2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards


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Winners announced: 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards



Technology is fast-paced and innovative, attracting some of the brightest minds and creative thinkers out there. Despite the opportunities it has to offer, just 15.3% of the workforce is female.  In the words of Melissa Di Donato, one of technology’s greatest role models, “what you cannot see, you cannot be”. Role models have a crucial part to play in showing girls and women everywhere that they too can have amazing careers in the sector. 

That's why we continue to search for the industry’s brightest stars and most inspirational women to demonstrate to the nation that #WomenDoTech too. The 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards is all about revealing role models to encourage more girls and women to see technology as the place to be, and of course, celebrate their contribution to the industry. Discover this year's winners.


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When and where
23rd February 2016
Start time: 
London Hilton on Park Lane
W1K 1BE 22 Park Ln
United Kingdom

One sure-fire way of getting noticed for the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards is a really good, well completed nomination form. Make sure you take your time over your nomination, so that you tell us absolutely everything that showcases the nominee's brilliance and double check that all the contact details are correct.

  • Pay attention to the word limits -word limits are not just a recommendation - nominations that include answers that are below the word limit are very unlikely to be considered, whereas nominations that exceed the word limit will be marked down by the judges.
  • Give us enough detail so we can fully grasp the nominee's achievements.
  • Use statistical evidence in your answers
  • Stick to the point and avoid waffle.

This is your opportunity to really sell the nominee - why does the nominee deserve to win an Award? How has the nominee inspired others through their work activity?

Support your nomination

Remember, you can submit supporting evidence to your nomination in the form of video links, press releases, news articles, photographs, testimonials or other items which you think will help the judges make informed decisions about the nominee. Supporting evidence is optional, however nominations that submit supporting evidence will be scored higher by the Judging Panel. Any supporting evidence must be submitted in one document, no longer than four A4 sides and must be clearly labelled and emailed to events@everywoman.com  before the deadline of 27 October 2015.

The Judging Process

All successful entrants will be contacted by 18 December 2015 if required to attend Judging Day which will include filming and the judges interview.

There will be one winner per category and one recipient of the Woman of the Year Award. The judges' decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into before or after the judging.

All decisions regarding the judging process are made by our independent judging panel. The everywoman team do not influence this process.



Anna Barsby


Audrey Mandela


Charlotte Campbell

EMC Europe

Craig Wallace


David Chaplin


David Parry-Jones


Jacky Wright


Jacqueline de Rojas


Jonathan Tate


Katrina Roberts

American Express

Mandy Chessell CBE


Matthew Moore

CA Technologies

Melissa Di Donato


Nicola Pattimore


Phil Tenney


Rebecca George OBE

Deloitte LLP

Regina Moran


Sheila Flavell

FDM Group

Tim Lipscomb

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Tunji Akintokun


Vicky Brock

Clear Returns
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors
FDM Group

The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards showcase the endless opportunities on offer to those interested in a career in the technology sector. The Awards support inspirational role models who are enjoying a successful career in IT and serve to actively encourage the everywoman network to celebrate the achievements of one another, in a bid to end gender disparity in the industry. FDM and everywoman share a commitment to enabling more girls and women to be inspired and excited by a career in IT and we are proud to be the headline sponsor once again. For more information about FDM, please visit www.fdmgroup.com


techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 850 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ more than 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium sized businesses.

Alexander Mann Solutions

Engineer Award Sponsor

We are Alexander Mann Solutions and we’re passionate about helping companies and individuals fulfil their potential through talent acquisition and management. Today, over 3,000 colleagues are partnering with our blue-chip clients in over 80 countries and 30 languages. Our focus is always on people. Empowering our colleagues, clients, candidates and communities, to fulfil their potential. We passionately believe that the way organisations approach the diversity and inclusion agenda is central to achieving this goal. To find out more please visit: www.alexandermannsolutions.com.

American Express

Rising Star Sponsor

American Express is proud to sponsor the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. We are undertaking an exciting digital transformation to continue engaging customers whenever, wherever and using whatever device they choose. Technology is leading the way, and a diverse workforce is critical to our success. We share your commitment to attract, develop and retain women at all levels.


Entrepreneur Sponsor

Diversity is at the very core of ARM and is what drives our innovation and success. The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards is an important recognition of the work that women are doing in technology and we're proud to be supporting it. Our view is that we need to foster a strong gender mix in the workplace by establishing a creative, inclusive and well-balanced environment that ultimately leads to success. As a company, we live and breathe this philosophy.


Team Leader Sponsor

Asda is delighted to support the 2015 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards.  We place great emphasis on creating a working environment that truly promotes diversity and inclusion not just because it is the right thing to do, but essentially to help us gain a better understanding of our colleagues and customers. Around 80 per cent of Asda shoppers are female, therefore representation at management level is vital. Our partnership with everywoman underpins our philosophy; by working together, listening and taking action we are committed to opening up opportunity for all and building a better and stronger business.

