We have a small but perfectly formed team, based in Liverpool and Manchester. Each one of us is passionate about our mission and dedicated to the cause.

Chelsea Slater

Co⁠-⁠Founder / Karaoke Queen
" Over the last year we’ve worked with over 700 teenage girls and seen them develop skills, increase confidence and believe that they can have a successful career in tech. Now it’s time to work with girls nationally, and create real and lasting change. "

Jo Morfee

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

Semina Mohammed

Programme Manager / STEM Champion
" Passionate about equality and diversity in STEM. Excited to be a part of the InnovateHer movement, helping to shape the next generation and empowering young women to enable them to lead a life without boundaries. "

Sara Ahmed

Programme Manager / Dog Lover
" Believing that you can is essential to making an impact on the world around you. I’m so excited to be part of a team encouraging this self-belief and confidence in young women, inspiring them to innovate, and choose their own limitless path. "

Leanne Atherton

Corporate Community Manager / Podcast Addict
" I've grown up working in tech, it's my time now to help change how this industry is operating, to help our members create great working environments to support a diverse and vibrant workforce. I want to see more women on boards, I want to see more women represented on senior leadership teams and I want to see more role models from our members for our girls coming in to the industry! We want this shift at a national level and I am so proud to be part of this team. "

Mica Howarth

Digital Marketing Exec / 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

Programme coordinator / 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! "


Prof Sue Black OBE

Professor of Computer Science & Technology Durham University
" I'm so proud to be the InnovateHer patron. Their mission - to improve the gender balance in technology by getting girls excited about tech - is something that I've been working to solve for over 20 years. Championing women in computing, I founded BCSWomen the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through education and technology. I firmly believe that education has the power to address the current inequalities in technology and that's why I'm backing the InnovateHer programme, as I know it will create positive impactful change. "


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, alongside educators. They are all passionate about improving gender diversity in STEM.

Chris Hillidge

Director of STEM, The Challenge Academy Trust
" I’m currently Director of STEM for The Challenge Academy Trust where I manage the STEM strategy for the 7000 learners aged 4-19 within the organisation.
In 2016 I set up the first FabLab in a UK school and we run one of the largest Coder Dojos in the world. "

Helen Miller

Talent & Communications Director, Shop Direct
" I’m a commercial and innovative HR Director with significant experience of designing and leading People strategy and teams though transformation across start up and heritage UK and Global digital, media and retail businesses. "

Danielle Haugedal⁠-⁠Wilson

Head of Business Architecture & Analysis, Co⁠-⁠op Digital
" I’m currently Head of Architecture & Analysis in Co-op Digital, where I’ve worked for over 15 years. I'm the chapter lead for Ladies Of Code Manchester and a champion of diversity in technology. "

Tony Foggett

CEO of Code Computerlove
" I co-founded Code in 1999. Under my 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 optimization across the customer journey. "

Karen Louise Campbell⁠-⁠Williams

Head Of Tax at Grant Thornton UK LLP
" I have been a partner in Grant Thornton for 22 years and led the NW tax practice for over 7 years. I joined our Strategic Leadership Team as Head of Tax on 1 September 2019. I believe it is important to support and encourage diversity through sharing my experience, connections and networks. "