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The three most influential women in UK IT 2016

Nowadays, more and more tech-savvy women are being employed in IT and they are achieving great results. Computer Weekly, the largest digital magazine and website for IT professionals in the UK, has announced its list of the 2016 most important women in UK IT, now in its fifth year.

Last year, the number of women featured on the list raised from 25 to 50, as the amount of nominations continued to grow every year. The 50 women featured on this list act as role models to the wider industry in stimulating diversity for the technology sector. Here are the top three influential women in the UK – if you want to read the full list, you can visit Computer Weekly.



  • Maggie Philbin, CEO, TeenTech

She has worked in radio and television for more than three decades on a variety of science, medical and technology programmes. She is co-founder and CEO of TeenTech, an award-winning organisation helping young people, their parents and teachers understand more about the real opportunities in science and technology. Reporting on science and technology for the BBC’s Bang Goes The Theory, providing analysis and comment on technology for BBC WebWise and a regular reporter on BBC1’s Inside Out, she has a unique resonance with audiences, having grown up with them on much-loved shows such as Swap Shop and Tomorrow’s World.



  • Eileen Burbidge, chair of Tech City; partner, Passion Capital; government special envoy for fintech

She is a partner at Passion Capital, the London-based venture capital company she established with Stefan Glaenzer and Robert Dighero. She brings large operational experience to her investment activities: from business and product development roles at Yahoo!, Skype, PalmSource, Openwave, Sun and Apple. She also serves as chair for Tech City UK and is the special envoy for financial technology for HM Treasury, as well as a member of the prime minister’s business consultative group.



  • Sherry Coutu, angel investor and founder of Founders4Schools

She is one of Britain’s most successful angel investors, working with and investing in entrepreneurs to sort out issues for patients in the medical technology sector, and students and teachers in education technology. She advises and serves on the boards of companies, charities and institutions such as the London Stock Exchange, Cambridge University, LinkedIn, Raspberry Pi and Care.com. As an angel investor, she has made direct investments in more than 50 companies and holds investments in three venture capital companies. She founded and chairs the not-for-profit Founders4Schools and Silicon Valley Comes 2 The UK, and serves on the board of the Francis Crick Institute.


When women are supported, encouraged, and funded to lead, they always excel. This is why you should think about a career in IT. To get more information you can visit our website to find out more about 360 GSP IT Training and Courses and contact us today on 020 8672 4151 or hello@360gsp.com.

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