UCISA Exec member Sally Bogg wins top Business Role Model award

Sally Bogg, Head of End User Services at Leeds Beckett University, Chair of UCISA’s Support Services Group and a member of UCISA’s Executive Committee, has been named Business Role Model of The Year at the 2018 Women in IT Awards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I was proud and humbled to attend the awards but I never expected to win,” said Sally. “It just goes to show the power of education and the transformational impact universities can have.”

“I have been very fortunate over my career to have had so many inspirational role models to look up to and it is nice to be able to give something back.”

She continued: “Women have been responsible for some of the greatest technology inventions and yet there are still not enough women working in tech roles within our sector.  IT has an image problem and much work still needs to be done to demonstrate that this is an attractive and exciting industry to work in. The Women in IT Awards are a great way of helping address this image problem, celebrating our female tech talent and hopefully inspiring others.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally Bogg (centre) receives her award from TV presenter and TeenTech CEO,
Maggie Philbin (left) and Monika Fahlbusch, Senior Vice President of category sponsors BMC software. (Image courtesy Women in IT)

 

Sally dropped out of school after becoming pregnant at 17 but later returned to education and graduated from Leeds Beckett in 2006 with a degree in computing. At the time, she was one of only a dozen women among the 200 students on the course. After gaining further experience in the IT sector, Sally returned to the Leeds Beckett University in 2015 as Head of End User Services, Client Services, and is now responsible for the University’s IT Services Desk, Desktop Support and IT training as well as managing 45 staff.

Women in IT Award judges said of Sally: “Her non-traditional career trajectory shows anyone can succeed in IT if they have the passion and drive. Her work in higher education IT is really making a difference.”

Commenting on her success, Sally said that joining UCISA’s Support Services Group had played an essential role in her career progression.

“It has enabled me to grow and strengthen my network, and has given me access to strategic and leadership exchanges outside of my own organisation. I have received so much support from the UCISA community and it has been a source of great inspiration and motivation to me.”

This is the second year running that Sally has been honoured for her approach to her work.

In 2017, she was presented with the Service Desk Institute’s Inspirational Leader of the Year award at the  IT Service and Support Awards in recognition of the positive and sustainable impact she has had on staff across Leeds Beckett University and the wider service desk industry.

The Women in IT Awards, run by business technology magazine Information Age in London and New York, are now in their fourth year and showcase the achievements and innovation of women in technology, identifying new role models and promoting further dialogue around diversity among industry influencers.

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