Libraries. Revenue, profit and customer satisfaction have all improved during her tenure. She has created a programme called ‘Women in Technology’ at the company.
4. Sadia Chuhan, Apprentice IT Project Manager, Thomson Reuters, from London
Rising Star of the Year
Achievements: Chuhan joined Thomson Reuters as an apprentice IT project manager. Her positive attitude to the role has resulted in the expansion and continuation of the apprentice scheme at Thomson Reuters. She has taken an active role in the recruitment process for the next cohort of apprentices, and recently presented at the Technology UnConference at the company to provide the apprentice view of technology to colleagues from all departments in the London area.
5. Alexandra Depledge, CEO, Hassle.com, from London
Start-up Founder of the Year
Achievements: After a six-year stint at management consultancy firm Accenture, Depledge set up Hassle.com in 2012. The business offers an online marketplace that matches working professionals with a local, trusted domestic cleaner. It operates in six European countries, and received $6 million funding from Accel Partners in May 2014.
6. Sinéad Brophy, Founder & CEO, MySupportBroker CIC, from London
Innovator of the Year
Achievements: MySupportBroker was launched in 2010, bringing together people with expertise in support and care for those with long-term illnesses, disability and mental health. Brophy also founded the MSB Enterprise Hub to support people with long-term conditions to become sustainable entrepreneurs, with partners Unltd and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The hub works with 17 NHS bodies and councils nationally.
7. Marit Thowsen, Director Technical Delivery, American Express, from Brighton
Team Leader of the Year
Achievements: Thowsen recently deployed a reporting solution that provided, for the first time, the ability to view the performance of the company’s many global call centres. This helped American Express identify thousands of pounds of cost efficiencies. She also holds the role of Technology Re-Engineering champion across the company. She founded the Technology School Program for girls, which was attended by nearly 200 girls, and supports initiatives with Amex volunteers, educating teachers on how to teach the new school computer science curriculum.
8. Zea Tongeman, student, from London
The One to Watch
Achievements: Tongeman was a finalist for her Jazzy Recyclers app - which promoted recycling to young people - developed for the Apps for Good programme. The app is being backed by former Apprentice candidate Raj Dhonota, and is currently in development. She has worked with Lady Geek to encourage more girls into computer science, and has presented a TED talk.
9. Karen Egan, Sr, Director Technical Support EMEA, VMware International Ltd, from Cork, Ireland
International Leader of the Year
Achievements: Egan is the main sponsor of the Work Placement Program, where 50 percent of her team originated from a programme to develop unemployed people to participate in IT bootcamps as a career change opportunity. This has driven down her operational costs by 30 percent. Currently 85 graduates of the programme are now in permanent positions. She is a senior member of VMware’s Global Women’s Council, which promotes diversity. She is also a champion of an all-girl CoderDojo community group for primary schoolgirls.
10. Lieutenant Commander Roxane Heaton RN, Synthetics Training Policy Staff Officer, Royal Navy, from Portsmouth
2015 Woman of the Year
Achievements: Following a career in banking, Heaton has developed innovative processes and mechanisms to spread digital change across the Naval Service and Defence. She works with local universities to enable a process for students to work alongside the Royal Navy as part of their studies, exposing them to real world customers and industry contacts.