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Nicole Covey | IBM

I joined IBM in August 2011 straight from college at the age of 18 after achieving A-Levels in Law, Psychology and English Literature and Language.

My first role was in the WebSphere Software Support team supporting our customers with any queries they had with the software. In parallel to my daily role in the WebSphere team I was also working towards my Advanced Apprenticeship in IT and I achieved this qualification in 2014. During this time I was also awarded a Client Value Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for a tool that I developed along with a colleague which aimed to help us as a business improve client satisfaction.

In January 2014 I moved into the zSeries support team which is where I am today. My current role is a zSeries Software Support Specialist. zSeries are our big mainframe servers which many large businesses use to run their entire enterprise. An average day entails working on PMR’s (Problem Management Records). These are used to manage technical queries and/or issues experienced by customers with the z/OS operating system. In addition, I’m part of the Recovery Managers Team. This entails providing 24/7 support for one of our major customers.

I have developed a close relationship with the British Computer Society and featured as one of their Women in IT series for the month of June 2015. I was one of the first technicians to become part of the BCS Register of IT Technicians (RITTech), helping to develop the registration process. I was also delighted to be asked present at the official launch of the register alongside others such as Lord Sainsbury, Jos Creese (President of BCS), and Chi Onwurah (Shadow Minister for BIS).  I am also the first IBMer to achieve an Advanced Apprenticeship in IT qualification.


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Charlotte Hutchinson | IBM

Charlotte is a Technical Consultant working in the IBM professional services team specialising in API Connect. She is currently working with large clients assisting them in their journey of embracing the API economy and their shift towards a micro services based architecture in node.js.

Charlotte has gained IBM recognition from leaders in Loopback at IBM and been awarded Digital Badges for being a Loopback Advocate, Node.js community leader and understanding the importance of API Management concepts. Charlotte has also demonstrated advanced understanding of the LoopBack technology and is sharing that knowledge to grow the community through presentations.  Charlotte has a keen interest in Node.js and other Javascript based frameworks such as AngularJS and Ionic.

Whilst in work Charlotte has assisted many teams and clients worldwide through running workshops and events in these areas, offering valuable expertise and experience.  Most recently Charlotte presented at IBM Interconnect Conference in Las Vegas to over 150 people on tips and tricks on API Connect.

Charlotte has had 3 developer works articles published and coded numerous custom extensions for API Connect helping customers solve business problems:

Outside of work, Charlotte is a keen sports fan, often running marathons for Cancer charities, a charity close to her heart as a cancer survivor. Charlotte came to IBM with a first class degree in Computing from the University of Kent and lives in London.

Additionally Charlotte is working with technical leaders and executives at IBM on an annual conference for technical women and tackling gender diversity at grass routes.


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Carole Logan | Equator

I am a developer based in Glasgow with an interest in Web and IOT (Internet of Things). I am passionate about making the industry a more diverse culture, particularly encouraging more girls in to STEM careers.

To ensure I stay relevant in an always moving industry, I invest much of my free time in investigating new tech and improving understanding of frameworks and language I already use. This includes organising and attending local meetups  and conferences as well as just getting some hands on coding experience to understand the technology I use everyday at a deeper level.

As I continue on my career,  I want to keep being an ambassador for under-represented groups in the industry. As I gain more experience I want to use this to help others see that they to can progress in their career, contribute to projects, speak at events, etc. We know that more diverse teams build better experiences for users and deliver better products for clients.  Hopefully as I move along my career,  I can influence this.


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Charlotte Kona | Bloomberg

When I picked Network Engineering as a course at university, I didn’t realise how many opportunities were waiting for me beyond graduation. I have had the great privilege of beginning my career as part of Bloomberg's Network Engineering team. Our focus is on providing first class service to our clients on the largest private network in the world. My strong interpersonal skills have enabled me to become an integral team member and, despite working in a predominantly male environment, I believe that I have earned the respect of a team. There are now four times as many women on our team so; I would say I have successfully created a pipeline for others to achieve their dreams.

I am one of Sheryl Sandberg's “sit at the table” kind of girl who is passionate about de-mystifying the world of technology as it is fast becoming an integrated part of our daily lives. I have had significant support from managers and colleagues who continually help me realise what I can achieve. As a result of such great support, I’m always looking for opportunities to develop others and help anyone who wishes to follow in my footsteps.

