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21 Sep 2017
Digital, Gender Balance & You

As organisations are being revolutionised by digital, new opportunities are being created for advancing the gender balance agenda for employees and employers

Every company approaches gender diversity from a different starting point and has many challenges to overcome. It will take time and investment to have a lasting effect, but the potential that digital transformation will create is a chance for women who want to seize new opportunities and for employers who desperately require a more diverse, multi-skilled workforce.

The Speakers and Panelists


Christine Ashton, Global CXO Digital Strategy Executive, SAP
Christine presented on what businesses need from Digital Transformation and what it will mean for current ways of working in business. 

Ade McCormack, Digital Business and Transformation Advisor
Ade outlined on the key drivers that are shaping the nature of work. Understanding this will help you to create environments that will attract and retain the best people. 

Brigid McBride, OBE, Acting Digital Transformation Director, HM Revenue and Customs
Brigid showcased HMRC's transformative digital journey.

Asha Nair, IT Senior Manager - Digital Production, Kimberly-Clark
Asha showed how to attract the right talent in a Digital world, and how the issue is being addressed in Digital Marketing.

Sabah Carter, Director Technology Business Operations, News UK
Sabah focused on how digital is changing career opportunities for women.

Tim Burke, CIO, Tullow Oil
Tim presented a case study of his organisation's strategic focus on diversity, focusing on their challenges and what they are doing to address them.

Aileen Thomson, Client Director, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Aileen provided the critical higher-education perspective on the Q&A Panel.

Personal Development Sessions


  Angelina Draper, Digital Strategist  
Creating a Digital Personal Brand
Angelina defined what a personal brand is and why it's important  She covered where to start and how to promote yourself (and through what channels). 

  Emma Feltham, Head of IT Customer Service, National Trust
How to Honeycomb
People often view career progression as moving up the ladder, but career progression can mean moving sideways, changing roles or companies. Emma showed how developing honeycombs can help you work out your next career step and how to get there.

  Digital Apprentices, HM Revenue & Customs
Digital at HMRC 
In this interactive session, attendees had the opportunity to 'have a go' and see what has been achieved in HMRC digital.

  Kathryn Brett Goldman, IT Transformation and Relationship Management Expert
Kate provided an insightful presentation on behaviours and skills in the workplace.
 Helen Toogood, Owner, Hot Chilli Connect
High-performing Team Diagnostics and KPIs
Helen ran a session on the importance of valuing diversity as one of the core KPIs for high-performing teams in digital. 

  Joanna Poplawska, Executive Director, The Corporate IT Forum
Benefits of Mentoring 

Mentoring is not just a great idea; it is a proven concept. Joanna focused on the benefits of mentoring relationships.



Christine Ashton

Global CXO Digital Strategy Executive, SAP


Christine has held Global CIO/CTO/SVP/NED digital roles for 20 years. Her skillset is in driving disruptive agendas at scale in complex information and customer-driven corporations. She thrives where she can be a transformational and a change initiator, and creates value by designing and executing high-profile global digitisation.

Ade McCormack

Digital Business and Transformation Advisor


With over three decades of experience, Ade has a 'bits to boardroom' understanding of the issues the market faces and extensive experience engaging with senior executives. He has also published over 1,000 posts, articles (including the Financial Times and CIO Magazine) and four books with his key insight into digital transformation.

Brigid McBride, OBE

Acting Digital Transformation Director, HM Revenue and Customs


Brigid leads a thousand-strong team in one of the most high-profile digital roles anywhere in government. She oversees a digital portfolio of 40+ current projects and is responsible for the continued development of the Multi-Channel Digital Tax Platform, as well as HMRC's current suite of 60+ digital services.

Asha Nair

IT Senior Manager - Digital Production, IT Global Applications, Data, Delivery and Analytics, Kimberly-Clark


Born and raised in South India, Asha has spent the last 17 years in different roles within IT, and has been part of key digital marketing initiatives across the globe. After moving to the UK in 2016, she is now managing the Digital Production Team that helps deliver marketing capabilities across Web, Mobile, social and eCommerce.

Sabah Carter

Director Technology Business Operations, News UK


Sabah leads strategic relationships with technology partners and social media platforms at News UK. She has led key business initiatives for the company, including building their Indian (Bangalore) off-shore capability providing a centre of excellence in Product Engineering, Data Science and Infrastructure Operations. Sabah has held a number of technology leadership roles delivering 'business transforming' change.

Tim Burke

CIO, Tullow Oil


Tim has 25 years' experience working in Information Services (IS) within the Oil and Gas sector, undertaking a wide variety of roles in large, independent E&P and service companies. He is currently leading the organisational restructuring of the IS function within Tullow Oil.

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