The current statistics of women who work in IT aren’t wholly optimistic. According to Women in Tech, only one-in-six tech specialists and only one-in-ten IT leaders are women.
In the coming months, leading IT channel publication CRN is aiming to understand this problem of gender diversity in their Women in Channel debate. They are asking the big questions; is our education system failing to encourage women to study tech subjects? Is there a work culture that discourages women from joining or progressing in IT businesses?
Yet, whilst the figures of women currently employed in IT are not excellent, there is certainly no shortage of talented females in tech. Alongside their debate, CRN are also hosting the Women in Channel Awards which will recognise the individuals who are influencing, challenging and reshaping the tech industry.
At Logicalis UK, we are not in short supply of female employees who are reworking and challenging the male-dominated tech industry. We are extremely proud to announce that five of our employees have been shortlisted for the awards.
Meet our nominees
First up is Natasha Darbyshire, Head of IT, shortlisted for Manager of the Year. Natasha is currently leading a digital transformation programme of works covering everything from Logicalis UK’s core infrastructure and networking, through to collaboration technologies, back-office systems, data analytics, AI and IoT.
Second up is Logicalis UK’s Chief Operating Officer, Natalie Matthews, who has been shortlisted for Role Model of the Year. With over 25 years of experience in IT which began with IBM’s Youth Train-ing Scheme, Natalie has developed from a PA to a Senior Leadership position, often finding herself as the only woman on the board of various companies.
Our third nominee is Wendy Paine, TIS Team Leader shortlisted for Technical Employee of the Year. Wendy is one of 14 women in EMEA and 28 worldwide who hold a double HPE-MASE certification and currently manages an all male team of 23 at Logicalis UK.
Nominated for Sales Employee of the Year, our fourth nominee is Jane Emerson, Client Director, who has been at the company for eight years. In this time, Jane has facilitated vital collaboration between teams and customers, resulting in winning new clients and expanding Logicalis UK’s engagement with their client portfolio.
Last but certainly not least, our fifth nominee, Fanni Vig has been nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year. Fanni has been leading the Data and IoT Business Unit within Logicalis since its creation three years ago. Within this time, Fanni’s team has delivered a 150% top-line and a 300% bottomline growth, resulting in it becoming one of the most profitable areas within the wider group.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 18 October 2018 at the Hilton London Bankside Hotel. Congratulations and good luck to all of those who are shortlisted and we look forward to an evening of celebrating – we’re keeping our fingers crossed!