Programme List - Women in IT Forum


8.30 – 9.00


9.00 – 9.10

Welcome and opening remarks
Carly Page, Editor, The Inquirer

9.10 – 9.40

CWJobs keynote: Women in IT - The State of Play and How to Address the Balance 
Bonnie Andrews, Head of Recruiter Product Management, CWJobs
  • Review the state of play for women in technology
  • Hear highlights from CWJobs' survey of 300 IT decision makers and professionals
  • How we can tackle the challenge? What is CWJobs doing?

9.40 – 10.10

Women in Power/Power in Women
Zoë Webster, Director of AI and Data Economy, Innovate UK

According to recent research, women take up a minuscule nine percent of senior IT leadership roles, and whilst this number is certainly on the rise, there is still so much more to be done.

  • Hear from a leading Strategy Director on their journey to the top
  • What can be done to encourage the next generation of female leaders
  • Practical advice and guidance on how to succeed in IT

10.10 – 10.40

Morning break and networking

10.40 – 11.05

Inspiring the next generation - programming with yarn
Lily Madar, Senior Developer, Financial Times

A unique insight into the analogies between programming and yarn. Lily will explore how STEM subjects can be re-imagined to be accessible from an earlier stage.

  • Several computing notions can be illustrated by crochet techniques and history, as the discipline is also tied to the origins of computing and the inspirations behind Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. 
  • This talk provides a simple way of explaining key programming concepts and highlights the logical thinking necessary to get into coding. 
  • It will highlight issues, such as accessibility, faced by both crocheters and develops, and the solutions available.

11.05 – 11.55

Panel discussion: The future of women in technology
Dom Harvey, Commerical Director, CWJobs
Nikki Hayford, MD, Unik Seek
Fiona Macaulay, Global Director IT Delivery, Mars
Wincie Wong, Head of Innovation for Supply Chain Services, Royal Bank of Scotland
Moderator: John Leonard, Group Research Director, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer
  • What future trends in technology do you foresee as being the most important?
  • Which areas of tech do women thrive in and what can be done to bolster engagement in others?
  • What can be done to close the pay gap?

11.55 – 12.00

Closing remarks
Carly Page, Editor, The Inquirer

12.00 – 13.00

Lunch and networking