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.
Karen Thomson, Diversity & Inclusion Lead - UK&I, FUJITSU - Chair
Abidemi Ogunbowale-Thomas, Tech Imagineer, Accenture
Alexandra Lockhart, Bid Manager, Valtech
Athena Petersen, People Generalist EMEA, Aptum
Alice Harrison, Client Relations Director, Athensys
Amanda Cooper, Head of Strategic Capability Planning, Thales
Anees Norman, Associate, Employment, Lewis Silkin LLP
Budgie Dhanda, CEO, Qufaro
Cheryl Allen, HR Director – Culture & Transformation, Atos
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
Martin Ewings, Brand Leader and Operations Director, Experis
Mivy James, Head of Consulting, BAE Systems
Narmada Guruswamy, Data Analytics Senior Manager, EY
Pallavi Malhotra, Academy Director, Huawei Technologies
Riham Satti, CEO and Co-Founder, MeVitae
Sarah Atkinson, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Global, MicroFocus
Sophie Wood, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, FDM Group
Tribeni Chougule, Head of Change Management – Europe Finance, VISA
Valerie Letellier, Area Business Operations Manager North EMEA, Oracle
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.