Women Rock is an initiative set- up by Alicia Teagle, Co-Founder of SR2 - Socially Responsible Recruitment. Women Rock is a platform to give underrepresented Women a voice to share their successes, their challenges and stories about their career in tech. It also gives local companies a chance to tell us about what they are doing to attract, promote and retain female talent.
We are creating a movement and Women Rock is going from strength to strength to help promote diversity. There’s a great network of women in tech in the South West and Wales and I am even more confident now that if we continue to work together and shout loud enough we can transform the industry and create a positive change for our future.
Please come along to our first event in Cardiff sponsored by The DevOps Guys where we are excited to have some fireside chats from some highly successful women in the local area.
Charlotte Bennett – Head of IT at Admiral
Charlotte has spent a 22 year career in Admiral, having joined in 1996 as a Customer Service agent, and worked in Claims, Marketing, Product Development, IT, Information Security and Telematics.
She became Marketing Director in 2006 where she had overall responsibility for Admiral’s marketing strategy and its implementation for Admiral’s brands, overseeing the launch of MultiCar branding and advertising. From late 2010 Charlotte led the team that launched Household for Admiral in 2012, which has since become a profitable product line. Charlotte moved to IT in 2013 with a brief to investigate Guidewire as a replacement for a legacy system, which turned into the largest change programme Admiral had ever run, and which resulted in the re-platforming of the UK business with new software and infrastructure and enabled the launch of MultiCover, Admiral’s combined insurance policy for Motor and Home. Handing over IT to her Programme Director and moving on, in 2017 InfoSec spun out of IT and Charlotte looked after a change initiative to set it up properly whilst searching for a professional CISO. Now she is changing course once again, coaching new leaders who are developing new additional insurance products, and with a remit for Diversity and Inclusion in Admiral’s UK business.
In her spare time Charlotte has a huge appetite for books, fresh air, exercise, and Prosecco; is taking French courses and training for a Half Iron Man triathlon, and planning the summer off with her husband and son.
Emma Hopkinson-spark – Delivery director at 101 ways
Emma is a delivery director at 101 ways, who are one of the fastest growing consultancies in the market, where people thrive by being themselves! She was the 2nd employee joining Kelly Waters, and you have probably seen the company is doing phenomenal things and going from strength to strength. Emma and the team at 101 ways have recently created a WTF (‘Women Tech Focus’) get together which is aimed specifically at the underrepresentation of women in technical careers, and addressing an obvious imbalance when looking at the number of female freelance consultants or contractors. Emma has had a very successful career contracting in many agile positions (the good and the bad!) She will be giving advice to any females thinking about taking the leap into the contracting world. Emma is an inspirational character, a motivator and an influencer of people.
Kate Martin – Operations Director at The DevOps guys
Kate Martin has had a stellar career within technology. From programmer to now Operations Director, she has a lot of determination to drive positive changes and is an exceptional leader with a passion to encourage more women into technology. In her role she is able to provide that different perspective, to make a place more diverse, to challenge the status quo and every day is encouraging more women to have careers in tech. She is also going to be discussing a topic which I have brought up around the name of the company and how the word ‘Guys’ can put some women off but we will be discussing their brilliant environment and how diverse the business is.
Louise David - BD lead at Chwarae teg
Business Development Lead for Chawarae Teg, Louise is striving to make Wales a global leader for gender equality. Louise is responsible for developing products and services that benefit businesses and women that help make our vision and mission a reality. Louise leads on Chwarae Teg’s annual Womenspire awards, a celebration of women across Wales, and our new FairPlay Employer Service which is supporting businesses to build inclusive workplaces.
Prior to working at Chwarae Teg Louise spent over 10 years working to make a more equal world at Careers Wales, and digital outreach organisation Yard Academy.
A fabulous spread will be provided as well as flowing beverages of your choice. Please bring your colleagues and friends and be part of the movement.