Evelyn M Walker, founder and director of Glasgow-based Walker Gordon Associates Ltd and Dr Jo Watts, founder and director of Effini Ltd in Edinburgh have beaten over 2000 nominees, to become finalists at the Forward Ladies National Awards 2019.
These business awards recognise those leaders and organisations who have made a greater impact on the regional and wider UK economy over the last 12 months.
Nearly three years ago, both Walker and Watts left their corporate companies, in order to set up their own digital and data companies in May 2017 and July 2017 respectively and have kept close to each other as they have successfully progressed in digital; cyber and data analytics. Since setting up their own firms, they have served as role models for women working in STEM in Scotland.
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They both mentor and support females at all levels of the talent pipeline, in order to encourage more females to apply for tech jobs and more importantly remain and grow within these roles to support the Scottish economy.
The pair will be heading to Newcastle for the finals on Friday 20th Sept 19, where Walker is a finalist for “Business Mentor of the Year” and Watts is a finalist for “Start-up of the Year.”
Speaking to DIGIT, Walker said: “I am delighted and honoured to be a finalist in the Forward Ladies Awards as they showcase women and men who are breaking barriers and encourage leadership and diversity in business and this has been my ethos throughout my career in tech.”
“I am really excited about getting recognition nationally for Effini as we support start-ups and SMEs to start their data journeys. Data is so critical to the future effectiveness of every business, whatever their size,” said Watts.