Nexec Leaders proud to sponsor TLA Women in Tech during London Technology Week

Nexec Leaders proud to sponsor TLA Women in Tech during London Technology Week

On the morning of Monday 20th June 2016, at the start of LONDON TECH WEEK, TLA WOMEN IN TECH hosted an exclusive VIP Market Open Ceremony and Panel Event at the London Stock Exchange to set the tone of advocating for inclusivity and affect meaningful change in London’s thriving tech ecosystem.

The amazing line-up included a warm welcome from Nexec Leaders Sarah Luxford & Nikki Watkins who are the TLA WOMEN IN TECH co-founders. The inspiring Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE, followed by a fabulous Diversity Keynote from Baroness Oona King gave the 120 delegates some great insights to the past and future for diversity. Delegates were then called to participate in an incredibly well received Executive Workshop on Unconcious Bias led by leading Diversity Coach, Nikki Watkins.

The workshop was followed by two provocative and lively Panel Sessions moderated by industry experts Shivvy Jarvis and Susanne Chishti. The panel explored hot topics like ‘What will it take for us ALL to advocate for inclusivity?’ and ‘What challenges do female founders & CEOs in technology face when raising all forms of capital? Are VC’s/PE/Corporate better than banks and what lessons can be shared on getting funded?’

Nexec Leaders CEO Peter Gillingwater interviewed in this video.

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Computer Weekly has announced its list of the 2016 most influential women in UK IT, now in its fifth year. Nexec Director was included for the 2nd year highlighting her prominence in promoting diversity in the UK technology scene.

Nexec Director Sarah Luxford in 50 most influential women in UK IT 2016

Computer Weekly has announced its list of the 2016 most influential women in UK IT, now in its fifth year. Nexec Director was included for the 2nd year highlighting her prominence in promoting diversity in the UK technology scene.

The list was originally launched to showcase the number of great women involved in the IT industry in technology and digital roles.

Taking top spot on the 2016 list is TeenTech CEO Maggie Philbin, who has tirelessly campaigned to give all young people an equal opportunity to express their talents and creativity through technology.

The 50 women featured on this list, as well as Computer Weekly’s Rising Stars and attendees to Computer Weekly’s annual Women in IT event, act as role models to the wider industry in promoting diversity for the technology sector.

See the full list here.


London Stock Exchange

Nexec supports TLA WOMEN IN TECH to open London Stock Exchange markets during London Technology Week

Nexec Leaders are proud to sponsor & support TLA WOMEN IN TECH’s array of events and activities that set the tone for this important week – celebrating and bringing awareness to the critical role diversity plays in our thriving tech ecosystem in London.

At the start of London Technology Week TLA WOMEN IN TECH in partnership with SVC2UK and the LSE Elite Programme will conduct the Open Ceremony at the London Stock Exchange marking the start of trading on the world’s most international market. There will be a Champagne reception, executive leadership workshop and two high profile panels focused on diversity in larger corporations and fund raising for female led founders and CEO’s.

Nexec Director and co-founder of TLA WOMEN IN TECH Sarah Luxford commented “I’m delighted that TLA WOMEN IN TECH has been given this fantastic platform during London Technology Week to help raise awareness, influence adoption and encourage advocacy of diversity in the workplace. There is much to celebrate and be proud of within the London tech scene, but we mustn’t be complacent. That is why we are delivering concrete actions & recommendations that will help shift attitudes and address the bias that still pervades in our sector. “


Nexec Director Sarah Luxford appointed as Ambassador for London Technology Week

Nexec Director Sarah Luxford appointed as Ambassador for London Technology Week

The annual Technology showcase for London, London Technology Week has appointed Sarah Luxford as an official Ambassador. Sarah will be joining a collection of some of the most influential global tech leaders representing the entire ecosystem. From start-ups to investors, entrepreneurs to corporates and academia to government, her role will be to host a number of high profile events and to support the development of human capital and diversity programmes.
Sarah Luxford commented “London Tech Week is an incredible platform that helps celebrate & cultivate London as the true global powerhouse of tech innovation that it is. I’ll be looking particularly to drive awareness, adoption and advocacy around gender equality in the industry in addition to guidance for scale-ups”


C2FO, the world’s market for working capital and risk-free profit, is the only working capital exchange that allows companies to optimize their working capital positions in a live, bid/ask environment.

