Andrea Palmer FBCS (Chairwoman)
Andrea Palmer is Chair of BCS Women, a member of BCS Council and a Principal Consultant at Infosys Consulting. Her career spans over 20 years and her career has spanned programming, analysis, project management, technical delivery, business change and consultancy within the energy, telecoms, and retail sectors. She has a degree in Science (biology/chemistry), second degree in Psychology and an MBA. Andrea is passionate about encouraging and supporting women in technical roles through mentoring, coaching, speaking at events and is a co-author of Women in Tech which she wrote with 5 fellow BCS Women. In 2021 she was voted CW 4th Most Influential Woman in Tech UK.
Sharon Moore MBE CITP FBCS (Deputy Chair and BCSWomen Committee member for Scotland)
Sharon Moore MBE is IBM Technology's Global Technical Leader for Government, marrying the needs of industry with the potential of technology and breadth of IBM to transform technical capability into real business results. You will often find her on stage discussing the value to the public sector of technological advancements such as AI, intelligent automation and cloud platform.
Sharon is Deputy Chair of BCSWomen, leads BCSWomen activity in Scotland, and is Chair of BCS Council. She was honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours 2018 for services to women in technology based industries.
Louise Brown (Secretary)
Louise Brown initially trained as a mechanical engineer and then studied for a PhD in robotic filament winding of composites. She has worked as a software engineer since then on projects ranging from textile CAD systems to automatic processing of ID documents.
She now works as a research fellow in the Polymer Composites Research Group at the University of Nottingham where she maintains and develops cross-platform open source software, TexGen, for 3D modelling of textiles and textile composites.
She spent several years working part-time from home while her two children were small. During that time she combined software engineering with clarinet and saxophone tuition. She also plays the guitar, leading the music group at her church, and enjoys handicrafts, particularly knitting. She also plays tennis (but isn’t very good at it!)
Qualifications and professional memberships: BSc, PhD, MBCS
Jo Stansfield (Treasurer)
Jo has 20 years’ experience delivering enterprise software to global industry, spanning oil & gas, automotive, aerospace and marine sectors. She is a passionate advocate for greater diversity and inclusion within engineering industries. Having held software engineering, product management and leadership roles, Jo is now studying an Organisational Psychology MSc and leads AVEVA’s global Diversity and Inclusion programme.
Tristi Tanaka (Membership Secretary and CV Advisor)
Tristi has worked over 20 years in and with technologists on transformation and change across both public and global private sector organisations.
An American living in the UK, I see myself as a ‘UX designer for an inclusive workplace’. I believe in being the change I wish to see in the world and am passionate about equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB) and keen to use design thinking and ethics-centred techniques to create, adapt and improve the way strategy, policies, processes, products and services are designed, delivered and evolve to meet the needs of users, communities and teams in the workplace and the intended and unintended impacts on wider society.
To make change that delivers equity, embraces diversity and enables belonging, we must start with ourselves – actively learning, engaging and working on ways to improve the design, build and use of technology for good. In the pursuit of being allies, we should seek out opportunities to give and share platform to the voices unheard and/or unseen by those in power.
Nicola Martin (Inclusion Officer)
Nicola is currently working in the AI and Data Science field as Head of Quality Engineering.
Nicola is passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion in software engineering. She is a panellist and speaker with over 20 years' experience in tech. She speaks at conferences and events focusing on quality, testing, diversity, women in tech and mentoring. She mentors and coaches professionals wanting to either change or develop their careers. As well as a committee team member for BCSWomen, she is also a committee member for the BCS Special Interest Group in Software Testing (SIGiST) and BCS Pride.
Rebena Sanghera MBCS (Early Careers Advocate)
Rebena Sanghera MSc QTLS CertEd MCE MBCS has been in the Digital and Technical Education sector for over 20 years and still loving it. She is passionate about inclusion and social mobility, with a focus on widening participation of more diverse groups in Tech. She is a Change and Inclusion coach and mentor, speaker, a T Level Ambassador for the DfE T Level Network and a coach with the BAMEeducators Network.
Nadia Abouayoub is a member of the British Computer Society’s (B.C.S.) Artificial Intelligence Specialist Group Committee (S.G.A.I.) and the B.C.S. Women’s Group. She has an MSc. in Computing and DESS in A.I. and Databases from the University of Dijon, and an MSc. in Formal Methods and the Security of Systems from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has been a member of several committees aiming to empower youth and women, most especially in the finance and new technology sectors. One such initiative saw her organise a VISIO conference with NASA for the World Youth Congress in 2004 to enable participants experience the intricacies of robot navigation and the exploration of Mars. She is the co-organiser of the Machine Intelligence Competition, run by the S.G.A.I.; and has organised a number of workshops aimed at educating the general public about Artificial Intelligence. She has a personal interest in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for which she has organised many volunteer workshops. She launched her graduate career with JP Morgan, and has accrued more than 15 years’ experience within the investment banking sector in such fields as Risk Management, Product Control and Technology in Trading Applications. She is currently a Strategist and Improvement Lead.
