CWT Project Team

Our project team members for 2017:

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Eileen Brown

Eileen is Founder and Chair of Connecting Women in Technology. After leaving Microsoft in 2009, Eileen founded Amastra, to specialise in social media and online branding for female leaders. She spent 10 years in the Merchant Navy as Shell Tankers first female Deck Officer, then managed a fleet of ships in a container shipping company. She then managed the IT support team, training management at a training provider in London, consultancy, at HP and manager of the IT Pro Evangelist team at Microsoft.
She is an advocate for the advancement of Women in Technology. She is the author of ‘Working The Crowd: Social Media Marketing for Business’, published by the BCS.
Eileen is a Fellow of the RSA, Chair of TechUK’s Women in Technology committee and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists where she aims to increase the number of women Freemen and Liverymen at the Company

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Indira Stacey Avaya

Indira Stacey

Indira’s background is in Finance and has worked in various Finance roles within Avaya but also gained technical skills after spending 5 years in the IT organization supporting one of Avaya’s internal Financial applications.  In her current position as the UK & Ireland Finance Business Partner she is responsible for supporting the income statement for the Region and is Business Partner to the UKI Project and Program Management Lead to ensure compliance with revenue recognition policies.  She enjoys the variety that the role brings and the pressure of ensuring the accuracy of the quarterly results.  Indira loves reading and baking, lives in Hampshire and acts as unpaid taxi driver and provides free banking facilities to her two teenage boys.


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Shirley Creed

Shirley is a member of the EMEA Legal Senior Management Team, is a 19-year veteran at Dell & is the Global Corporate Secretary. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Company Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA), & a member of the Association of Women Chartered Secretaries.
Shirley is responsible for managing the company secretarial activity for Dell’s subsidiary companies & sits on many of their boards. Shirley co-leads the Women’s Network on Dell’s Bracknell site & helps drive activities that enable her colleagues & members of the Network to develop meaningful connections & build relationships; through an effective blend of targeted & practical seminars, panel discussions & in-house training.
Shirley is a keen supporter of the Connecting Women in Technology initiative, having benefitted from attending previous events believes this forum provides a valuable platform for like-minded professionals to come together – to learn, share & network.
In her spare time Shirley enjoys house renovation projects, going to the theatre & travelling.

Ruth Ursell Dell
Ruth Ursell

Ruth Ursell’s long career in IT spans roles varying from services leader, IT support manager, trainer, programmer, project manager and on-site support. She is currently leading the UK Enterprise Consulting and Planning team at Dell which is a $8m pa business. In addition she is the co-lead for WISE England and Wales, Dell’s Women’s network and focuses on creating and delivering training events in the areas of personal branding, networking and influencing skills.

Ruth  has been on the CWT project team since 2009 and is looking forward to another informative and fun event.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her partner and friends, trying to play golf, travelling and wine tasting.



Manvi Philip

Manvi joined HPE in 2014 as Implementation Project Manager through a graduate scheme. As part of this role, Manvi worked with HPE customers and partners across UK&I leading large scale projects. After the IPM role, Manvi moved into a Presales Specialist position responsible for developing technology services to customers in the UK&I. Recently this has also included the development and proposition of IT Consumption Service solutions, helping customers to achieve their business outcomes.
Manvi has also been part of Women’s Network at HPE for 3 years. Throughout these years, Manvi has been part of many Women’s Network initiatives, including leading a HPE EMEA wide mentoring program which had 1500 employees participating, leading WN at HPE Bracknell site, whilst jointly working on HPE Women Excellence Award at worldwide level. Manvi also co-leads the Lean in Circle at HPE Bracknell. Manvi is passionate about encouraging young women to consider STEM careers, whilst overall supporting women in technology.

Samantha Perry

Samantha Perry

Samantha Perry re-joined HP in November 2012 as a Storage Sales Specialist aligned to HP’s global accounts and is now Global Account Director for a large UK based bank.  Prior to returning, Sam has worked as a Commercial Account Manager at EMC and Account Director at Dell Corporation.  Up until 2006, Sam held various positions at HP, initially as an industrial placement student in the leasing division. After graduating with BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies she had roles in Marketing, Product Management, Internal Sales and Field Account Management. Sam is involved in the HP Women’s Network and is passionate about encouraging women to pursue careers in IT.  In her spare time, Sam gets involved in careers days and mentoring at local schools and is a Duke of Edinburgh Assessor.  She also enjoys hill walking, cycling and participating in triathlons.