BP logo

Leader Sponsor

BP is delighted to sponsor the Leader Award. At BP we believe in acknowledging, valuing and leveraging our similarities - and our differences - for business success. Diversity and Inclusion is important to our business and we are committed to creating a work environment where everyone is treated fairly, with dignity and respect and without discrimination. A diverse and inclusive workplace allows our employees to reach their full potential and deliver their best performance.


Digital Star Award Sponsor

CGI is delighted to be the inaugural sponsor of the Digital Star award. We created this award with everywoman to shine a light on the rising importance of digital innovators and leaders in technology. As a global IT and business process services provider, CGI understands the power of diverse teams and what they can achieve for our business and clients. As such we champion building a diverse talent pipeline and role modelling the exceptional female talent we have, at all levels of our industry in the UK. Diversity drives innovation and we look forward to seeing the innovations this year’s finalists have driven for their organisations. 


One to watch Sponsor

We are proud to be sponsoring ‘The One to Watch’ Award again at the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. It is right to celebrate emerging talent and its many exciting contributions. At EMC we are passionate about helping people and businesses around the world to unleash the power of their digital information. The future of our industry, depends on the next generation, especially young women who make up 60% of today’s graduates – choosing technology as a career.

Equiniti logo

Innovator Award Sponsor

Everyone in business is responsible for driving his or her own career trajectory but companies must support by providing access to training and development tools that accelerate learning. Working with everywoman provides us with an excellent forum for talented women to access insight, advice, and specific discussion topics relevant to the challenges they face in the workplace. We are delighted to be a sponsor of the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards.


International Leader Award Sponsor

Fujitsu is immensely proud to sponsor the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards and to be associated with the International Leader Award. Our global vision is to harness the power of technology innovation to create a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world.

At Fujitsu we believe in the power of difference; in the UK & Ireland we have three female Board executives, including a female CEO. It is our ambition to continue to increase the percentage of women in our organisation through focused recruitment, supportive policies and a clear career structure that supports progression.

We look forward to celebrating the women who work across boundaries to champion the role of technology in their organisations, and uncovering new and exciting role models to inspire the next generation of international female leaders.   


Inspiration Sponsor

The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are a great initiative that celebrates the impact of women in technology so VMware are thrilled to be once again sponsoring the Inspiration Award. VMware takes great measures to hire the brightest minds and most creative thinkers, regardless of gender, and we are committed in our initiatives to attract more women into the IT industry, while supporting and motivating them in a variety of fulfilling roles. The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards highlight the successes and contribution of women in technology and these Awards reveal the positive impact women have on our industry’s evolution.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

As a supporting partner of the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards, we are proud to celebrate these women’s remarkable contributions. Technology is developing faster today than at any time in history and changing the ways we interact with each other. The women being honoured through these accolades are role models for everyone and will pave the way for a future generation of talent. We hope that their success encourages other women to enter this exciting sector.

CA Technologies

A diverse workforce creates a better work environment and can go a long way when it comes to creativity, problem-solving and team work – all the essential pillars of any agile, innovative company. At CA Technologies we are actively focused on nurturing a culture of diversity and inclusion, both inside and outside the company. We are committed to supporting the advancement of women in technology, and we are proud to be a sponsor of the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards.


At T-Systems we fully recognise the importance of diverse teams to a strong, growing business and are committed to ensuring all our employees reach their full potential in their chosen career for the benefit of our business and, more importantly, our customers. This commitment is underpinned by initiatives including our active everywoman network supporting, mentoring and developing talent across our organisation. We are proud once again to be associated with the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards and to celebrate the contribution talented women are making in all fields of technology.



2016 FDM Everywoman in Technology Woman of the Year:

Carole Mundell, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics, University of Bath


Start-up Founder Award:

Jelena Aleksic, CEO and Co-founder, GeneAdviser


Entrepreneur Award – sponsored by ARM:

Lucinda Carney, CEO, Advance Change


Innovator Award – Sponsored by Equiniti:

Tania Boler, Founder and CEO, Chiaro


Team Leader Award – Sponsored by Asda:

Vanessa Hackett, Engineering Director, American Express


International Leader Award – Sponsored by Fujitsu:

Janhavi Rao, Head of Compliance Technology, Barclays


Leader Award – Sponsored by BP:

Paula Constant, Field Director, Openreach


Inspiration Award – Sponsored by VMware:

Dr Carol Marsh, Electronics Design Process Manager, Finmeccanica Airbourne & Space Systems Division


Rising Star Award – Sponsored by American Express:

Jessica Leigh Jones, Engineer, Sony UK Technology


The One to Watch Award – sponsored by EMC:

Yasmin Bey and Nayana Dasgupta


Digital Star Award – sponsored by CGI:

Amanda Follit, Head of Digital Operations Services, Amaze Ltd.


Engineer Award - sponsored by Alexander Mann Solutions:

Emma Thomas, M&E Engineering & Support Senior Engineer, Virgin Media



The finalists for 2016 were:

Start-up Founder Award

This is awarded to the most inspirational female founder of a start-up business (under 18 months old).

