Westminster eForum

Women in the tech sector: education, company cultures and business benefits

Tuesday, 9th May 2017

Central London


This seminar will be an opportunity to take stock of progress for increasing the number of women in the field of technology and the further challenges which lie ahead, particularly in light of Brexit.

It takes place as the demand grows for digital skills across all sectors of the economy and as Britain seeks to position itself as a world-leader in emerging technologies such as cyber security, A.I., wearable tech and virtual reality.

Delegates will assess how to overcome the challenges remaining for attracting the interest and developing the skills of younger generations, as well as the professional barriers focusing on the effectiveness of quota systems, mentoring programmes, remote and flexible working initiatives and HR processes in promoting a culture of change.

Sessions will analyse evidence on the benefits for technology product design of women being more involved during the research and development phase, as well as further contributing to new technologies and applications specifically tailored for women. They will also look at investment and collaboration to encourage greater risk-taking in women-led tech startups.

Further discussion will assess what more is needed from Government in terms of policy and funding to accelerate the pace of change in a period of uncertainty as the UK negotiates its withdrawal from the European Union.

Guest of Honour

Sarah Drinkwater

Head of Campus, London, Google

Guest of Honour

Sarah Drinkwater

Head of Campus London, Google


Steve Brown

Director, Empiric and Programme Manager, Next Tech Girls

Kriti Sharma

Director, Bots and AI, Sage

Gillian Howard

Employment Lawyer

Sheridan Ash

Director, Technology, PwC

Susan Bowen

Vice President and General Manager EMEA, Cogeco Peer 1 and Chair, The Women in Tech Council, techUK

Hema Marshall

Head of Country Digitisation and Skills, Cisco UK & Ireland

Zara Farrar

Senior Creative Producer, Government Digital Service

Debbie Forster

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Apps for Good