International Women’s Day – Celebrating the women of S5GC!

This International Women’s Day at The Scotland 5G Centre, we are celebrating the women of our team and our achievements.

Championing women in all aspects of life is key however its even more important to celebrate women in technology – a STEM subject area which typically attracts more males than females for a number of reasons.

According to the ONS Employment by Industry survey in 2021, only 31% of UK tech jobs are held by women while only 5% of leadership roles in the technology sector are held by women (PWC).

At the Centre, we’re proud to have a 50/50 split of women and men across our core management team and our Board of Directors.

According to the ONS, technology is ranked as the third faster sector for job growth in the UK and also the third top sector in terms of job creation for women in 2021 – let’s continue this trend and support, champion and celebrate women in technology. Meet the women of The Scotland 5G Centre!

Julie Snell, Chair

Julie has over 30 years of experience as a business leader having successfully established new technology markets and leading technology innovations including being part of the leadership team which developed BT’s first public WiFi project BT Openzone. As well as being the S5GC Chair, Julie is also Non Executive Director for Hertfordshire & Worcestershire Health & Care Trust, Col8 and Worcester Local Enterprise Partnership and Vice President of the Urban Technology Alliance.

Get to know Julie:

  1. Why did you get into technology?

I was headhunted into a venture capital company made up of 3 companies, Barclays, Philips and Shell. They delivered the first version of what was then a one-way mobile network that needed a pager to tell you to find an aerial point and make a call from your CT2 phone. Our company was called Rabbit.

  1. What’s the best thing about working at S5GC?

The passion of the team and Scottish Government to make a difference that will enable Scotland business and residents to flourish.

Lara Moloney, Head of S5GConnect

With a career spanning 23 years across media, advertising, creative industries, publishing and connected places, Lara has worked within world-leading projects including Bristol is Open, and the city council’s Smart Operations Centre, as well as volunteering with UN Women and Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

Get to know Lara:

  1. Why did you get into technology?

Realising how inefficient our systems are and what an opportunity connectivity coupled with the right ambitions and technology could make to our lives. This is what really motivates me in the long term. The reality is these changes are coming – do you want to be ahead of the curve or at the back?

  1. What’s your favourite piece of technology?

The technology available to support the healthcare industry I find to be the most fascinating, from tech that supports monitoring of patients and that frees up nurse’s time. To sensors and monitoring technology that you can utilise to manage and monitor your own health, or help to protect vulnerable members of the family. I think that the impact on the healthcare industry could be immense if we could address the connectivity and regulation around roll out and implementation.

Jackie Steven, Finance & Business Operations Manager

Jackie has experience working within the education and third sectors with her previous roles including working with people who faced social and economic barriers and upskilling people in employability and IT.

Get to know Jackie:

  1. What’s the best thing about working at S5GC?

The team have all mostly been recruited within a few months of each other, so we all began this exciting journey together – having the same fresh focus and zest for what we are hoping to achieve.

  1. What’s your favourite piece of technology?

My google portal which was a lifeline during COVID and beyond as it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends.

Esther Francisco Ballesteros, Marketing & Communications Manager

Esther has over 12 years’ experience in international marketing with a number of leading companies including s1homes, Heineken and Avon. During her career to-date, Esther has developed and implemented marketing and communications strategies, led offline and online marketing activities and managed B2B and B2C multichannel campaigns.

Get to know Esther:

  1. Why did you get into technology?

The benefit of technology for rural areas and local communities in Scotland is endless and that’s something I can contribute to by working at the S5GC, by improving and helping to overcome the digital challenges that remote areas face.

  1. What’s the best thing about working at S5GC?

People are what make a difference in an organization, and the team here is extraordinary. Opinions and ideas are valued and we’re a little family. The location of the office in the heart of Glasgow is a plus too.

Siobhan Divers, Marketing Assistant

Siobhan has 8 years’ experience within the marketing and communication sector, graduating with a BA (Hons) in History and Journalism Studies. Always keen to learn something new, Siobhan’s skillset spans from event planning, radio broadcasting and magazine journalism to social media management and political reporting.

Get to know Siobhan:

  1. Why did you get into technology?

I’m fascinated by trends in technology. As the industry is so fast-paced, everything is constantly evolving – from mobile devices and on-demand services to social media platforms.

  1. What’s your favourite piece of technology?

I enjoy taking photos so upgrades in mobile technology and in-built cameras are something I appreciate as well as photo-sharing social media platforms like Instagram.

Nicola Graham, Marketing Assistant

Nicola has over 8 years of experience working within higher education, most recently working in the Marketing Team in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. Nicola’s experience includes graphic design, customer relations and video editing.

Get to know Nicola:

  1. Why did you get into technology?

The tech industry is fast-growing and ever-changing. Being part the tech industry, allows for movement and growth in my career and professional development. I find myself learning something new every day.

  1. What’s your favourite piece of technology?

I love my smart TV – It’s a must in my household. It’s so easy to use apps like YouTube and operate it from your mobile. I also love my pet cam, to see what mischief my rabbit is getting up to. He loves to chew.

Sue Berry, Executive Assistant

Sue has over 15 years’ experience working for C Suite Executives in both the private and public sectors and Military Commanders in Jersey, London and Germany. Sue’s previous roles have included working with the British Forces to relocate 8,000 troops and their families back to the UK.

Get to know Sue:

  1. What’s the best thing about working at S5GC?

The global pandemic has forced a step change in so many areas, seeing first-hand how enhanced digital connectivity can transform sectors such as healthcare, education, manufacturing, farming has been hugely positive and to know that this is helping people on a daily basis is really rewarding.

  1. What’s your favourite piece of technology?

I love my Laptop – it allows me to work remotely, link into apps to run my house and keep in touch with family and friends via FaceTime.


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