15 October 2018

One of the biggest challenges within the tech sector is a lack of diversity. A recent study by PwC found that only 15% of employees working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) roles in the UK are female. The stats become even worse in the boardroom – only 5% of leadership positions in the technology industry are held by women. There’s no doubt that alienating half of the population is bad for business, so how do we champion inclusivity and opportunities for women?

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE has made it her life’s mission to encourage girls to take up a STEM career. Known as the UK’s ‘titan of tech’, Jacqueline is President of Tech UK, which represents 950 companies; chair of Digital Leaders; a non-executive director at Rightmove, AO World and Costain, and part of the government’s Digital Economy Council.

Jacqueline talks with me about how she went from spending her childhood trying to be invisible to becoming one of the most influencial women in tech, and how she’s now using her position to change attitudes for a better future.

Host: Lawrence Jones MBE

Guest: Jacqueline de Rojas CBE

Listening time: 45 minutes

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