Budge is exemplar for women in IT

The UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC) unveiled a series of photographs of its six Women of Outstanding Achievement 2009 that features Ann Budge, founder of UK IT company, Sopra Group. Budge was chosen for this year’s exhibition for "her leadership and inspiration to others".

Budge worked for Scottish and Newcastle brewery as a graduate computer programmer for 12 years before moving to F International - a software company owned by Dame Stephanie Shirley, who was a firm believer in eradicating the glass ceiling for women in technology. In 1985, she set up her own consultancy - Newell & Budge - promoting equality in the workforce from the outset. In 2005, Budge sold the company to Sopra Group.

Now in its fourth year, the Women of Outstanding Achievement Photographic Exhibition profiles pioneering women in science, engineering, and technology (SET) as role models in a sector in which females are under-represented. The successful women each took part in a photography session with the aim of creating a growing collection of portraits that will inspire and encourage other women to take part in, and progress a career within, SET.

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