Jelena Aleksic, CEO and co-founder, GeneAdviser
Stella James, MD, Gooseberry Planet Ltd
Georgina Nelson, Group CEO and Founder, truRating


Entrepreneur Award– Sponsored by ARM

This is awarded to an owner/operator of a technology business whose vision and talent will inspire others to start their own technology related venture.

Lucinda Carney, CEO, Advance Change
Saija Mahon, Founder, CEO, Mahon Digital Marketing
Thayer Prime, CEO and Founder, Team Prime Consulting


Innovator Award – Sponsored by Equiniti

This is awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing or being exceptionally creative with technology in an unconventional and innovative way.

Tania Boler, Founder and CEO, Chiaro
Zoe Farrington, CEO, Realsafe Technologies
Carole Mundell, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics, University of Bath


Team Leader Award – Sponsored by Asda

This is awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success. She is leading a team of up to 100 employees.

Maxine Bulmer, Cyber Security Manager, CGI
Vanessa Hackett, Engineering Director, American Express
Jots Sehmbi, Director of IT Service Strategy & Improvement, UCL


Leader Award – Sponsored by BP

This will be awarded to the woman operating in a senior technology role within her organisation.

Charlotte Baldwin, SVP, Chief Technology Officer, Core, Pearson
Paula Constant, Field Director, Openreach
Pravina Ladva, Chief Information Officer, Barclays Partner Finance & Global Commercial Payments, Barclaycard


International Leader Award – Sponsored by Fujitsu

This is awarded to a woman, based outside the UK, who is operating in a senior technology role within an organisation.

Cheryl Daniels, Director of Planning & Lifecycle Management, BP
Keit Kollo, European Director, StartupBus EMEA
Janhavi Rao, Head of Compliance Technology, Barclays


Inspiration Award – Sponsored by VMware

This is awarded to an individual, male or female, for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.

Dr. Carol Marsh, Electronics International Design Process Lead, Finmeccanica Airborne & Space Systems Division
Alysia Silberg, Co-Founder & COO, Acceleforce LLC
Dr Alison Vincent, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco UK & Ireland


Rising Star Award – Sponsored by American Express

This is awarded to a woman aged under 26 who is excelling in her technology career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation.

Megan Castleton, Web Developer, Yard
Jessica Leigh Jones, Engineer, Sony UK Technology Centre
Kimberley Norris, Systems Engineer, Finmeccanica


The One to Watch Award – sponsored by EMC

This is awarded to an individual aged under 20 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school-level.

Joana Baptista, School Student
Yasmin Bey, School Student
Nayana Dasgupta, School Student
Risha Jindal, University Student


Finalists for new 2016 categories are:

Digital Star Award – sponsored by CGI

This is awarded to a woman making the most of the internet and digital technology.

Amanda Follit, Head of Digital Operations Services, Amaze Ltd
Sharon Jennings, Lead Email Developer, CACI Ltd
Shivvy Jervis, Creator-Producer, Digital Futures & The Trailblazers and Head of Digital Media, Telefonica


Engineer Award - sponsored by Alexander Mann Solutions

Awarded to a woman who has made a significant difference to the art of engineering.

Beatriz Escartin-Claveria, Systems Engineer, Alstom
Gemma James, Senior Civil Structures Engineer, Arup
Emma Thomas, M&E Engineering & Support Senior Engineer, Virgin Media

Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman comments:  “We launched these awards six years ago to uncover the women doing amazing things in technology - women who were not necessarily known within their wider business let alone outside their company or the industry. By showcasing their talents and achievements, we are demonstrating the diversity of opportunity the industry offers so that more women will be inspired to bring their talents to it. Each year the judges are overwhelmed by the quality of the finalists, and 2016 is no exception; their hard work, determination and positive influence on others is staggering, and we wish them all the best at the awards ceremony next month.”

Sheila Flavell, chief operating officer of title sponsor FDM Group states: “FDM is delighted to continue working with everywoman in an effort to support, recognise and promote women in tech. Diversity in the workplace is fundamental to business growth and success; it drives innovation, facilitates communication and improves diversity of thought amongst other benefits. FDM is leading by example in the industry and works hard to promote a gender -balanced workforce at all levels. Our dedicated Women in IT campaign is our way of showcasing our continued commitment to driving gender diversity in the workplace globally, encouraging more and more women to pursue a career in tech.”

Julian David, CEO of techUK adds: “techUK is once again delighted to support the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. Attracting appropriately skilled employees continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing the UK tech sector and we need a greater representation of the working population to join UK tech companies and help support continued sector growth. In particular, we need to work hard to attract smart, skilled women who are not currently attracted to the industry and communicate the breadth of career opportunities in tech that are open to all. techUK remains committed to attracting great women to the sector, retaining them and helping them to flourish and succeed.”

The 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards ceremony and dinner will take place on 23 February 2016 at the London Hilton on Park Lane preceded by the everywoman Technology Forum - the largest UK forum for women in technology, a day of inspiration, learning and development, bringing together over 600 women who are aspiring to advance their careers or become future leaders.