Christina Maddy

Christina Maddy | Nomura

Christina Maddy

I joined Nomura on the Graduate scheme in 2014 as a Business Analyst and Scrum Master, after graduating from Loughborough University with a 2.1 in Information Technology Management for Business. Soon after joining, I was leading the delivery of a key, regulatory system to control and report on access to production systems. This role gave me exposure to internal and external auditors, as I had to present and meet with them regularly, and also all areas of technology.

I have since led the delivery of other projects such as a tool to consolidate all of your outstanding tasks (from timesheets to access approvals) into a single pane of glass view, and most recently Symphony, a cloud based communication and content sharing platform.

I have championed and applied Agile processes across all of the platforms and systems mentioned, either by acting as the BA/Scrum Master myself or by training and mentoring other members of the organisation to fulfil these roles, and I am now managing a small team of business analysts within my division, which is a new and exciting challenge, and together we are working to implement agile processes and a continuous delivery strategy against other teams in our division, to ensure we, as an organisation, are working as efficiently as possible.

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Kamila Piorowska

Kamila Piorowska | Barclays

Kamila Piorowska

How you could describe me…

Agile Coach with financial industry experience specialiasing with technology transofrmations. Very passionate about leaning software delivery model and transformational changes to deliver the highest value to the customer. Comfortable coaching distributed agile teams, C Level managers, multimillion programmes, IT and business. Experience with scaled agile, enterprise transformation and Community of Practice.

What others say about me....

“Kamila is one of the strongest Agile coaches I have been fortunate to work with. Possessing good knowledge of Agile theory, Kamila has consistently demonstrated a firm understanding of Agile principles and mind-set, by taking a pragmatic approach (based on unique team/programme/ organisational constraints) to Agile transformation.”
(Ade, Agile Coach)

What I say about myself….

I make teams happy. Dreadful faces, working long hours, high level of stress. This is what I have observed working in Investment Banks, Consultancies. Having Software Delivery background helped me to relate to their pain. But… is this what we want from life? Surely there must be more. Teams who I am coaching work less and deliver more. I use mindful coaching techniques and agile way of working to transform individuals as well as teams.

I have been recognised as a face of Agile cultural change at Barclays. Agile is a great example of stewardship in IT departments. It is an innovative approach towards software development emphasising self-empowered teams working together efficiently but in a sustainable way. I have run an Agile transformation in my own team and also trained over 1,000 Barclays IT employees.
Outside of Barclays I stand for Human values (IAHV)– I am an active volunteer of a large volunteer based organization – International Association for Human Values. I teach yoga, mindfulness and stress management .

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Lisa Rajan

Lisa Rajan | Tara Binns Books

Lisa Rajan
I write and publish books that show a little girl doing different jobs, so show boys and girls that anyone can be anything. I choose male-dominated Tech and STEM jobs (engineer, doctor, astronaut, scientist for starters) to normalise these jobs for women and encourage girls to be ambitious in these fields. After graduating in Biotechnology I did an MSc in Science Communication, and have had careers in scientific publishing and medical writing. When my daughter was born, I wanted to read her books with a strong female lead character who tackled STEM jobs and showed resilience, analytical skills, courage, inquisitiveness, resourcefulness and imagination. When I couldn't find them I wrote and published the books myself. I visit primary schools to read to the children, raise aspiration and introduce the idea of Tech and STEM careers. I use my books to break gender stereotypes and encourage girls to see a career in Tech or Sciences as desirable, so that in the future there is gender balance in the tech industries and the industry benefits from the creativity, talent and ideas of more girls. Two of my books were nominated for the prestigious 2016 Carnegie Medal and my mission to 'give little girls big ideas' has been featured in The Sun newspaper. Harper Collins support my ambition to get more girls into Tech and STEM and are planning to publish my books in their Big Cat reading scheme next year. I'm not strictly a Woman in Tech, but I am doing everything I can to encourage the women of the future to go into tech so that we are no longer a minority and more girls can contribute to the most innovative and exciting industry to be in.

