WiT22: The inconvenient imposter…..igniting your confidence

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12 May 2022

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11 May 2022


BCEC, Hill Street

About the Event

WiT22: The inconvenient imposter…..igniting your confidence and creating inclusive workplaces


Promising to inspire confidence, tackle self-doubt and enable you to better enjoy your work life and progress professionally, UCISA’s first face-to-face conference Women in Tech conference will be taking place 12th May in Birmingham.

We are thrilled to have Avril Chester – multi-award-winning Technology Entrepreneur, experienced CTO, author, podcast host and cancer thriver – opening the event with her inspirational story. Featured in Computer Weekly's most influential women in UK IT 2021 & 2020 long list, she is the Founder of Cancer Central and currently Chief Technology Officer at Royal Institute of British Architects.

Another great session at WiT22 is leadership coach Emma Cowling’s workshop, “Are you an imposter or are you unique? What if you could celebrate your differences instead of hiding them?”.

There will also be an interactive session run by AbilityNet which will invite you to evaluate your workplace for accessibility and inclusion and talk about the steps you can take to improve the working environment for everyone and enable them to work in a productive and comfortable way.

The agenda includes personal accounts from our Women in Tech community and male allies on imposter syndrome, building diverse and inclusive workplaces, turning confidence around and mentoring

The sessions will include lots of useful tools and techniques to put in place when you return to the office.

Comments from last year’s event included:

  • So much of what was covered resonated with so many of us attendees. The content and tips given were excellent across the board.
  • Great day and every session useful with lots of take-aways.
  • Thanks for a great day, everyone, great to hear everyone’s perspective and it’s has absolutely flown by.
  • All of the sessions have been very eye-opening, particularly with the challenges that WiT face. Thank you
  • A thoroughly enjoyable and informative session.
  • It was a fantastic event
  • So looking forward to a face-to-face event

We look forward to welcoming you to WiT22: The Inconvenient Imposter… igniting your confidence!


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Avril Chester

Chief Technology Officer

Royal Institute of British Architects

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Emma Cowling

Leadership Coach

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Alison Wakefield

Co-Director Cybersecurity and Criminology Centre

University of West London

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Margaret Allen

Senior Change Management Specialist

University of Cambridge

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Amy Low

Service Delivery Director


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Amy Low is Service Delivery Director at AbilityNet, a technology and digital accessibility charity that supports disabled people to achieve their objectives at home, at work and in education. AbilityNet provide a range of services for individuals and organisations including 1-1 support services, online resources, consultancy and training. Having spent 15 years working in a variety of roles within serviced property and IT services, Amy joined AbilityNet in 2016, drawn by the opportunity to leverage technology to remove barriers to participation for disabled people and create a better digital experience for everyone. Amy is also a Community Board Member of the Digital Poverty Alliance.

Twitter: @Abilitynet @AJL0w

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Teresa Loftus

Assessment Team Manager


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Teresa Loftus is an Assessment Team Manager, AbilityNet Assessment Services. She has worked for AbilityNet since 2012 delivering workplace assessments and disabled student assessments.

Teresa has a background in Assistive Technology (AT) training and support to students with a visual impairment in mainstream schools and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Ergonomics. She is National Association of Disability Practitioner (NADP) Accredited, has 20 years of AT experience and continuous professional development that supports a belief in Equality for all at work, home and in education. Teresa recognises that Assistive Technologies is forever evolving and improving so stays abreast of these through regular training events and research.

In her spare time, Teresa enjoys walking through glorious Gloucestershire and eating ice cream!

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Christi Hopkinson

Head of Service Operations

University of the West of England

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I’ve been working in IT since 1993 starting off as a Microsoft application trainer, moving into desktop support, server support and virtual environments. I’ve been in my current role for the last 4 years. My teams are responsible for the virtual and physical infrastructure at UWE, including Unified Communications.

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Rob Moore

IT Procurement Manager

Leeds Beckett University

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Dawn Ward

Associate Director of People and Culture


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Dawn’s role at Waterstons is Associate Director of People & Culture. She has worked here for three years and being part of a growing business, which puts people in the heart of each and every decision is something she is immensely proud to be part of. Having the opportunity to think globally and learning as we evolve, while navigating the changing landscape of work and partnering the business to achieve our aspirations is her favourite part.

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Helen Fawett

Associate Director, Consulting


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Helen Fawcett is Associate Director consulting at Watertsons. Helen has a background in strategic consulting and evidence based decision making. She leads the Higher Education team at Waterstons and has experience of working with HEI’s to solve a diverse range of business problems.

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Hannah Francis

Executive Data and Analytics Consultant


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Hannah Francis is an Executive Data and Analytics Consultant at Waterstons and the Lead for Data Consultancy. This means that when not writing SQL or playing in Power BI she spends her time thinking about how we work with our customers to ensure they are improving their data maturity and maximising the benefits from the solutions we build. Hannah has two small people and loves walking; sadly, the small people do not.

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Jake Dovey

iSolutions Incident Response Team

University of Southampton

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Jake has worked for the University of Southampton for over fifteen years and has been leading teams both small and large for most of that time. He has a strong track record for turning team performance around and building positive and inclusive team cultures. Jake is a popular speaker at UCISA known for his highly engaging talks that always give you practical takeaways. Last year he sparked lively discussions at both SSG and the Women in Technology conferences with his inclusive recruitment presentation 'Foster the Imposter', this year he turns his attention to the thorny issue of staff motivation.

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Rachel Coleman

Head of Enterprise Database Application Management

University of Cambridge

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Rachel has worked for over twenty years as a software developer at the University of Cambridge, working on database applications such as the student information system, and more recently managing a team of DBAs. Outside of work she enjoys science fiction, learning languages, and playing ice hockey.

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Ellen Pengelly

Portfolio Manager

Imperial College London

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Ellen has over 35 years’ experience in IT. With a degree and PhD in Mathematics, Ellen started her career at the MoD, and via a variety of steps, moved to international consulting where she headed an international consulting organisation, working across multiple sectors. In her spare time Ellen enjoys time with her family, science, music, art and running. Ellen is a member of an international women’s chess team.

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Jenny Rae

Head of Products

Imperial College London

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Jenny Rae joined Imperial College as Head of Products in January 2022. Jenny has 15+ years experience in product management and business transformation. She specialises in transforming IT departments through product management. Her previous product experience includes working as a Portfolio Product Lead at OneWeb. She also held various product and digital transformation roles at Vodafone and BT. Jenny is qualified with a first class honours degree in Business and Operations Management from Oxford Brookes and an MBA in Business Administration from Henley Business School.

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Lisa Phillips

Strategic HR Partner

Imperial College London

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Jo Demetris

HR Partner

Imperial College London

Event Schedule



Registration and refreshments


Introduction and welcome

Christi Hopkinson, UCISA Women in Tech Chair and Head of Service Operations, University of the West of England

Refreshments and networking


Are you an imposter or are you unique?

Emma Cowling, Leadership Coach

Lunch and networking


How Accessible and Inclusive Are You? – Why Designing Your Workplace For the Widest Audience Wins

Amy Low, Service Delivery Director at AbilityNet and Teresa Loftus, Assessment Team Manager, AbilityNet

Refreshments and networking



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