The 2022 Midlands Women in Tech Awards nominations launched at the inaugural ‘Round Table Sessions’ last night.

ROUND TABLE SESSIONS – A series of events across the year featuring local experts, designed to share knowledge and experience to develop the female tech talent in the Midlands.

At the inaugural session, we heard from four local experts in the Tech Sector on the topic of ‘Traits of a Good Tech Leader’ who shared their own thoughts as well as took questions from the audience.

The panellists shared their own experiences of being mentored and needing to be given the opportunities to shine.

Thank you to our incredible and inspirational female tech leader panellists:


Tracy Westall – Chairperson at Curium Solutions, Board member of DIT and WM5G Limited.

“Seeing more females in middle and senior leadership roles is a must in order to allow upcoming talent to have those role models.”

Amandip Jheeta – SAP Service Delivery Head at JLR-TCS, an award-winning woman in tech and diversity champion.

“Good leaders realise the importance of their team and develop a culture that delivers more than the individual elements could achieve.”

Safina Begum – Head of Service Operations at NTT Data.

“It so important that leaders recognise and support skills of individual team members.”

Delegates relished the opportunity to speak to the panellists and share their own experiences.

One of the attendees said: ‘It is important to know that we are able to reach into such community because I am still a minority female voice in my own team of 18 IT Technicians. Seeing some of the brilliant women here this evening has given me a boost that I could not only have more women in my team but also be the team leader.”

To see pics from the Round Table Session Event please click here: Pics by Mr Ladd Media.

The next ROUND TABLE SESSIONS will take place in May, please send us an email to if you wish to be notified of the details for this or follow us on our social media platforms using #MWIT22.

Midlands Women In Tech Awards are hugely important and promote a gender-balanced workforce across the tech sector.

The 3rd Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2022 will take place on Tuesday 11th October 2022 at The Eastside Rooms, Woodcock Street, Birmingham, B7 4BL.

This year we have added a number of new categories, please see the list below:

  • Start-Up Founder Award
  • Apprentice Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Academic Award
  • Tech For Good Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Project Delivery Lead Award
  • Shining Star Award
  • Tech Professional Award (Non-Coding) * NEW
  • Tech Entrepreneur Award * NEW
  • Best Use of Tech in A Public Sector Project *NEW
  • Best Use of Tech in A Private Sector Project *NEW
  • Hall of Fame Award


Nominations are now open, please visit to nominate for the above categories.


Celebrating International Women’s Day with the Midlands Women in Tech Awards.

Hear from supporters at our recent Round Table Sessions event – Episode 1.

Youngest Ever Inductee Added To The Midlands Women In Tech Awards Hall Of Fame

Kari Lawler, at just 18 years old, has added yet another accolade to her ever-growing list by being the youngest ever inductee of The Women In Tech Awards, which took place in Birmingham on the 7th October 2021.

Having started her journey into the tech industry in 2017 at the age of 13, through creating a virtual assistant Alexa/Siri clone which gained recognition from Google UK, Kari went on to a great number of additional triumphs.

These include winning the coveted UK SPACE AGENCY SatelLife Competition at age 14, being offered a place on the E4F (Entrepreneurs for the Future) Incubator programme in the same year, being named, Inspiring Juniors, “Most Promising Female Tech Talent” of the year and at 15 years old, being the youngest ever, winner of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce “Future Face of Technology and Innovation,” and receiving a special recognition award for “Outstanding Contribution to the City of Birmingham.”

Continuing in 2018, Kari set up YOUTH4AI which introduces the concepts of AI and tech careers to thousands of students in the region, many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds. She was selected to join the West Midlands Young Combined Authority Board in 2019, through which she actively works alongside the WMCA Digital Roadmap Steering Group, and WMCA Digital Inclusion Committee. She is also an official observer for the West Midlands 5G board. Within the last two years, Kari has continued to win multiple awards including, Barclays Entrepreneur Awards 2019, “MIDLANDS ICON OF THE YEAR” and recently, she was recognised as 1 of the top 100 female tech talents in the UK.

Such an impressive award résumé at such a young age, which has been increased further through her induction into the Women In Tech Awards Hall Of Fame.

At what was the second ever Women In Tech Awards event, having had to postpone last year due to the pandemic, the event organisers were incredibly excited to finally put on what was a beautiful evening.

