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.
Head of Operations
Isabel is a qualified specialist in Gender & Equality. Experienced in engaging young people from deprived communities, designing & delivering Education, Employment & Training (EET) programmes. Extensive experience in Diversity and Inclusion, Corporate Partnerships, Stakeholder Engagement, reporting to Boards of Trustees and Policy Implementation.
Head of Digital & Content
Holly is on a mission to save the world through technology, believing that an understanding of technology is critical to living in the increasingly digital and integrated world.
After over a decade as an IT Consultant in Financial Services, Holly took some time out to focus on building Lego and cardboard swords with her two boys, rather than building software systems. Now Holly has rediscovered a life-long curiosity for how things work and is reapplying her skills to new technology challenges and helping others to educate themselves in all things digital.
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.
For over twenty years, Nicholas has helped global organisations identify, develop and deploy a truly diverse group of employees and build cultures where everyone can thrive. He currently leads talent and development for a group of over 5000 technologists at Thomson Reuters, where over 27% of the employees are female. He’s worked at Thomson Reuters since 2009, and before that worked at Google, Korn/Ferry and United Biscuits.
Nick’s passion for diversity stems from two things. First, his desire to bring more women and under-represented groups into technology – so they can build stuff that is relevant to everyone. Second, from the fact that he is gay, so has benefited from the sea-change in acceptance for LGBT+ people in many workplaces during the course of his career. That said, he knows how far there still is to travel to build opportunity for all, so is part of #techmums in order to help make that happen.
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.