Finalists Announced for the 4th Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2023

Finalists Announced for the 4th Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2023

The Midlands Women in Tech Awards have unveiled their finalists for the highly anticipated 4th edition of the event.

This year, the awards have seen a phenomenal number of nominations, underscoring the growing recognition of women who are making significant strides in the ever-evolving tech sector. 

The ceremony is set to take place on 9th October 2023, at the prestigious Birmingham Eastside Rooms with headline sponsors Methods – An Alten Company and Aston University. The other supporting sponsors who have continued to support the awards from inception are Birmingham City University, NTT Data, SCC, Bootcamp Media and others to be announced shortly.

The Midlands Women in Tech Awards are dedicated to applauding the accomplishments of women who are carving a path in the tech industry, aiming to challenge perceptions and spotlight the pioneering women shaping the tech realm. By doing so, they strive to encourage more women to enter the field and realise their potential in dynamic, innovative, and fulfilling tech careers.

In a landscape where only 17% of the UK’s technology professionals are female, and a mere 3% of young women consider technology as their first career choice, the importance of celebrating and showcasing women in tech cannot be overstated. These awards play a vital role in inspiring future generations of women to consider technology as a viable and rewarding career path.

Organised and run by BEvents, known for delivering some of the region’s most respected awards ceremonies like the Birmingham Awards and Midlands Food, Drink & Hospitality Awards, this event aims to empower, inspire, and amplify the voices of women in tech.

The 2023 edition of the Midlands Women in Tech Awards will recognise outstanding women across 13 categories, including the Tech for Good Award, Best Use of Tech in a Private Sector Award, Start-up Founder Award, and Tech Entrepreneur Award. 

Anita Chumber, co-founder of BEvents, emphasised the significance of these awards, stating, “These awards come at a pivotal moment in history, as information technology emerges as a sought-after skill across industries. In a landscape where just 17% of technology professionals in the UK are female, and only 3% of young women choose technology as their first career, the need to raise visibility and inspire change is evident.”

Anita continued, “There has never been such an important time for more women to be involved in technology, with advertised roles in the digital tech sector growing 36% since June, and the government seeing digital skills set to be the driving force in the economy. Women are not only needed in tech to increase innovation but they are also needed to increase revenue. It is also crucial that the people creating our technology solutions are representative of the population. This is why the Midlands Women in Tech Awards are so important as a way of celebrating and promoting the female talent we have in our region and providing role models for the future.”

Heading the esteemed judging panel and hosting the ceremony is Deborah Leary, CEO and Founder of Forensic Pathways, a multi-award-winning organisation that supplies products and software for the criminal and business intelligence market. Leary takes on the role of Head Judge for this year’s Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2023, reinforcing the commitment to recognising and celebrating the accomplishments of women in technology.

The announcement of the finalists for the 4th Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2023 brings excitement and anticipation to the tech community, shining a spotlight on the incredible achievements of women in this sector and inspiring future generations to pursue careers in tech. The awards ceremony on 9th October 2023, promises to be a celebration of talent, innovation, and empowerment in the ever-evolving world of technology.

The voting has also opened, so get voting for your favourites.

See the full list of finalists below:


Start-Up Founder Award

Pamela Aculey – MIXD Reality

Paige Deville – Palm Recruitment

Annie Godara – DineticQ

Rachel Hayward – We Are The Hookup Ltd

Allie Joy – The Syntropy Partnership

Dee Kundi – Find Me A Solicitor

Ilisha Masaun – Econominds

Janani Prasad – MojoStack Ltd

Olivia Simpson – Symbiotex

Helen Stickler – Triplo ESG


Apprentice Award

Santina Ajdari-Bunting – Arup

Chloe Bond – Jaguar Land Rover

Christa Bridges – PebblePad

Priyanka Kaintura – Sales Force

Lauren Poole – Jaguar Land Rover

Erin Purewal – Jaguar Land Rover

Hana Sharif – HS2

Stacey Watson – Arup


Rising Star Award

Adeline Barou – Jaguar Land Rover

Gabrielle Barthelemy – SCC

Lucy Bristow – Intercity Technology

Megan Butler – Arup

Emily Evans – SCC

Ashleigh Miles – PwC

Jess Moore – DRPG

Farah Shariff – PwC

Julia Vereenoghe – Sumo Nottingham

Rosie Wainwright – Jaguar Land Rover


Academic Award

Vladlena Benson – Cybersecurity Innovation (CSI) Research Centre, Aston University

Gemma Oldfield – DRPG

Kiranjit Kaur Sherghill – University of Warwick

Komali Yenneti – University of Birmingham


Tech For Good Award

Anitha Chinnaswamy – Aston Business School

Denise Chippindale – Anxious As Anything

Leocadia Foya – Utona Foundation

Laura Goodsell – Business Design Agency

Nasra Hagi – Recognise

Rebecca Hayward – Jaguar Land Rover

Michelle Ohren – West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre

Anita Shervington – BLAST

Natalie Wadley – Change Maker 3D


Innovator Award

Kate Allan – ExpHand Prosthetics

Sharon Boyd – Sharon MKLCX

Victoria Childs-Carlile – SCC

Alice Dowsett – Jaguar Land Rover

Toni Lavender PebblePad

Suzanne Maxted – Methods

Janice Rae – Tech Talent

Stacey Ryan – Oxbridge


Project Delivery Lead Award

Lauren Bennett – DRPG

Claudia Bistriceanu – Sumo Nottingham

Harriet Brown – PwC

Christina Ermongkonchai – Lab42 Games

Angela Field – NTT Data

Sarah Griffiths – Intercity Technology

Charlotte Ludford – DEFRA

Lucy Moy – Jaguar Land Rover

Cristina Rodriguez Fernandez – Jaguar Land Rover

Esther Titchen – PwC


Shining Star Award

Pushpa Bora – SCC

Pamela Byrne – SCC

Karamjit Kaur – SCC

Toni Lavender – PebblePad

Charlotte Ludford – DEFRA

Chonticha Lueaaroonsawat – Jaguar Land Rover

Lisa Nicholson – Jumar

Natalie Sherratt – SCC

Diana Szalai – SCC

Dr Pam Waddell – Innovation Alliance


Tech Entrepreneur Award

Eman Al-Hillawi – Entec Si

Paula Bedborough – Secure Socialising 

Georgina Bowman – MyShoots

Skevi Constantinou – The PA Way

Sarah Dowzell – Natural HR

Laura Goodsell – Business Design Academy

Ilisha Masaun – Econominds

Yemi Oluseun – The Change Hive

Janani Prasad – MojoStack Limited


Tech Professional (Non-Coding) Award

Moupali Chakraborty – Nuclear AMRC

Heather Freckelton – Jaguar Land Rover

Jennifer Long – Ice Blue Digital Ltd

Alejandra Maldonado – Consultant at JLR

Becks Maybury – School of Code

Ashleigh Miles – PwC

Anna Miller – Calthorpe Estates

Joanne Mullally-Watts – Jumar

Helen Stickler – Triplo ESG

Lisa Ventura MBE – Cyber Security Unit

Neeru Verma – PwC


Best Use of Tech in a Public Sector Project

Advanced Prototyping Facility – Aston University

Liesl Wrigglesworth – NTT DATA

Lynne Burdon – Department of Education

Zara Topping – Ministry of Justice


Best Use of Tech in a Private Sector Project

Kathryn Fletcher – Jaguar Land Rover

Sonia Rani – PwC

Esther Titchen – PwC

Neeru Verma – PwC

Natalie Wadley – ChangeMaker 3D