Westminster eForum

Women and the tech sector - skills, career progression and workplace culture

Morning, Tuesday, 16th October 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will examine latest progress and next steps for attracting and retaining women across the technology sector, and supporting their progression. 

Delegates will assess priorities for the development of a diverse talent pipeline - looking at what more might be done to address barriers to entry, encourage more women to study STEM, and improve links between education, policy and industry.

They will also consider the future role of women in the development of cutting-edge tech and driving the UK’s international competitiveness.

Following the publication of the first year of gender pay gap reporting, further sessions will examine issues around recruitment, career progression and equal pay, as well as discussing wider challenges regarding workplace culture - including improving transparency, enhancing employer engagement, encouraging mentoring and network initiatives, and establishing conducive working environments for all. 

Guests of Honour

Emily Clark

Chief Economist, BT Group

Chi Onwurah MP

Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation

Guest of Honour

Chi Onwurah MP

Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation

Keynote Speaker

Susan Bowen

Chair, Skills & Diversity Council, techUK and General Manager, EMEA, Cogeco Peer 1


Deidre Brock MP

Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Fair Work and Employment


Sean Dempsey

Employment Partner and Head of Technology Sector Group, Lewis Silkin

Griselda Togobo

Owner and Managing Director, Forward Ladies

Robyn Stephenson

Senior Manager, Women in Tech Programme, PwC

Dr Joanna Bryson

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Bath

Katherine Mathieson

Chief Executive, British Science Association

Peter Finegold

Head of Education Policy, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Dr Jan Peters

Founder and Managing Director, Katalytik

Helen Lamb

Vice President, Strategic Pursuits Unit, Global Delivery Group, Fujitsu

Geraldina Iraheta

Director of Business Development, Digital Catapult

Lauren Sager Weinstein

Chief Data Officer, Transport for London