Aimee Gill | Worldpay

 Head of Retention Marketing and Customer Lifecycle |

Aimée is a proven Marketing professional with a track record of delivering innovation, whilst demonstrating inspirational leadership and acting as a role model for business women in technology and financial services.

Aimée has worked for a number of leading global businesses and UK brands including Renault and Royal Mail. Since joining, Worldpay, Europe’s No.1 payment services company, in 2012, she has led transformational initiatives to help the business successfully grow and retain its customers. This success helped to play a key role in the recent floatation of Worldpay on the LSE – with the business now ranked in the top 100 of the FTSE.

Aimée has a passion for the customer and ensures that Worldpay remains customer focused and delivers exceptional levels of service and engagement. She is responsible for Customer Experience and Loyalty marketing, and leads a team of 12 people who work with more than 280,000 businesses across the UK - helping them prosper and sell more.

Her outstanding contribution has been recognised via a Worldpay Ambassador Award nomination in 2012 whilst she was invited to join a select group who embarked on a Global Leadership Programme in 2013.

Aimée has also been a passionate advocate for gender diversity in the workplace and the importance of nurturing up and coming female talent in the technology sector. She helped to establish, and now leads the Women of Worldpay (WOW) organisation, Worldpay’s first employee network. The organisation has helped to inspire its members and has acted as a catalyst for the business, with other diversity groups following its lead. In a short space of time WOW membership has reached 400, has presence in 9 offices and 6 countries worldwide. Aimee acts as a true role model – living the value pillars – to attract, inspire and connect with members through a series of engaging events and thought provoking insights, whilst ensuring Women of Worldpay have access to mentors and inspirational leaders. Her ambition is to ensure every WOW member feels supported in their career path and develop into the next generation of leaders.

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Sarah Khan | Sara K Digital

Having worked in digital marketing for nearly 10 years, l noticed the rarity of experts, companies who genuinely care for employees and customers beyond financial gain and company politics. How can the UK be the leaders in technology if we aren't providing British SME’s the tools to grow their businesses at honest prices? As a result, SARA K Digital was born.

I serve the hardworking SMEs of the UK and support them to grow their business through online marketing such as social media. My current project provides practical, simple and empowering online marketing training and advice to SMEs - accessible online 24/7 with an expert at hand for further support.

SARA K Digital is an honest business that values each and every stakeholder and gives back to the community because it genuinely cares for people. I practice what l preach as a result, l volunteer my time to mentoring students, young professionals and helping startups who are unable to grow due to personal financial difficulties. Furthermore, a percentage of project profits go directly to educational schemes to help third world countries. And my next venture involves helping children with learning difficulties in the UK.

I believe it’s our duty to inspire and help make the world a better place through our actions for the next generation.

Lucie Svandelikova

Lucie Svandelikova | BT

 Commercial Finance Manager | BT

I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, and studied at the University of Nottingham. I joined BT on the Business Management graduate scheme and now work as a Commercial Finance manager in Global Services.

When I look back on life I want to feel that I have made a positive impact and contributed to something transformative. That is why it is exciting for me to work in technology and play my part in innovations which touch every aspect of our lives and transform our social landscape.

Outside work, I have been involved with schools and universities to inspire young people to go into STEM careers and currently serve as a School Governor at a local school. This is important to me because I believe that whether or not an individual fulfils their potential in life is strongly determined by the quality and level of education they receive as a child.


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Emma-Ashley Liles

Emma-Ashley Liles | 7 dIGITAL

 Software Developer | 7digital

Emma-Ashley is a software developer at 7digital. As a member of the media delivery team, she works predominantly with music streaming and downloading.

7digital’s working environment has provided Emma-Ashley with the opportunity to solve big problems early in her career. Projects she has worked on include the direct to consumer download solution for Kanye West's ‘The Life of Pablo’ release, optimising ACC streaming format tracks for the launch of electric jukebox and most recently collaborating with Imogen Heap to create an exciting new component of the Mycelia music ecosystem. Continually striving to improve her Test-Driven Development and knowledge of lean production by reading, practising and challenging herself as often as she can.

Outside of work, Emma-Ashley is dedicated to volunteering, working specifically with the organisations the Stemettes and CAS #include. As a Stemettes ambassador, Emma-Ashley’s focus is to empower young women to engage with coding, as well as partaking in panel events and incubator projects. In 2015, Emma-Ashley worked as a centre lead with the Outbox incubator, an initiative that supported 40 teenage entrepreneurs to launch their start-ups and compete in the festival of code. Her work as Industry Liaison for CAS #include has seen her manage a successful bid for a Google RISE award, negotiate sponsorship for events and run CAS #include’s flagship ‘Hack the Curriculum’ event. When she’s not coding, Emma-Ashley enjoys spending her time juggling and reading.

Emma-Ashley is currently writing ‘A Teenagers Guide To Software Development’, a book for young people interested in coding. The guide serves as an introduction to programming best practices, TDD and clean code.


Ellie Ulrich

Ellie Ulrich | Cisco

 Apprenticeship Manager | Cisco

Ellie is the Apprenticeship Manager for Cisco UK and Ireland, and leads the delivery and development of their growing programme.

Since joining Cisco in 2014, Ellie has expanded the Apprenticeship programme into new areas of the business; doubling the number of opportunities available to young people to start a career in technology. Prior to joining Cisco Ellie completed her own Apprenticeship, which lead her into roles with the National Apprenticeship Service, promoting the programme as a desirable opportunity for both companies and young people alike.

Ellie never envisaged being an Apprentice or having a career in technology. Because of this she is a passionate advocate for young people, particularly young women, to consider this pathway to progress into digital careers.