Hosted by the former winner Melissa Snover, who took home the Innovation Award back in 2019, the event yielded an incredible energy throughout the room, some truly passionate & heartfelt speeches, as well as the camaraderie of seeing business & entrepreneurs throughout from the Midlands region fervently cheering each other on.

Jane Fallon who represented our headline Sponsor Methods talked about the strong tech eco system in the Midlands and challenged everyone present “to think what you could do differently to encourage diversity in your teams”.

This was followed by the keynote speaker for the evening the incredible Tracy Westall recently named as amongst “The Most Influential Women in UK Tech”. Tracy’s speech was from the heart as she recounted her phenomenal career right here in the Midlands!

Gurjit Jagpal reinforced the significance of tech in the region and why Goldman Sachs relocated their engineering division here.

The finalists and winners were no less impressive, reflecting the massive impact they are having in our region, huge congratulations to all the winners.

Huge thank you to our sponsors & supporters without whom it would not be possible to deliver such an amazing event.

Thank you to our headline sponsor Methods , who have supported from the beginning.

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors Goldman Sachs & Bootcamp Media®

Thank you to our supporting sponsors Gymshark , Bruntwood , NTT DATA Services , Birmingham City University , ICAEW

pics by Edwin Ladd – Elite Midlands Event Photographer

look forward to doing it all again next year, even bigger!
#EventsThatMatter #MWIT21

The list of all Women In Tech Awards 2021 Winners included:

  • Claire Owen (Droneprep) – Innovator Award
  • Amelia Westbury (Jaguar Land Rover) – Apprentice Award
  • Helen Routledge (Totem Learning) – Tech For Good Award
  • Tobi Adesanya (Marpe Wellbeing) – Start-Up Founder Award
  • Kari Lawler (Youth4AI) – Hall Of Fame Award
  • Jane Ellis (Jaguar Land Rover) – Best Digital Lead Award
  • Safina Begum (NTT Data) – Rising Star Award
  • Liz Walker (Goldman Sachs) – Shining Star Award
  • Alecia El Haj (University of Birmingham) – Academic Award

The Women in Tech Awards aims to inspire the next generation of women in the technology industry and through celebrating those currently paving the way, will hopefully help bring about a more equal and representative world, especially within the Midlands and throughout the UK.

In recent years, the Midlands has become home to an increasing number of tech businesses and entrepreneurs, meaning there is certainly no shortage of talented women to look to, in order to innovate and spearhead the direction of our digital future.

We hope those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the Women In Tech Awards 2021


Judging panel announced for the Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2021

The judging panel for this year’s much-anticipated Midlands Women in Tech Awards has been revealed.

The awards will be judged by a stellar panel of individuals, which include the following:

Head Judge: Professor Hanifa Shah – BCU

Prof Hanifa Shah is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment at Birmingham City University (BCU). She studied Computer Science as an undergraduate, has a PhD from Aston and a Masters from Cambridge. She has held lectureship, readership, professorship and executive leadership positions in Computing and Engineering departments at Aston, Staffordshire and BCU, and a Visiting Professorship at Manchester University. She also has several years’ experience in the industry including BT, Cadbury Schweppes and Britvic. Her wide-ranging experience of higher education spans teaching, research, enterprise and industry engagement combined with leading academic strategy development and organisational change. She has launched and driven a number of innovative initiatives over her career. Her work has helped to shape national and international thinking on work-based learning and university qualifications for IT Professionals through her work on transformational development programmes for large corporations and public sector organizations. Her commitment to the success of students and staff has led to her developing a cohesive approach to research, industry partnership, and teaching increasingly underpinned by a digital strategy. This provides a strong basis for an exciting student experience and employability alongside opportunities for staff to remain at the ‘cutting-edge’ of developments in fast-changing technical subjects.   As Head Judge, she will bring an all-round view from both an Education and Industry perspective.

Sally Eaves – Emergent Technology CTO

Prof Sally Eaves is an award-winning international keynote speaker, author and influencer with globally leading rankings across all advanced technology disciplines, digital transformation, future of work and social innovation aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. She has recently been ranked 8th in the World in Blockchain impact and is continually ranked in the top 10 for digital disruption and across frontier technology subjects by leading bodies such as Onalytica.

