The new board was formed following WiT’s recent annual general meeting, with co-president Kristy Simpkin confident the new board can propel the not-for-profit forward to achieve its goal of “advancing, connecting and empowering women in technology and life sciences”.
“Our board is made up of industry leaders and trailblazers making their mark in traditionally male dominated industries.
“This year we received a number of high quality applications from people wanting to join the WiT board. The votes are in and we are thrilled to welcome some amazing new talent to the WiT family,” Simpkin said.
Dr Rice has been elected co-president for the first time.
“Later this year we will be unveiling a new look WiT – a renewed brand and identity for the organisation to take us into the next 20 years,” she said.
“We’re also looking at how we can re-engage all our past board members and supporters – all the people who have contributed to the success of WiT over the years.”
Russell said of her appointment: "There are two things that I am passionate about. Seeing more women getting involved in technology careers and business development”.
“I believe my career has given me a strong network and the ability to drive successful outcomes for WiT. I already contribute to WiT as a volunteer mentor in the mentoring programme.
“I have been a member of WiT for many years now and gained immense value from the programmes they run. I am looking forward to contributing to the board, helping to drive WiT's vision, growing our relationships and continuing to provide valuable programmes to our members.”