Her biggest focus is to inspire future talent to see the potential technology has; by identifying and and tapping into an individual’s passion, then relating it to technology. This has resulted in two successful industry days specifically for young women and careers events that have reached over 8000 young people since September 2015. This activity, alongside gender balanced assessment processes that promote Cisco's existing female talent, has ensured that the Cisco Apprenticeship has an above average gender profile of 35% with the aspiration to achieve 50:50 diversity during the next phase of recruitment.


Kirsty Kenney

Kirsty Kenney | Accenture

 Analyst | Accenture

I am a Digital Analyst at Accenture where I am currently working in the Utilities Practice. At Accenture, I’m learning about the power of Technology and Digital to transform businesses and I have gained experience across Resources, Communications and Retail.

Previously, I Co-Founded Public Space Jam, an award winning start up using innovation to re-create underused public spaces. Our first installation, solarbox, transformed a disused telephone box into a free solar powered public charging points for mobile phones. We have been backed by the Mayor of London and Siemens.

In my spare time, I mentor two young men with offending issues. For me, it’s important to think about how we can remove barriers to education, employment and opportunity for marginal groups in society.

I graduated from LSE in 2014 with First Class Honours in Geography, where I also received a lifetime Honorary Studentship for my contribution to the Students’ Union.


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Larissa Romualdo Suzuki | GLA

 City Data Strategist | Greater London Authority

I am a passionate computer scientist, inventor, entrepreneur with a BSc and PhD in Computer Science, and a MPhil in Electrical Engineering. I am responsible for the City Data Strategy of the Greater London Authority, one that will help to solve London’s urban challenges, save public money, incubate innovation and drive economic growth.

I have dedicated my career to advancing many fields of research, namely smart cities, emerging tech, computational methods for breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. I have created a successful start-up company at the age of 21, have worked for IBM, ARUP, Bank of Brazil, and have received numerous awards from Google, Intel, ACM, Microsoft, McKinsey & Co, IBM, ARUP, among others.

Since 2006 I have worked towards empowering young women to be change makers, and have full participation in the creation of the technology that is changing the world. I have volunteered as a member of the Diversity Leadership Group of the RAE, founded the UCLWE society, co-organised the London Hopper Colloquium, and served as a member of the Grace Hopper Conference committee and as the ABI.London’s community leader.


Sarah Chapman

Sarah Chapman | 3M

 Technical Manager | 3M United Kingdom Plc

Obsessed with STEM education and people development, Sarah loves connecting people and ideas to make things happen, with energy and creativity. After graduating Sarah wanted to use her scientific skills in a commercial environment so joined diversified technology company 3M. She has had a variety of technical roles including approvals administrator, technical service engineer, regulatory specialist and build project manager for a multi-million pound Customer Innovation Centre. Sarah has interacted with thousands of students including hosting work placements, supporting science and code clubs and organising STEM career events; she was instrumental in the development of 3M Careerwise and contributed to 3M’s Big Tick Education award in 2011. Sarah is part of 3M’s Technical Forum and Women’s Leadership Network; a passionate and determined advocate for diversity, mentoring and flexibility, she leads by example. She has recently taken on a junior technical management role, launched 3M Lean-In circles and started a family.


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Jade Holmes

Jade Holmes | BT

 Technical Fault Diagnostic Officer | BT

I am in my final year of a 3 year apprenticeship. As well as being an apprentice ambassador for BT within the West Midlands, I was the first person out of 1,366 apprentices to complete the NVQ Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms 22 months ahead of schedule.
Since completing my NVQ I went on to complete the A1 NVQ assessors qualification. This enables me to assess other BT apprentices NVQs as well as coach and mentor them.
Normally my day job sees me working on the technical diagnostic team within BT’s TSO (Technology, Service and Operations) Group faulting business internet.

At the end of February I was approached to do a 3 month secondment with the Traineeship team. This is a government backed team who help 16-24 year olds out of work get the necessary skills to get a job. This means currently I am fully immersed in the new role, delivering the Work ready programme throughout the UK.

You may have caught sight of me at the Gadget Show Live 2016 in Birmingham. I was there as one of the panelists in the Young role models Gadget Girls segment. Whilst there I promoted apprenticeships and tried to break the myth that technology jobs are just for men (which of course they are not).

Throughout my apprenticeship I have actively sought opportunities that enable me to develop myself and others whilst learning new skills. This mindset has empowered me to mentor other apprentices and help develop them alongside my current role. This is something I am extremely passionate about and hope to continue coaching and developing people for the duration of my career.


Barbara Ofori-Acquah

Babs Ofori-Acquah | MVF

 Business Development Manager | MVF

As a Business Development and Marketing professional, I have worked across a number of industries, focusing on technology in the last two years. At Olswang, a technology law firm, I joined as a Business Development Executive with the goal of bringing innovation and change to the way the firm communicated with potential clients. I was pivotal in the development and launch of the Olswang equIP Programme for tech start ups, which launched in October with an event at Google Campus.

I was also instrumental in building Olswang's adtech practice, focusing on events and thought leadership. I created the Adtech Stars event series, which has been held in London and New York with influential speakers such as Sarah Wood of Unruly, helping to build Olswang's brand as the go to law firm for adtech. My success at Olswang has led me into a new role as Business Development Manager for MVF, one of the fastest growing tech companies in Europe, where I will be supporting clients in reaching new SME customers.

Outside of my day job, I run a blog and network - Working Girl London - for women who want to get ahead at work while enjoying everything that London has to offer. The blog has been live for just over a year, and the launch event for the network was at the end of 2015 with another event coming up soon. I am also a member of the Tech London Advocates and, specifically, their Women in Tech working group.