Some credentials

Examples of Thought Leadership

Keynote speaker and panellist at Travel Technology Europe 2019

Sharon will be joining Travel Technology Europe 2019 to give her perspective on diversity in travel tech, and join the discussion on the use of predictive analytics within the travel industry.

Speaker and panellist at Intelligent Transport 2018

Sharon presented on “The role of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the future of transport” at this annual event in November 2018.:

Speaker and panellist at Travolution European Summit 2018

Sharon discussed the impact of AI on travel: 

IOT Scotland, May 2018

Sharon was invited to share her views on how the Internet of Things may improve travel and transportation at this annual conference in Edinburgh:

Speaker at 10th Annual Scottish Rail Conference: The next decade of Scottish rail, December 2017

Sharon’s ability to converge her technical skills with business outcomes meant she was invited again to a Mackay Hannah conference, this time discussing the technology on which Rail should place its bets.

The Edge of Tomorrow: Life at the edge | Data Economy, November 2017

Sharon joined leaders from Fujitsu, Kintechi and Accenture to discuss how up and coming technologies such as AI, robotics and even nanotechnology that will shape Edge architectures:

Scotland’s Fourth Annual Transport Conference, September 2017

Sharon shared her perspective on how technology will have an impact on the future of transportation, then joined panellists to discuss in more detail:

The Future is Social – TEDxUniversityOfStrathclyde

Sharon’s presence as a thought leader was first established in her TEDx talk on the impact of social technology on our future, in her previous IBM role focused on Digital Engagement, back in 2015: 

Honours, Awards and Industry Recognition

MBE for Services to Women in Technology Based Industries

This announcement was made in the June 2018 Birthday Honours:

Scotland Women in Technology “Inspirational Women in Leadership” Award, 2017

Sharon beat stiff competition from Amazon and Skyscanner, amongst others, to receive this award in October 2017:

Computer Weekly’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in IT

As Sharon is becoming more eminent her placing in the list rises every year:

Examples of Influence in Gender Diversity

Influencing individual change – recent tweet of acknowledgement from an attendee

 On 21st August 2018, Sharon learned that as a result of attending a number of the BCSWomen Scotland events, Tracey took the decision to change her career and study data science.

Opinion piece from CodeClan on closing the technology gender gap, quoting Sharon

Recognition in the Media

Six Scots Women Making Their Mark on the London Scene

Sharon was included in the six successful women based in Scotland but influencing London; the article was published 22nd March 2017:

#WomenInTech podcast

Sharon was interviewed by Espree Devora for #WomenInTech Podcast, which features inspiring Women in Tech from Engineers, Female Founders, Investors, UX and UI Designers, Journalists all sharing their story how they got to where they are today. The purpose of the show is for every listener to walk away feeling ‘If She Can Do It So Can I’. I call it “actionable empowerment”.  The podcast was made available in February 2017.

BusinessCloud’s 100 Female Tech Role Models, December 2016:

Sharon was listed as one of 100 female tech role models in Cloud late in 2016:

Who are Scotland’s Top 10 Digital Disruptors?

Sharon was included in this PWC opinion piece in the Scotsman on 23rd September 2016:

FutureScot’s Digital List, February 2016

Sharon was included in the first list of 50 people from Scotland’s technologies industry who are changing the world:

Board Membership

Board Member of CENSIS

Sharon is also a Board Member of CENSIS, the Innovation Centre for Sensing and Imaging Systems: