First Women of Science and Technology: 2012 shortlists

Supported by BAE Systems, the First Women of Science & Technology are unifying Britain’s R&D community, championing women in the IT sector and communicating a unique technology partnership between two iconic brands, and more. Here’s the full shortlist:

Ruth Mallors has been described as “an extraordinary ambassador for science, technology, engineering and and manufacturing – STEM.” Appointed in 2008 as the first ever director of the Aerospace, Aviation & Defence Technology Knowledge Transfer Network (AAD KTN), she works across industry, government and academia to coordinate collaborative R&D programmes. AAD KTN is particularly effective at enabling SMEs in the aviation supply chain to forge new commercial opportunities. She strongly believes that STEM subjects underpin economic growth and, in October 2011, presented to the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Women in Aviation and Aerospace conference, “From Pioneers to Presidents”.

Pam Maynard is general manager, UK & Ireland, for the technology business Avanade, founded by Accenture and Microsoft in 2008. Under her leadership, Avanade has seen a 100 per cent increase in profits, revenues up by 50 per cent, and employee numbers up by 30 per cent. In January 2012, Pam became the first global sponsor for Avanade’s Women in IT initiative, which aims to attract new female recruits and create career opportunities for women at all levels in the organisation. She is pushing her own business and the industry to rethink they way they approach woman, change recruitment practices and communicate with the graduate community.

Cara Tredget is an exceptional young woman who’s achieved remarkable success in an area of business that was hitherto the domain of men. As Shell’s Ferrari technology manager, responsible for the long-standing technical partnership between Shell and Ferrari, Cara leads Shell’s development and manufacture of bespoke fuels and lubricants that give the Scuderia Ferrari team a competitive advantage in the Formula 1 racing series. Cara engages widely with the global media, gaining a huge audience for Shell’s pioneering technical partnership with the iconic Ferrari brand.

Fiona O’Hara is the first woman to hold the role of director of operations for technology at Accenture, and is one of the most senior women in the firm with a business performance responsibility. She is also human capital and diversity lead for UK & Ireland within the organisation. She is a hugely impressive and passionate champion for women who, through her work, has increased the percentage of women at senior executive level within Accenture by 17 per cent. Accenture has been ranked one of the UK’s most gay-friendly employers by Stonewall and is a top employer for working mothers. Oh, and Fiona also finds time to compete in dressage competitions throughout the UK.

Pernille Bruun-Jensen is vice-president and UK managing director of Intuit, the maker of QuickBooks accounting software for small businesses and accounting professionals. Intuit has been in the UK for almost two decades; under Pernille’s leadership it has increased retail market share from 15 to 50+ per cent, achieving number one position for financial management software. Pre-Intuit, Pernille led a Johnson & Johnson division to £100m status in record time. She has been involved with high-profile government initiatives to support UK enterprise, including StartUp Britain. Pernille is a champion for female entrepreneurship, addressing budding female entrepreneurs at last year’s Mumpreneur conference, and spearheading research into record levels of female entrepreneurship. 

Winners of the First Women Awards 2012 will be announced at an amazing awards ceremony on June 28, 2012 at the Grand Connaught Rooms, hosted by BBC presenter Clare Balding. 

First Women Awards supporters include: BAE Systems, Benenden Healthcare Society, Centrica, COINS, Harvey Nash, ICAEW, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Land Rover and the Financial Mail.

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