Meet our SWiT Board Superstars


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.

Anna McMullen

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Silka Patel is a strategic marketing expert with 21 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 13th 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 9 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 pilates and cooking whilst juggling life and would have it no other way!

Silka Patel

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Marisa Metcalf serves as the Vice-Chair of SWiT, having joined the board in February 2019.


Marisa is an accomplished business leader, mentor and previous company director, having held a variety of leadership positions in the technology sector over the last 20 years. In her current role at Cisco, Marisa leads the global channel sales team who are responsible for managing one of Cisco’s largest service provider partners.


A recent Bachelor of Laws graduate, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Marisa was recognised for her work towards reducing the gender gap and digital skills gap in technology in Scotland as a finalist in the CRN Women in Channel Awards as ‘Role Model of the Year’ in October 2020 and as a 'Woman of the Year' in the Women of the Year Awards in November 2020.

Marisa is a huge advocate of education and making education, at all levels, accessible to all. As a STEM Ambassador, and with two young children, Marisa is passionate about encouraging young people, especially young girls, to explore technology and STEM based education, activities and careers.

Marisa’s view is that collaboration is the key to mutual success and actively engages in a number of other initiatives in Scotland. These include- leading Women of Impact events in Cisco in Scotland, Women in Cyber Scotland (a ScotlandIS, Accenture and Morgan Stanley initiative), an advisor and supporter to Police Scotland’s Youth Volunteer Scheme and the ScotlandIS Cyber Advisory Group.

In her spare time, Marisa loves to do arts and crafts with her children, DIY and is learning to play the piano.

Marisa Metcalf

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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.

Ishbel MacPherson

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Lynsey Gardiner has 15+ years experience in marketing. From agency, to public sector to big 4, she has worked across a variety of industries. 


Inclusion is one of Lynsey's key passions, in work and personal life. With 3 children in education, gender diversity in STEM is a topic close to her heart. She was involved in the launch of the Tech She Can initiative in Scotland, a Charter that was set up by PwC to get more females into technology roles. 


As a marketer Lynsey has a keen interest in all things digital and is always looking for new tools and ideas. Outside of work and SWiT commitments, she is a big fan of football and fitness, following Scotland ladies with her daughter. 

Lynsey Gardiner


Sam has been a digital disruptor for over 25 years working in both the UK and US for brands such as SmashHits, Match.com, Vodafone and more recently Virgin Money where she established an accelerator to deliver innovation. 


Sam is a bold, compassionate and forward-thinking leader.  She’s a mindfulness teacher and has an MSc in Mindfulness and Compassion from the University of Aberdeen. Sam is currently exploring the role of mindfulness and compassion in transformational leadership and female leaders.


A feminist and gender equality activist Sam is a trustee with Close the Gap and a non-executive director of a digital healthcare startup. Sam joined the SWiT board in 2019 to play a more active role in driving diversity in tech.

Samantha Bedford

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.

Mhairi Galbraith

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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.

Margaret Totten

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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. 

Laura Paterson