Be Future

A celebration of the different generations of remarkable women in cyber who have made a difference – from 1940 to today.

Private Panel Discussion
November 2022
The Ham Yard Hotel, London

At its height there were more than 10,000 people working at Bletchley Park, of whom more than two-thirds were women

Bryony Norburn

No matter how much technology you have, and how clever it is, the greatest variable in how secure your business is remains your people. For the cryptanalysts who cracked the Enigma Code, it didn’t matter how advanced Alan Turing’s machine was; it took an insight from female decipherers Joan Clarke and Joyce Aylard to break the code. Every message from each sender started with the same five letters, which led Turing to find other words that would likely be in every coded message. It was the breakthrough they needed.

Technology and Security leaders face the same challenge. Technology alone is not enough to crack the code on cyber security. You need the right people too. In 2023, how can we make our people more cyber aware and, therefore, more vigilant? And what can we learn from the interplay of people, process and technology that allow us to achieve extraordinary things?

As a tribute to the often overlooked contribution of female decipherers, we’re asking all attendees to invite a female colleague or contact as we meet to recognise and celebrate diversity in cyber.

cuándo & dónde

Betty Webb MBE, Bletchley Park Veteran


Betty Webb, MBE worked as a code breaker at Bletchley Park during World War II. During her time at Bletchley, Betty not only assisted in the ground-breaking cracking of the Enigma Code, but also worked on decoding intercepted Japanese messages. Following the end of war in Europe, Betty’s talents took her to Washington D.C. to assist with US war efforts in the Pacific.

Betty was awarded an MBE in 2015 and the Légion d’Honneur in 2021 for her services during the war.


Liz Henderson, ‘The Data Queen’


Liz Henderson, better known as ‘The Data Queen’, is an outstanding data thought-leader with over 25 years of industry knowledge. 

Alongside her hugely successful career which has seen her work as a senior executive for a number of highly regarded organisations, including as a Chief Data and Analytics Officer. Liz also works as a mentor and a peer, helping both young data-intrigued individuals and senior data executives to shape their careers, as well as actively championing Women in Technology.

Mivy James, Digital Transformation Director at BAE Systems


Mivy started her career as an analyst / programmer after completing a degree in Computer Science and Maths and soon moved into technical leadership and system design. This has led Mivy to work for a range of clients across UK government on everything from cutting edge technology research to the strategic design of multi-billion pound programmes.

Alongside her work at BAE Systems, Mivy is the founder & chair of Applied Intelligence’s gender balance network and chair of the TechUK skills and diversity council.

Ana Gimenez, Business Development Partner, Innovation 5G MEC at Verizon


Passionate about technology and how it impacts our day-to-day life, Ana has more than 20 years of international experience in services, telco and IT, which includes senior management positions in operations, business development and sales within global companies, including Verizon, Nokia, Siemens Networks, Alcatel and Danone Group. Argentinean-born, Ana Maria has been living for the last 25 years in Europe, France, Germany and currently in the UK.

Ana is not only passionate about technology and innovation as enablers of business transformation and improvement of our daily life, but about improving accessibility in the technology industry for young aspiring women.

where and when

6-9pm GMT, 23rd November
The Ham Yard Hotel, London

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