WiT20: Supportive, Disruptive, Resilient

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14 October 2020

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14 October 2020

online 10:00 - 13:30

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About the Event

Supportive, Disruptive, Resilient

In the 2017/18 academic year only 19% of Computer Science students were women and in 2018 only 15% of Computer Science graduates were women. And yet there are countless studies showing that there is a shortage of digital and technology skills within the UK.

We are pleased to offer you an opportunity to join us virtually to discuss ways we can all help in making the workplace and industry more appealing to women and help bridge the diversity and skills/recruitment gap. Under the three strands of Supportive, Disruptive and Resilient we will be exploring:

Supportive - "I can't be what I can't see"
Positive role models, career challenges at different life stages and challenging societal stereotypes.

Disruptive - "Pay it forward"
Showcasing successful change initiatives, behaviours and culture worth challenging

Resilient - "Thrive, not just survive"
Mental and physical wellbeing, work-life balance and connecting support networks

We are putting together a programme that will not only answer these and other questions but will challenge the status quo. 

The event is aimed at staff of all grades and experience, all genders. From those wanting support or help with navigating their career to those who are able to provide that support or facilitate and affect change.


Carla Toomey

Carla Toomer

Project and Engagement Lead


Daniela Graf

Daniela Graf

Project & Engagement Lead

Domain 7

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Daniel Guinness


Good Lad Initiative

Eleanor Draycott

Eleanor Draycott

Head of Customer Experience & Service Delivery

University of Reading

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Kathryn Myhill

Deputy Director

Leeds Beckett University

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Kathryn moved to LBU after 12 years at the University of York. She’s applying her experience of building multi-disciplinary project and product teams to the new challenge of leading the Infrastructure, Business Systems and Support Services teams. Kathryn believes in radical candour, inclusive leadership and leaning out.

Katie Wilde

Katie Wilde

Digital Research Services Manager

University of Aberdeen

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Katie Wilde is the Digital Research Services Manager with a remit of supporting Researchers with their digital needs. Katie has over 13 years of experience of working at the University of Aberdeen’s , joining as a Graduate Trainee back in 2007 and now heads up three teams in the Digital and Information Services directorate.

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Sarah Kennedy

Assistant Director IT Services

University of York

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Sarah is the Assistant IT Director and has worked in HE for over 15 years. Her current role forms part of the IT Leadership team and is responsible for Service Delivery and Product teams.  From starting on the service desk to the leadership team, she is passionate about building inclusive, high performing teams and is the Sponsor of our Gender Equality in Technology group.

Sophie Piley

Sophie Pilley

UX Designer


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Sophie is passionate about crafting delightful user experiences and using design thinking methodologies to solve complex problems. She has worked with start-ups and scale-ups, product companies and digital agencies, to help bring top-notch UX and UI work to life on the web. She offers a strategist and facilitator’s understanding of stakeholder dynamics, and helps teams stay focused on the bigger picture. Certified by both IBM and the Interaction Design Foundation, she is also a volunteer at Cancer Research UK.

Tara Lamplough

Head of IT Business Partnering

University of Birmingham

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Tara is a member of the IT Leadership Team with accountability for the Business Relationship Management, Business Analysis, Product Ownership, Innovation and Communications functions within IT Services. She manage the relationships with key senior stakeholders to identify, shape and manage the demand for technology related change and services.

Vickie WIlkie

Victoria Wilkie

IT Services Operational Assurance Officer

University of York

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Vicky has 14 years of experience at the University of York, initially as a library assistant then moving to IT. With a diverse background spanning roles such as museum guide, barista, and ear piercer, she brings a unique perspective to her strong focus on customer service and advocacy for diversity within IT. As co-chair of the Gender Equality Group, Vicky is dedicated to implementing a range of strategies to enhance diversity within the IT sector.

Event Schedule



Lynne Newbitt, Chair of ucisa Women in Tech, Team Manager, IT Services, Loughborough University

How we demonstrate strong leadership to promote positive outcomes by being disruptive, supportive and resilient

Daniela Graf, Carla Toomer and Sophie Pilley, Domain 7

An insider's view of the IT Senior Management Team

Kathryn Myhill and Sarah Kennedy, University of York 

Coder by day, Aerobics Instructor By Night - balancing when two world collide

Katie Wilde, University of Aberdeen

Learning to "Live Bolder" in the Windy City: the Bursary Experience and attending Educause 2019

Eleanor Draycott, University of Reading

Comfort break/opportunity to speed network


From Library Assistant to Systems Support Specialist. How a non-techie become a techie

Vicky Wilkie, University of York 

WiT: Culture, kids and COVID

Tara Lamplough, Head of Business Partnering, University of Birmingham

Men Who Disrupt Gender Inequality

Daniel Guinness, Good Lad Initiative