I lead the mentoring program for Technical Support in EMEA which provides assistance for individuals joining the team. In addition I volunteer with the Access Project which allows me to inspire younger people to consider taking up careers in the STEM industry.

My passion for technology and the world we live in spills over into my personal life. I can often be found globetrotting in my blue trainers exploring a new culture and taking many photos (http://bluetrainertravels.com).


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Anneclaire van Not | DXC

Anneclaire hold an MSc International Health Management from Imperial College and is passionate about patient empowerment and using technology to improve care delivery. She enjoys showing people the benefits that technology can have for their personal life, as well as how technology trends and developments can disrupt industries and companies.

Anneclaire has recently started a new role as Innovation Specialist for Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and looks to leverage her creative skills and passion for technology to help beat cancer sooner.

Before joining CRUK, she worked as a Consultant for DXC, a global provider of next generation technologies, and as a Research Associate for the Leading Edge Forum (LEF), an information technology research and advisory services firm.

With her background in Healthcare and Life Sciences, she supported the haptic sensing research capability of the LEF’s 21st Century organization framework to develop and deliver healthcare related digital recipes in support of LEF’s Xperience Lab advisory service.

At DXC, she has worked on numerous projects in Healthcare and Life Sciences, amongst which the first-of-its-type Trafford Care Coordination Centre (TCCC), an innovative centre that aims to provide patients, families and care providers with significantly improved patient experience and efficiency across the healthcare system.

She also chaired DXC’s Young Professional Resource Group, an employee resource group focused on creating an inclusive and collaborative environment that aids in the retention and professional development of DXC’s young professionals.


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Beverley Newing | Oxford Computer Consultants

Despite having graduated from Warwick University with a degree in English and German Literature in 2015, I now work as a Front End Intern in a tech consultancy! After graduation, I worked at Code First: Girls as an Intern and then Programmes Associate for 7 months, an organisation which aims to diversify tech by offering a variety of courses and events to women interested in tech. I then accepted an internship at Zooniverse in the Physics department of the University of Oxford, where I started learning JavaScript and React. After that ended, I accepted another internship at Oxford Computer Consultants where I'm now focusing on rounding out the rest of my Front End skills.

In my spare time, I keep very busy with copious amounts of volunteering! I organise codebar Oxford with two others, teach on the local Code First: Girls courses and do online volunteering with Three Rings CIC. In my spare time I exercise, and dance whenever I can.


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Lauren Murtagh | BT

I am a Technical Customer Experience enthusiast who has an educational background in Computing. I am a hard-working, self-motivated, organised individual who takes great pride in every task I pursue.

I enjoy distilling the complexity of technology into tangible benefits for the customer and business. My enthusiasm for technology is highest when looking at how it can be applied to improve customer experience and business performance. I have developed strong problem solving skills and enjoy applying these skills to get to root cause on customer impacting issues. I thrive on pressure of new challenges and enjoy success from well-developed and effectively delivered improvement plans. I can switch between working the detail level of a project and the strategic planning level.

I graduated from The Queen’s University Belfast in 2013 after completing a BSc in Computing and Information Technology. Whilst completing my degree I was fortunate to secure a year’s professional experience at Liberty Information Technology working as an IT Systems Engineer, I believe this is where my interest in diagnostics and customer improvement began.

After graduating in 2013 I began work for BT within the TV Client Devices Team. This was a great experience as I got to learn about and be a part of the process of creating the Client Software that customers use and interact with every day. Through this experience my passion for Customer Experience grew, I had ideas around what we could to make things better and at the end of 2014 I was given the opportunity to join the BT Operations team and lead the TV Customer Experience initiative, nicknamed project Marvel. Since then the team has grown from 4 to 24 and we have made significant progress on improving the BT customer experience.


