Women In Tech Conference

 11 October 2023 | Manchester

Our Partners

We help those who build the future to make it amazing.

In an era where new technologies are born every minute, and the demand for meaningful digital experiences has never been so intense, we unlock our customers’ innovative potential, empowering them to transform their boldest ideas into reality, and make billions of people feel like VIPs. 

Our 31,000 employees around the glove are here to accelerate our customers’ migration to the cloud, differentiate in the 5G era, digitalize and automate their operations, and provide end users with the next-generation communication and media experiences that make the world say wow. 


GDS is here to design and protect the user experience of digital government for everyone. We’re known for our ability to make things happen: to deliver exceptional digital initiatives at pace, right from the centre of government.  And GDS is where talent translates into impact. From your first day, you’ll be working with some of the world’s most highly-skilled digital professionals, all contributing their knowledge to make change on a national scale.

You’ll solve some of the nation’s highest-priority digital challenges, helping millions of people access services they need. And as you make an impact, you’ll be supported by an inclusive workplace with world-class learning provision, and a flexible, hybrid approach you can shape around your needs.

Join us for rewarding work that makes a difference across the UK. Find out more at: https://www.civil-service-careers.gov.uk/departments/gds-hub/

Grayce was founded in 2012 with a belief in the value that emerging talent can bring to businesses. We aim to be the best fast-track developer of top graduate talent, enabling improved diversity of thought and delivery in digital transformation and change. Grayce works with organisations nationwide to help them build sustainable talent pipelines in change and transformation, data analysis and tech. We passionately believe our curious graduates are a key part of the answer to the digital change talent demand equation. We are on a mission to help organisations harness the power of emerging top graduate talent. We give our people a platform to realise their potential, focusing on continuous learning, building capability, and living our values so we can continue to develop the leaders of the future. At Grayce we are proud to have been recognised in the FT 1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies list and have been awarded for the Best Inclusion and Diversity Initiative at the UK Company Culture Awards 2022.


In addition to being a global leader in quality engineering and assurance solutions, Planit is proudly an active supporter of women in technology, with half our team being comprised of highly talented women.

Every day, our 2,000+ people test themselves on a variety of challenging projects across our top-tier client base, providing them with the vision, precision and independence they need to improve the quality of their software and the way they deliver it.

Collectively and individually, we are hungry to learn and drive our industry forward. This permeates the fabric of our culture, with core values centred around continuous growth and excellence, as we look to inspire minds and raise the bar.

We embrace and encourage diversity. We strive to create an environment that’s productive, welcoming, fair, rewarding, and fun for everyone. We act with integrity and harness sustainability as a catalyst for positive change.

Ready to test yourself and grow your career? Visit our Careers tab or www.planittesting.com/careers

With over 60 years’ experience in the sector, Reed is the preferred specialists in IT recruitment for a wide range of corporate, public sector, and SME organisations, catering to both permanent and contract positions.

Our team of consultants focuses on five distinct areas of expertise: software development and quality assurance, infrastructure and cybersecurity, business intelligence (BI) and data science, project management office (PMO) and business transformation, and strategy and leadership. No matter the role you are seeking to fill, our technology specialists will work closely with you, leveraging their expertise and tapping into our extensive database of over 500,000 IT professionals, to find your ideal candidate.

Our IT recruitment consultants are strategically located throughout the United Kingdom, ensuring their familiarity with both local and national market dynamics. Through our practice-driven networking events, our experts have privileged access to highly sought-after tech professionals, enabling your business to thrive.

Whether your organisation requires a new chief information officer (CIO) or wishes to establish a tech support team, we understand that individual needs vary, and we have tailored solutions to meet your unique requirements.

Reed’s women in technology community

As advocates for women in technology, in June 2019 Reed set up its free ‘Women in Technology Mentoring Programme’ to help encourage more women into tech roles.

Kevin Dainty, Client Relationship Manager at Reed – the thought leader behind the programme – identified that women needed more guidance and encouragement from others to help propel their careers in the sector. With access to thousands of tech companies and hundreds of women already in technology roles, Kevin set about inviting them onto the programme to form the support network and community as we know it today.

Reed has extensive experience advising organisations on how to be more inclusive and helping them attract and appoint a diverse pool of people to their technology roles. Since the start of the programme, we have created over 1000 mentoring relationships and supported over 2000 members.

How does the scheme work? Through Reed’s programme, women at any stage of their technology career can connect with an external mentor offering tailored guidance and support, helping mentees to realise their potential and achieve their personal and professional goals. Guider is the tech platform used to run the programme which guides users through their mentoring relationships; tracking progress, goals, and feedback. With integrated video chat, calendar scheduling and email messaging, Guider also streamlines the communication process between mentors and mentees, allowing them to focus on getting the most out of their relationship.

You can find out more details on the programme including the benefits to mentors, mentees and organisations here: Reed Women in Technology Mentoring Programme

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