Skills and Diversity Council

techUK launched the Skills & Diversity Council at the beginning of 2018 following the merge of both the Women in Tech Council and the Skills, Talent and Migration Group. In our first year as a Council we have run campaigns on good Gender Pay Gap reporting, expanded our Returners Hub, which supports those who have taken career breaks to return to work in the tech sector, and have continued supporting initiatives such as 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.

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.


Sarah Atkinson (Chair)

Catherine Knivett (Vice Chair), Interim Chief Operating Officer, Corsham Institute

Amanda Cooper, Head of Strategic Capability Planning, Thales

Ana Perez, Senior Director Consulting & Chair for Oracle Women Network, Oracle

Astrid Mehrtens-Haupt, EMEA Sales Director, Cogeco Peer 1

Hema Marshall, General Manager and Leader, SMB Sales, Cisco

Jacqueline de Rojas, President, techUK

Liz Kanter, Director, Government Relations, Blackberry

Louisa Pointon, Talent Manager, Openreach

Mivy James, Head of Consulting, BAE

Narmada Guruswamy, Data Analytics Senior Manager, EY

Nabila Aydin, Global Marketing Director, FDM

Sophie Fernandes, Public Affairs Manager, Atos

Tribeni Chougule, Product Manager & Head of Innovation Development, VISA

Wendy Warham, VP, Head of Hybrid Infrastructure & Network and Telecomms, Fujitsu

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