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Zainab Goreja | Student

This girl has surpassed the visions once seen by a small, feisty girl 3 years ago. Her determination to play the sport of cricket and set an example for others has dumbfounded many around her. Facing cultural AND gender barriers, she has worked her way into recognition with her keen passion and natural talent. She has taken and accepted responsibility many times as a member of the schools cricket team (Carlton Bolling girls), launching us into our first ever Yorkshire final with her bowling skills and eve has one on to have an extremely successful season with the West Yorkshire women’s district squad – taking over 20 wickets and being invited to play for a club. She has even been invited to play for the Yorkshire Women’s super two’s event, also taking a few wickets in the process, despite playing in the u15’ category being 13 last year.  She continues to defy any opposition, fighting through the daily struggles of cultural issues with the family and gender issues also coming into play in the argument. Yet, she still continues the struggle, helping the school team win yet another Yorkshire title as vice captain and committing herself to the game to help others do the same.  She has now become a coach, guiding the younger years with her experience and helping them to reach the same level of sportsmanship and cricket as the current team have now after 3 years. If inspiration a physical substance, you would see a rainbow hue of mist surround her, swirling around the other girls as she disperses her experience and knowledge gained over the course of a long, rough 3 years. 3 years of excruciating pain and tormenting hardship, which is finally being paid back now through the recognition we are finally receiving.

Victoria Knowles-Lacks | The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club

Victoria Knowles-Lacks is 33 and lives on the Worcestershire/Shropshire Border with her husband Keiran and Lakeland Terrier, Rocket.

Victoria, who has been named the ‘Pioneer’ of the clay shooting industry is on a mission to get as many ladies as she possibly can involved in the sport of clay shooting, whilst empowering women and instilling support and confidence. She has created a sisterhood of loyal, go getting ladies who all share a common love, clay shooting and the Countryside.

Getting increasingly despondent in her role in property and day dreaming about being out in the field, Victoria one day decided enough was enough and handed in her notice. With nothing in the way of savings, she threw caution in to the wind and left, with a big dream to set up a really fun and inclusive ladies only clay shooting club, that would get women out supporting each other, being out in the Countryside and just having some 'me' time.

The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club was formed in September 2011 and is now the largest ladies clay shooting club in Europe. The Club holds in excess of 100 events Nationally, where women from all age groups and backgrounds are welcome. Their days are really social and are a really fun introduction in to clay shooting, where ladies learn to clay shoot, with qualified coaching, and then finish off the day with homemade cakes, served in gorgeous old vintage china. The Club has gained a National following, including with big name organisations and in the National press. Victoria has been named one of the top 5 most influential people in shooting, she and her club have won numerous awards.

Since it’s formation the Club has welcomed some 10,000+ ladies into the sport. They run a National calendar of events, training days, alongside their socials and their game changing National Ladies’ Shooting Day, which is being held on 10th June and will see well in excess of 1,000 ladies taking aim and getting involved!

Victoria’s plans for the future are ‘to keep on going! To keep doing what we’re doing and grow – hopefully taking it Global!’


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Charlotte Richardson | K-Sports Cobdown

Whilst studying English Literature at King’s College London I edited the Student Union paper Roar! and volunteered as Media Manager of Gillingham Ladies FC. I grew both team’s profiles and drove a strategy to professionalise both organisations. In regard to Gillingham Ladies, I secured a formal relationship with Gillingham FC, facilitating players playing home games at a professional stadium and no longer paying to play.

On graduation, I worked as Head of Media at my Student Union alongside the Gillingham role developing my skills in marketing and media. After a three-month internship at Peabody, I secured the role of Marketing and Communications Officer at the Kent Football Association.

Balancing paid and volunteering roles, I helped drive the grassroots game and association’s strategy to invest, grow and govern Kent football. I led Kent FA’s marketing and communications strategy, growing its brand and commercial value, securing their largest sponsorship deal.

Headhunted by Gillingham FC, as Head of Marketing and Communications, I undertook a range of responsibilities supporting the club’s entire player pathway structure. I brought a more innovative approach to fan engagement and PR, launching a new sub-brand for the club’s commercial and corporate operations whilst there too.

Following this, I joined the charity Women in Sport. Another varied role helping transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK.

In 2016, I founded the Eighth Wonder programme to create football’s future female leaders, targeting 14-20-year-olds.  My first cohort ’graduate’ this summer.

I now work at Women in Sport part time alongside being Head of Marketing and Communications at K Sports Cobdown, a 2.8-acre multi-sport facility in Kent. I sit on the Kent Youth League Committee, Kent FA Equality Advisory Group, contribute to Offside Rule Pod and BBC Radio Kent. I also volunteered at the Rugby World Cup, England Netball Quad Series and hope to do so again at the upcoming London 2017 Athletics Championships.