Eve Wallace is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Glasgow Technology at Morgan Stanley, based in Glasgow. Eve is responsible for ensuring that Glasgow Technology is operating effectively and efficiently to meet strategic plans, including resources, employee engagement & financials. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Eve worked primarily in the oil & gas sector with her latter role as the IT Finance Enterprise Leader in Shell with a team of 50+ across Glasgow & Chennai as well as leading a community of 100+ people in the Glasgow office.
Rebecca Moore is Director of Growth for the EMEA region at Skyscanner. Becs joined Skyscanner in 2014 in a strategy and operations role. Her time at Skyscanner has seen her lead a programme reorganizing the business to the current Growth model in addition to implementing and running Skyscanner’s Asia-Pacific Growth Tribe. Prior to Skyscanner, Becs was Head of System and Process at RBS.
Sharon Moore MBE is IBM’s CTO for Travel & Transportation. She marries the vision of the industry with the potential of technology and the breadth of IBM, to transform technical capability into real business results. The convergence of traditional architecture skills with more modern ‘show not tell’ approaches, allows her to quickly demonstrate possibilities to IBM’s clients and prepare them for the impact on the enterprise.
Sharon is a board member of CENSIS, the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems and leads BCSWomen in Scotland. She was recently honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours 2018 for services to women in technology based industries, and presented with the 'Inspirational Women in Leadership' award at the inaugural Scotland Women in Technology Awards 2017.
Melinda Matthews-Clarkson has spent her 25 year career as a leader in technology. She is currently the CEO of CodeClan where she leverages her passion for people and her skills to drive business growth into the Scottish Digital Economy. She has held roles as a VP of Sales, Global Executive of Business Development & Enablement, Director of Marketing and VP of Alliances and Partnerships. She has focused her “can do” attitude in bringing offerings to the marketplace and as a VP at IBM she focused on eCommerce, Supply Chain Management, Digital Marketing, Customer Experience and Internet of Things (Smarter Cities).
Melinda lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is a dual citizen of the USA and Great Britain. She is a Board Member for Smart Works Charity that focuses on assisting women back into the workforce. She is active with Girl Guides and jumps at any opportunity to coach and mentor women to be the best they can be. When she is not thinking about technology, she can be found in her garden, on her yoga mat or in the kitchen creating wonderful tasty dishes.
Debbie Forster MBE is a recognised figure in the areas of diversity, tech, innovation and education, and is CEO for the Tech Talent Charter, an industry collective which aims to deliver greater gender diversity in the UK tech workforce. Prior to the TTC, Debbie gained attention as the Co-CEO of tech charity Apps for Good. Debbie was awarded an MBE in January 2017 for “Services to Digital Technology and Tech Development” and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) named her Woman of the Year for 2016. Debbie has also been named on Computer Weekly’s list of “25 Most Inspirational Women in UK IT” for the last 5 years.
Emma Gillies is the Managing Partner with Gartner Consulting in Scotland and Northern Ireland and has over 25 years’ experience of managing major transformational projects and programmes across the private and public sector. Her focus over the last five years has been on delivering Digital transformation across Government. Prior to joining Gartner Emma established and led a Digital Shared Service for the Scottish Government. She has also worked for the Cabinet Office, Tesco Bank, and Deloitte. Emma holds an MA (hons), MSC in Marketing and an MBA.
Lynsey is Executive Director in J.P. Morgan Global Technology at J.P. Morgan in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Joining J.P. Morgan in 2006, Lynsey is Head of Technology for Social Good, Diversity and Inclusion in EMEA. In addition to her important and influential role in global technology, Lynsey is a full time working Mum to identical twin girls. Lynsey is an inspirational leader and role model for JP Morgan globally, and on a national scale as Chair of Scotland Women in Technology (SWiT) which aims to celebrate, champion, and invest in trailblazing women in the technology industry.
Jenny joined RBS in 2016 as Head of Performance & Business Management in Technology; prior to joining RBS she was Director of Simplicity at Telstra Corporation.
Jenny has a diverse background of executive experience, ranging from customer services and HR through to significant project/programme management and agile transformation. Her passion at work is removing the constraints that inhibit teams from succeeding. Having worked at big companies and small ones, she understands that unique blend of focusing to deliver an innovative large-scale experience whilst ensuring every step forward creates value and is worth taking.
Gillian is an Executive Director in J.P. Morgan Global Technology at J.P. Morgan in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Joining J.P. Morgan in 2000, Gillian leads Treasury & CIO Technology Team in Glasgow as well as being responsible globally for Testing and Deployment.
In her 18 years with the firm, Gillian has held a variety of technical and SME positions with a focus on application delivery and strong domain knowledge. She previously spent seven years working in New York with J.P. Morgan.
She provides her business and technology teams with a global perspective, operating within an inclusive work environment and is passionate about diversity.
Gillian enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and going to the theatre.
