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In just 3 years time, by 2020, the UK tech industry needs one million more tech workers. That's a lot of people. Currently only 17% of tech workers in the UK are female and only one in ten females are taking A-levels in computer studies. In order to ensure that our tech workforce in 2020 is more diverse, inclusive and fair something radical needs to happen.
Debbie Forster MBE (@debbieforster) will be facilitating Gender diversity – Let's do this!. This event will engage champions of gender diversity and Bath based businesses in open and honest discussion about how we can encourage greater gender diversity in the technology sector. Debbie received an MBE in January 2017 for services to Digital Technology and Tech Development. WISE named her Woman of the Year for 2016 and Computer Weekly has consistently named her as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in UK IT since 2014.
Debbie is also CEO for the Tech Talent Charter initiative, supported in the government's policy paper on the UK Digital Strategy to bring together industries and organisations to drive diversity and address gender imbalance in technology roles. Nationwide has been part of a team defining the Tech Talent Charter, and will also be sharing their thoughts on delivering a tech workforce that better reflects the diverse population of the UK.
As part of this event a participatory approach will be taken to engage the thoughts and ideas of the audience to build a proactive approach to improving gender diversity in businesses in Bath and beyond.
We have an outstanding set of panelists in place including:
Pauline Roche, Co-Founder RnR Organisation
Dr. Constance Fleuriot, Co-founder Womens Tech Hub
Jane Ginnever, Founding Director SHIFT
Michelle Carpenter, Human Rights Analyst, Verisk Maplecroft
Rav Bumbra, Founder, Structur3dpeople
Zara Nanu, CEO, Gapsquare
Roja Buck, Group CTO, Riverford Organic Farmers
Gabby Shaw, Principal Consultant, AdLib