Meet our SWiT Board Superstars
Lynsey is Chairperson for SWiT, a charity driving gender equality in the Tech sector for Scotland. As part of the SWiT team, Lynsey founded the SWiT Awards, now in its 3rd year, which aims to uncover inspirational role models across Scotland and provide a platform for stories and successes to be shared on a national scale. SWiT board members give their time on a voluntary basis alongside successful technology roles.
Lynsey leads customer success strategies for a global technology organisation and has over 20 years’ experience in technology starting out at the age of 17 as a trainee programmer. Lynsey had a non-traditional route into a successful technology career starting as an apprentice and working hard to bring her personality and creativity to all of her roles. As a result, Lynsey is passionate about inspiring younger generations to embrace technology and about building a vibrant, diverse, and equal workforce where ideas flourish and people feel empowered to do their best work and be happy in the workplace.
Chairperson of SWiT
Elaine McKechnie is a Senior Manager in Information Security for the UK's 6th largest Retail Bank. She specialises in delivery of Security Technology in the Financial Services Sector. She has served on the Board of SWiT since 2014 and loves encouraging others to join the tech sector! Her passion for technology is driven by her own career change from Police Officer to Business Analyst back in 2012 so she brings a wealth of knowledge about what it feels like to risk it all and climb the ranks in a completely new job. In her spare time Elaine likes to keep fit and hang out with family.
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Anna is Irish born, Scotland based. Anna has a BA (Hons) in Business and Management and an MSc in Human Resource Management, a more recently a Black Belt in Lean Kaizen.
Anna’s career path following university has meandered from a management position in a bar/ restaurant to starting in Hewlett Packard as an Executive Assistant and then applying for a role as Business Analyst, owning the Business Scorecard for the Spare Parts Supply Chain in another organization within HP. Within two years in this role, she was promoted to my present position as a Global Business Operations Manager specializing in Headcount and Location Strategy.
When she’s not waving her SWiT flag, she mentors the HPE Early Career Hires and also sits as the Vice-Chair of the Erskine WoMEN@HPE Network, adding value on site by providing a strong network of women to provide line of sight and also support. Anna is also the Lead of the UK&I WoMEN@HPE Communications team, ensuring that we showcase and grow our network.
Anna is happily married to Dale and recently added a cat called 'Son' into her family.
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Nicola Paul is an accomplished digital marketing and e-commerce professional, and founded Yellow Bird Digital in 2017 to help small and growing brands with selling online and improving their marketing strategies.
She now partners with a range of SMEs and growing brands across the retail, not-for profit and creative sectors to help them to navigate the complex worlds of digital marketing and e-commerce.
Nicola joined SWiT in 2019 as she is passionate about both the growing technology sector and the rise of female-led start-ups, and is keen to continue the great work of the charity while helping other women to successfully run their own businesses.
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Silka Patel is a strategic marketing expert with 19 years’ experience of working within the technology industry and is currently the Senior UK Marketing Manager at Leidos. Silka set up Scotland Women in Technology which is now in its 11th year, championing women and girls in the technology sector.
Silka has a number of external roles including as a Non-Executive Director at the Glasgow Women’s Library which she has held for 7 years, Non-Executive Director at Technology Scotland and a member of Changing the Chemistry which seeks to improve board effectiveness and quality through the Diversity of Thought.
She is a keen supporter of women in technology and mentors STEM graduates and apprentices so they can be involved in the life changing opportunities that the sector offers.
Married and a mother of two boys, she enjoys the gym and cooking whilst juggling life and would have it no other way!
Sharon Moore MBE is passionate about innovation that matters and applying it in the context of the challenges her clients face, such as mounting technical debt and ever-changing priorities as a result of macro events.
As IBM CTO for Public Sector UK Sharon is close to the direction of public service and the needs of citizens, and identifies how technology can support and accelerate that journey. You’ll often find her on stage; she’s shared stories at GovTech 2019, the Public Sector AI Summit, and other events that demonstrate the value technology can bring.
Sharon is also a board member of CENSIS, the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems and was honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours 2018 for Services to Women in Technology Based Industries.
Sharon was presented with the 'Inspirational Women in Leadership' award at the inaugural Scotland Women in Technology Awards 2017. Along with her responsibilities at SWiT, she is Deputy Chair of BCSWomen, and leads BCSWomen activity in Scotland. She has found herself in the Computer Weekly Top 50 Women of Influence since 2016, rising to number 18 in 2019.
Ishbel MacPherson has 20 years of experience as an Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer in the Technology and Life Sciences sectors. She has advised public and private sector entities on a wide range of intellectual property, information technology, and commercial contract matters at all stages in the technology process – from early stage research to end user terms. In a fast-moving technological world, she is interested in the practical and legal implications of new technologies. She is proud to be a Board Member of Scotland Women in Technology supporting, celebrating and investing in women’s participation in the Technology sector to ensure that new technologies benefit everyone.
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Mhairi Galbraith is an ACCA qualified accountant, currently undertaking specialised work within the third sector. Mhairi joined the SWiT team in early 2019 and is involved in various charities, both as a volunteer and at board level. She is a passionate believer in the empowerment and advancement of women in the workplace, believing that it will increase the quantity and quality of the human resource within the organisation and in turn provide societal development. Given the surge in the Scottish technology sector, Mhairi sees this as an opportunity to implement her vision for women, allowing them to be at the forefront of the technology curve.
With more than twenty years in the technology industry Margaret has a unique understanding of how technology and change can facilitate business transformation and digital conversation. With a passion for accessibility and a drive to use the technology she knows to level the playing field Margaret founded Akari a Gold Microsoft Partner with a true focus on making technology accessible.
Using technology to enable and empower employees and foster open, productive environments. Margaret works with organisations of all sizes to help them identify and, develop core business strategies and facilitate inclusivity. A strong advocate of the Microsoft stack and the ethos of empowerment and enablement, Margaret is a member of the global Microsoft partner influencer panel driving change and championing partner to partner enablement and ensuring that organisations realise the full scope of their Microsoft investment.
Margaret is also passionate about driving and championing the Women in Technology movement and has also been named one of the top 50 most influential women in the UK IT channel.
Laura Paterson, a highly commercial Global HR Leader experienced in Strategic HR, Organisational Development and Learning Solutions. Currently leading a global team in Integration and Change for a multi-national Energy Company.
As an experienced coach, she has supported TedxGlasgow, for a number of years, coaching speakers to deliver the talk of their life.
Laura joined the SWiT board in 2019 to further champion diversity and gender equality in the technology sector in Scotland. Having worked in global roles remotely from home for over 10 years Laura is also a advocate for increased Work/Life Integration.
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Marisa Metcalf joined the board of SWiT in February 2019. Marisa started her career in technology almost 20 years ago and previously sat on the board, as Operations Director, of a Scottish Telecommunications and IT provider for 8 years, she now leads Cisco's Partner Channel in Scotland. A recent Bachelor of Laws graduate, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and STEM Ambassador, with two young children, Marisa is hugely passionate about technology and encouraging young people, especially young girls, to explore technology and STEM based careers.
In her spare time, Marisa loves to do arts and crafts with her children, DIY and is learning to play the piano.