Diversity in IT

Wednesday 18 May 2016, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Room 01/005 22 University Square, Queen’s University, Belfast, BT7 1NN | Maps



“BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is aiming to be the Gold Standard for diversity in the UK Technology sector; having organisations come to us for advice and support.” This event will discuss the knowledge economy of NI and the role IT has to play.

Headline Speakers

Joanne Stuart - The Knowledge Economy of Northern Ireland and the role IT has to play

Colette Kidd - IT Industry perspective - attracting talent into the industry, the skills required, approach to attract talent or develop


Industry, education, economy



Panel Chair

Bill McCluggage

About the speakers:

Dr Joanne Stuart, OBE
Director of Development at Northern Ireland Science Park

Joanne is responsible for the development of strategic relationships to support the growth of the Knowledge Economy in Northern Ireland. Since returning to NI in 2005, she has been active in the area of economic development and championing STEM subjects amongst the region’s younger generation. A former Chairman of IoD NI, Joanne has over 25 years’ experience working in the IT industry, including nine years with the Oracle Corporation.

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Colette Kidd
Head of Talent Development, Kainos

As the Head of Talent Development Colette is responsible for Recruitment, Staff Development, Training and Staff Assignments.Kainos spends approximately £1 million per annum on training and development, to ensure that there is a lasting focus on improvement. This includes the Leadership Development programme, which has featured in the feedback of employees for this award for the last two years. Colette spent one year working for Microsoft in Dublin, before joining Kainos as a Software developer. Her career path has given her the opportunity to fulfil many roles within the business including a Software developer, Business Consultant, Team Lead, Project Manager, Talent Manager before taking up her current post of Head of Talent Development in November 2014.

Kainos was ranked as 40th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work for this year.

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