Event to discuss role of women in technology and politics

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BUSINESS and politics will come together at an event exploring the roles of women in the boardroom as well as in the corridors of power at Westminster.

Mims Davies, MP for Eastleigh and member of the Women and Equalities Committee, will be the keynote speaker at the event, organised by Fareham company Taylor Made Computer Solutions.

Ms Davies will discuss how she combines the demands of being a working mother in national government while looking after her constituency in Hampshire.

Taylor Made’s HR director Aly Taylor will also be speaking at the event on Thursday, June 16.

She will give her view of the challenges facing women in IT.

Findings from the Tech Partnership’s Women in IT Scorecard reveal that just 17 per cent of technology specialists in the UK are women and less than 1 in 10 of these are in leadership roles.

Aly said the statistics show that the sector is missing out on valuable talent, which could bring about greater diversity and help technology firms to develop.

She said: ‘Encouraging women to consider roles in the IT sector is something we’re incredibly passionate about at Taylor Made.

‘We’re looking forward to sharing our views on the barriers they are facing and discussing with delegates how we can close the gender gap here in Hampshire.’

Ms Davies said: ‘Men certainly dominate the benches in Westminster and figures show they do in boardrooms across the UK too. The challenge is how we address that inequality and ensure women have their voices heard, both in the public and private sector.

‘I’m looking forward to meeting with delegates and hearing their views on how we can work together to achieve that.’

The Taylor Made ‘Driving Women to Power’ event will take place from 5.30pm at The Hendy FordStore in Leigh Road, Eastleigh and also feature a talk from Hendy’s new car sales and group marketing director, Mark Busby.

To find out more about the event and book a place email hannah.powell@tmcs.co.uk. Taylor Made’s website is at tmcs.co.uk