Scots tech leaders call for gender parity

Leaders from Scotland’s business and tech community will gather this month to discuss steps to address the gender imbalance within Scotland’s technology sector.
As part of DLA Piper’s Leadership Alliance for Women and Women in Technology initiatives, the panel event, held in collaboration with Deloitte LLP, will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Tuesday, 26 April.
While Scotland’s tech sector is booming, recent research published by the Tech Partnership reveals that only 18% of technical roles in Scotland are held by women.
The expert panel will explore issues relating to the gender make-up of technology companies and share their company’s initiatives.  Technology entrepreneur and current CEO of Heart of Midlothian FC Ann Budge, Carolyn Jameson Chief Legal Officer at Skyscanner (one of Scotland’s tech unicorns – private technology companies worth more than $1bn), and Rebecca Heaney, a tech consultant at Edinburgh-based software developer Craneware will share their experiences, successes and challenges.  Ishbel MacPherson, Senior Associate at DLA Piper will chair the event and Forensic Partner at Deloitte LLP, Elizabeth Gutteridge will present Deloitte’s findings.
Companies are investing millions in attracting and retaining women in the tech sector – Intel announced its $300 million “Diversity in Technology” initiative last year. But progress is glacially slow.  In its TMT Predictions for 2016, Deloitte has predicted that by the end the year fewer than 25% of information technology jobs in developed countries will be held by women.
Ishbel MacPherson, senior associate at DLA Piper in Edinburgh said: “There has never been a better time for women in Scotland to find success in the technology sector. This event is an invaluable opportunity to hear first-hand from some of Scotland’s leading lights in the tech sector about their successes and the steps being taken on the path to parity in the sector.”
DLA Piper’s #PledgeForParity in the Technology Sector event will take place from 6-9pm at the EICC in Edinburgh with an opportunity to meet the panel and other attendees at a networking drinks event following the panel session.
This event is free and open to everyone with an interest in this topic, women and men.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To register your attendance, contact Sarah Jayne Scott at SarahJayne.Scott@dlapiper.com or click here.