Committee 2019-2020

Sarah Burnett (Chairwoman)
Sharon Moore (Deputy Chair and BCSWomen Committee member for Scotland)
Louise Brown (Secretary)
Andrea Palmer (Treasurer)
Fran Paterson (Membership Secretary and CV Advisor)
Jo Stansfield (Inclusion Officer)

Nadia Abouayoub
Ayesha Alikhan-Dharshan
Gillian Arnold (past Chairwoman)
Maggie Berry
Sue Black (Founder)
Cornelia Boldyreff (Web Team)
Nela Brown (Web Team)
Helen King (Web Team)
Maudrian Nadine Burton
Xia Chen
Jill Clarke
Hazel Cook
Hannah Dee
Yvonne Doku
Jackie Galbraith
Soheir Gallab
Francesca Gomes
Anne Grikitis
Clare Harrison
Freya Haworth
Stephanie Hellings
Dawn Hewitson
Jacqui Hogan
Rubi Kaur
Fiona Macaulay
Alison McGreavy
Maria McGuigan
Helen Miles (Lovelace Colloquium Organiser)
Karen Reynolds
Margaret Ross
Joy Uba
Ismini Vasileiou

Nadia Abouayoub
Nadia Abouayoub is a member of the British Computer Society’s (B.C.S.) Artificial Intelligence Specialist Group Committee (S.G.A.I.) and the B.C.S. Women’s Group. She has an MSc. in Computing and DESS in A.I. and Databases from the University of Dijon, and an MSc. in Formal Methods and the Security of Systems from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has been a member of several committees aiming to empower youth and women, most especially in the finance and new technology sectors. One such initiative saw her organise a VISIO conference with NASA for the World Youth Congress in 2004 to enable participants experience the intricacies of robot navigation and the exploration of Mars. She is the co-organiser of the Machine Intelligence Competition, run by the S.G.A.I.; and has organised a number of workshops aimed at educating the general public about Artificial Intelligence. She has a personal interest in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for which she has organised many volunteer workshops. She launched her graduate career with JP Morgan, and has accrued more than 15 years’ experience within the investment banking sector in such fields as Risk Management, Product Control and Technology in Trading Applications. She is currently a Strategist and Improvement Lead.
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Gillian Arnold (Recent Past Chair woman)

With extensive experience in the IT industry, Gilllian setup her own IT Services and Staffing company, Tectre, which helps women find technology roles. Tectre provides staffing, training, and consultancy to the IT Vendors, Distributors and Resellers and has recently been offering consulting on Energy Efficient Computing.

Gillian’s early career was spent working for IBM where she held customer facing training, technical, sales, business development, strategic marketing and consultancy roles.

Gillian has a long involvement with work for Women in IT, supporting both industry and academic institutions in their work on diversity.   She currently sits on the board of directors for WISE, and won the 2012 Cisco / Everywoman In Technology award for Technology Inspiration of the year.

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Sarah-BurnettSarah Burnett (Chairwoman)

Sarah Burnett is chair of BCSWomen, and a well-recognized industry analyst, market influencer and one of Computer Weekly’s 50 most influential women in UK IT. She was elected chair of BCSWomen in October 2016 having served as deputy chair for several years.

In March 2017, to encourage more women into the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Sarah launched AI Accelerator. This is a programme of free events and talks by AI experts to inform and educate participants.

Sarah is the global lead analyst for Everest Group’s research on AI and robotic process automation (RPA) technologies for service optimization. As Vice President of Research, Sarah serves European clients across Everest Group’s other global services research programmes as well, including IT and business processes services.

Sarah, contributes to media, often speaks at leading client and industry events and is active in social media as a frequent blogger and Twitter user (@SarahBurnett).
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Sue Black

*Named one of the top 50 women in tech in Europe in 2015*

Dr Sue Black is an award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker and passionate social entrepreneur. She has regular tech columns in both The Guardian and The Daily Mirror, the latter being a tech agony aunt column called “Ask Dr Black“.

