We are delighted to share the news that Amy Naden, a Year 9 student has reached the final three in "The One to Watch" category of the 2017 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards.


More information about the awards can be found below:

The finalists in the seventh annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards – celebrating women that are changing the face of technology in the UK – have been announced today. From entrepreneurs and engineers driving the business agenda to students and academics raising the profile of science and technology subjects, the 33 finalists were handpicked from hundreds of entries by a panel of some of the UK’s most senior technology leaders. They were singled out for their career achievements to date and potential for growth as well as for their commitment to actively support others in the sector, both inside and outside of their organisation. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 9 February at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Since the awards launched in 2011 there have been major strides made by the technology sector in female engagement.  In the past two years alone we have seen a 25% increase in the number of women holding management roles in STEM industries*. This is great news for tech but the challenge doesn’t stop there.  Digital employment requirements are anticipated to increase by 5.4% by 2020, thereby providing numerous career opportunities across multiple fields**.  A recent study published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that younger girls still lack confidence to pursue careers in technology after studying STEM subjects at school***, which is considered one of the key reasons for the ongoing gender gap in STEM industries. The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards plays an important role inspiring girls and young women to excel in STEM subjects continuing beyond their studies and into long-term careers choices across the technology sector.

The One to Watch Award – sponsored by CA Technologies. This is awarded to an individual aged under 20 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school-level. This award seeks to identify young game-changers and is open to inspirational students or apprentices

This year’s finalists are:

  • Kodi Gledhill, Engineering Apprentice, Coca-Cola European Partners, from Leeds
  • Ellora James, Student, Wick High School, from Wick, Caithness
  • Amy Naden, Student, The Royal Masonic School for Girls, from Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman comments: “Seven years ago we began to showcase the exceptional women working in technology in response to the industry’s concern over a lack of female talent and role models. Today we are delighted to see the gender divide closing, but despite this our Awards continue to play an important part in celebrating role models at every stage of the journey from students up to senior leaders. The calibre and quality of this year’s nominations was impressive with all those nominated demonstrating a commitment to making a difference not only within their organisations but within local communities, schools and the future of the technology sector.”

Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer of title sponsor FDM Group states: “FDM is delighted to be sponsoring the everywoman in Technology Awards 2017 for the fifth consecutive year. FDM takes pride in being an award-winning company that champions diversity in the workplace and leads by example with circa 50% of the senior management team being women. We are committed to driving gender diversity in the workplace and encouraging more women to pursue rewarding careers in technology and STEM. The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards provide tangible examples of successful women in IT to encourage the next generation, which supports our core purpose to create and inspire exciting careers that shape our digital future.  We are proud to continue supporting these awards and look forward to celebrating more female tech talent throughout years to come.”

Julian David, CEO of techUK adds: “techUK is proud to support the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards for the third year running. The digital skills gap is one of the most urgent policy challenges facing the UK – without enough talented workers, the UK will fall short of its potential in supercharging its already successful digital industry. In particular, we need to encourage women to enter and thrive in the tech industry at all levels. That way we become more robust, more competitive and more innovative. Through targeted action, techUK is committed to facilitate the attraction and retention of talent from as broad a demographic as possible to increase diversity within the tech sector.”

Fleur Bamber, Agile Management Sales Director, UKI, CA Technologies says: “As a woman in technology, I think it is essential to hold the door open for others. It is important to me to help inspire and promote women in our industry, because a diverse workforce is critical to business success. I am proud to be part of the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards through CA Technologies’ Create Tomorrow programme, which is committed to addressing the skills gap by encouraging more young women to study STEM subjects at school and university, and to consider STEM careers. Role models like those shortlisted for the One to Watch Award are essential to this – you cannot be what you cannot see.”







The 2017 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards ceremony and dinner will take place on 9 February 2017 at the London Hilton on Park Lane preceded by the everywoman Technology Forum – the largest UK forum for men and women in technology, a day of inspiration, learning and development, bringing together over 600 women who are aspiring to advance their careers or become future leaders. Keynote speakers include Nick Jenkins, founder of Moonpig.com and senior leaders from Harvey Nichols, Worldpay UK, ARM and Dell, as well as technology entrepreneurs and innovators.


For further information about the awards and forum visit www.everywoman.com/techawards






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The Awards Judges


  • Angela Rixon, Director – Digital Employee Experience, CGI
  • Audrey Mandela, Co-Founder, Multimap / Chair & Acting COO, Informilo
  • Charlotte Campbell, Head of Sales & Partner Enablement, Dell EMC
  • Christoph Rode, Managing Director, T-Systems Limited
  • David Phull, Vice President & General Manager UK & I, VMware
  • Emma McGuigan, Managing Director, Accenture Technology UK&I
  • Fleur Bamber, Agile Management Sales Director UKI, CA Technologies
  • Jacqueline De Rojas, President, techUK
  • Janhavi Rao, Head of Technology for Compliance, Barclays
  • Lindsey Griffiths, Head of Technology Adoption – Digital Innovation, BP IT&S
  • Melissa Di Donato, CRO, ERP Cloud – SAP
  • Michael Keegan, Chairman of UK&I, Fujitsu
  • Monika Biddulph, General Manager – Systems & Software Group, ARM
  • Nicola Pattimore, Group HR Director, Equiniti
  • Rebecca George OBE, Lead Health Partner – Deloitte UK, Deloitte LLP
  • Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer, FDM Group
  • Sheridan Ash, Technology & Investments Director, PwC
  • Susan Bowen, Vice President and General Manager EMEA, Cogeco Peer 1
  • Torie Chilcott, Co-founder, Scoota
  • Tunji Akintokun, Director – Middle East, Africa, Russia & CIS, Cisco
  • Vanessa Hackett, Vice President – Technology, American Express















About everywoman


everywoman is an expert in the advancement of women in business. We provide leading edge products and services designed to enhance the existing potential and talents of women in business globally. Since 1999, we have developed highly acclaimed events, elevating female role models and high-quality training programmes, helping to shape tomorrow’s leaders and their teams.


Our learning and development platform, the everywomanNetwork, stretches to tens of thousands of members in over 100 countries, enabling women and male ‘ambassadors of change’ to access first class development resources anytime, anywhere. The digital platform has been shown to have a positive impact on the way women view their own careers and future progression, whether that’s with their current employers or as entrepreneurs.


Our clients include companies from a diverse range of sectors who want to develop and retain a pipeline of female leaders, through to individual women who are committed to driving their future success and inspiring others. To find out more visit www.everywoman.com.


About FDM Group

FDM is a global professional services provider with a focus on IT and over 130 clients in a variety of industries including finance, media, insurance, energy, aviation, government and not-for-profit. FDM provides flexible, cost-effective and professional resources for project peaks and talent pipelines as an alternative to standard recruitment agencies and contractors. FDM trains high-calibre individuals across the globe in its dedicated Academies covering the full software development lifecycle. Once training is complete, FDM Consultants progress to represent FDM on client sites, working on business and/or IT assignments. Our Consultants currently work across Project Support, Testing, Business Analysis, Development and Application Support roles, as well as in driven programmes that we run for specific clients.


FDM is committed to supporting and encouraging women to pursue IT as a career through its dedicated Women in IT campaign. Since launching the campaign in 2011, FDM has been voted into the Top Ten IT Employers for Women (UK Guardian 300), signed the CEO Statement of Support for the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles and joined the UK government's Think, Act, Report initiative.  For more information, please visit www.fdmgroup.com


About CA Technologies

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the Application Economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments.  Learn more at www.ca.com.