More than 80 individuals were nominated by colleagues for the inaugural Women in Tech Data Awards set up to celebrate the contributions of female members of staff to the distributor’s success in the UK and Ireland.
From these, the panel of four external judges – Louise Matthews, Marketing Director UK and Ireland at VMware; Graeme Watt, CEO of Softcat plc; Julia Bishop, Device Marketing Lead at Microsoft; and Julie Simpson, CEO of ResouceiT Consulting – selected six award winners. They are:
*Newcomer Award – Sabrina Gosney, Microsoft business manager
*Unsung Hero – Isabelle Moore, PC category manager
*Manager of the Year – Casey Phillips, e-commerce manager
*Role Model of the Year – Cheryl Melvin, internal sales executive – MSP
*Ally of the Year – Andy Brown, technical services director (presented to a colleague of any gender who has supported female colleagues)
*Woman of the Year – Linzi Kynaston, category manager, Global Computing Components
There were also two Highly Commended awards, for Amanda Glasgow, Marketing and Experiential Lead, and Ann-Marie Hiscox, Internal Communications Manager.
The awards are part of Tech Data Elevate, an internal business resource group dedicated to empowering women to thrive in their careers at Tech Data through development, education and networking.