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Anisha Osman Britton

Anisah Osman Britton | 23 Code Street

Anisha Osman Britton

Anisah Osman Britton decided she wasn’t going to try for a place at Oxbridge (oxford/Cambridge), and instead was going to intern at businesses around the world with the goal of doing something "businessy".

Since then, she has been part of the tech scene for 5 years which began with her starting a company at 19. This was a student freelance company called Pocketmuni that won her the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the IPA and took her to number 10 as part of the Start Up Games in 2012. This is when she began teaching herself how to code. After losing her developer, she understood the importance of understanding the possibilities, your IP, and being able to have conversations within the tech scene at an appropriate level.

She then went on to work for The Bakery, an open innovation accelerator, working with some of the best and upcoming start ups and the world's biggest brands. After seeing the inequality, lack of diversity and need to have more women have a technical understanding, Anisah founded 23 Code Street.

23 Code Street is a coding school for women based in London. For every paying student in the UK, they teach digital skills to a woman in the slums of Mumbai.

Anisah believes diversity breeds inclusive and accessible innovation. With a workforce that represents our society, we will build for everyone.

She is a big believer that learning how to code doesn’t mean you have to, or want to, become a developer and that we need to educate on the opportunities and possibilities that tech skills bring in other industries and jobs.

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Alexandra Wyatt

Alexandra Wyatt | Monitor Deloitte

Alexandra Wyatt

Hi, my name is Alexandra and I am a Strategy Consultant at Monitor Deloitte, with a focus on Technology. I have spent the last decade working on issues related to Technology and Innovation.

I am currently working on an Innovation Acceleration Programme for 100 partners at Deloitte sponsored by our CEO. I teach partners about new technology, innovation tradecraft and support them in developing their own prototype. We’ve already had a couple of early success stories from the programme. One of our successes is a public sector blockchain solution. The blockchain solution uses smart contracts and speeds up the time our clients spend on purchasing decisions.

Prior to working at Monitor Deloitte, I spent a year working at the Education Section of the British Embassy in Beijing. I also obtained an MSc in Economics and Strategy from Imperial College London. During my time at Imperial, I wrote a first-class dissertation on the link between the digital economy and income inequality.

Outside of work, I love languages. I worked or studied in seven different countries and am fluent in Chinese and French. I also enjoy building and designing websites using programmes such as Java, Python, CSS, HTML and InDesign.

I’ve used my passion of building websites to develop my own company, Allergy Out. Allergy Out helps users to read and write reviews of how well restaurants deal with food allergies. A few statistics on UK food allergies highlights the vital importance of why this website is needed. In the UK, about ten people die every year from food-induced anaphylaxis. If Allergy Out can help to reduce this I will consider my project to be successful. This is as, although this risks being clichéd, I believe above all in the role that technology has to play in improving our lives.

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Shana Dacres

Shana Dacres | Capgemini

Shana Dacres

I have never been scared of the sign ‘not for girls’ (whether literal or subliminal). From a young age I have been interested in technology and despite things not always going right, being constantly mistaken for a ‘hair and beauty girl’, and being the only BAME (and female) when starting my graduate career, I love and embrace all the challenges working in technology brings.

From being introduced to a computer in primary school, to now developing and deliver applications for critical systems, working in technology is something which continues to excite me.
I studied ICT at GCSE, enjoyed it so much I chose it at A Levels and then went on to pursue a First Class degree in Computer Science.

I started my career in Cyber Security, developing and testing applications in C++, C# and Python. I then joined Capgemini as a Software Engineer Lead helping to develop and deliver solutions in Java to a range of customers.

Today, I am working on a project to help deliver government critical systems as a technical architect. In spare time I like to read thrillers, explore different cultures and indulge in a lot of desserts!


