• 26 Jan 2017

    MI 6 chief on why gender diversity is a matter of national urgency

    Updated on 27 January 2016."My message is a simple one: we need the best talent from the widest range of backgrounds to counter the threats facing this country and to seize the opportunities presented by modern technology," according to MI 6 Chief, Sir Alex Younger. Sir Alex is camera shy to say the least. For security reasons, his name was kept out of the press as he was ushered in to speak at Vitesse Media's Women in IT Awards last night. In a rare public appearance, Sir Alex expressed the importance of getting the best and brightest that Britain has to offer in keeping the nation safe."We in the covert world, the intelligence services of the UK – GCHQ, MI5 and MI6, find ourselves in the frontline confronting a large number of the threats that are facing the country that are kind of the other side of the positive of globalisation," he said. "They are identifying, penetrating and disrupting terrorist groups; they are uncovering the activities of hostile intelligence services who seek to undermine our country and our allies. And of course, relevant to this evening, they are identifying threats in cyber space; cyber criminals, terrorist and spies who are using new methods to threaten us in very old ways."According to Sir Alex, this is where the power of gender parity comes into play. "We are in a Darwinian world in intelligence," he explained, summarising a race to the top.“The more different people you have in the room, in these high-pressure circumstances in which we operate, the better the decisions. So, success for me is a deeper, broader range of technological skills in MI6 and more diversity, in particular more women.”Sir Alex stressed the importance of shattering the glass ceiling across the industry. "What matters is your character, your creativity and your determination. It doesn’t matter what you gender is, what matters is your character, your creativity and your determination. And so it is at MI6." The Women in Finance Awards The male-dominated talent pipeline, and the gaping gender pay and promotion gap are issues rife in financial services, just as it is in technology. This is what the Women in Finance Awards aims to address in June this year, celebrating gender parity advocates and recognising talent in financial services; from fund managers to CFOs. Supported by policy makers and advocate groups alike, the event will take on the elephant in the room when it comes to gender issues in the corporate world: no excuses, no lip service, and definitely no apologies. Nominations are now open.

  • 26 Jan 2017

    MI 6 chief on why gender diversity is a matter of national urgency

    Updated on 27 January 2016."My message is a simple one: we need the best talent from the widest range of backgrounds to counter the threats facing this country and to seize the opportunities presented by modern technology," according to MI 6 Chief, Sir Alex Younger. Sir Alex is camera shy to say the least. For security reasons, his name was kept out of the press as he was ushered in to speak at Vitesse Media's Women in IT Awards last night. In a rare public appearance, Sir Alex expressed the importance of getting the best and brightest that Britain has to offer in keeping the nation safe."We in the covert world, the intelligence services of the UK – GCHQ, MI5 and MI6, find ourselves in the frontline confronting a large number of the threats that are facing the country that are kind of the other side of the positive of globalisation," he said. "They are identifying, penetrating and disrupting terrorist groups; they are uncovering the activities of hostile intelligence services who seek to undermine our country and our allies. And of course, relevant to this evening, they are identifying threats in cyber space; cyber criminals, terrorist and spies who are using new methods to threaten us in very old ways."According to Sir Alex, this is where the power of gender parity comes into play. "We are in a Darwinian world in intelligence," he explained, summarising a race to the top.“The more different people you have in the room, in these high-pressure circumstances in which we operate, the better the decisions. So, success for me is a deeper, broader range of technological skills in MI6 and more diversity, in particular more women.”Sir Alex stressed the importance of shattering the glass ceiling across the industry. "What matters is your character, your creativity and your determination. It doesn’t matter what you gender is, what matters is your character, your creativity and your determination. And so it is at MI6." The Women in Finance Awards The male-dominated talent pipeline, and the gaping gender pay and promotion gap are issues rife in financial services, just as it is in technology. This is what the Women in Finance Awards aims to address in June this year, celebrating gender parity advocates and recognising talent in financial services; from fund managers to CFOs. Supported by policy makers and advocate groups alike, the event will take on the elephant in the room when it comes to gender issues in the corporate world: no excuses, no lip service, and definitely no apologies. Nominations are now open.