10 Digital Ladies has named the top ten women making an impact in digital, at its 2018 Awards, supported by Equal Experts, NHS Digital and Wavemaker, and held last night (April 18th) at Wavemaker’s Sea Containers House office on the Thames.
It was a night of celebration, champagne and basking in the evening sun as over 150 guests congregated on a rooftop terrace offering panoramic river views of London. The 10 Digital Ladies convened its second annual awards event celebrating 10 outstanding women who are not only doing impactful work in digital, but who are fantastic role models for women defining their own version of success. The atmosphere was electric.
10 Digital Ladies — a non-profit, London- based network that helps to inspire and support women in digital careers — is delighted to reveal our incredible our 2018 Awards winners. Follow our 10 Digital Ladies LinkedIn page for updates, and videos of the winners listed below. Our 2018 Meetups hosted by the winners will be announced soon — register here to get updates: https://www.meetup.com/10-Digital-Ladies.
- The 2018 10 Digital Ladies Transformation Award, which honours a leader who has made a significant impact to an organisation through cultural change, leadership or strategy, was won by Eva Applebaum, Co-Founder & Partner at The Arc Group. The awards judges, 10 Digital Ladies Co-Founders Nina Lovelace, Sally Foote, Laila Edy and Lucia Adams said, “Eva is a force for change. Having grown digital capabilities at countless organisations, she is one of the most compelling and trusted experts on how to achieve digital transformation in complex organisations. She’s an intellect to be reckoned with, while also being very down to earth and accessible.”
- The Innovation Award, which recognises someone who has brought fresh, disruptive thinking and impact to an organisation or industry, was won by Hannah Bowden, Programme Director at BetterPoints, Ltd. The judges said: “We were intrigued by how Hannah had merged her past experience in psychology, AI and community regeneration to lead innovation at BetterPoints, which designs and implements digital behaviour change interventions for health in the UK and Europe. We also loved her never ending passion for learning.”
- The Technologist Award, which celebrates someone who has led the implementation of technology to bring significant impact to an organisation or industry, went to Anne Simmons, Lead Consultant, at ThoughtWorks. The judges said, “We loved Anne’s continual passion and pursuit of digital perfection alongside supporting women in digital. Since joining ThoughtWorks ten years ago as a developer, she has been Technical Architect to the CTO and is now Head of Global Capability Development. She works with country leadership teams around the world to ensure a strategic approach to both individual and organisational capability planning and development, especially on Machine Learning and AI.”
- The Talent Development Award, which honours someone who has focused on developing digital talent, either in their organisation or across their sector, went to Sarah Tan, Head of Operations, at VChain Technology for her prior work at Ada, The National College for Digital Skills. The judges said, “As Ada’s Head of Digital, Sarah routinely helped students with anything from a problem in their code to decision making skills, used her insight and contacts in the tech industry to deepen the college’s partnerships, and tirelessly promoted diversity in tech to external stakeholders.”
- The Specialist Award, which honours a woman who has delivered organisational impact through their work in a digital specialism, went to Saswati Saha Mitra, User Experience Research Manager at Uber. The judges said, “Saswati joined Uber as a UX Research Manager but her vision and dedication to giving a voice to global users has grown the team to two other regions, helping the company break into new frontier markets. Her influence is key to giving global users a seat at the product table from driver to rider to marketplace to internal tools. Her nominator said that her energy is infectious and is combined with a passion for her customers.”
- The Portfolio Career Award, which celebrates a woman who is either balancing multiple careers simultaneously, or who has successfully moved between a series of distinct careers, went to Lidia Oshlyansky, Design Lead — Growth Opportunities at Spotify. The judges said, “Lidia is a passionate digital thought leader. She’s had a varied career that includes social work, computer science and engineering, research and user-centered design and product leadership. She is a true, inspiring digital lady!”