Katy Leigh

Katy Leigh

 Katy began her role in the public sector vertical, as the technical resource for hardware sales opportunities specifically within the education market nationwide. Since this time, her role has significantly expanded to a broader alignment with higher education deals and wider public sector coverage.

Katy’s work within education has naturally involved her in many initiatives for young people and technology; from judging an app development competition to organising HPE’s presence at multiple events such as TeenTech and Tech Week UK. Katy has always been interested in the women in technology debate, and is inspired to use her platform to encourage more young women to consider STEM careers. Katy regularly attends technology meetups and was a panellist at a conference on addressing the imbalance of women in technology. Katy is an active member of the Women’s Network committee for HPE’s London office and has attended CWT over the past 3 years to learn and network in an open and encouraging environment.


Vicki Cooper

IBM SWG Acquisitions Sales Manager, IBM Software Group, IBM UK & Ireland.Vicki originates from Winchester and has worked for IBM since 1990. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Studies and Management.Vicki has worked for IBM for 20 years in a variety of predominantly sales roles. She began her IBM life as a salesperson selling RS/6000 from when it was first announced in 1990 to a variety of sectors. Vicki was successful in those direct selling roles and then moved to working in the Channel in a variety of senior sales roles. She then moved into her first line management role in 1998 leading the sales team across Europe for IBM Developer Relations. Following that Vicki established the STG Services business in 2001 growing it from 7 to over 95 deliverers with revenue over $2M per quarter.In 2006 she moved to the SWG OEM Sales Manager for ISVs leading a team of 13 sellers with an annual sales target of $20M. In 2009 Vicki moved to a database sales leadership role selling solid DB in-memory database, then in 2010 has moved to be Enterprise Data Management Sales Leader in UKI focusing on competitive accounts in IBM Software Group. Taking on a new challenge in 2012 Vicki has moved to a senior sales leader role in the newly formed Security Solutions Business, part of IBM Software.  2013 has opened up an opportunity to drive software through IBM Acquisitions meaning Vicki now has a strategic role across the UKI Software business.

In 2002 Vicki established the Women in Blue Bedfont networking program and still leads that network today albeit re-launched in 2009 as ConnectingWomen@IBM. Vicki is a member of IBM UK Women’s Leadership Team responsible for the execution of the gender diversity agenda for IBM in the UK.

Vicki lives in Surrey with her husband Erich and their four children – Hannah, Alexander, Natasha and Sebastian.

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Liz Henderson

Liz is a global strategic data management expert with over nine years‟ experience across multiple industries. With her passion for data management, she has solved problems which many companies experience with duplicate, inconsistent, inaccurate and incomplete data, on multiple siloed data management platforms.

She has defined and delivered global end-to-end data and digital content management solutions, creating a “Single Version of the Truth”. This has resulted in reducing times to market for new products by up to a half, increased sales and better decision-making.

After joining IBM in 2010 Liz was quickly promoted into a leadership role for data quality and governance. She is currently applying her skills on a wide-ranging project for the benefit of a client in the oil and gas industry. She has also worked on a delivering a Solvency II legislative solution for a major insurance company and being responsible for project extensions on data governance projects.

Prior to IBM, Liz spent a number of years in the branded office products industry, where she led the business to revolutionise the standards and global governance for product data. She quickly became an advocate for the Global Data Synchronisation Network, allowing retailers and manufacturers to exchange product data electronically using barcodes. During this time she was an active participant in the industry‟s BOSS Federation, contributing to the development of standards, consistency and collaboration across the industry.

Liz joined the Connecting Women in Technology project after attending previous events at HP and Avaya, and actively participates in a number of local „women in business‟ initiatives and personal development events.

