Gillian Arnold (technologist)

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Gillian Arnold
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In 2014
Scientific career

Gillian Arnold is a British Information technology leader. She is a BCS Vice President[1] and the Past Chair of the BCSWomen Specialist Group that supports women in the IT industry.[2] In 2015, she was identified as the 9th[3] Most Influential Women in UK IT 2015, by Computer Weekly. In 2016, Arnold was again identified as one of the 50 most influential women in UK IT 2016[4] by Computer Weekly.


Gillian Arnold was actively involved in the BCS (British Computer Society), The Chartered Institute of IT, and was the elected Chair of the BCSWomen Specialist Group that supports women in the IT industry.[2] Gillian has now taken a different role as BCS Vice-President and Trustee Director of the BCS Learning & Development Ltd[1]

Gillian has been a company director since 1984 in the IT sector, this has included wide variety of technical roles, such as managing teams for new products for IT companies including IBM. She worked for 22 years at IBM until setting up her own company called Tectre in 2009.[5]

Gillian Arnold chaired a forum for an IT trade association which is now called techUK and is the Chair of BCSWomen[6] a specialist group which supplies support for female IT Professionals.[7] She was featured in the e-book “Women in IT: Inspiring the next generation” produced by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT[8][9]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2012 Gillian Arnold was a finalist in the Everywoman in technology awards where she won the inspiration of the year award.[10][11] She also sits on the board for women in science and engineering (WISE) Gillian was one of the 30 women identified in the BCS Women in IT Campaign in 2014[12] and has won awards for encouraging women into STEM fields.

Gillian Arnold, Past Chair of BCSWomen was invited to Korea on 27 October 2014 to receive the Gender Equality Main Streaming - Technology (GEM-TECH) award on behalf of the BCS and BCSWomen.[13] This achievement award of the ITU - United Nations Women Joint Award, was for "Promoting Women in ICT Sector" and encouraging women to enter the computing sector and to encourage and support them during their careers.[13]


  1. ^ a b BCS. "Gillian Arnold". BCS Key People. BCS. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Chan, Emily (8 August 2013). "How to switch on the IT girls". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  3. ^ "9. Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen, founder of Tectre". The 50 most influential women in UK IT 2015. Computer Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Computer Weekly". Womputer Weekly. computer Weekly. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Top 25 Most Influential Women in UK IT 2014". Computer Weekly.
  6. ^ "A laptop that's demeaning to women?". Independent Online. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  7. ^ "BCSWomen". Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  8. ^ Women in IT: Inspiring the next generation (PDF). British Computer Society. 1 October 2014. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-78017-287-3. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Female tech staff 'in decline' in the UK". BBC. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  10. ^ Bateman, Kayleigh. "Cisco everywoman in Technology Awards: The winners' stories". Computer weekly. Tech Target. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  11. ^ Pitts, Beth. "Gillian Arnold, Director, Tectre & everywoman Inspiration of the Year, on the Amazing Transferable Skills of Busy Mums". The Next Women Business Magazine. Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Women in IT: Inspiring the next generation". British Computer Society. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Gem-Tech Awards 2014: Winners". Retrieved 11 November 2014.