Active Voice: Women at the Forefront of the Digital Revolution

We are a society driven by digital technology. It has generated enormous wealth and tapped into the talents of some of the most creative minds on the planet. The Digital Leaders 100 (DL100) list recognises some of this talent and celebrates the teams and individuals who are working hard behind the scenes to secure the UK’s Digital Transformation. They are all inspirational and to salute their achievements and motivate the next generation of digital entrepreneurs, we’re featuring a handful of female digital “role models” and nominees from the DL100 list 2020.

  1. Lucy Watts MBE is a leader in digital spaces for people with disabilities and life-shortening illnesses. She runs various digital networks and support groups, digital activism/advocacy, virtual peer mentoring, various websites, writes a popular blog and recently started a YouTube vlog.
  2. Deborah O’Neill is UK Head of Digital and a partner at Oliver Wyman, where she leads complex digital transformations at the world’s largest companies. She helps her clients build out their engineering and delivery capability, making them self-sufficient and able to make changes more rapidly.
  3. Mansata Kurang is a mathematician and creative technologist and the founder of VR Revival, an award winning immersive virtual reality application for dementia patients. She is passionate about using creative technologies to make a positive difference in the world and help society’s most vulnerable individuals.
  4. Sirinda Bhandal is the founder of Simply Connect, a Tech4good company that brings communities together. She is passionate about promoting the use of digital technology to transform services and to help people live happier, healthier lives. She is also a dedicated champion for the voluntary and charity sector and their role to build stronger, connected communities.
  5. Amy Icke is Online Learning and Innovation Manager at The Girls' Day School Trust (GDST). In this role, she supports teachers and pupils across the GDST in the effective use of digital learning platform. She is an advocate for women in STEM and tech innovation.
  6. Heather Picov is CEO of Apps for Good, a leading education technology charity that is growing a generation of digital social leaders. Launched in 2010, it provides free technology courses and workshops for schools and has impacted 200,000+ students in 1500+ schools globally and seen thousands of problem-solving tech prototypes created by young people.