techUK launched the Skills and Diversity Council at the beginning of 2018 following the merge of both the Women in Tech Council and the Skills, Talent and Migration Group. The Council aims to support the wider diversity and inclusion agenda in the tech sector and take concrete steps on helping the UK develop skills for the modern economy.
The Council brings together some of the most influential networks and people working across the industry to champion diversity in tech, relating to: ethnicity, LGBT+, disability, neurodiversity, social mobility and gender. As well as discussing new approaches which help to address the skills gap today and, in the future, including successful multi stakeholder partnerships, innovative recruitment strategies and lifelong learning.
Mivy James, Head of Consulting, BAE Systems - Chair
Karen Thomson, Diversity & Inclusion Lead - UK&I, FUJITSU - Vice Chair
Abidemi Ogunbowale-Thomas, Tech Imagineer, Accenture
Alice Harrison, Client Relations Officer, Athensys
Amanda Cooper, Head of Strategic Capability Planning, Thales
Ana Perez, Senior Director Consulting & Chair for Oracle Women Network, Oracle
Anees Norman, Associate, Employment, Lewis Silkin LLP
Astrid Mehrtens-Haupt, EMEA Sales Director, Aptum
Budgie Dhanda, CEO, Qufaro
Cheryl Teoh, Senior Consultant – Technical Advisory, Leyton UK
Cumhur Kizilari, UK Country Director, Morten Consultancy & Training Services
James Corcoran, Head of Permanent Recruitment, Sanderson
Joanna Hitchen, Highways Communications & EDI Lead, Costain
Kathryn Baddeley, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Affairs, Cisco
Lizzie Butler, Atos
Martin Ewings, Brand Leader and Operations Director, Experis
Narmada Guruswamy, Data Analytics Senior Manager, EY
Pallavi Malhotra, Academy Director, Huawei Technologies
Riham Satti, CEO and Co-Founder, MeVitae
Sophie Wood, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, FDM Group
Tribeni Chougule, Head of Change Management – Europe Finance, VISA
In our first year as a Council in 2018, we produced a best practice report on Gender Pay Gap reporting, expanding techUK’s Returners Hub which supports those who have taken career breaks to return to work in the tech sector, and continued to support initiatives like the Tech Talent Charter and WISE Campaign’s My Skills My Life, an online platform which provides girls with female role models in STEM and demystify the career pathways into tech aimed at moving the dial towards gender parity in STEM.
This year, the Council have had a number of successes including supporting techUK’s first flagship skills conference Creating Digital Futures, and relaunching the Council newsletter which has had a 29% increase in readership from April to September 2019 and is one of techUK’s top 5 newsletters. The Council also had a hand in creating techUK’s guide showing the pathways into the tech sector – this website offers a clear introduction to the variety of routes that can be taken into tech, bringing information together in one place to help people find a route that works for them. The Council has provided insights and blog posts on a range of skills and diversity topics, spoken at external conferences, and have continued supporting the initiatives from the previous year.