Gillian has extensive experience in the IT industry and setup her own IT Services company, in late 2009. She has a long involvement with work for Women in IT, supporting both industry and academic institutions in their work on diversity. She currently sits on the board of directors for WISE, the UK organisation which supports women in Science, Engineering, Technology, Maths, and is a Vice President Trustee Director for the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) L&D Group. Gillian has been chair of the BCSWomen Specialist Group since 2011 and continues to drive UK and European initiatives in support of women in the Technology Sector. Gillian won the 2012 Cisco / Everywoman In Technology award for ‘Technology Inspiration of the Year’ and was listed in the Computer Weekly top 10 most influential women in IT in 2015.
Most of Gillian’s early career was spent working for IBM in the UK and she held customer facing management, training, technical, sales, business development, strategic marketing and consultancy roles. She proved her expertise in managing and establishing teams to support new software and hardware products, and running teams with cross-industry and cross platform experience across the UK and Europe. She was also instrumental in shaping and executing on the IBM UK policy on women in the workforce. She now brings that expertise to bear in helping IT Hardware and Software Vendors, Managed Services Providers and software development houses to gain traction in their positive action campaigns for women in Technology. Her company, Tectre, provides staffing, Unconscious Bias training, and consultancy to the IT Vendor supply chain, to some of the UK’s largest banks, and to industry.