What makes a successful male ally, not just to women in tech but to all underrepresented groups within the sector, from LGBTQ+ groups to neurodiverse people to individuals with disabilities?
Kevin will be joined by guest speakers Darren Miles, Chief Information Officer at Centrica, Thomas King, People Strategy Lead at M&G and Kas Arshad, Analysis Practice Lead at Royal London Group to discuss the actions and behaviours that have made them stand out as inspirational male agents of change.
The speakers will also be sharing the lessons they’ve learned on their ongoing journeys as inclusive allies in the technology sector.
More about the speakers:
Kevin Dainty, Client Relationship Manager, Reed - Technology
Kevin Dainty is Client Relationship Manager for the technology recruitment division of Reed and is focussed on supporting Reed’s clients in their aims to create inclusive workplaces and to build diverse teams. In June 2019, Kevin founded the Women in Technology Mentoring Programme, a network of 1,500 people with the shared goal of increasing opportunities for and providing support to women in technology. This programme has created more than 750 mentoring relationships.
Darren Miles, Chief Information Officer, Centrica
Darren has a passion in creating a culture that allows anyone in the team to succeed, where all colleagues feel valued. Darren’s mantra is ‘keeping-it-simple’, which he attributes to his early career as an engineer. He encourages his team to deliver seamless experiences for their colleagues and customers using the latest technology and data, while constantly looking at ways that technology can make things simpler, sustainable, and affordable for their customers.
Thomas King, People Strategy Lead, M&G
Tom began his career at M&G as a graduate in 2011 and has since worked in multiple roles across operations, risk and technology. He is responsible for building an inclusive work environment where colleagues feel supported and confident to grow their careers and working with leaders to actively sponsor the development and progression of our people strategy in technology.
Kas Arshad, Analysis Practice Lead, Royal London Group
After graduating from university, Kas started out his career at Sky initially as a performance analyst then, through a business analyst graduate scheme, worked up to lead analyst over the course of nine years. He predominantly worked in the broadband and talk area of project management before transitioning to incentive management for the final three years. He joined Royal London in 2018 as a practice lead within IT where he quickly got involved with the Women’s Network and Women in Technology group, leading and delivering a series of events called ‘Demystifying…’ as well as mentoring women interested in IT and apprentices working in IT.