IT is now recognised as a viable career option for women - but although change is underway, it is moving at a gradual pace.
The Women in Tech Excellence Awards are designed to help move us towards a solution as an industry, by recognising and promoting IT's many talented women.
This year's winners will be announced at a live awards ceremony on Thursday 23rd November in London.
Daisy Corporate Services has successfully entered two finalists: Lyndsey Charlton, shortlisted for Role Model of the Year - Consultancies and Professional Services; and Maria Rhodes-Johnson, for Team Leader of the Year - Enterprise.
We caught up with one of the finalists, COO Lyndsey Charlton, to ask her more about the company's priorities for the next 12 months.
Born and raised in the North East of England, development and evolution come second nature to Lyndsey. She is comfortable assuming a number of different roles moving from an engineering and architecture role, into many leadership roles, while transforming issues into opportunities for change. Lyndsey is passionate about technology and enabling skills development in this area as well as encouraging more females into technology roles. Lyndsey is a UK STEM Ambassador working with schools in the North East and around Daisy offices, as well as a mentor for The Girls Network.
Computing: Please provide some background on your company for our readers.
Lyndsey Charlton: In simplistic terms we are a managed service provider, supporting our customers with their IT & Telecommunications strategy and implementation. We act as their trusted partner, helping them achieve their business goals.
In the two decades since Daisy was founded, we've grown to be one of the largest providers of communications and IT solutions in the UK.
What makes you different from other companies?
We are one of the few providers that are in a position to offer end-to-end IT communications. We act as a go-to expert consultant for our customers - an extension of their IT department.
By maintaining the highest levels of accreditation with leading vendors, we have become a trusted advisor to them, empowered to deliver and support their technology needs.
We are also passionate about driving ESG so we can be a better business and help our customers on their sustainability journeys.
What one company achievement in the last 12 months are you most proud of?
We are 18 months into the delivery of our five-year business plan. The whole organisation has backed this strategy and we are really seeing the benefits of it as a business - something we are all really proud of as a board.
We have seen some great success and excellent colleague engagement, which is particularly important to us as a services business. Our people are everything to us and our customers.
What are you working on this year?
This year, we're helping some big UK brands on their digital transformation journeys. These days, it's not just about the technology, it's about how you use it and empower your workforce. We're delivering more consultative partnerships, so we are there every step of the way with our customers. Not forgetting our key partners and vendors, bringing technology to meet customer challenges and/or goals.
Why are events like the Women in Tech Excellence important to the IT industry?
Events like this are a key stepping stone on the journey towards parity and gender diversity no longer being an issue. It's something that has yo-yo'd recently in some levels and needs to be something that progresses consistently in our industry. To support the growth of women already in our industry and to inspire the next generation, never more have we needed better diversity in tech with the advancement of technology such as AI.