Nexec supports C2FO with market entry hire of Judy Tsai for Greater China & APAC region

Nexec Leaders are proud to announce the appointment of Judy Tsai as Sales Director of Greater China to lead C2FO’s growth into the region. C2FO, the world’s market for working capital and risk-free profit, is the only working capital exchange that allows companies to optimize their working capital positions in a live, bid/ask environment.

Commenting on this key hire the President International of C2FO Chris Dark states “C2FO gave Nexec a tough challenge to find us someone who could represent C2FO in China and to be a great match for our culture and ambitions. They did it with great speed, care and an understanding that few recruiters in my experience can match”


Nexec supports Cradlepoint with market entry hire of Gavin Wilson for APAC region

Nexec supports Cradlepoint with market entry hire of Gavin Wilson for APAC region

Nexec Leaders are proud to announce the appointment of Gavin Wilson as Managing Director of Australia & New Zealand to lead Cradlepoint into the APAC region. Cradlepoint is the leading provider of software-defined wireless and wired WAN solutions for Distributed and Mobile Enterprise.

Commenting on this key hires the CRO, Ryan Adamson states “We have worked closely with Nexec on locating Gavin and their input in the process and support throughout has been invaluable. We have a great hire and a Partner we can trust to deliver.


Nexec Leaders proud to support TLA Women in Tech as new website launches

Nexec Leaders proud to support TLA Women in Tech as new website launches

Fuelled by the desire to drive action & change the industry for an equal gender footing, Nexec Leaders Sarah Luxford and Nikki Watkins founded Tech London Advocates’ WOMENINTECH working group. In a very short time their initiative has grown into to a 900-advocate strong movement consisting of a mix of entrepreneurs, digital specialists, government advisors and international corporate professionals.

TLA Women in TechAs business leaders come to understand the organisational benefits of a diverse workforce and the need to turn thoughts into actions – TLA WOMENINTECH are here to support the ecosystem, now both off and online.

MD of Nexec Leaders Peter Gillingwater says: “Diversity is no longer a subject businesses can afford to overlook – it must be built into the business plan as a strategic objective. We are delighted to support the TLA WOMENINTECH working group and stand by our own commitment as international executive headhunters to source a diverse candidate base for every search campaign”.

www.tlawomenintech.org


London City Hall

Paving the way to the Boardroom – An evening at London City Hall

Tech London Advocates WomeninTech supported by Nexec Leaders & Co-Founded by Nexec Director Sarah Luxford, descend on London City Hall’s Living Room for their final working group of the year focusing on the insights and tips to pave our way to the Boardroom.

In the last few years we have seen a shift with business no longer asking why women’s representation is so important but how they can make gender diversity a reality. This is a positive step forward, however the reality is that progress in women’s representation at executive level remains woeful. A recent report by Cranfield showed that women’s representation at Executive Committee level in the FTSE 100 was 19.4% of Exec roles, similarly look at the number of female CEO’ within the FTSE100 – a grand total of 7.

If we are to see sustained gender diversity at the top of business then more must be done to ensure women progress through the executive pipeline – something of which Nexec Leaders takes very seriously as a duty to the tech industry.

That is why On Monday 5th December, Tech London Advocates WomeninTech supported by Nexec Leaders & Co-Founded by Nexec Director Sarah Luxford, descended on City Hall’s Living Room for their final working group of the year focusing on the insights and tips to pave our way to the Boardroom.

The Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, warmly kicked off the evening welcoming guests and providing insight into CityHall’s own gender equality initiatives whilst making it clear Diversity is key on the Mayor’s agenda for London. We then jumped into a lively panel of reflections & recommended actions, hosted by the Queen of Startups, Bindi Karia, joined by Anne de Kerckhove (CEO, IronGroup), Martina King (CEO, Featurespace), Rory Stirling (Partner, BGF Ventures), Susanne Given (Chair, Made.com) and Leanne Taylor (UKI Board, SAP).

An executive development session then followed led by Nikki Watkins homing in on Executive Presence, how we walk, talk and interact to align with ‘our brand’.

MD of Peter Gillingwater comments “The executive talent pipeline is something all companies should be consistently reviewing whilst implementing actions & procedures to support a diverse workforce. Nexec Leaders are proud to support TLA Women in Tech and offer talent solutions from executive search to talent development that compliments the TLA WomeninTech mission.”

So, as we drive through 2017, What Impact Do You Want To Make?


No10 Downing Street

Sarah Luxford joins SVC2UK diversity think-tank at No10

Nexec Leaders Director Sarah Luxford was invited to a roundtable at Downing Street as part of the SVC2UK programme to discuss the challenges and opportunities for female led start-ups in the international markets.

Sarah Luxfrod at No 10 Downing StreetThe roundtable consisted of 20 female founders & executive leaders from companies including Tom Tom, Google, MoveGuide, Love Home Swap and was hosted by Special Advisor to David Cameron Daniel Korski and Janet Coyle of SVC2UK. As Co-founder of TLA Women in Tech group Sarah was delighted to take part in this energetic discussion bringing together female business leaders, serial entrepreneurs and founders of high growth tech companies discussing how they can scale up their businesses and become world beaters.

Specific areas covered included access to funding, key talent hiring and using the UK as the HQ of choice for global tech businesses.

Commenting on the many ideas discussed, Sarah said:

“All companies must be thinking of creating a diverse workforce from the start as a strategic imperative. Having the opportunity to create a company with that in mind, from day 1, will set you in good position to receive the benefits we know a diverse workforce brings.”

Further initiatives are being planned and Nexec Leaders is proud to be part of driving change through technology businesses for the benefit of founders, investors and all employees.


Nexec Leaders at Croydon Tech City

Nexec Leaders mentor tech students towards career success.

Nexec Leaders mentor tech students towards career succes at an event held by Croydon Tech City.

“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn”- Albert Einstein.

As international headhunters, Nexec Leaders help build and shape some of the fastest high growth tech companies in the industry – and we know to help our clients maintain their competitive edge, talent is essential.

Nexec Leaders were delighted to support and participate at an event of Croydon Tech City (CTC) to encourage and inspire students to consider a future career in tech on Wednesday 7th October. A variety of reports over the last year has signalled there is a problem with a decline of young people not choosing to study STEM subjects and as such do not look at careers in IT. Without the right careers guidance there is a danger of the tech industry in the UK being damaged and further technical roles being outsourced outside of the UK.

As advocates for the industry we agree that change is needed. That is why Nexec Leaders were delighted to support and participate at an event of Croydon Tech City (CTC) to encourage and inspire students to consider a future career in tech on Wednesday 7th October.

Croydon is London’s fastest growing tech cluster and the team at CTC have created a ‘Future Tech City’ programme to support and connect ICT teachers of the 96 schools in the borough. Wednesday’s event saw 180 students aged 14-17yrs arrive at Croydon College where they heard from industry professionals including Dotmailers CTO & founder Simon Bird, CEO of KarismaKidz Erika Berndshaw, Founder of LoafApp Han-Son Lee and then followed by further panel interviews and networking.

Nexec’s MD Peter Gillingwater commented “Rarely do we get the chance to mentor and support the future of tech in this way and I am convinced that many of the kids went away inspired by what they heard and saw. CTC is leading the way in these types of initiatives in the UK and we support and applaud their great ideas”.

 


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