Sue is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science at University College London, an associate at DSRPTN an all
female technology and digital consultancy, and a mentor at Google campus for mums. A champion for women in computing, Sue is founder of BCSWomen the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums <>, a social enterprise which empower mums and their families through technology. Sue is well known for her successful online and offline campaigning and activism around digital social inclusion and Saving Bletchley Park. Sue is a frequent public speaker, a social media-holic, mum of four and grandmother of one.

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louise-brownLouise Brown (Secretary)

Louise Brown initially trained as a mechanical engineer and then studied for a PhD in robotic filament winding of composites. She has worked as a software engineer since then on projects ranging from textile CAD systems to automatic processing of ID documents.

She now works as a research fellow in the Polymer Composites Research Group at the University of Nottingham where she maintains and develops cross-platform open source software, TexGen, for 3D modelling of textiles and textile composites.

She spent several years working part-time from home while her two children were small. During that time she combined software engineering with clarinet and saxophone tuition.

She also plays the guitar, leading the music group at her church, and enjoys handicrafts, particularly knitting. She also plays tennis (but isn’t very good at it!)

Qualifications and professional memberships: BSc, PhD, MBCS

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Location: Nottingham


freya-harwickFreya Haworth

Having grown up in Shetland, Freya went to university first for BA in Public Policy & Management and then MSC Information Management. Starting out as a Software Developer that moved around a couple of larger companies but mostly learning several software languages. Settled into about a decade of Operations position in start-up telecoms where given remit frequently of “fix-it”.

More recently spent a number of years in Operations at Three UK moving to current position of Lead Operations Architect in 2016. With side training and experience as a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner, Scrum Master and general geek.

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Ismini Vasileiou
Ismini Vasileiou is a Lecturer in Information Systems at the University of Plymouth, with research
interests including security education and technology-supported learning. She holds an EdD in
Flexible Learning for Computing Degrees in Higher Education, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher
Education Academy. She is actively involved in academic delivery at both undergraduate and
postgraduate levels, as well as the supervision of postgraduate research. She has previously
published on topics including blended and flexible learning, and technology-supported delivery, and
has delivered a variety of invited presentations and keynote talks into relation to topics such as
unconscious bias and stereotypes in STEM topics. Dr Vasileiou is currently the Chair of the STEM
special interest group within the International Academic Peer Learning Leadership group, and is also
actively involved in professional body activities for the computing sector, including current roles
within the BCS South West Branch as the Chair, BCSWomen as the EDI officer and the BCS Learning and Development Specialist Group.

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Andrea Palmer (Treasurer)

Andrea’s career spans over 15 years’ within the energy sector in two continents: Europe and Asia. She has highly developed project management and business analysis skills, solid problem solving abilities, substantial systems development and testing experience alongside staff management expertise in multi-cultured and international environments.

Her first degree is in Science (biology/chemistry) and she has recently completed her second degree in Psychology. Andrea feels passionately about encouraging and supporting women in technical roles. This is demonstrated by her involvement as: Treasurer for the British Computer Society’s Women Group, a member of Women in Technology and a committee member of Women in IT&S and Potential which are both internal BP groups. She supports and advocates the graduate programme by mentoring and coaching individuals on the programme and undergraduates. She is also on the leadership team which is working with a local primary school to improve reading, maths, science and IT. 

She is a keen traveller who has travelled extensively throughout Europe, S.E. Asia and Australasia. Enjoys gardening and growing her own veggies.

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fpatersonFran Paterson (Membership Secretary and CV Advisor)

Starting her career in market research, switching to 40+ years as an IT professional, in a broad spectrum of roles and public sector and business streams, Fran has recruited, trained and mentored her teams and wider groups. As a result, she provides, backed by a team of similar professionals, a CV review service for BCSWomen members.
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sharon-moore_1BCSWomen Deputy Chair and Committee member for Scotland – Sharon Moore

As IBM’s Technical Leader for Digital Engagement in the UK and Ireland, it’s Sharon’s job to enable organisations to use technologies that allow them to make the most of interactions with people, whether customers, employees, citizens or other users. Sharon is also passionate about ensuring equal access to opportunities in IT and helps BCSWomen reach those in Scotland.