Claire Reid is Head of Assurance for PwC Scotland. As well as being responsible for the assurance practice across all industry sectors in Scotland, Claire also leads on Innovation and Technology Investments for the firm's assurance business. Claire has been with PwC for 20 years, having worked in the US and London before returning to Scotland, where she is now based. During the first dotcom boom, Claire spent 2 years working in Silicon Valley with an HP technology spin-off, Cisco and other fast growing tech and software firms. In the last year, she has focussed on growing PwC’s technology practice in Scotland, with a particular focus on technology risk and data, where staff numbers have grown to over 100.
As Managing Director of Wireframe Immersive, Claire has driven the quality of their CG Visualisation services and surpassed client expectations. From inception in 2013, Wireframe has pushed the boundaries of architectural visualisation, rebranding in 2015 to promote development into Virtual Reality and in doing so partnered with Aitken Turnbull to develop VR-EP a technology that allows Architects and designers create dementia friendly spaces by understanding how dementia can affect a person’s vision. Combining years of hands on technical skills and knowledge; sales, business development and contract/client management experience, Claire has cultivated an approach that has confidently secured and sustained relationships with substantive clients.
For the last two years Lan has worked independently, as transformation director, advisor and non-executive. Prior to that, Lan was responsible for Strategy and Transformation for Capgemini Group.
Lan has always worked in the world of transformation, delivering major change with companies throughout the world, at all scales from local change to full scale global reorganisation. As well as working for huge organisations, Lan has experience at the sharp end of the start-up world when she quit the corporate world to launch a consulting firm, which she grew and sold. Lan has been an advisor to small companies going through scaleup and was MD EMEA for SAIC, a privately held US scientific and technology services company through the public placement on the New York Stock Exchange. Now Lan works holds a non-executive role with the Cabinet Office and works with private clients as interim transformation director and advisor/
Technology always plays a part in transformation, now more than ever. The latest frontier is transforming government, where SMEs and major organisations all have a role to play.
Emily is a business leader with experience in strategic planning, launching new initiatives and creating innovative new products and services. Utilising her strategic design capabilities to connect the impact of design and business. Her focus spans a broad range of industries across start-ups and agencies as well as a role in a €4bn IT company, Sopra Steria, where she sat on the UK digital board. An advocate for getting girls into STEM and showing the fun side of Tech, Emily was a 2018 FDM everywoman finalist for Digital Star Award, for excelling in a digital role.
I have the privilege of working in a high growth technology space helping our teams deliver solutions that solve the travel needs for our friends, family and the world.
With a background in software development, 18+ years leading and managing teams across various technologies I empower and coach teams to deliver scalable solutions and drive systemic change across the organisation. Fostering strong relationships, building empathy and mutual understanding I apply appropriate approaches to establish strong foundations, embed our values and foster a culture of high performing successful teams.
Of course, In my spare time I too love to travel. Being a parent of two teenage daughters I am passionate about ensuring we foster girls into stem subjects at school, support and encourage females in the tech industry.
Jennifer Holmes is a highly experienced and versatile senior leader, accomplished in the development of strategy, innovation and vision. Following a successful and exciting career in the Royal Air Force, where she undertook a variety of roles from the management of military flying activity, to deployment on overseas operations, and the preparation and presentation of key information to various Prime Ministers, before she joined FDM and took up the global role as Head of the Getting Back to Business programme. Through her drive and determination, she has led the development and growth of FDM’s returners programme.
She remains energised by the level of interest shown and support given to this inspirational programme that enables (predominately) women to return to work and progress to more senior levels, whilst helping to redress the gender imbalance that often exists.
Susan is Chief Executive of Spiritus Partners. Spiritus is pioneering digital service records and analytics for healthcare, clinical labs and life sciences.
Pairing cutting-edge foresight with results-driven pragmatism, Susan draws upon 25 years of executive experience in enterprise sales, product management, technology strategy, corporate development, operational risk management, and cybersecurity.
Susan serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of Engineering Science at Loyola University Chicago. She speaks frequently at industry conferences, universities and law schools about distributed ledger technology (DLT)/blockchain, analytics, cybersecurity and IOT in critical infrastructure settings. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University.
Jessica Robinson is CEO of PurePoint International helping people and companies to be safe by bridging the gap between physical and cyber security. PurePoint is the security company of choice for innovative and forward thinking businesses globally and is the winner of the JCI Philippines-New York ICON of IMPACT Award for International Affairs and Women's Security for their creative and pioneering approach to security. PurePoint International provides cyber security consulting and training for financials services, insurance and other middle market global companies with $150-$500M in revenue. Jessica speaks internationally on cybersecurity and innovation, and is on the board of both for profit, and non profit, technology and security organizations.
Tripti leads the Digital Analytics practice at Avanade for Europe in addition to leading the advanced analytics and data science practice globally. She is responsible for driving analytics sales across Europe, growing and leading advanced analytics opportunities globally, developing new analytics propositions around topics such as IOT analytics and AI and building an advanced analytics team through both the recruitment and training of data scientists.
