Goodman Derrick and techUK to host evening of discussion on gender balance in the technology sector

On Thursday 17th September, Goodman Derrick and techUK are hosting an event to discuss female engagement within the technology sector and the bottom-line benefits for businesses that tackle this issue. The panel will be asked to discuss Baroness Martha Lane Fox's recent comments in relation to a survey of Tech London Advocates members which found that 23% of tech firms do not have any women in senior positions:

"There is a greater proportion of women in the House of Lords than British tech companies. We must accept the scale of this problem and work together to put women at the heart of the technology sector."

The panellists at the event are:

  • Jacqueline de Rojas, Area VP Citrix, Non-Exec Director HRG & President of techUK. Jacqueline has recently been named as the most influential woman in UK IT by Computer Weekly Magazine and appointed President of the techUK Board
  • Susan Bowen, Chief of Staff for HP in the UK and Ireland, leading HP's cross company strategy on behalf of the UK and Ireland Managing Director
  • Jeffrey Tijssen, Managing Principal, CAPCO and co-chair of the FinTech Working Group at Tech London Advocates

The panel will focus on the direct and immediate action that can be taken to attract and retain more women, and the increased ROI that gender-diverse teams can create for businesses.

Jeffrey Tijssen commented:

“The potential business benefits of having a more diverse workforce are obvious, yet the percentage of women working for tech companies remains low. As it stands, about 70% of tech positions at the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter are held by men. Although it is slowly improving, a lot more can be done to improve the gender balance, encourage diversity, and get women excited about a career in tech. Given the enormous demand for tech talent, which will only continue to increase, we must take action to address these challenges, and try to inspire a new generation of female tech talent.”

The discussion and Q&A will be chaired by Tanya Shillingford, a Partner at law firm Goodman Derrick, Tanya commented:

“I have been advising in and around the technology sector for many years and it is troubling that the gender balance in this sector remains so skewed, especially given the huge growth potential for the UK and the clear need to fill job vacancies at all levels and at all sizes of companies. I am therefore delighted that we have such an experienced panel to discuss this complicated issue and to provide some practical insight for businesses who want to unlock currently unused potential.*”

Goodman Derrick

  • Goodman Derrick is a leading commercial law firm in the City of London
  • Goodman Derrick's technology group advises a wide range of technology-focused businesses, including those in information technology, digital media, cleantech, biotechnology and other life sciences
  • Adviser to FTSE-listed, national and international businesses, including many household names
  • Recognised as leading lawyers by the independent guides to the legal profession, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500
  • “The kind of firm that gains your trust and never loses it.” Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession
  • A member of the worldwide Legal Netlink Association

techUK

  • techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow
  • More than 850 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ more than 500,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium sized businesses.
  • techUK is committed to helping its members and the sector grow.
  • www.techuk.org

For more information

Find out more about Goodman Derrick’s technology expertise by contacting James Caulfield, Head of Business Development, on 020 7421 7968 or at jcaulfield@gdlaw.co.uk.

Find out more about techUK's work on gender diversity by contacting Sharon Clews on 020 7331 2052 or at sharon.clews@techuk.org.

*Survey of Tech London Advocates members, an independent network of over 1,600 tech experts, leaders and investors in the capital. June 2015.