People and processesDigital SkillsWhat’s holding back women in tech? (Video)

What's holding back women in tech? (Video)

Our work here at GovTech Leaders on our inaugural Female GovTech Leaders Ranking has been an interesting experience. There has clearly been support for the women in tech initiative – the thousands of votes we received is a record for us (and our sister titles), social media has been packed full of (mostly) positive comments and at the Public Sector Show we were inundated with people coming up to us to say well done for championing the brilliant work being done by women in our sector.

Yet, it was clear talking to people throughout, just how under-represented women are in public sector technology. Indeed, as Sue Lees, Chief Executive of Elevate East London wrote in a recent guest post, in the technology industry women are significantly under-represented, and this seemingly starts even when young women are at school. Despite huge efforts with refocusing the national curriculum, girls and young women for whatever reason just aren’t excited by a career in IT. In fact, it fares the worst out of all the STEM subjects, which are generally notorious for historic gender bias.

During the London Tech Week Events at Blenheim Chalcot, Kate Newhouse – Disruptor of the Year 2016 at the First Woman Awards and Innovator of the Year 2017 at the Everywoman Women in Technology awards – answered some questions for us around this topic.

Kate is CEO at digital venture builder Blenheim Chalcot, which supports ventures from startup to scale to exit, giving them access to the global networks, investment and business development services they need to grow. Additionally, Kate holds a special interest in shaping and leading the Health Division.

Formerly Kate was CEO of Doctor Care Anywhere, a digital healthcare company taking it from concept to operational global business serving over 120 corporate clients through relationships with AXA PPP Healthcare, Legal & General, Nuffield Health and Aetna International. Previously she worked as a Strategy Consultant with over ten years’ experience, notably at Roland Berger and BDO where she built expertise in digital delivery of services with specialist knowledge of local government and health sectors. After this, Kate worked at Outcomes Based Healthcare and Enjoy Education building business development capability.

Here’s what Kate had to say in answer to two questions:

  1. Why is there a lack of women going into STEM subjects at a young age?

2. What barriers are holding women back in tech?

 

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