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Socitm launches Women in IT and digital initiative at event in London 23 September

Socitm, the association for IT and digital professionals working in local pubic services is launching an initiative to support women in the sector and promote their advancement.

The Socitm Women in IT initiative will be launched on Wednesday 23 September at a half-day event sponsored by Socitm Gold partner Canon and taking place at The View, its conference venue in London EC4.

Leading the impressive array of female IT leaders who will be speaking at the launch event is Socitm President Nadira Hussain, who has made it very clear that her number one priority as President is to advance the prospects of women in IT, and ensure their access to advancement and leadership roles.

The initiative comes as research published earlier this month by the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Tech Partnership, shows that just one in ten IT Directors are women and that only 17% of the 1.18m IT specialists working in the UK in 2014 were women (compared with a figure of 47% for the workforce as a whole).

Joining Nadira on the platform at the Women in IT launch will be:

Chi Onwurah MP, the former shadow minister for digital government who has campaigned fiercely for increasing the visibility of women in the technology industry, and in the workplace more broadly.

Nive Krish Bhagat, Senior Vice President, UK board member, and Head of Markets for Application Services UK, at Capgemini. With earlier roles at Infosys, KPMG and PwC, Nivedita is on the Leadership Council for NCUB (National Centre for Universities and Business) and an active member of the Inspiring Women initiative founded by Mrs Miriam Clegg. She is also on BITC’s Group for Regenerating the High Street together with major retailers across the UK.

Dr Sue Black, Senior Research Associate at University College London, founder of BSCWomen, a networking group within the British Computer Society and Computer Weekly's 7th Most Influential Woman in UK IT in 2015.

Zena Cooke Corporate Director of Resources LB Tower Hamlets and formerly director of Regeneration and Communities and chief finance officer at Maidstone Borough Council.

Jackie Hudson, Transition Director for the Shared ICT Service of the Tri-borough partnership of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster. Over the last 25 Years, Jackie has led on a number of London-based local government ICT strategy and procurement initiatives.

Vanessa Vallely, founder of wearethecity, a vehicle to help City Women connect and grow professionally and personally. Vanessa has won a string of awards or her work, most recently, Brummels Top 30 Inspirational Women in the City. She is also the founder and chair of the citywide diversity forum, The Networks of Networks (TNON).

Mary McKenna MBE, a London based technology entrepreneur and angel investor, and co-founder of the online learning company, Learning Pool. Chair of Northern Ireland’s Digital Circle between 2010 and 2015, she is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the NI Science Park in Belfast and has recently joined the Digital Catapult as part of the Catapult Advisory Network (CAN).

Christine Peacock, Assistant Director for Corporate ICT at the London Borough of Hackney, who has been involved in council ICT initiates and roles since the late 1970s, including at Camden and Southwark. Christine Peacock is also a key member of Socitm’s Research Steering Group.

Speaking at the beginning of her Socitm presidency in April this year, Nadira Hussain said that promoting women within the sector is vital to the future of our profession and will benefit everyone. Ahead of the Women in IT launch she said:

‘Socitm is a great platform for creating a network through which the interests and visibility of women can be advanced in both public and private sectors. Events like this will start improving the visibility of women both within the Society and more widely and to provide support and encouragement for them to progress their careers. Their visible success will encourage more young women to considering IT/digital as a good career choice and make the movement self-sustaining. I am very grateful to Canon for its support at the very start of this venture.’

Futher information:

The event (which was sold out weeks before launch) will see more than 50 delegates gathering for half a day of presentations and discussion.

Visit the Women in IT pages on the Socitm website including Women leaders in a digital world

Media enquiries:

Vicky Sargent, Socitm press office

Tel: 07726 601139

Email: vicky.sargent@socitm.net