Rita has over 25 years’ experience of working as a Senior Business Analyst and Manager in the IT development arena, both in the private and public sectors including the NHS, Healthcare, Insurance and Finance domains.
She has a broad set of skills gained over a variety of sectors but her main areas of expertise are in using her relationship building skills, working with people at all levels of seniority, managing technical BA teams and stakeholder engagement. Rita has worked in client facing roles and alongside development teams where she bridges the gap between non-technical and technical stakeholders. She also has experience of supporting process change.
Gillian Arnold (past Chairwoman)
With extensive experience in the IT industry, Gilllian setup her own IT Services and Staffing company, Tectre, which helps women find technology roles. Tectre provides staffing, training, and consultancy to the IT Vendors, Distributors and Resellers and has recently been offering consulting on Energy Efficient Computing.
Gillian’s early career was spent working for IBM where she held customer facing training, technical, sales, business development, strategic marketing and consultancy roles.
Gillian has a long involvement with work for Women in IT, supporting both industry and academic institutions in their work on diversity. She currently sits on the board of directors for WISE, and won the 2012 Cisco / Everywoman In Technology award for Technology Inspiration of the year.
Safia Barikzai joined London South Bank University as a Senior Lecturer in 2007. She is now an Associate Professor. She was a PRECIOUS Awards 2016 finalist in the ‘Outstanding Woman in STEM’ category. She has taught on and led a number of different teaching modules, and was recently appointed the post of Business IT Pathway Leader. Safia serves as the Informatics Placement coordinator and is actively looking for placement links with potential employers.
Safia was a Lecturer in Computing at the University of Wollongong from July 2002 to March 2005. She was course coordinator for a Masters programme, which was taught offshore in Hong Kong and included an Industry component. She was also responsible for managing the postgraduate dissertations, working with link tutors in Hong Kong to ensure successful completion of the dissertations. She was a member of the School’s Education Committee and participated in new course development. Safia completed the required teaching and learning certification whilst at Wollongong.
Maggie is the Executive Director for Europe for WEConnect International, a global organisation championing supplier diversity in procurement and helping majority owned women businesses to connect into the corporate supply chain. Since December 2012, Maggie has had lead responsibility for the organisation in Europe and her role involves developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing and supporting a network of c1,800 women owned businesses across Europe. Previously, Maggie ran an online job board, recruitment and networking forum for women working in the technology profession in the UK. Maggie remains informally involved with championing women in the technology profession; is a Freeman at the Information Technologists’ Company in the City of London and is a judge for the Computer Weekly Most Influential Woman in UK Technology awards. In June 2019, Maggie was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of her services to women in business and technology. Being involved with BCSWomen supports Maggie’s wish to see an increasing number of women who are succeeding and achieving in the technology industry – whether they’re working in the corporate world or running their own business, are in the early stages of their career or are seasoned professionals.
Sue Black (Founder)
Professor Sue Black is an award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker and passionate social entrepreneur. She has regular tech columns in both The Guardian and The Daily Mirror, the latter being a tech agony aunt column called 'Ask Dr Black'.
Sue is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Durham, an associate at DSRPTN an all
female technology and digital consultancy, and a mentor at Google campus for mums. A champion for women in computing, Sue is founder of BCSWomen the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empower mums and their families through technology. Sue is well known for her successful online and offline campaigning and activism around digital social inclusion and Saving Bletchley Park. Sue is a frequent public speaker, a social media-holic, mum of four and grandmother.
Professor Boldyreff is a part-time Professor in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Greenwich.
Past Positions: Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) in the School of Computing, IT and Engineering at the University of East London; Professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Computing and Informatics at the University of Lincoln; Reader in the Computer Science Department at the University of Durham.
Qualifications and Professional Memberships: BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD, FBCS, Member of ACM and IEEE CS, Diploma in Marketing
Sarah Burnett FBCS (past Chairwoman)
Sarah Burnett, past Chair of BCS Women & Founding Partner at Emergence Partners. Sarah Burnett is a strong advocate for women and diversity and serves as Chair of BCS Women, the women’s group of the British Chartered Institute for IT, and founder of AI Accelerator, a programme of free AI events, seminars and webcasts by experts, to inform and educate participants.
Sarah a founding Partner, Head of Technology Immersion and Market Insights at Emergence Partners. She is a renowned industry analyst who advises enterprise clients on automation technologies, sourcing, competitive strategies and market trends and their commercial significance. She also helps technology companies successfully formulate their product innovation and go to market strategies for growth. Sarah stepped down as BCSWomen Chairwoman in Oct 2020.
