Senior IT leaders at Lloyds Banking Group are two of the finalists in this year's FDM everywoman in technology awards.
CIO executive assistant Vanessa Tufnell is up for the Innovator of the Year award for her role leading a programme that delivered a new group IT process architecture and the underpinning 'process repository' for the group that defines best practice across all IT capabilities for the bank's 12,000 technology staff.
Meanwhile, Lloyds Banking Group's director of IT infrastructure projects, Penny Hutchinson, is hoping to win the award for Leader of the Year in a corporate organisation. She joined the company as an administration assistant and has progressed to her current role as project delivery director for IT service delivery, responsible for projects such as the delivery of a new data centre, simplification of IT, a desktop transformation programme and a security transformation programme.
Hutchinson is up against finalists including American Express' vice president of global network and international consumer technologies Europe, Katrina Roberts, Deloitte partner Angela Mitchell and Rosemary Stark, senior VP and head of banking at Capgemini Financial Services in the UK.
IT women from the BBC, BP, Freesat and Virgin Media have also been recognised.
Diana Kennedy, who leads a team of 30 enterprise and functional architects responsible for the design and governance of the SAP estate at energy company BP is a finalist in the Team Leader of the Year category, competing against Emma Scott, managing director of satellite TV service Freesat, and Lyndsey McDougall, head of Operational Support System (OSS) at telco Virgin Media.
Meanwhile, Rosie Campbell, research technologist at BBC Research and Development is a finalist in the Rising Star category for her work on projects such as researching adaptive streaming algorithms to improve iPlayer delivery unstable internet connections. Alongside Campbell in this category is Deutsche Bank's Anne Marie Imafidon, who is an enterprise collaboration strategist at the company and who also runs Stemettes, a campaign to inspire the next generation of women into STEM industries.
IT providers are also well represented in the awards, with finalists from Accenture, IBM UK and Dell UK.
Maxine Benson, co-founder of everywoman, said: "With the increase of jobs in tech opening up in the future, organisations need to reach out to the female 50 percent of the population and many forward-thinking companies are doing just that.
"The incredible women announced as finalists are the role models we need to encourage more women to fulfil their career aspirations in IT."
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London later this month.
Here is the complete list of finalists in the 2014 FDM everywoman in technology awards:
Entrepreneur of the Year:
- Roberta Lucca, Co-Founder, CMO, Bossa Studios, from London
- Alicia Navarro, CEO and Co- founder, Skimlinks, from London
- Pat Nice, CEO, Reconnix, from Newark
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