Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah | Barclays

Many years experience in Programme, Project Management Office and Tech, working in large IT and business change programmes and projects.

Successfully changed careers to Tech by taking a year out to study for MSc in Computing & IT and have since worked in a range of IT, Change, Regulatory and digital security projects to the present role as Vice President Delivery PMO at Barclays International.

Outside the Investment Bank day job my commitment, enthusiasm and passion are well received through all voluntary activities whether through my company or externally, where I organize and participate to inspire and share my passion to encourage diversity.

This ranges from Tech or women in senior management to inspire others from deprived backgrounds, from school age through to professional women.

I like to encourage and influence within the fast paced, growing Tech industry and also women in senior management through my active charity work to inspire and be inspired from others by regularly giving back to the community.

An active committee member of Barclays Gender network co-chairing Enable & Engage committee, Lead on the Wellbeing workstream and organize many tech and non tech community based voluntary activities outside the day job. I’m delighted that my company encourages diversity and this is one of the qualities I really appreciate which further give the opportunity to create real impact on the issues that matter such as encouraging more into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and improve the pipeline.

Use of previous experience as a keen voluntary worker ranges from teaching OAPs in my spare time in the local community centre to learn / coach on PC and iPads to become more 'IT savvy' to sharing tips through my passion and knowledge influencing – for example, encouraging more women into IT through my blogs (that have over 12,000 hits and have been published on corporate sites) and help and mentor young people to assist in careers an Tech such as CV help, mentoring to encourage interest for females to join the Tech sector. Also share skills and experience in a professional women’s forum where I actively participate such as speaking at a conference and participate and organise many voluntary forums.