A former Socitm president has been nominated for a prestigious list. Nadira Hussain has been put on the long list for Computer Weekly’s 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech – and we can’t think of anyone more deserving to make it to the final 50.
Nadira, Head of ICT at the London Borough of Enfield, has been inspirational for Socitm. During her tenure as President, she set up our Women in IT initiative and was the creator of the Empowering Women in a Digital World (EWDW) course, which has transformed the lives of many. Please visit Socitm’s Leadership Academy page for more details about the EWDW course.
Nadira, who is currently Socitm’s Immediate Past President (IPP), said: “I’m thrilled to be nominated. It’s great to know that the effort I’ve made to make a difference has been recognised. The only thing I’m disappointed about is that I am one of only a handful of people from the public sector to make the long list.”
After graduating as a microbiologist, Nadira began her career in the food industry, before she “fell into” the public sector because she was “looking for an opportunity to make a difference”. At the London Borough of Redbridge she moved into ICT project and programme management where she delivered big, complex change programmes, and was eventually) promoted to Head of Customer Services in ICT.
Nadira worked on a number of pan-London initiatives helping to improve collaboration across the sector through both Programme Athena and the One Oracle Programme.
She then moved to Tower Hamlets, becoming Head of ICT, before moving to Enfield to perform the same role, and where she is currently helping to develop a completely holistic insourced service, having exited the relationship with Serco last year.
“Relationship management is my forte; helping the business deliver its ambition and requirements to operate successfully and efficiently, whilst delivering accessible and responsive services to customers, using the technology and digitisation of services as the enable r. I’m the conduit between the business and ICT,” said Nadira.
When it comes to encouraging more women to look at careers in ICT, Nadira is emphatic: “It’s about demystifying the world of ICT. We need to communicate the fact that a career in technology is not just about hardcore coding, there are numerous entry points. Importantly too we must look at the language we use to attract women to technology related roles, and how we recruit. We need to offer flexible, mobile environments that offer work-life balance.”
Nadira adds that it’s vital women are offered coaching and mentoring and a network where issues and ideas can be discussed in confidence – something Socitm actively addresses. Additionally, she says, it is important that male colleagues are understanding and supportive.
Launched in 2012, Computer Weekly’s Top 50 list aims to recognise women who are making an important contribution to the UK’s technology sector. Originally a list of 25, the vast increase in nominees has seen it double in scope since its inception. The judges will publish the 50 names selected for this year’s final list next week – with the final order decided by readers’ votes. So, look out for Nadira and please give her your vote.