Our
Team

We have a small but perfectly formed team, largely based in the North West but with members across the UK. We're passionate about our mission and dedicated to the cause of creating a more equal and diverse tech sector.

Chelsea Slater

Co⁠-⁠Founder / Karaoke Queen
"Over the past few years we’ve worked with over 1,000 teenage girls and witnessed them develop skills, confidence and a belief that they can have a successful career in tech. Now it’s time to work with girls nationally through our virtual programmes, to create real and lasting change."

Leanne Fyffe Atherton

Digital Product Manager / Podcast Addict
"I've grown up working in tech, I'm here to help our members create great working environments to support a diverse and vibrant workforce. I want to see more women on boards, more represented on senior leadership teams and role models for girls coming in to the industry!"

Mica Howarth

Marketing Manager / True Crime addict
"Being passionate about equality and empowerment, nothing makes me prouder to work alongside the like-minded team at InnovateHer. I hope to help be the voice of our enterprise, fighting the fight to close the gender gap in tech."

Beth Hobbs

Relationship Manager / Downton Abbey enthusiast
"Dedicated to positive female inclusion, equality, and empowerment. I am excited to be a part of such an innovative organisation, who are leading the charge for change and passionate about making a real difference in the young women of our nation!"

Libby Laycock

Digital Marketing Assistant/ Film Devotee
"It truly is an honour to work at InnovateHer as the importance of empowering and building towards equality is of huge significance to myself. So, to be a part of a team which helps encourage and teach skills to young girls that they aren’t often given a chance to is really special. Since, it helps to shape the future, and ensure a better society is on the way."

Sabrina Mohsin

Head of Operations/ Houseplant Obsessive
"Joining the team at InnovateHer has been a uniquely rewarding experience. Working in an environment which has EDI and continuous learning at its core is incredible and you can feel the passion from each team member. InnovateHer's dedicated network of partners, schools, mentors and ambassadors have created the kind of mission I've always wanted to be a part of."

Sarah Wilson

eLearning Designer/ Avid Gamer
"I believe in equality, and I’m here to create a virtual environment to ensure equal opportunities for everyone. Each teenager has a unique way of learning, and I’m excited to be working at InnovateHer so that we can find that way together."

Nyasha Duri

UX Researcher & Designer /Lifelong Learning and Development Addict who’s into almost everything
"It’s such a privilege to serve as part of the InnovateHer team standing on the shoulders of giants bringing my love for education, technology, product... to a mission very close to my heart. I’m beyond excited to help empower girls, non-binary youth, teachers, parents, partners and many more to build better futures for our world with shared passions for diversity, equity, inclusion et al."

Rhiannon Barnes⁠-⁠Powell

Partnerships and Content Coordinator/ Mini Mary Berry
"I am a believer that true change needs to happen at the roots. Coming from a tech background and have seen the need for more voices at the table firsthand and to be part of InnovateHer is an opportunity close to my heart. I am so excited to help inspire the next generation and to work on levelling the playing field so that everyone is represented and all voices are not just heard, but listened to."

Lauren Forbes

Head of Partnerships / Travel Obsessed
"I have followed the InnovateHer journey for a few years now and have loved seeing the impact that Chelsea and the team have had on young people’s lives. It feels a dream that I now get to be directly involved and can hopefully play some part in correcting the gender imbalance that we see everyday. I hope that people and organisations continue to get on board with our mission to make the positive impact that is much needed. "

Our
Non-Executive
Directors

We have two Non-Executive Directors who work with Jo and Chelsea closely on aspects of the business such as strategy, vision, operations and leadership.

Tony Foggett

Tony is CEO of Code Computerlove. He co⁠-⁠founded Code in 1999. Under his leadership, it has grown into a 8m business, employing 100 digital specialists in it’s Manchester Office. In Dec 2016 Code was acquired by MediaCom, its product thinking approach and focus on conversion enabling MediaCom to deliver iterative optimisation across the customer journey.