Bio to follow.
Hannah Dee (Education liaison and coordinator)
Hannah is a senior lecturer in computer science at Aberystwyth University, and has been on the BCSWomen committee since 2006 (deputy chair 2008-2012). She is particularly keen on encouraging younger women and girls to consider computing, and does a lot of work with schools and with University students. She set up the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium, our one-day conference for women undergraduates, and runs it every year. She also wrote the AppInventor workshop which BCSWomen ran as a world record attempt.
Hannah is also on the BCS Mid-Wales branch committee and on the BCS Academy women in CS research group.
Soheir Ghallab is Chair of the BCS Business Change Specialist Group and Committee Member for multiple BCS groups, including BCSWomen and the Entrepreneur SG.
Soheir has enjoyed a rich and varied career in IT: from teaching maths and programming to becoming a software engineer – she has loved every minute. She says BCS feels ‘like a second home’ and is proud of making a difference to people.
Wendy Goucher is an Information Security and Risk Consultant, mostly working for UK and Scottish government. She has been a member of the Information Security Special Interest Group committee and the BCS Women committees for the UK and Scotland. Wendy also has an MSc (Res) from University of Glasgow in which she researched into the risks of work being shoulder surfed or overheard when working in a public environment.
Having had a first career as a teacher and lecturer communication is at the heart of her skill set and this is reflected in her authoring work. Her books include the BCS publication ‘Information Security Auditor’, joint authorship of ‘The CIO’s guide to Information Security Management and, most recently ‘Security Awareness Design in the New Normal Age’. She is also the author of the ‘Nettie in Cyberland’ series which uses stories to open the conversation of cyber security with children as young as 4 years old.
Jacqui Hogan (Past chair of BCS ELITE)
Bio to follow.
Fiona Macaulay (Marketing)
Fiona is an experienced CIO and Business Transformation Leader, delivering sustainable Business value and improved Customer experience through Digital & IT solutions. She has worked internationally, living in the US and Asia where she learnt the power of diverse teams. She has had a wide and varied career initially joining BP as a Graduate in Geology. She has successfully delivered across many sectors from Trading to Retail at BP, Publishing at Elsevier, Telecommunications at Vodafone, in Utilities as CIO for Thames Water and presently leading Global IT Delivery at Mars enabling Mars’s Digital Transformation.
A leader with a passion for people, she actively develops capability and talent across her teams in technology and leadership. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and is a member of BCS Women Committee where she actively supports and encourages more women to have a successful and lasting career in Technology.
Helen Miles (Lovelace Colloquium Organiser)
Helen is an associate lecturer in Computer Science at Aberystwyth University. She joined the BCSWomen committee in 2017, after acting as deputy chair for the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium, our annual one-day conference for women undergraduates. Following the 10th anniversary of the Lovelace Colloquium in 2017, Helen has taken the role of chair.
Helen has a strong interest in public engagement and science communication, helping to design and run outreach activities aimed at sparking an interest in science and computing. She is also on the BCS Mid-Wales branch committee.
Starting her career in market research, switching to 40+ years as an IT professional, in a broad spectrum of roles and public sector and business streams, Fran has recruited, trained and mentored her teams and wider groups. As a result, she provides, backed by a team of similar professionals, a CV review service for BCSWomen members.
Bio to follow.
Margaret Ross (Hampshire Branch, AGD, eLearning, Quality, GreenIT SGs)
Margaret Ross MBE, FBCS, CITP, CEng, FIST is Emeritus Professor of Software Quality at Solent University. Having started from mathematics degrees, leading to computing, and still acting as an External Examiner for Phds. I have been involved as a volunteer for many years on with the BCS and BCSWomen SG, as a BCS Unconscious Bias trainer, previously on BCS Council and Trustee Board, and actively involved with Hampshire Branch, and several other BCS Specialist Groups. I have been lucky enough to be awarded MBE, BCS HonFBCS, BCS John Ivison Medal, and a runner-up in 2020 for the BCS Society Medal and added to the 2020 Computer Weekly’s Hall of Fame. I am keen to encourage girls into computing and BCSWomen to gain FBCS and achieve Chartered Status.
A Senior Product Manager, Product Owner and Business Analyst, with a deep background in Technology with a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Computing and over 9 years’ experience of working within the IT project and agile software product delivery environment, within the Public/Civil Sector, InsuranceTech, FinTech, Supply Chain companies, and possess numerous kinds of software products in Live. I am keen on promoting more women in Technology and helping people to begin their tech careers. Based on my knowledge of building communities of Practice, I have supported TechUP candidates with recruitment advice and mentored a minimum of 11 mid to senior level Business Analysts into great careers. I am currently working towards a Tech and Career Summit for the BAME community.