Daily Archives: January 2, 2009

Women in IT gets a dame

I’m delighted to see that Wendy Hall has been made a Dame in this year’s New years honours list. 


Very well deserved indeed.  Here’s the article on the BBC Website talking about Wendy’s achievements in the world of Computer Science.

I first met Wendy when she chaired a Diversity Forum for Equalitec at the Royal Academy of Engineering and I’ve bumped into her at several other events  supporting Women in Technology and Science and also in her work for the BCS Women’s forum.  She’s a passionate advocate for increasing the numbers of women in Technology and a great supporter of the work that various women’s groups are doing to address the gender imbalance.

It’s wonderful that her achievements are being recognised in this way.  Well done! 

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Bringing Champagne, coal cake and cash into the New Year

So how did I celebrate the new Year?  Well I stuck to the same tradition that the family has done for years now.


I chatted to BBC Essex radio the other week about this bizarre ritual at my home and it’s here for you to listen to.  My section runs from minute 13 and then again at minute 23.  BBC Essex Radio mid morning

New Year just wouldn’t be the same without it.  I hope you had just as much fun and are ready to embrace 2009 with gusto.

Happy New Year!…

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