Nicki Sprinz

Nicki leads and supports talented designers, developers and creative technologists, product leads, coaches and strategists in ustwo’s London, Lisbon and Tokyo studios. Committed to working for better diversity in the creative and tech industry, Nicki co⁠-⁠founded Ada’s List, a global community of more than 8,000 women in tech.

Our
Chair

The Chair ensures that the board operates effectively and that we are all working together as a team to benefit the young people we serve. Ronda brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the role.

Dr. Ronda Železný⁠-⁠Green

Ronda is a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) changemaker creating systems to empower Black people, women, people with disabilities, and marginalized populations in the technology and education sectors. Serving as a mobile technologist, trainer and researcher, her professional experience spans five continents and the public, private, and civil society sectors.

Our
Board
Members

We are grateful to our board for giving us their time and expertise. They represent some of the North's biggest and best digital employers, educators and influencers. They are all passionate about improving gender diversity in STEM.

Jo Morfee

Co⁠-⁠Founder / Bookworm
"I've worked in the tech sector for over a decade and I'm passionate about changing the status quo, to create a more diverse workforce. Working with our next generation of innovators is so rewarding; seeing the impact that we're having on the girls we work with is what drives me forward."

Lauren Riley

Lauren is founder of The Link App; a revolutionary way for law firms to communicate with, and digitally onboard, their clients. Lauren started the company in 2014 after practicing as a family solicitor because she wanted to make a difference. As a tech founder Lauren brings a wealth of lived experience.

Sonia Davies

Sonia is Divisional Finance Director at Nexperia, a global semiconductor company. She is a keynote speaker on leadership and empowerment who believes passionately in increasing diversity having worked in tech and engineering companies for more than 10 years. Sonia is also a mentor at Tech Manchester.

Amul Batra

Amul is Chief Partnerships Officer at Northcoders and a member of the leadership team. He works closely with tech businesses in the North, helping them with their skills strategy and connecting them with talent. He also regularly speaks at events on the subjects of diversity, inclusion and the talent pipeline.

Lianne Potter

Lianne is an anthropologist who fell in love with tech and decided to retrain to be a software developer and then cyber security analyst. Lianne is a board member of Women in Leeds Digital and co⁠-⁠founder of a femtech startup, Liria Digital Health, creating exciting innovations around menopause symptoms.

Ramat Tejani

Ramat currently leads AWS GetIT; an Amazon Web Services’ skills and gender diversity programme that empowers female talent and encourages more young people to consider a career in technology. She is also a confidence coach who supports and inspires people to realise their full potential, whatever their passions may be.

Charné Tromp

Charné is a London⁠-⁠based Service Designer and Digital Project Manager, with experience of working in agency, non⁠-⁠profit and publishing industries. She is a digital enthusiast, passionate about user experience and delivering quality digital products / services to address key user needs and realise business objectives.

Lily Dart

Lily has 17 years experience in design and technology. Originally a designer/developer, she runs design and technology teams, specialising in inclusive ways of working, hiring practices and design approaches to increase the diversity of teams and maintain an effective and scalable culture. Lily regularly teaches, speaks and runs workshops.

Maria Stukoff

Maria is Director of the Maker Space at The University of Salford and is the Co⁠-⁠chair of the Esports Industry Programme. She was a founding member of the Next Gen Skills Academy and has led on many skills initiatives to inspire young women to consider a career in digital entertainment.

Alexandra Glasgow

Alexandra is a Journalism graduate with over ten years of communications experience. Her previous roles included communications support for non⁠-⁠profits providing apprenticeships, financial education within primary schools and adult debt advice. As a mother of three girls she is passionate about our mission.

Yasmin Desai

Yasmin has worked for over 6 years in tech start⁠-⁠ups. With a background in operations and Product Management in both B2B and B2C, she brings a mix of commercial understanding and UX skills to the board.

Frank Norris MBE

Frank is the former CEO of Coop Academies Trust, a Senior HMI with Ofsted, an Outstanding Primary Headteacher, and has been awarded an MBE for services to education in summer 2019. Frank is a strong advocate and supporter of InnovateHer and is committed to social justice.