Hilary Smyth-allen – Supertech West Midlands

Hillary Smyth-Allen is the Executive Lead at SuperTech, whose purpose is to spotlight the strength of the West Midlands Tech Sector. With a focus on FinTech, their purpose is to promote professionals and companies in this space to ensure the UK remains a strong player in global fintech. As a Judge Hillary brings experience as a former Director of AECOM as well as having held influential positions at GBSLEP and WMCA Skills Commission.

Gurjit Jagpal – Goldman Sachs

Gurjit has spent 26 years with Goldman Sachs, having started off in Trading he has worked in a number of different areas of the organisation in this time. He has held a range of positions including VP and Managing Director of Business Units. Gurjit has a passion for innovation and is an ambassador for diversity and inclusion.

Tracy Westall – Curium Solutions

Tracy is returning to Judge this year’s awards and will also be delivering the Key Note at the Awards Dinner. Computer Weekly recently named her amongst ‘The Most Influential Women in UK Tech”. Tracy Westall is currently the Chairperson at Curium Solutions as well as sitting on a number of boards including DfT and WM5G Limited. Over several decades she has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to lead and inspire others in the tech sector in delivering innovative projects. As the former Director of Corporate Services at SCC, she was responsible for the Strategy and Governance of a £350m portfolio including Software & Cloud Services and was responsible for more than 100 members of staff.

Deborah Leary – Forensic Pathways

Deborah Is the CEO and Founder of Forensic Pathways, a multi award winning organisation that supplies products/software and consultancy for the criminal and business intelligence market. As well as being the CEO, she is also the recipient of multiple awards including the British Female Inventor of the year Award in recognition of her skills as an innovator. Deborah is a mentor and speaker supporting Entrepreneurship and Start-Ups and is currently a VP at the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

David Hardman – Bruntwood Sci Tech

David is the MD of Bruntwood SciTech, the management company for the Birmingham Innovation Campus. In the Last 12 years, he has played a lead role in the Science Park’s re-engagement with the regional innovation agenda, working to place it at the heart of the city’s digital/tech community. David is a former CEO from the Bioscience Industry and has plenty of experience in nurturing a biotech organisation. He is a supporter of innovation and is known to promote collaboration and partnerships.

Pam Waddell – Innovation West Midlands

Pam Waddell OBE leads the Innovation Alliance for West Midlands partnership, whose goal is to stimulate science and technology-based innovation across the West Midlands. Pam has a wealth of experience combining science and innovation, both conceptually and practically in both the private and public sectors.



The past sixteen months have underlined the crucial importance of technology in modern life. During these uncertain times, technology has become a key enabler for many companies and communities.

Yet despite decades of progress towards workplace equality, women remain woefully underrepresented in the UK’s technology workforce. Today fewer than 20% of IT roles are filled by women and only 5% of leadership positions.

This is why the Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2021 are so important as a way of celebrating and promoting the female talent we have in our region and providing inspirational role models for the future.

We have received some incredible nominations this year not making it easy for the judges to select the finalists. However, after much deliberation they have arrived at a really strong shortlist of deserving five finalists in each category.

It’s now over to you, the public, to play your part with the process of selecting a winner. The votes will be added to the judges scoring process, to help decide an eventual winner for each category.

Voting is now open, so get nominating your favourite woman in tech. Every vote counts!

Find out more about each finalist & cast your VOTE HERE:

We are excited to announce this year’s finalists:

Tobi Adesanya – Marpe Wellbeing
Sallie-Ann Allen – Learn with VR
Jo Seabright – Work From Here
Genea Lynch – Captivate Reality
Gaynor Matthews – myNexus

Helen Graffham – Jaguar Land Rover
Jessica Morgan – CAP Gemini
Shannan O’Neill-Kendall – Watches of Switzerland
Bethany Smith – Handsam Ltd
Amelia Westbury – Jaguar Land Rover

Mante Balzaraviciute – DRPG
Grace Barata – Santander
Safina Begum – NTT Data UK
Rekha Karthikeyan – Jaguar Land Rover
Nina Ma – PWC

Reham Badawy – Aston University
Lucy Bastin – Aston University
Burcu Can – University of Wolverhamptom
Alicia El Haj – University of Birmingham
Sarah Jones – De Montfort University

