- IT Entrepreneur in Management Today's '35 Women Under 35' 2009 List -
Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom - 29 June 2009, Kate Craig-Wood, MD and co-founder of IT host, Memset has been named in Management Today's leading list of high achieving female talent.
At just 32 years old, Kate was the only woman in the list to be recognised from the IT industry.
A self-taught computer programmer, Kate's first job was with Arthur Andersen business consulting as IT consultant. She went on to head business development for Easyspace and subsequently formed Memset with her brother, Nick, in late 2002.
Memset is Britain's first Carbon Neutral ISP and has won a number of awards for innovation, service and IT strategy including been voted best UK Web host 2006, 2007 and 2008 by PCPro magazine.
Close to two-thirds of the women included in Management Today's list studied what some still think of as "male" subjects at university: science, business, law and economics; a third went to Oxford, Cambridge or the LSE. More than 50% work in traditionally male sectors.
"As one of the few women in IT, I am very concerned about the lack of girls entering the profession and our falling numbers. According to the BERR, Intellect & BCS Women in IT scorecard, women now account for less than 11% of IT professionals working within the sector." said Craig-Wood.
"The IT sector is ever-more critical to our nation's economic prosperity, with the knowledge economy employing 41% of our workforce. Further, ICT has been identified by the WWF, Gartner & McKinsey? as being the key to reducing our society's collective carbon emissions. The lack of diversity in IT threatens to compromise our sector's potential."
"I hope that being included in this high-profile list will help demonstrate to girls that a career in IT really can pay off," concluded Craig-Wood.