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Please note: booking is essential. For security reasons, those without a booking will not be allowed to enter the building.

6.00pm - 8.30pm. Light refreshments from 6.00pm, presentations, discussions and networking: 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

Statistics abound proving the existence of the gender imbalance in technology roles, as reported in BCS’s 2017 report: Diversity in IT - Shaping Our Future Together www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/diversity-report-2017.pdf.

But, so too do examples of highly influential, highly successful, women in technology roles. Please join us at this event to hear from four such stellar performers.

Speaker: Gillian Arnold, entrant into the Most Influential Women in UK IT Hall of Fame in 2017

Managing Director of an IT Recruitment and Training company (Tectre Ltd) which focuses on supporting women in technical roles. Tectre helps clients with their positive action campaigns to attract more women into their technical professional positions. Gillian has a successful track record as a senior professional and manager within the IT Hardware and Software Industry and extensive experience within IBM in the UK, in roles such as IT Training, Technical Support, Marketing, Technical Management, Sales, Business Development and Market Strategy.

Gillian has a long term commitment to helping more women succeed in STEM professions. Gillian is a Non-Executive Director for WISE, encouraging women to take up and stay in careers in STEM industries, sits on the board at the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and has previously chaired the BCSWomen Specialist Group. Gillian chairs CEPIS, the Council of European Informatics Societies, helping drive activity across their membership for women in IT. Gillian was Winner of the 2012 Everywoman Inspiration of the year award for her work with Women in IT through the BCS, the UKRC, Intellect and IBM UK, and has been mentioned every year since then in Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in UK IT Annual Listing.

Speaker: Dr Hannah Dee, placed 9th in Computer Weekly's Most Influential Women in UK IT Awards in 2017.

Senior lecturer in Computer Science, at Aberystwyth University. Hannah’s research is in computer vision, working on the automated analysis of video. Hannah is particularly interested in cognitive vision - computer vision systems that are inspired by the way that the human visual system solves problems. Most recently Hannah’s been doing a lot of research into the imaging of plants, working with biologists to try and measure plant growth non-destructively. She also does research into student attitudes to computer science.

Hannah is very active in BCSWomen, the specialist group for women in IT - if you're a woman in the BCS, please consider joining BCSWomen, and help support other women in computing. Hannah started the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium, a national one-day conference for undergraduate women back in 2008 and now it moves around the country. Hannah’s the coordinator, sorting out speakers, fundraising, managing student submissions, and generally helping out on the day. To her immense surprise, Hannah came 9th in Computer Weekly's Most Influential Woman in UK IT Awards in 2017.

Speaker: Emma Grant, Talent and Skills Manager, Manchester Digital.

Emma is the Talent and Skills Manager at Manchester Digital, the largest independent trade body in the North West for digital and technology businesses. Emma's role is to harness the power of industry by working with the organisation's members as well as schools, colleges and universities in the region to stimulate, inspire, grow and train the tech talent pipeline. She established Tameside Hack 3 years ago and successfully grew it into a sustainable, accessible local asset and is currently working with colleges on innovative curriculum enhancement and enrichment projects. Emma is passionate about ensuring young people explore their possible and believes strongly in proactive industry-led intervention and support to help tackle the sector's skills gap.

Speaker: Dr Claudia Natanson, Chief Security Officer, Department for Work and Pensions

Dr Claudia Natanson is currently the Chief Security Officer for the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) responsible for its people, and information. In her role she sets the policies, standards and procedures required to support the new technological roadmap, and business stakeholders who service the Departments over 22 million customers. Prior to joining DWP Claudia has held posts with British Telecommunications as Head of Secure Business Services, and Chief Information Security Officer for Diageo. She holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Computers and Education from the University of Birmingham. Claudia is a senior cyber and information security expert evaluator for the European Commission, a certified CISSP (Certified Information Security Professional), ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor, and a Fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Travelling to Two St Peter’s Square: Two St Peter’s Square is easily accessible by all forms of public transport.

 Car Parking: There is no parking available on-site, but there are a number of car parks nearby: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/site/scripts/directory_search.php?directoryID=52&keywords=&postcode=M2+3EY


A joint event - Manchester Branch & BCSWomen - Creating the New Normal - Women in IT 2018
Date and time
Tuesday 13 March, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Two St Peter's Square
M2 3EY
This event is sold out