Shaheen Sayed wins top prize at Women in IT Awards as winners revealed!

Over 900 leading businesses and executives gathered at the world’s largest tech diversity event, the Women in IT Awards London 2020, as award winners were crowned across 20 categories.

Accenture’s Shaheen Sayed was crowned Woman of the Year at the Women in IT Awards London 2020, last night.

Yoox Net-A-Porter, the online lifestyle, fashion, design and art store, also won big at the prestigious event, securing Future CIO of the Year and e-Skills Initiative of the Year.

Other winners included Niki Trigoni, from Navenio, who won CTO of the Year, Amanda Hamilton, City & County Healthcare Group, who earned CIO of the Year, while the Diversity Initiative of the Year went to Joanne Rewcastle at DWP Digital.

Now in its sixth year, the Women in IT Awards London 2020 was held at a gala ceremony in Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, hosted by British television presenter Naga Munchetty.

The awards, organised by Information Age and DiversityQ (Bonhill Group publications) headline sponsored by Amazon Web Services, serve to showcase the achievements and innovation of women in technology and identify new role models in a sector where female representation stands at only 19% — a level that is still alarmingly low.

Woman of the Year

Shaheen Sayed – Accenture

Shaheen was named Women of the Year by the judges for her ability to “…lead market-leading teams who deliver pioneering solutions with double-digit growth to the health and public sector. She has had a measurable impact on improving diversity in tech, and her sphere of influence runs broad and deep, with a clear focus on developing and influencing the next generation of talent.” 

A new chapter for the UK

Opening the awards, Lawrence Gosling, editorial director at Bonhill Group plc, said: “As we start a new chapter in the life of this country is so many ways, the importance of the IT sector to the well-being of society and the economy is irrefutable.

“To achieve the maximum positive outcome, we have to continue to promote, recognise and develop the role of women. Tonight’s event and the others we do around the world are modest contributors to that end. The industry has moved significantly since we started these awards, but there is no room for complacency.”

He continued: “Every year the number and quality of entries increases. The bar is raised so congratulations to everyone who made to this point. A credible awards programme is not possible without the hard work and research of our judging panels, so I’d personally like to thank all them for their diligence and my colleagues at Bonhill for organising the judging process and putting together this wonderful evening.”


Joining headline partner, Amazon Web Services, as sponsors at the Women in IT Awards London 2020 are premium sponsors — Alix Partners, BMC Software, Frank Recruitment Group, J.P. Morgan, Lloyds Banking Group, Salesforce and Yoox Net-a-Porter Group; our award sponsors — Accenture SecurityBPDAZNFireEyeJust EatGoogle CloudNew RelicRed HatRolls RoyceSailpointUiPath and Veritas, and our event partners — Direct Line GroupHSBC and Oracle.

“We would like to thank all of our sponsors for making the Women in IT Awards London 2020 possible. Without your support and advice, the event would not be the largest technology diversity event in the world and we look forward to continuing working with you until the gender gap has closed significantly in this industry,” added Nicholas Ismail, content editor, Information Age.

Diversity Initiative of the Year

Joanne Rewcastle – DWP Digital

DWP’s diversity initiative stood out to the judges, “for not solely focusing on quota attainment but to support women developing their digital skills and knowledge. Though it might be a small initiative it has had an impressively direct impact and that while being on a budget within a tough company culture, not prone to innovate at a quick pace.” 

A commitment to driving change

The Women in IT Awards London 2020 is the flagship event in an ongoing Information Age and DiversityQ campaign to tackle the technology industry’s lack of gender diversity.

Now, the Women in IT Awards Series — originating in London — has become a global initiative with annual events now held in New York, San Fransico, Dublin, Singapore, Berlin, Bucharest and Canada.

In the UK, there are two further diversity events: Tech Leaders Today, a careers fair for female university students, and Future Stars of Tech, which identifies and promotes the industry’s top female career climbers.

Women in IT Awards London 2020 winners

Data Leader of the Year, sponsored by Veritas

Jackie Shears — NHS Digital

e-Skills Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Accenture Security

Federica Romagnoli — Yoox Net-A-Porter Group

Global Leader of the Year, sponsored by Google Cloud

Chandra Dhandapani — CBRE

Digital Leader of the Year, sponsored by DAZN

Laura Hilliger — We Are Open Co-op

Security Champion of the Year, sponsored by Lloyd’s Banking

Felicity March — IBM

Young Leader of the Year, sponsored by AlixPartners

Josie Young — Methods

Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Yoox Net-A-Porter Group

Christine Telyan — UENI Lt

Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Mastercard

Lucy Mullins — StepLadder

Diversity Initiative of the Year, sponsored by J.P. Morgan

Joanne Rewcastle — DWP Digital

Employer of the Year, sponsored by UiPath


Rising Star of the Year, sponsored by New Relic

Anna Zappone — Google

Business Leader of the Year, sponsored by BP

Jenny Davies — M247

Transformation Leader of the Year, sponsored by Just Eat

Karen Hopley — G4S

Advocate of the Year, sponsored by FireEye

Carly Britton — Vualto

IT Team of the Year, sponsored by Rolls-Royce

Juliette French — Lloyds Banking Group

Future CIO of the Year, sponsored by Frank Recruitment

Mel Unsworth, Yoox Net-A-Porter Group

Business Role Model of the Year, sponsored by BMC Software

Naya Giannakopoulou — DMW

CTO of the Year, sponsored by Red Hat

Niki Trigoni — Navenio

CIO of the Year, sponsored by AWS

Amanda Hamilton — City & County Healthcare Group

Woman of the Year, sponsored by Salesforce

Shaheen Sayed — Accenture
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