Oyinkansola Adebayo – Niyo Enterprise
Aaisha Khan – Code Your Future
Pauline Roche – RnR Organisation
Helen Routledge – Totem Learning Ltd
Ewa Truchanowicz – Dignio

Cliona Kelly – Aston University
Claire Owen – DronePrep Ltd
Nosheen Rehman – Jaguar Land Rover
Stacey Ryan – Oxbridge
Sophie Thompson – Virtual Speech

Sharon Boyd – MKL CX Ltd
Jane Ellis – Jaguar Land Rover
Naomi Nash – Tech Nation
Marlen von Roth – SUSE Software Solutions
Sarah Windrum – Emerald Group Ltd

Anamika Bhargava – Jaguar Land Rover
Rav Bumbra – Cajigo
Victoria Masso – Behaviour Hackers
Liz Walker – Goldman Sachs
Archana Sharma – Open Text

The Titan Partnership is pleased to be a supporting partner of the Women in Tech Awards 2021

The Titan Partnership is pleased to be a supporting partner of the Women in Tech Awards 2021. Previous winners of the Awards have supported our careers and employability programme in local schools, to ensure that students are aware of the wide range of opportunities in tech. One of Titan’s key priorities is equality, diversity and inclusion and we aim to ensure that all students are able to access information on the full range of opportunities available to them, including those which they may not previously have considered. By working in partnership with MWIT, we can help provide effective role models to our young people and raise awareness of careers in tech.

Titan is also committed to tackling tech poverty in Birmingham. Our ‘Computers for Children’ campaign seeks to raise money to purchase computers for local school students who do not have devices to access remote learning at home. When lockdown began in March 2020, a study carried out by Titan amongst its members revealed that more than 1000 children, in some of Birmingham’s most deprived areas did not have access to suitable devices or the internet at home. Our fundraising campaign set out to raise £200 000 to buy around 1000 devices. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, so too has the need for devices and we continue to support as many students as possible across our member schools.

For more information on Titan or our ‘Computers for Children’ campaign, please visit

Goldman Sachs to become Diamond Sponsor of the Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2021

We are pleased to announce that Goldman Sachs has become a diamond sponsor of the Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2021.

Having recently announced that the company will open a new office in Birmingham in the third quarter of 2021, Goldman Sachs’ sponsorship demonstrates the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the Midlands.

The firm is committed to advancing gender equality at every level of its organisation globally. The firm is focused on cultivating and sustaining a diverse work environment and workforce, which is critical to meeting the unique needs of their diverse client base and the communities in which it operates.

Gurjit Jagpal, Managing Director in the Engineering Division at Goldman Sachs, and head of the new Birmingham office said:

“In order to meet the needs our client base, our teams must reflect the diversity of the communities where we live and work. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive work environment in our new Birmingham office, and are excited to sponsor these awards as a reflection of that.”

To nominate a candidate for this year’s awards taking place on 7th October 2021, please visit

To join the next Goldman Sachs Engineering event on 29 June – please visit

Bootcamp Media are proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of the Women in Tech Awards 2021

The annual event celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions of women within the UK’s digital and technology sectors. Being one of the very few awards which places such a focus on women in our industry, especially highlighting the incredible work done by women in the Birmingham & Midlands region, we are pleased to show our support in order to drive much needed industry change.

Based in the Heart of Birmingham City Centre, Bootcamp Media is a fresh-thinking Internet Marketing and Web Design agency. Our team is made up of talented, creative and driven men & women who are keen to demonstrate their marketing prowess.

The Women in Tech Awards has quickly become one of the most credible and exciting events in the calendar for UK Digital and Tech. We are honoured to be supporting such a progressive and illustrious event, and very much look forward to what will be an incredible evening.

We are pleased to announce Headline Sponsor Methods for Women In Tech Awards 2021

We are pleased to announce that methods will be continuing their support of the Women In Tech Awards 2021 as the headline sponsor for the second year running.

Not only do Methods partner with a range of central government departments and agencies to transform the way public sector operates in the UK, but they are industry leaders when it comes to the promotion of a gender balanced workforce across the tech sector.

The company is committed to making a difference, and places a large amount of focus on a social value approach via six unique pledges including: volunteering, staff wellbeing, investment in talent, environment, safeguarding services and diversifying supply chains.