She has 13+ years of data science experience across multiple domains with a specific focus on
Searra is co-founder and the Chief Creative Officer for Jukebox Labs, a technology start-up, specialising in games and trivia as-a-service.
She has 8 years of experience working as a UI/UX designer in the video games and digital industry in Scotland. She has had the pleasure of working with several Scottish studios and some of the projects she has worked on have won Scottish Bafta awards.
Searra is responsible for bringing together the creative vision for Jukebox Labs and keeping the company strongly focused on a user centered design culture. She is a recent alumni of the Special Edition leadership programme for top Scottish Women in Tech and is currently representing her business on the Elevator Creative Accelerator programme.
Pam Linton is the Senior Delivery Manager for Information Systems at Sky, based in Livingston. Pam is responsible for ensuring that investment in Technology projects delivers the business benefits sought, in an efficient way. Creativity is essential at Sky, who search for opportunities to work and think differently, often delivering the impossible while having fun along the way. Previously Pam worked in Digital Engineering, helping the industry drive digital enablement and grab lucrative opportunities. She has also worked in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry, leading multiple technology initiatives, always focussed on Technology change and improvements.
Our mission at The Bravest Path is to re-humanise the workplace. We work with individuals, teams, and organisations to develop courage, compassion and connection through psycho-educational workshops and coaching.
Bethan has over 10 years’ experience within the Finance and Hi-tech sectors, working for Autodesk, Prudential and Munich Re in regional and global leadership positions. Her most recent role involved leading Talent, Learning & Development across Europe & Africa with a focus on building a more inclusive, authentic, brave and collaborative culture. She co-founded the Bravest Path to bring a different approach to developing individuals and organisational cultures, making workplaces more human and humane. As a transformational coach Bethan focuses on helping women be bolder, self-compassionate and authentic, and regularly partners with boards and senior teams designing and facilitating programs to deliver sustainable behavioural and cultural change.
Yuyan Zhang was born and raised in China. Despite her passion in math she studied liberal arts in university. Yuyan went to United States pursuing Ph.D. in Political Science, but graduated with a Master’s degree in Computer Science after discovering the excitement of coding and logics in software. Yuyan started her career as an embedded software engineer at Motorola in Phoenix, Arizona. Later she joined Microsoft and grew from Software Developer in Test to Engineering Manager in Seattle. She spent 3 years as Release Manager and then Program Manager at Skype in Prague. In 2017 Yuyan went back to the technical side and moved to Amazon in Edinburgh as a Software Development Manager. Yuyan calls any place home where she is with her husband, two children, and their dog.
Susanne Birgersdotter, a Swedish self made entrepreneur and investor, has gone from designing her first app from her kitchen table to becoming a partner in the VC company, Milky Way Cap within 7 years. Susanne’s strong instincts and intuition has helped her grow her companies including designing a #1 ranked app and founding IGOTCHA, SthlmAppLab & SBDM. She is an active mentor and member on several boards and a popular global speaker giving lectures and workshops on entrepreneurship and venture capital. Susanne was nominated for Sweden’s most powerful female founder in 2017 and 2018.
Loral is CEO and co-founder of Sustainably, a technology for social good company. Loral is an award winning global digital marketer and strategist with a background in scaling business. Prior to setting up Sustainably, she was head of digital strategy and head of digital marketing for a FTSE100 where she was responsible for digital marketing in 30 countries, building and managing a multi award-winning team, and scaling the business from $40bn in assets in 6 countries to over $400bn in 30 countries in 10 years, and was recently named in BIMA’s top 100 people in digital in the UK.
Eishel is co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Sustainably. A 22 year old with a passion for all things digital and ethical, Eishel is responsible for the Sustainably brand and the user experience for the product and has a background in ethical and organic retail, most recently working with Neal’s Yard Remedies. Sustainably was selected in the top 3 at StartupGrind Europe out of 2,000 startups worldwide, shortlisted for a BIMA award for Technology with Conscience, won Best of Show at Finovate, and is a top 5 Virgin Startup.
Part-time Gamification Geek & Full-time Education Enthusiast. Co-Founder of EduHeroes Club - An education initiative dedicated to rethinking how we teach & learn. With an emphasis on helping learners thrive in the future, by promoting 21st century skills through project-based learning and design thinking. Community Builder & Communications Manager in education - Organising meetups & workshops for adults, promoting educational topics and gathering like-minded people that want to change something within education. Her quest: Engaging with entrepreneurs and specialists, fostering innovation and dynamic exchange of ideas with a mission to challenge and improve education as we know it.
A part-time student working as a data scientist Iulia’s used to being the youngest in the room, and often the only woman. So she made it her mission to show up in as many rooms as possible.
Her belief is that visibility is the most empowering force to drive change; that listening to outspoken women in STEM and realizing that's who you can grow up to be is louder than any stereotype or preconception the world can throw at you.
She is currently working on smart chatbot projects for digital company Mediaan in Amsterdam, where she is also taking on more business responsibilities, bringing her passion for tech innovation to her network.