Recent statistics show that only 17% of employees in the UK technology sector are women and only one in six school leavers starting a degree in Computer Science in 2016 was female. Whilst there is still much to be done to encourage women in the UK technology sector, we look at the women in leading tech roles in the UK.
Eileen Burbridge MBE of Passion Capital
Eileen, born in the US and currently living in the UK, is a venture capitalist and founding partner of Passion Capital a pre-eminent early stage VC fund based in London. Eileen trained as a software engineer and has worked for some of the world’s most prestigious tech companies including Apple, Yahoo and Sun Microsystems.
Eileen is also the Chair of TechCity UK and HM Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech. She is the Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s office and in June 2015 was made an MBE for services to business.
Julie Adenuga of Beats 1 (Apple)
In June 2015, Julie was announced as one of three global presenters of Beats 1. Beats 1 is a radio station launched by Apple and broadcasts 24/7 around the globe. It is accessible through iTunes on a computer and Apple Music on a smartphone or a tablet. Last year, Apple claimed that it was the “biggest radio station in the world”.
Julie (the sister of London based grime artists JME and Skepta) has strong roots in London’s music scene and is considered an influential woman in the tech sector.
Sherry Coutu CBE
Sherry’s LinkedIn profile describes her as a ‘mother, entrepreneur, investor and advisor.’ Originally from Canada, Sherry is an angel investor and founder of Founders4School and she has 20 years’ experience in using digital technology to bring people together. She is an advocate for diversity in the technology industry.
Sherry was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year’s Honours List 2013.