CWT Project Team

Our project team members for 2014:

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Eileen Brown

Eileen is Founder and Chair of Connecting Women in Technology. After leaving Microsoft in 2009, Eileen  founded Amastra, which specialises in social media strategy and online brand elevation for female leaders. She spent 10 years in the Merchant Navy as Shell Tankers first female Deck Officer, Eileen then managed a fleet of ships in a container shipping company, IT support, then training & management at a training provider in London, technical consultancy, at HP & Manager of the IT Pro Evangelist team at Microsoft.
She is an accomplished & well-known international speaker on Social Media, Online Branding, Web 2.0 & Unified Communications & is a key 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 member of the IoD, the BCS, and a Fellow of the RSA. She is part of BCSWomen, sits on the BCS Committee for the Essex region & is the Chair of TechUK’s Women in Technology forum.


Hanna Wright

Hannah Wright is Head of Security at Cisco Systems responsible for the channel business in the European and Emerging regions countries. Hannah has over 17 years’ experience in the information technology industry spanning Networking, Data centre and Cloud technologies before she took on the role to lead the security team in 2012. Hannah joined Cisco in 2006 to develop the data centre business with key partners like HDS and EMC and has held various roles across the organisation in business development. Prior to Cisco, Hannah was the EMEA channel manager for ACAL, a value-added technology distribution company across EMEA and Asia Pacific and before this, a Sales Manager at Interphase, a US manufacturer of networking products.

Hannah has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Bristol University which is still a main interest of hers, especially when she is out walking with her husband and dog. Hannah also likes rugby, cooking and travel.

Hannah is passionate about helping others and helps lead Connected Women and IT Girls at Cisco and is an ambassador for STEM, a worldwide organisation that was created to inspire the next generation.



Helen Fridell

Helen Fridell began her career as a freelance designer, before working in digital media, publishing and a peer-to-peer start ups in Melbourne and Tokyo. A decade later, Helen is an experienced professional in the technology industry and has worked throughout Asia Pacific and Emerging markets such as Russia, Turkey, Middle East and Africa, leveraging her expertise in marketing and communications, performance management, and business strategy.

Her broad range of international experience accelerated her success leading global change initiatives aligning leadership and professional development with operational efficiency and profitability. At Cisco, Helen builds strategic relationships with transformational partners to foster innovation, develop business strategy and design new joint offerings to harness growth opportunities.

Excited by ideas with an appetite for change, she leads others to explore opportunities and new solutions. Helen has judged at ADWeek Europe and the National Business Awards, works with Big Issue Invest on their Corporate Social Venturing program and mentors start-up businesses in IDEALondon as part Cisco’s British Innovation Gateway.

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

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.

Yulyia Mazur

Yuliya has worked with Google for over 6 years in the Rich Media Online Advertising sector and enjoys the flexibility and innovation that it brings. She has had the opportunity to work in multiple offices across the US and most recently relocated to London in 2011.

As a Program Manager on the Media Scale Solutions team, Yuliya is responsible for helping to set and execute the EMEA strategy across the optimisation of tools, processes, and vendors. In addition to her day-to-day work, she is a very active member of the Women@Google London chapter and is responsible for all women focused external programs and events.


Alice Rock
Alice has spent the last ten years working in Marketing for Tech brands Sky and Vodafone before joining Google in early 2013. As Industry Manager in Sales for large scale advertisers, Alice enjoys the variety which comes from working across multiple customers in the Media sector with typically complex business needs. Alice is responsible for growing their overall relationship with Google across Search, Display, YouTube and Google+.In addition to her day-to-day work, she is a member of the Women@Google London group and is responsible supporting Google’s involvement in the CWT relationship. She has recently joined the CWT project team is looking forward to strengthening the partnership between Google and the CWT partners. In her spare time Alice enjoys running marathons with Paris and Berlin on her radar this year.


Anne-Catrin Sallaba
Anne-Catrin joined Google about four years ago, having previously worked for Yahoo!, Getty Images and DoubleClick. She heads up the Publisher and Distribution Solutions team for Northern and Central Europe who provide technical pre- and post sales services to publishers across a range of monetization solutions.She is also involved in several people development initiatives and has rolled out a global mentoring programme, gMent, and is currently working on new onboarding and training concepts to support the team members’ growth and development. She has recently joined the CWT project team and is looking forward to becoming involved with the different initiatives.
Catherine campbell CWTHPCatherine Campbell Catherine is a Chief Technologist and Strategist in HP Enterprise Group. Catherine has worked for HP for 10 years, in various UK and EMEA Presales roles. Prior to joining HP, Catherine had 10 years’ experience in the Enterprise Storage industry. Catherine holds an MSc in Engineering and Computing Science from Oxford University (Somerville College).In her role, Catherine is responsible for developing and defining future IT strategy across HP’s largest and most complex customers. Catherine works with clients, HP teams and partners across the EMEA region as a leader in all aspects of new and emerging technologies to meet client objectives.Catherine is also on the leadership team for HP’s EMEA Women’s Leadership Council and is particularly focused on attracting, retaining and promoting women in technical job roles. Catherine is married with two children, and lives in rural Worcestershire.
Samantha Perry
Samantha Perry re-joined HP in November 2012 as a Storage Sales Specialist aligned to HP’s global accounts.  Prior to this, 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.
Geetha Elliott

Geetha works as a Business Development Consultant in HP Enterprise Services in the Data Center and Cloud business. Prior to this, Geetha worked in various cross industry roles as presales, technical account manager for Barclays and Citigroup and technical alliance manager for Accenture. Geetha has worked in industry for several IT companies after completing her BSc Hons in Computer Science and Executive Certificate of Management from Henley Management College.

Previous career experiences of working with numerous clients selling technical product solutions to managing large clients and partnerships with HP’s alliances has helped Geetha get to where she is today – developing business and value propositions for clients interested in Managed Cloud services in a role she enjoys. Her role today enables her to work on service sales opportunities spanning $10M to $90M and includes working with every facet of business from Legal, HR, Finance and Commercial, various IT towers, Transition and Transformation, etc.

Geetha is originally from Malaysia and lives in the UK with her husband and 2 sons, loves exercising, entertaining, travelling and spends time with family all over the world

Within HP, Geetha is part of the Liaison team of the HP EMEA Women’s Leadership Council responsible for supporting EMEA gender resource groups in their activities as well as advancing the cross-company reach out on EMEA level. Geetha is part of the CWT (Connecting Women in Technology) project team to broaden networking with women across the industry who shares common passions in the UK.

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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.