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Diversity over the last 20 years

Rebecca George OBE, President BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

As the professional body for IT, with a Royal Charter, BCS has a duty to promote diversity and inclusion both internally and throughout the sector, as part of its mission to Make IT Good for Society.

In particular we recognise there are key areas of under-representation in the IT sector beginning in education and continuing to senior professional levels.

While the proportion of women applying to study computer science at degree level has risen slightly, in 2020, women still made up just 17% of the total applicants (UCAS data); while IT staff from BAME backgrounds are relatively well represented in the sector as a whole, they make up just 9% of Directors (BCS Diversity survey 2020).

Dr Emma Philpott MBE, CEO IASME Consortium

Many neurodiverse individuals are more talented at roles within cyber security than those without a neurodiversity.

However, they can find the workplace very challenging and many are out of work. IASME and the UK Cyber Security Forum have been training unemployed neurodiverse adults and supporting them into cyber security jobs.

This talk will share some of the insights from this project and describe the future plans.

About the speakers

Rebecca George OBE, President BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

Rebecca leads Deloitte’s Public Sector practice across 25 countries in Europe and the Middle East. She is responsible for the work Deloitte does across the Public Sector including Health and Social Care, Education, Transport, Defence, National Security, Justice and Home Affairs, and Central and Local Government.

Rebecca has worked exclusively with the Public Sector since 2001. She is a senior business manager with practical experience of managing businesses and improving operational efficiency. She joined Deloitte as a Partner in 2006 after spending nearly 20 years at IBM in a variety of roles including sales, business process reengineering, and HR, in the UK, EMEA and globally.

From 2011 to 2016 Rebecca led Deloitte’s Public Health practice in the UK and globally. She has extensive experience working with national health organisations and health providers. She specialised in transformation enabled by IT, including electronic patient record systems, population health infrastructure, and health data collection and processing.

Rebecca has been involved in activities to increase the participation of Women in the IT industry since the mid-1990s. She is President and a Trustee of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, where she is a Fellow. She is on the Board of the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA) and was a Mental Health Champion at Deloitte for several years. As a Board member of the CMHA she is keenly interested in health and well-being at work. She is working with both the CMHA and the Institute on responses to Black Lives Matter.

She was honoured with an OBE in 2006 for work she did for the Government on Sustainable Communities. Rebecca lives near Taunton and is married with two sons aged 28 and 26.

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Webinar: Accessing talent from the neurodiverse workforce
Date and time
Wednesday 5 August, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
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