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Christine Claus

Chris is the longest-serving Intel representative on the CWT team and in her ‘day job’ manages Intel’s IoT Solution Alliance Program in EMEA. Until end of 2010, she was responsible for the Marketing strategy for Intel’s assistive healthcare technology platforms in Europe.Chris joined Intel in 2000 and has held several Marketing and Program Management roles before joining the Embedded Sales Group in 2010. Prior to joining Intel, she worked as EMEA Marketing Manager for Visio Corporation.Please contact Chris if you are interested in joining the CWT team for Intel!

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Helen Edwards

Helen Edwards joined Intel‟s post sales channel technical support 10years ago following a short spell in a multi-lingual technical support call centre & completion of her BA Hons in German & Spanish studies. During these 12 years she has worked in pre & post sales technical support, operations, management, quality engineering, field sales & is currently a Technical Account Manager in the Embedded products division of Intel focusing on designing in Consumer Electronics products with Intel customers.

Throughout her career Helen has found her Intel & customer networks absolutely vital & has recently joined the Connecting Women in Technology team to continue to broaden this network, learn from others & for the enjoyment that it brings helping others discover the support & friendship that networking can give in an otherwise competitive landscape.

In her spare time Helen enjoys all types of exercise including running (half marathons); swimming; rock climbing & scuba diving & as an alternate form of relaxation also enjoys gardening & baking.

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Lara Omotola

Lara Omotola is a Telecom/Network specialist, managing network strategy across European sites and specialises in innovative service operations. Lara joined Intel in 2000 and has held several technical and program management positions before joining the Audio Collaborations organization in 2010. Prior to joining Intel, Lara worked as a security engineer at Articon Integralis.

Lara currently leads the Women in Intel UK charter and is passionate about diversity, encouraging women to realize and achieve their full potential within their career and as leaders.

Outside of work, Lara enjoys her time with her three children, and appreciates new experiences that will stretch her to new levels, both personally and professionally.

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Jane Lewis

Jane Lewis currently works as a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft based out of the U.K. Headquarters in Reading. This role has a global focus & involves working developing services that are delivered to leading blue chip Companies across the globe. Before Microsoft, Jane worked in various parts of the I.T. industry including Training, Consultancy, Public Sector, Manufacturing & the Royal Navy.

Within Microsoft she has a real passion for Women in I.T. & has been involved in many Women In Technology events both internal & external. Most recently she has been part of the Project team that organized a Digigirlz day for 100 Girls aged 14-16 at Microsoft. Plus also has presented & run various I.T. related educational sessions to various external conferences such as Women in Engineering. The underlying ethos of all of these events is to encourage young girls to choose I.T. as a career. She regularly blogs about all things I.T. related & has presented at Technical Events in the U.K. & America.

In her spare time, Jane enjoys cheering along her two sons Will & Jack aged 12 & 10 years old from the side of a Football pitch. In addition, she enjoys running & has completed 6 half marathons to date.

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Trudy Norris Grey
Trudy Norris Grey

Trudy is the General Manager for Public Sector in Central and Eastern Europe within Microsoft. Her earlier career has been with BP, Racal/Vodafone, Digital/Compaq, Kodak, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and BT as Senior Vice President, President and Managing Director levels both within the UK and Internationally.

Externally she chairs, WISE (Women in Science and Engineering); and is a member on the Panel for Financial and Professional Services for the UK Government.

Previously she has taken roles in a wide variety of other responsibilities outside her executive responsibilities, including chairing the CBI’s Committee on Innovation, Science and Technology; as a Government adviser on Sustainability and Carbon Emissions; Head of work group on Government Procurement for Corporate Leaders Group; Founder member, CBI Leadership Group on Climate Change; Member of the UK Trade Minister’s UK Infrastructure Forum; Member, Oversight Committee for the UK’s Technology Strategy Board; Member, National Careers Council; Non-executive Director for EA Technology and as a Pension Trustee for Oracle and for Digital.

Educated at the University of South Wales, Smith College, USA, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, Harvard Business School and Judge Business School, Cambridge. Trudy is a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

She is an Honorary Fellow, University of Wales, an Honorary Fellow, University of South Wales and a Fellow RSA (Royal Society of Arts).


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