Letty Gibbs

Letty Gibbs | KPMG

Letty Gibbs

I was the first person in my family to attend university, graduating with a degree in financial economics from Kingston University in 2008. After spending 18 months as an analyst for an energy consulting company, I was offered a job as a junior Business Analyst at KPMG’s Global Mobility Services (GMS) Technology team. The team implements technology solutions across multinational organisations to support global tax compliance. Although a graduate, I was recruited as an experienced hire.

With no experience in tax or technology, I used tenacity, grit and dedication to settle into my new role. I was exposed to a number of challenges early on - learning how to configure KPMG’s mobility technology as well acquiring new skill sets in project management methodologies, stakeholder management and requirement elicitation techniques. In 2013, I was promoted to an assistant manager.

Following this promotion, I became responsible for leading on the implementation of the multiple projects valued at over £250,000 for a number of key accounts. I also deepened and developed my skills and knowledge by completing my BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis, as well as gaining a basic understanding of SQL and teaching myself how to create SAP crystal reports to meet client demands. To develop my tax knowledge, I am currently studying to complete my Association of Tax Technicians (ATT).

In 2015, I was promoted to manager and in my first year, I was asked to lead a team of Business Analysts, introducing standard practices throughout the team. I am very passionate about the individuals I work with and spend a significant time coaching, training and mentoring the junior members of the team. This is done formally in my role as a performance manager and informally via mentoring relationships that have formed over the past 7 years at KPMG.


Nicole Melzack

Nicole Melzack | STFC RAL Space

Nicole Melzack

I completed my MEng in Space Systems Engineering in 2014 and joined STFC RAL Space as a Spacecraft Thermal Engineer. I became the thermal engineer on a calibration target for the Meteosat satellite programme. Developing novel computer modelling techniques for a new approach to temperature control (helium gas gap).

I have also been involved in assessing designs for the Satellite Testing Facilities at RAL Space, and supported the testing of the SPICE instrument, part of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft.

Working with a laser heterodyne radiometer developed at RAL Space, I have been part of adapting a lab based experiment for a CubeSat mission.

I have attended, and presented at a variety of conferences and workshops, including:

Tempmeko Conference in Zakapone, Poland, 2016
The International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), Charleston SC, 2017
The European Space Thermal Analysis Workshop, ESTEC, The Netherlands, 2016


Aisling O'Brien

Aisling O'Brien | Mastercard

Aisling O'Brien

An experienced digital payments professional with expertise in tokenization, APIs and digital wallets across the EMEA region. She has been instrumental in building relationship with major UK businesses with Mastercard’s API platform to execute hackathons to engage developer communities. Following this, she was chosen to take part in Mastercard’s early career talent rotation program, presenting her with an opportunity to spend 6 months working in South Africa to launch tokenization & Samsung pay; one of the biggest developments in the industry since chip and pin. Today, she is working to scale and commercializing Qkr! a digital wallet across EMEA.

With a passion for personal development, Aisling is the chairman of Mastercard’s Young Professionals group which works to advance personal development, be champions of tech and innovation, and be agents of change. She is also a part of the Mayor of London Digital pioneer group which is focused engaging with London’s future talent to build their digital and technology skills and she is a mentor in a female mentoring program which empowers undergraduates who are seeking a job in business to build their self-confidence and challenge them to discover their full potential.

 

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Diane Reddell

Diane Reddell | Department for Work and Pensions

Dianne Reddell
I started out in my career as systems tester as an intern with ITSA as part of my HND in business computing. Once I completed my degree I worked temporarily with EDS as a software tester. I had a small break from IT and then worked for Atos Origin as a graduate software tester where I helped train 10 other graduate testers. More recently I completed a 16 week software development course and I am now a junior software developer. I am also completing my second masters in Computing and IT by distance learning. In addition to this I am a participant in the Northern Voices programme to speak at technology events to encourage more women to join the technology community.