Computer Weekly announced its fourth annual list of the most influential women in UK IT extending it, for the first time, to 50 female leaders in technology. The 50 inspirational women featured are role models for diversity and success amongst the tech community.
The aim of this annual list, of the top women in UK IT, is to focus on the role of women in tech by recognising the most influential role models and discussing the vital part that female IT leaders play in the UK’s high-tech economy. The list was made up of some of the UK’s most successful businesswomen in technology including Lyn Grobler (BP), Susan Cooklin (Network Rail), Rebecca George (Deloitte) and Belinda Parmar (Lady Geek).
Sheila Flavell was appointed chief operating officer of IT services firm FDM Group in 2008. She played an integral role in the group’s flotation on AIM in 2005 and was a key instigator of the management buy-out of the group in 2010 and the subsequent float onto the main FTSE market in June 2014. Flavell campaigns for promoting women in IT and spearheads FDM’s global women in IT campaign. She has won various accolades for her support of Women in IT and is the driving force behind FDM’s Global Women in IT initiative.
Of her win, Sheila said, ‘It is a great honour to be recognised by Computer Weekly as an influential women in IT and to be amongst so many other inspirational female figures, as we look to inspire the future generation of women tech talent. At FDM we continue to strive for the best and support those young women who seek an exciting career that will shape our digital future.’
FDM continues to actively support women in tech by recruiting and retaining top talent as part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion. FDM is incredibly proud of its above industry average with 25% of our global workforce and 50% of our senior management team being female. Our global network of Female Champions are role models; promoting our ambition of helping women to break the glass ceiling and opening the pipeline to executive positions.
Congratulations Sheila on another incredible achievement!
Updated 13 July, 2015