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BCS Members top Computer Weekly's 50 most influential women in UK IT list

10 July 2015This year's list of the 50 most influential women in IT published by Computer Weekly features ten inspirational BCS members who are considered role models for diversity and success among the tech community. They include: 


  • Sue Black, founder of BCSWomen, founder, Techmums; Bletchley Park campaigner

  • Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen and founder of Tectre

  • Hannah Dee, lecturer in computer science, Aberystwyth University

  • Rebecca George, OBE, Vice Chair, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

  • Liz Bacon, Immediate Past President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

  • Emma McGuigan, managing director, Accenture's UK and Ireland technology group

  • Debbie Forster, co-CEO, Apps for Good

  • Christina Scott, CIO, Financial Times; senior vice-president of technology, Pearson Professional

  • Kirstin Duffield, managing director, Morning Data

  • Christine Ashton, senior vice-president of technology, Thomson Reuters


The aim of compiling the annual list of the top 50 women in UK IT is to focus on the role of women in IT, to recognise the most influential role models and to discuss the vital part that female IT leaders will play in the UK’s high-tech economy.


Sue Black, Founder of BCSWomen who was placed 7th on the list said: “I'm delighted to be featured on the list again this year and really happy to see so many wonderful tech pioneers included on the list with me showing that there are lots of incredible women leading the way in the UK tech space.” 


The list was selected by a judging panel of employers and IT leaders from across industry, along with Computer Weekly readers.


Liz Bacon, Immediate Past President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said: “I’m delighted to see the influence of women increasing in both the IT industry and in academia, and I am honoured to be in such company.”


Rebecca George OBE, Vice Chair, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and also Vice Chair at Deloitte, added: “We are on a long journey to increase the participation of women in IT at all levels. We are working with schools, universities, employers and the government on a wide range of long-term initiatives, involving men and women, to make careers in IT more interesting, relevant and fulfilling.

"I am honoured to be one of this list of amazing, inspiring women who are role models across the IT spectrum and nice, collaborative, fun people too!"


In addition, Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Dame Stephanie Shirley, both past presidents of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, have been recognised for the major impact they have had on UK IT and have been added to Computer Weekly’s Hall of Fame.


The Hall of Fame sits alongside Computer Weekly’s annual list of the most influential women in UK IT, and was established to highlight those who have appeared prominently on the list every year, in recognition of their longevity and lifetime contribution.


Earlier this year, BCS ran a month long campaign where 30 influential women in IT volunteered to tell their stories to encourage young women into the profession. The campaign also included an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people simultaneously learning to code an Android app. The record App-a-thon attempt was held in 30 different locations across the UK with over 1000 people taking part.