The 2019 WinTechSeries Awards will be judged by leaders and professionals from across the technology industry and other related sectors.
Wei Shen-Cory – Head Of Engineering @ Glue Home
Wei is the Head of Engineering at Glue Home, a rapidly growing start-up company providing a platform and ecosystem that enables smart, controlled in-home access for people, products and services. She has been a software engineer for 9 years in Lovefilm and Amazon before moving to a management role where she led Amazon Video International scaling programme across 16 engineering teams and 3 geographic locations. Following Amazon, Wei moved to Capital One where she established the London Engineering Hub.
Beyond her core engineering role, she proactively contributed to Women In Technology (WIT). She directed the London Capital One WIT Community and brought it to the Women Of Silicon Roundabout in 2017 and 2018. Wei was also a scholarship reviewer of the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
Sheridan Ash – Technology Innovation & Women in Technology Leader @ PwC
Sheridan is the Technology Innovation and Women in Technology Leader at PwC and the founder of the groundbreaking Tech She Can Charter.
Sheridan’s professional life has been unexpectedly varied, from high fashion to high tech! Leaving school at 16 with very few qualifications, having undiagnosed dyslexia, her first career was as a fashion model. She walked the catwalk from Milan to Paris.
Sheridan started a degree in her 20s when she was also a single mother. She studied psychological sciences and then worked in the pharmaceutical industry in sales and marketing. Sheridan went on to take an MBA at Imperial College where her interest in technology was sparked and she worked as a researcher for leading innovation professors.
From Imperial she went to Accenture, working in its health sector practice. This is where her tech career really took off and she led multiple large, often global, technology programmes.
For the last 10 years Sheridan has worked for PwC. Her career in tech came through an unusual path, and that is why she so actively encourages girls and women with diverse backgrounds to consider opportunities in technology.
Madeline Bennett – Technology Journalist @ The Telegraph & Diginomica
Madeline Bennett has been a technology journalist and commentator since 2000, covering everything from enterprise applications and regulation to skills, diversity and digital transformation. Prior to becoming a journalist, Madeline was an English teacher at a London secondary school. Madeline is a regular contributor to sites including The Telegraph and diginomica, and a technology commentator on TV, radio and conferences, including CNN, Sky, BBC and Web Summit.
Ashleigh Ainsley – Co-Founder @ colorintech.org
Ashleigh is a tech evangelist hailing from London. Having started his career at Google, Ashleigh has worked advising a number of firms on digital strategy and tech enablement. Having helped scale London start up Qubit, Ashleigh now a consultant at KPMG giving him a breath of experience across organisations of all sizes.
Outside of the professional sphere, Ashleigh was one of a handful of Black Caribbean students to attend Oxford University and has worked with a number of organisations in conjunction with charity, Business in the community, advising on issues of discrimination, exclusion and inclusive diversity practices.
Most recently as cofounder of colorintech.org, Ashleigh is working to develop partnerships to improve diversity within the tech community in the UK.
Katharine Castle – Hardware Editor @ Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Katharine is hardware editor at Rock, Paper, Shotgun, one of the world's biggest PC gaming websites. She started her career as a consumer tech journalist in 2012 at Computer Shopper magazine and its accompanying website Expert Reviews, and has since covered everything from laptops, smartphones and TVs to PC components and virtual reality. Katharine also regularly works with BAFTA Games, hosting Masterclass livestream events and most recently as one of the judges for the Young Game Designers Award 2018. Her work has also appeared in a variety of video game magazines, including PC Gamer, MCV, GamesMaster, Official Xbox Magazine and Official Nintendo Magazine.
Carly Page – Editor @ The INQUIRER
Carly is editor of The INQUIRER, one of the UK’s biggest technology news and reviews websites. She covers everything from anything and everything tech related, and during her seven-year stint at INQ has attended some of the biggest tech conferences around the globe from CES to MWC. She also recently presented Computing’s Women in IT Forum and has appeared as a commentator on the BBC and CNN.
Mamta Gera – CEO @ The New Leadership UK
Mamta worked in Broadcast Media for almost 20 years, heading up delivery and engineering teams, responsible for managing over 60 employees and multi-million pound budgets. After the experience gained from working in large organisations such the BBC, Sky TV and Amazon, Mamta launched a Swedish company, The New Leadership, in October 2017. Mamta now works as a Leadership Consultant and is CEO of the UK company.
Daniel Kenyon-Smith – Intelligent Cloud Lead @ Microsoft
Dan is an Intelligent Cloud Lead within Microsoft’s Customer Success Unit in the UK. Dan focuses on helping customers successfully adopt Microsoft cloud solutions and is responsible for coaching and leading a team of cloud solution architects. Dan is a strong advocate for creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a member of the Women@Microsoft Community and outside of work runs a girls football team.