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Professor Dame Wendy Hall tops Computer Weekly's most influential women in UK IT list

4 July 2014 — BCS Past President Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Dean of Physical and Applied Sciences at the University of Southampton, has been named as the most influential woman in UK IT in the Computer Weekly awards.

The aim of compiling the annual list of the top 25 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.

Dame Wendy is listed as number one in the top 25 women who have had a major impact on UK IT. Other BCS members featured in the list include:


  • Dame Stephanie Shirley, Philanthropist, First Woman Past President of BCS and Past Master of WCIT
  • Dr Sue Black, Founder and CEO, Savvify "Engage Enlighten Inspire"
  • Rebecca George, Partner, Deliotte
  • Christina Scott, CIO, FT
  • Hannah Dee, Lecturer, Aberystwyth University
  • Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen and Director Tectre
  • Debbie Forster, UK managing director, Apps for Good
  • Christine Ashton, SVP technology, Thomson Reuters


Anne-Marie Imafidon, Assistant Vice President at Deutsche Bank and Founder & Head Stemette of Stemettes, was named as one of five rising stars

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

Dame Wendy Hall says: “I'm delighted and flattered to have been named as the most influential woman in UK IT, alongside such distinguished women. I applaud Computer Weekly for their efforts to highlight the vital role of women in IT in the UK, which is far more significant than is often realised. I would encourage others to consider a career in IT; one of the most exciting and important professions today.”  

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 the publication of the Women in IT scorecard — a joint research venture with e-Skills UK.

Computer Weekly’s list of 25 most influential women in IT