Awards

Women in IT Awards: Glitz, glamour and game-changing women

By Oliver Smith 1 February 2018
Jacqueline de Rojas, the president of techUK, was named Advocate Of The Year.
Summary

Move over 'it girls', let's celebrate women in IT from Digital Shadows, techUK and NHS Digital.

Last night at Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane over a thousand entrepreneurs, business and technology leaders came together for the world’s largest diversity event.

The Women in IT Awards, now in its third year, celebrates the rising role models of Britain’s booming technology industry.

Both lifelong innovators and up-and-coming names took to the stage.

Jacqueline de Rojas, the president of techUK, was named Advocate Of The Year for her work on the government’s Digital Economy Council, as chair of Digital Leaders, as an adviser to the board of Accelerate-Her and for her mentoring of many tech CEOs over the years.

Emily Biggs, vice president of product at Digital Shadows, was named Security Champion Of The Year having overseen all product strategy at the fast-growing cybersecurity group.

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While Marta Raper, senior project manager at NHS Digital, was recognised with the coveted Editor’s Choice for her passion for improving health and social care through the use of technology in the NHS.

Emily Biggs, vice president of product at Digital Shadows, was named Security Champion Of The Year.

“It’s important this quality shines through because that becomes a beacon for others to follow,” said Gavin Jackson, managing director of EMEA of Amazon Web Services (the award’s headline sponsor).

“The hope for these awards is that we inspire more women to get involved with technology.”

It’s certainly off to a good start.

Other finalists who caught our eye included Stephanie Alys of MysteryVibe (finalist for Innovator Of The Year), Sophie Deen of Bright Little Labs (finalist for Entrepreneur Of The Year) and Imogen Wethered of Qudini (finalist for Entrepreneur Of The Year) all of whom we’ve written about before.

The night’s biggest award, Woman Of The Year, was given to Sheila Flavell of IT consultants FDM Group for her work in setting up the 3,000-person company’s Women in Tech initiative.

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2018 Women in IT Awards Winners

Advocate of the Year Jacqueline de Rojas, techUK
Business Leader of the Year Sam Mudd, Phoenix Software
Business Role Model of the Year Sally Bogg, Leeds Beckett University
CIO of the Year Alison Davis, The Francis Crick Institute
Data Leader of the Year Katia Walsh, Vodafone
Digital Leader of the Year Helene Stanway, XL Catlin
E-skills Initiative of the Year Good Things Foundation
Editor’s Choice Marta Raper, NHS Digital
Employer of the Year FDM Group
Entrepreneur of the Year Kim Nilsson, Pivigo
Future CIO of the Year Floriana Molone, London School of Economics
Global Leader of the Year Yasaman Hadjibashi, Citi Global Consumer Bank
Graduate of the Year Sarah Binney, Softwire
Innovator of the Year Leanne Kemp, Everledger
Rising Star of the Year Jessica White, Oakbrook Finance
Security Champion of the Year Emily Biggs, Digital Shadows
Transformation Leader of the Year Sarah Trickett, HMRC
Woman of the Year Sheila Flavell, FDM Group
Young Leader of the Year Kerry Townsend, PXtech