Gain Business Insights from Women in Tech 14th May 2020

Gain Business Insights from Women in Tech Gain Business Insights from Women in Tech

Running from May to mid-July, Scott Logic is delighted to be hosting a series of five webinars – ‘Business insights from Women in Tech’ – concluding with a live panel discussion at the end of the series.

The series brings together five inspiring women in senior roles across the technology sector, from startups to global enterprises. COVID-19 lockdown is providing opportunities for learning and professional development, and at a time when businesses are under tremendous pressure, our webinar presenters will share new business insights, tactics and perspectives.

They are speaking on a range of topics, including:

  • How to strike a balance between digital transformation and traditional, high-touch customer service
  • Entrepreneurship lessons from endurance sports
  • Cultivating female talent into leadership roles
  • The working world beyond COVID-19

You can watch the first two webinars below, and sign up for our confirmed future webinars. We’ll keep updating this page as future webinar details are confirmed, and add the registration links.


Previous webinars

Charly Lester

Former CMO at Lumen and Serial Entrepreneur

Tackling Big Challenges in Small Steps – Applying an entrepreneurial mindset to problem-solving

Charly is a 9x marathon finisher and raced Marathon des Sables last year (six marathons in six days across the Sahara Desert). In the last two years, she has completed ten half ironman triathlons and one full ironman. In her spare time (!) she has founded three start-ups, and most recently exited Lumen, the dating app for over 50s, after it was acquired with the rest of the Magic Lab portfolio by the Blackstone Group.

In this webinar, Charly discusses how her sporting challenges have helped her in business and how anyone can apply an entrepreneurial mindset to aspects of their work.


Anna Barsby

Co-founder at Tessiant and former CIO of Halfords and Morrisons

Creating an Environment for Female Talent to Thrive Within Your Organisation

Anna has been one of the UK’s top CIOs and is a people and transformation leader, used to delivering large-scale change across different industries, including a number of FTSE100, FTSE250 and regulatory organisations.

In this webinar, she shares her thoughts on why strong leadership is key to support women in becoming more confident in reaching senior-level positions. She also explores why talented female professionals continue to get ‘stuck’ at middle-management level and shares her advice on what we can all do to change this situation.


Cecile Rousseau

CTO at Ruffer

The Digital Journey Revisited

Cecile Rousseau, CTO at investment management firm Ruffer, will talk in this webinar about the challenges of balancing the opposing tensions of traditional high-touch, personal service, against a desire to provide newer, flexible digital services.

Using fascinating insights and amusing personal anecdotes, Cecile will discuss the challenges faced as Ruffer transformed its client service offering – how it embarked on its digitalisation journey while preserving the trusted relationships and client knowledge which has made it successful.


Upcoming webinars

Weds 17 June

Manila McLean

CIO at Newcastle Building Society

Preparing for a new normal: Life after COVID-19

No one knows how long this crisis will last. But it’s important to strike the right balance between proactively preparing for the new normal and dealing with the here and now.

In this webinar, Newcastle Building Society’s Group CIO Manila McLean will explore what a new normal may look like. No one expects the future to be what was predicted at the start of the year, so as we enter a new era of work, how do we adapt and prepare to thrive on the disruption this continues to create?

Manila will cover:

  • What this means for remote working
  • What workplaces will look like, and how workplace cultures will evolve
  • What tools and data we’ll need to plan, manage risk and seize opportunities in a new, volatile context
  • The skills people will need to thrive in the new normal

Manila has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, leading digital transformation journeys for some well-known brands. She has an honours degree in Computer Science and Management Science from the University of Strathclyde, an MBA, and is a Chartered Management Accountant.

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Tues 30 June

Li Qun Taylor

Co-head of Digital Platforms at NatWest Group

How to lead technology teams when you’re the only female in the room

In this webinar, Li Qun Taylor, Co-head of Digital Channels at NatWest Group, will share her experience of being a female leader in a strongly male-dominated industry

Li Qun has over 25 years of experience in technology and heads up the award-winning Digital Channels team at NatWest Group, responsible for the mobile and online banking platforms that are relied upon by a combined total of approximately 9.5 million active customers.

As an experienced leader of transformational change, Li Qun recently led the successful migration of the flagship mobile channel onto AWS public cloud. This bold, large-scale and seamless migration to a new, highly secure, cloud-based platform has just won the FSTech Digital Transformation Project of the Year 2020.

Li Qun will discuss her approach to leading technology teams; how to recognise and navigate around common obstacles, and some positive actions to contribute to your own, and others’, success.

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Weds 15 July

Panel discussion on gender diversity and inclusion in the technology sector

Our panellists:

  • Anna Barsby
  • Cecile Rousseau
  • Manilla McLean
  • Declan O’Gorman, Head of Enterprise Engineering at NatWest Markets
  • Rob Smith, Client Relationships Director, Scott Logic

At Scott Logic, we understand that the more diverse our teams are, the more we’re able to benefit from a broad range of experience, expertise and insight. This both increases the quality of what we design and build for our clients, and enriches the culture of our organisation. You can read here about how we celebrated International Women’s Day 2020 and read some advice and inspiration from the women of Scott Logic.

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