The Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2021 are an important way of celebrating and promoting the female talent we have in our region and providing inspirational role models for the future.

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.

They 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!

We are excited to announce this year’s finalists:

Start-up Award Finalists:

Tobi Adesanya – Marpe Wellbeing

Sallie-Ann Allen – Learn with VR

Jo Seabright – Work From Here

Genea Lynch – Captivate Reality

Gaynor Matthews – myNexus


Apprentice Award Finalists:

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


Rising Star Award Finalists:

Mante Balzaraviciute – DRPG

Grace Barata – Santander

Safina Begum – NTT Data UK

Rekha Karthikeyan – Jaguar Land Rover

Nina Ma – PWC


Academic Award Finalists:

Reham Badawy – Aston University

Lucy Bastin – Aston University

Burcu Can – University of Wolverhamptom

Alicia El Haj – University of Birmingham

Sarah Jones – De Montfort University


Tech For Good Award Finalists:

Oyinkansola Adebayo – Niyo Enterprise

Aaisha Khan – Code Your Future

Pauline Roche – RnR Organisation

Helen Routledge – Totem Learning Ltd

Ewa Truchanowicz – Dignio


Innovator Award Finalists:

Cliona Kelly – Aston University

Claire Owen – DronePrep Ltd

Nosheen Rehman – Jaguar Land Rover

Stacey Ryan – Oxbridge

Sophie Thompson – Virtual Speech


Best Digital Lead Award Finalists:

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


Shining Star Award Finalists:

Anamika Bhargava – Jaguar Land Rover

Rav Bumbra – Cajigo

Victoria Masso – Behaviour Hackers

Liz Walker – Goldman Sachs

Archana Sharma – Open Text

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