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Finalists Announced for Women In Tech Awards 2023

The finalists for the Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2023, created to recognise and honour women who are shaping the region’s tech sector, have officially been revealed. 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.

Returning on the 9th of October at the prestigious Birmingham Eastside Rooms, the highly anticipated shortlist for the Midlands Women in Tech Awards – which aim to challenge perceptions and recognise those who are pioneering in the tech industry – has officially been announced, casting a well-earned spotlight on both new and up-and-coming figures in the region.

Those who have made the final shortlist have the chance to win across 13* categories, following a rigorous process of independent judging and open public voting. Categories include Tech for Good Award, Best Use of Tech in a Private Sector Award, Start-up Founder Award, and Tech Entrepreneur Award.

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 ceremony aims to encourage women to enter the field and realise their potential in a dynamic, innovative, and fulfilling tech career. With a record number of nominations this year, the awards seem to be having the desired effect.

Anita Chumber, co-founder of BEvents, emphasised the significance of these awards, stating:

“We’re now in our fourth year of hosting the Midlands Women in Tech Awards and are thrilled that we still have the opportunity to shine a light on those in the tech industry who are pioneering in their field. While we had a record number of nominations this year, statistics show that we still have a way to go when it comes to encouraging women – especially women at the start of their careers – to choose tech; Despite advertised roles in the digital tech sector growing 36% since June, just 17% of technology professionals in the UK are female, while only 3% of young women choose technology as their first career.

“The Midlands has fast become a thriving tech hub which is now worth £15bn to the economy; to be able to recognise and celebrate the inspirational people who are part of that growth – nominee, finalist and winner alike – is truly an honour. With the finalists now announced and voting commenced, we’re eagerly counting down the days to the celebrations on the 9th of October. We can’t wait to see everyone there and hope you all vote for your favourite finalist!”

This year Deborah Leary, CEO and Founder of Forensic Pathways, a multi-award-winning organisation that supplies products/software for the criminal and business intelligence market, proudly takes the role of Head Judge alongside a host of key figures in the industry.

Deborah’s co-judges at the awards includes Professor Hanifa Shah, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment at Birmingham City University (BCU); Iain Mansell, Deputy Director at Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands; Joanna Seabright, Marketing Direct at West Midlands 5G; Anthony Darch, Business Development Director at Methods Business and Digital Technology Ltd; Tara Tomes, Founder & Managing Director at EAST VILLAGE.; Daniel Evans, CEO of BEC; and Amandip Jheeta, Delivery Directory at NTT Data UK.

Adding to Anita’s comments, co-founder of BEvents, Ifraz Ahmed, said:

“We absolutely cannot wait to welcome everyone to the Eastside Rooms on the 9th of October, to celebrate the amazing Midlands women whose hard work, passion and dedication is an inspiration to us all. This is the fourth time we’ve hosted this awards ceremony and the growth in nominations alone shows us just how far the industry has come since the very first Midlands Women in Tech Awards. We know that the industry has so much further to go but, for now, let’s make this an evening to remember!”

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BEvents inspires, connects, and celebrates inspiring individuals and organisations doing great things in their respective communities and sectors. Launched by co-founders Anita Chumber and Ifraz Ahmed, BEvents has become recognised for delivering events that matter: hosting awards ceremonies, round tables, exhibitions, and showcase events that place a spotlight on the region. There are 13 categories* in the Midlands Women in Tech Awards: Start-up Founder Award, Apprentice Award, Rising Star Award, Tech for Good Award, Innovator Award, Project Delivery Lead Award, Tech Professional (Non-Coding) Award, Tech Entrepreneur Award, Best Use of Tech in a Public Sector Project Award and Hall of Fame Award. The finalists for each category include: 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 Rodrigez 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 Mullaly-Watts – Jumar Helen Stickler – Triplo ESG Lisa Ventura MBE – Cyber Security Unit Neeru Verma – PwC Best Use of Tech in a Public Sector Project APF Aston University – 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

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