The Midlands’ Women In Tech Awards is a unique opportunity to highlight and recognise the ongoing contribution of women in the tech sector. The aim of the awards is to raise the visibility of women in this space by celebrating the female talent we have in our region and, in turn, the next generation will be inspired as a result.

To nominate a candidate for this year’s awards please visit

Jas Sansi attends the first ever Awards Ceremony celebrating Midlands Women in Technology

Here’s his take on why these awards are vital in helping steer the aspiration of greater diversity in Tech. 


Last night the inaugural Midlands Women in Technology Awards showcased some of the region’s brightest stars in Tech.

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Keynote speaker Jacqueline de Rojas expressed her joy in seeing an awards event celebrating the contribution of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outside of London.

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This was an important event to host, showcase and talk about. The lack of gender diversity in technology exposes vulnerability in this sector for our region.


Technology is shaping our lives in ways we could not envisage in the past. It is vital, in order to be at the cutting edge, to attract, retrain and foster the greatest talent available.


It’s vital women in technology are recognised and their achievements showcased in order to inspire those who want to succeed in the industry. If young girls read about and see other females achieving success in technology, it can only be beneficial in helping achieve their aspirations.


I envisage these awards growing year on year. Technology is moving at the speed of light, its bewildering for those of us entrenched in analogue lifestyles. In Manchester this week, I struggled to hail a cab, every one that passed operated under the umbrella of a tech start up operation bookable via an app.

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Earlier this week, I tweeted about the Laundromat at my daughter’s University Halls where the washing machine has an app built in which notifies her when the washing cycle is complete.

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Congratulations to all finalists at Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2019. Here’s a list of the night’s winners:

Start Up Founder Award – Sonu Bubna (

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Apprentice Award – Shannon Lynch (JLR)

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Rising Star Award – Emily Lawton (REPL Group)

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Academic Award – Paula Mendes (University of Birmingham)

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Tech for Good Award – Cate Rae (Widgit Software)

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Innovator Award – Melissa Snover (Nourish3d)

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Best Digital Lead Award – Pat Crossley-Smith (Methods)

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Shining Star Award – Amandip Jheeta (TATA Consultancy)

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Mary Lee Berners-Lee

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See the full set of images here:

Jas Sansi is a freelance photographer based in Birmingham, Diversity Trustee for LoveBrum and contributor to The Asian Today newspaper.

@jassansi 07930 837 505

Hall of Fame at Innovation Birmingham

Midlands Women in Tech, and the woman who pioneered change in the industry.


The first ever Midlands Women in Tech Awards (MWITA) was held at I_Centrum at Innovation Birmingham last night. The aim of the awards is to raise the visibility of women in technology in the region and enable the next generation ‘to see it and therefore aspire to it’. Currently, just 17% of those working in technology in the UK are female and according to a recent survey by PWC only 3% of young women have technology as their first career choice.

The award ceremony was a hugely inspiring event and a highlight of it was the lifetime achievement award which went to Mary Lee Berners-Lee, who was born and educated in Birmingham. Berners-Lee was a pioneering computer scientist and in 1951 helped programme the first commercial computer: the Ferranti Mark 1, following guidelines written by Alan Turing. Not only was her work revered but she was also an active campaigner for equality in the workplace, leading a successful equal pay campaign at Ferranti before setting up independently, working from her home to enable her to raise her children, and as a result becoming one of the world’s first freelance programmers. Her family followed in her footsteps and her son Tim Berners-Lee is credited as the inventor of the internet. What a family legacy.

As part of her lifetime achievement award a newly-commissioned portrait of Mary Lee Berners-Lee was unveiled, created by Birmingham-based embroidery artists, Imogen Morris. The artwork will be on display in the Hall of Fame at Innovation Birmingham. The artwork, created to celebrate a life’s work of innovation in technology, is by embroidery artist Imogen Morris. The image is made up of a series of triangles connected to one another built up over three layers, and beneath the portrait, as a homage to Berners-Lee’s scientific and mathematical background, algebraic and mathematical symbols have been embedded. Morris often uses triangles in her work as a symbol of strength,she says of the artwork: “Mary Lee was a woman based in a very male-dominated industry, to hold her own in that time she needed self-belief and tenacity. The triangle symbolises that inner strength that Mary Lee and other women hold when fighting for equality.”

As a purpose-led business we commend both the work and values of such an extraordinary woman, and hope to support many more generations of women in technology.

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