Dr. Sue Black, OBE
A Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Sue was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is now a UK government advisor, thought leader, Honorary Professor of Computer Science at UCL, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. Her current social enterprise #techmums is changing lives. #techmums teaches mums tech skills and builds their confidence encouraging them into education, entrepreneurship and employment. Sue now has 4 children and has recently become a grandmother.
Petra has a background in managing software development projects at companies such as Microsoft and Sony Computer Interactive. During her time as part of Microsoft European Studios Leadership Team her focus was predominantly on setting business management and strategy across the European Studios and key business transformation Projects. In 2015 she was voted Top 100 Women in the Computer Games Industry. Prior to this, Petra has wider experience in Programme and Project Management for a number of media companies such as Penguin, BBC and Hasbro. She also holds a Master’s in Business and Publishing.
Petra is passionate about gender equality issues, especially in the current technology sector and in her spare time is an advocate and supporter for several social enterprises and community projects.
Janet has been working on making services work better for people for the last 19 years, most recently as a programme director and part of the senior leadership team at the Government Digital Service. Janet is now a freelance digital director with clients including NHS Digital, the Open Data Institute and DotEveryone.
Nick Soar is the Executive Principal of the Harris Academies of South Norwood and Upper Norwood. He moved here in September 2016 after 5 years as Headteacher of Bishop Challoner Girls’ School and then Executive Principal of the Bishop Challoner Federation for the year 2015-16. Nick has taught and been a senior leader in 7 schools over 23 years in a wide range of state and independent institutions and believes passionately in collaboration and creativity. Nick has written and spoken at conference of how schools can make impact on the disadvantage gap and how the partnership between schools and families can transform the life chances of young people. Nick piloted #techmums in his schools and helped shape the idea of what might work within schools. Nick tweets as @soarpoints.
Nilufar is legal counsel at a leading tech company, and diversity and inclusion champion and speaker advising businesses on actions to achieve gender equality. She’s also founder and chair of London Legal Ladies, a women’s development programme which is a catalyst for behavioural change dedicated to supporting members with over-achieving on their ambitions in a manner signed with their personal motivations. As well as exploring land, she’s passionate about sea exploration and loves scuba diving.
As #techmums board director, she’s dedicated to devising and implementing a hyper-growth strategy so that the charity can continue to reach mums globally, empowering them with new-found tech skills.
Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (2014), Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (2009), co-author with Tip House of Extreme Testing (2002). She is a contributor to Experiences of Test Automation by Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster (Addison-Wesley, 2011), Beautiful Testing (O’Reilly, 2009) and other books. Lisa was voted by her peers as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person at Agile Testing Days in 2012. She currently works as a tester on the Pivotal Tracker team at Pivotal Labs, and enjoys sharing her experiences in the agile and testing communities.