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nela-brownNela Brown

Nela Brown is an award winning leader, sound artist, composer, sound designer, technologist and researcher. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Sonic Arts, she got involved in designing sound for award winning contemporary theatre productions, dance, film, documentaries, interactive installations and mobile applications. Her sound work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she regularly speaks on a variety of topics from sound design and collaborative music making to hack culture and female participation in STEM. She is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London and a creative director of Female Laptop Orchestra (FLO) project.

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poppie-simmonds_1 - CopyPoppie Simmonds (Student representative)

Poppie is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, and works to represent our student members.

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hannah-deeHannah Dee

Hannah is a senior lecturer in computer science at Aberystwyth University, and has been on the BCSWomen committee since 2006 (deputy chair 2008-2012). She is particularly keen on encouraging younger women and girls to consider computing, and does a lot of work with schools and with University students. She set up the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium, our one-day conference for women undergraduates, and runs it every year. She also wrote the AppInventor workshop which BCSWomen ran as a world record attempt.

Hannah is also on the BCS Mid-Wales branch committee and on the BCS Academy women in CS research group.

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Location: Aberystwyth


helen-milesHelen Miles

Helen is an associate lecturer in Computer Science at Aberystwyth University. She joined the BCSWomen committee in 2017, after acting as deputy chair for the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium, our annual one-day conference for women undergraduates. Following the 10th anniversary of the Lovelace Colloquium in 2017, Helen has taken the role of chair.
Helen has a strong interest in public engagement and science communication, helping to design and run outreach activities aimed at sparking an interest in science and computing. She is also on the BCS Mid-Wales branch committee.
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Location: Aberystwyth
bcswomen-margaret-rossMargaret Ross

Margaret Ross is Emeritus Professor of Software Quality at Southampton Solent University. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University in 2004, became a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Engineers in 2001. Already an FBCS, she was awarded an Honorary FBCS in 2007 and the BCS John Ivison medal in 2011. She received an MBE at Buckingham Palace in 2009 from Prince Charles for services to Higher Education.

Margaret is an active member of the BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT, and is on various Boards and committees, including the BCS Council and Trustee Board, Vice Chair of the Quality SG and the e-Learning SG, Secretary of the GreenIT SG and Chair of the Hampshire Branch. She is also on the BCS committee of BCSWomen SG, Cybercrime Forensics SG and the Animation and Games Development SG. Margaret’s area of interest is quality and Professional Issues. . She has also been Conference Director since 1992 of the annual series of BCS Software Quality Management international conferences, aimed at benefits to industry, and since 1995 of the annual series of international educational BCS INSPIRE conferences. She has edited over forty books, has examined over twenty Phds and supervises Phd students and lectures part-time

In 1998 Margaret was appointed as Senator for four years onto the Engineering Council, then, on its demise, was elected onto its replacement as one of the 24 members to represent all the EC Registrants, onto College A of the newly formed Engineering and Technology Board. Margaret’s original degrees were in mathematics. Margaret had been an Independent Member of PITCOM (Parliamentary IT Committee) and had been elected onto its Council. In 2001, she won the national PAWS Special Award for a TV soap idea that if televised could raise the profile of technology and attract youngsters, particularly girls, to consider a career in computing.

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Location: Southampton


cbodyreffCornelia Boldyreff

Professor Boldyreff is a Visiting Professor in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

Past Positions: Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) in the School of Computing, IT and Engineering at the University of East London; Professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Computing and Informatics at the University of Lincoln; Reader in the Computer Science Department at the University of Durham.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships: BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD, FBCS, Member of ACM and IEEE CS, Diploma in Marketing

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Rubi Kaur

Rubi Kaur is a Senior Technical Architect at Vodafone Group. She has 20 years Technical lead experience from previous technology roles at BT, O2 and the UK Government. In 2012 Rubi led her team to win the Business Green IT Team of the year and the Government Treasury Finance Award for Sustainability. She is a Fellow of the BCS and serves on the committee for BCSWomen and on the SteerCo for the Vodafone Group Womens network, where she leads the “Inspiring Leadership” Programme, to further the advancement of women in technology. Rubi has an Msc in Optoelectronics and Information Processing from the Queens University of Belfast and is currently studying for an Executive MBA at the Henley Management Business School.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships: FBCS CITP BSc (Hons) MSc

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sghallabSoheir Ghallab