Virtual Bristol Distinguished Address: Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President, techUK and Digital Leaders, Co-Chair, IoC

Date: 10 February 2021
Venue: Online Event
Time: 18:30-19:30

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Jacqueline de Rojas CBE

Diversity and inclusion - why it's never been more important

As tech becomes increasingly influential in our lives, we need to take further steps to ensure it works for everyone. Diversity and inclusion are essential to those that write our digital future as we can only thrive in a digital future as long as all our voices are heard. In fact, digital exclusion is becoming a key issue in our society, as millions of people in the UK don't have the essential digital skills that have become vital in day-to-day work and social life. It is key that everyone, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, background or skills level, is given the opportunity to learn digital skills and thrive in a digital workforce and society.

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  • 18:25 - Join the talk online
  • 18:30 - 19:30 - Lecture including Q&A


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Jacqueline is the President of techUK and the President of the Digital Leaders board.

She sits as a Non-Executive Director on the board of UK technology business Rightmove plc; on the board of Costain plc, which is committed to solving the nation's Infrastructure problems; and is also on the board of the technology consultancy and skills business FDM Group plc. An advisor to fast moving tech businesses and a business mentor at Merryck offering board and executive level coaching. She is the co-chair at the Institute of Coding, advises the board of Accelerate-Her and is especially delighted to lend her support to the Girlguiding Association for technology transformation. Passionate about diversity and inclusion which informs where she places her support.

In 2016 she entered the @Computerweekly Hall of Fame after being voted Computer Weekly's Most Influential Woman in IT 2015; she was listed on Debretts 2016 500 People of Influence - Digital & Social and named in Europe's Inspiring Fifty most inspiring female role models for 2017. She was presented with the 2017 Catherine Variety award for Science and Technology and the 2018 Women in Tech Award for Advocate of the Year acknowledging her contribution to diversity. In 2019, Jacqueline was awarded the Digital & Technology Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Award and was included in World's 100 most influential people in digital government.

Jacqueline was awarded CBE for Services to International Trade in Technology in the Queen's New Year Honours list 2018.

About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Creative Industries, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Law Society, Business West, CBI, CIPD, CIPFA, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England Combined Authority.

Event recording

All addresses will be recorded and we will aim to make them available as a video on YouTube one week after the lecture, subject to approval of the speaker and no technical difficulties with the recording. Podcasts from previous series can be viewed on our previous address archive.

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