BIMA NW | The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the Digital World

Did you know that just 8.5% of senior leaders in technology are from a minority background, 57% of employees think their companies should be more diverse and fewer CEOs are women than are named David?

It’s clear we have a long way to go, but what are we really doing as an industry to challenge this and make a real impact?

In our latest BIMA briefing, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the importance of diversity and inclusion within the workplace and how businesses can and should be making this a priority in 2019.

Hosted by Josh Bolland, Chair of BIMA & CEO of J B Cole, we will be joined by a line up of well-renowned entrepreneurs and business leaders who are driving the conversation of diversity and inclusion in the digital and technology sectors and who are challenging the status quo to drive this forward.

Book your free tickets today and join the conversation!


Amy Lynch, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, ThoughtWorks (UK)

Amy has been working with technology teams for over a decade and currently heads up diversity & inclusion (D&I) for ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy. A curious and adaptable leader, Amy advocates passionately for social justice and is committed to amplifying those who often go unheard and underserved. She is part of BIMA’s D&I council, has been included on Northern Power Women’s 2019 Future List and champions for a more equitable future for all.

Twitter: @Amy_Lynch


Paul Davenport, Department Head, Abbot’s Lea School

Having worked in schools for children with special educational needs for over 18 years, Paul has spent the last 13 years in an outstanding SEN school in Liverpool for children with a primary diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.

Paul has worked within the senior leadership in his school and is currently leading the 6th form department after several years as Assistant Head. Over the last few years, Paul has looked to strengthen student knowledge of job opportunities and careers, with a focus on digital media and arts, by working with industry groups and professionals.

This academic year, students in Paul’s school won the Vodaphone Challenge as part of BIMA’s Digital Day, having their idea chosen out of hundreds of entries from schools across the country.

Digital is transforming opportuities for people with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome and Paul will be sharing his insights.

Beckie Taylor, Co-Founder – Tech Returners

Beckie is an Ambassador for Tech and Women in Leadership, and the Co-founder of Women in Technology Northern Chapter. In 2017, she launched Tech Returners, to empower returners and enable their opportunities in tech, by providing development and creating accessible routes into businesses through continual training and technology, resulting in more diverse and inclusive workforces. This work has seen the project shortlisted in the Northern Power Women awards for Innovation 2018 and for e-skills Initiative of the year at the Women in IT award 2019 for its practical guidance, and personal development coaching.


Thu, 14 Mar 2019
08:30 - 10:00


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