This is just a tiny sample of the thousands of women speakers working in tech in the UK, including startup founders, vendor executives, CIOs, security experts, developers, technologists, lawyers and academics.

It is well known fact that women are under-represented within the technology sector. Many people have discussed how, why and what can be done to help fix the imbalance. We won’t go into those questions here. What we will discuss is a place where this problem can become particularly acute: events.

Sadly it is still not uncommon to see panels that only feature male speakers, even in 2016. When the inevitable backlash on social media occurs, it is always interesting to see how the event organisers respond.

Ideally, it goes something like: “We’re sorry, we will do better next time.” Sometimes the organisers claim to have invited (usually unspecified) women but all of them couldn’t make it. Regularly the defence is: “There just aren’t enough women working in this area.” But how true is this?

We decided to investigate ourselves to see how many UK-based women we could find who’d be able to speak in public across the various sectors within tech. With relatively little effort we found tonnes of impressive vendor executives, chief information officers, startup founders, developers, technologists, lawyers…just to name a few sectors. They are listed below, by their (quite loosely defined) expertise category, with links to their profiles.

This list is by no means exhaustive. In fact, we’re certain it’s just a drop in the ocean. So if you are or know a woman working in tech who’d be a great speaker, please get in touch.

177 UK women who could speak at your tech event

Founders and women working in startups

Developers and technologists

Vendor executives and tech company staff

CIOs and CTOs

Academics, trade bodies, thinktankers and non-profits

Security and tech law

Venture capitalists

Public sector

  • Ade Adewunmi, head of data infrastructure at Government Digital Service
  • Rebecca Kemp, freelance digital director (previously UK Trade & Investment, Public Health England, GDS)
  • Ann Kempster, head of recruitment for digital at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Janet Hughes, previously programme director for GOV.UK Verify at GDS
  • Julie Pierce, director of openness, data and digital at Food Standards Agency
  • Chris Atherton, head of design at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Kit Collingwood, deputy director of Universal Credit at Department for Work and Pensions
  • Emma Stace, executive director of digital, data and technology at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Aoife Ni Mhorain, head of user research at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Yash Harris, service designer at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Sharon O’Dea, digital engagement lead at Department for International Trade
  • Louise Downe, head of design for the UK Government, GDS
  • Lara Sampson, product owner, Universal Credit at Department for Work and Pensions

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