- The One to Watch Award celebrates someone who is either early on in their digital career or who has embarked on an entirely new sector, but who is already making waves. Our winner was Roselene Thomas M., Director & Founder, Thomas UK Consulting Services. The judges said, “Since finishing her Masters in 2011, Roselene has always been passionate about being an Entrepreneur and starting her own IT Company. She’s worked hard to build this dream herself without any financial aid or contacts, and she even spent several years working 7 days a week to build a decent investment. She now successfully runs teams in the UK and India. She will leave a phenomenal mark in this industry through her accolades and accomplishments!”
- The Entrepreneur Award, which honours an individual who has successfully launched their own digital business, was won by Jo Osborne, Founder of SciApps Limited. The judges said, “Jo has developed SkinNinja, an app that helps anyone make informed decisions about what they put on their skin, by analysing cosmetic or skincare ingredients. The judges particularly loved Jo’s passion for her business, driven by Jo’s own experience of being diagnosed with skin cancer aged 26. The whole of her leadership team is also made up of women.”
- The Consultant Award, which recognises a consultant who has provided significant digital leadership and value to clients, was won by Jenny Cowderoy, Founder & Consultant of Cowderoy Consulting. The judges said, “Jenny has had a 20 year career in the sector in digital agencies and global firms. In the last couple of years she has built a growth consultancy aimed at supporting smaller and mid-sized digital and technology businesses to grow — and their founders thrive. She has become a non-exec director and board advisor to several ambitious businesses as well as working pro-bono and supporting tech start-ups.”
- The Most Inspiring Board Member Award, which celebrates a female executive or non-executive board member who is a leading light, not just within her business, but also her sector was won by Celia Francis, CEO at Rated People. The judges said, “Celia has done amazing work in re-energising Rated People. She has a mission to help drive the economy by creating work, and has also essentially created a UK wide tradesmen trust mark. She regularly speaks at industry events and talks passionately about getting more people into well-paid, skilled and satisfying work, including young people and apprentices.”
The 10 Digital Ladies Co-Founders and Awards judges said, “We run our awards and monthly events because we want to give a platform to the incredible talent working in digital, to inspire and educate, and to show the vast array of possible career paths out there. Not every woman wants to get onto the board or learn Python, but digital has so much more to offer women who want to apply their talents as specialists, consultants or transformation agents. 10 Digital Ladies provides inspiration and practical support to women so they can define their own, personal vision of success.”
10 Digital Ladies will shortly be announcing its 2018 programme of monthly meetup events, each of which will be hosted by one of our award winners. The events will give attendees a chance to hear more about our award winner and finalists’ challenges, successes and career tips.
Equal Experts supported 10 Digital Ladies to organise the Awards. Mairead O’Connor, Partner, Equal Experts said: “We leapt at the chance to sponsor these awards because Equal Experts is home to so many remarkable women, making things happen in all kinds of client environments. In celebrating the contribution women make to our industry each and every day, the awards also highlight the collaboration that successful work relies upon — and at which so many women excel.”
NHS Digital kindly provided filming support for the night. NHS Digital’s Deputy Chief Executive Rob Shaw said: “There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in digital transformation. Here at NHS Digital, we are working hard to give people the information and digital tools they need to take more responsibility for their own health and care choices, whilst also enabling health and care professionals to work more productively.
“As an organisation that is led by a female CEO, we recognise how vital it is that the workforce leading and delivering this digital revolution is truly diverse, and we are delighted to be supporting the 10 Digital Ladies, which celebrates the many fantastic achievements being made by women across this industry every day.”
Wavemaker provided their beautiful Sea Containers House venue and catering for the awards on the Southbank. James Edgar, Chief Talent Officer, Wavemaker, commented, “We are proud and excited to be supporting this year’s 10 Digital Ladies Awards. Wavemaker is committed to building a culture that promotes and celebrates diversity as one of its core values. We want to lead the way within our industry and beyond in this arena — and these awards are a great showcase for empowering female talent and inspire women to make a career in digital.”