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National Support

We are supported by a range of organisations in both the private and public sector. Our mission is far reaching and we are proud to work with both small businesses right through the multi national corporations. If you are interested in working with WiLD, get in touch.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Stronger Together

Sarah Tulip, Ops Director - Klaxon Technologies

WiLD Co-Founder Sarah Tulip is an Award Winning, Strategic Leader with over 15 years experience of Business Operations, Innovation & Change within Technology.

Her passion and proactive approach to all things diversity are the driving force behind WiLD. Sarah is an integral part of the digital sector in Leeds. Her knowledge, experience and network make her the perfect advocate to wave the flag for diversity across the region.  

Deb Hetherington, Business Innovation Manager - Leeds Beckett University 

WiLD Co-Founder Deb is a key facilitator within the digital community, currently working with a range of businesses across the region offering innovation support and funding working out of the Enterprise Team at Leeds Beckett. Experienced in Marketing & Communications, Business Development and Innovation, Deb brings a range of expertise to the mix. 

Her experience in both the private and public sector mean that Deb is perfectly placed to advice on the best methods to bridge the gap between academia and industry.

Tom Riordan, CEO - Leeds City Council

Tom Riordan took up the position of Chief Executive of Leeds City Council in August 2010. Tom has come full-circle from a North Yorkshire state education, via Oxford University, a Civil Service fast-stream career in international environmental policy and then leading the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward. For his commitment to the region, Tom was awarded Yorkshire Man of the Year 2017. He is also a trustee on the Centre for Cities Board, a patron of St Gemma’s Hospice and the Council's mental health champion. We are very proud to have someone of Tom's experience, passion and calibre on our board.

Victoria Tomlinson, CEO - Next Up

A former director of EY in London, Victoria founded Next-Up in 2018. This business evolved from Northern Lights which was increasingly helping experienced people to find opportunities in their ‘unretirement’ and develop their personal brands (Northern Lights is now a trading division of Next-Up).

Victoria is an Amazon bestselling author, one of the world’s top 100 on Twitter on leadership, a blogger and one of the BBC’s expert women regularly appearing on TV and radio to comment on news.

Named one of Yorkshire’s top entrepreneurs and outstanding communicator of the year, she was on the board of Northern Ballet for eight years and chaired an advisory board for the University of Leeds – she received the Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Award for outstanding chairing. She is currently Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University.

Joanne Rewcastle, Head of Internal and Cross-Government Engagement - DWP

Joanne is excited about telling the story of transforming the Digital Group in the Department of Work and Pensions. She leads on content and creative to engage internal and external audiences. Joanne's team designs, creates and delivers inclusive, innovative content to achieve communication objectives including engaging colleagues, attracting talent and collaborating across government and the digital sector. They work across events, videos, blogs, newsletters, social media, photography, intranet and more, helping colleagues to tell their and our story. Her passions are inclusion, creative content, hands-on learning and collaboration. We're very lucky to have her on the board here at WiLD.

Lianne Potter, Cyber Security - NHS Digital

Lianne currently works at the Digital Delivery Centre (DDC) as part of NHS Login. She is a cyber security professional providing technical advice and assurance relating to credential authentication and access to personal medical records.

In addition to her role Lianne leads the award-nominated NHS Digital code club, which encourages staff members from non-technical backgrounds to learn new coding skills and thereby creating a better cross-function workforce.  

Lianne is an active member of the Women's Network and the LGBT allies network at NHS Digital. Her current project with the Women's Network is provide viable solutions to address the gender pay-gap at NHS Digital.

Pauline Narvas, Digital Engineering Graduate - BT

As a huge advocate in diversifying STEM, Pauline has a passion in building communities that help educate, encourage and empower socially excluded groups in the field.

For the last 10 years, she has been communicating with impact in the digital space with great impact. Pauline has used her vast experience to build an online presence that engages and positively influences. Her blog is read across the world, and she frequently collaborates with a number of brands.

Pauline has been named as the 5th most influential woman in the UK by the Tab and J.P Morgan, listed on the NorthernPowerWomen’s Future List, Business Cloud's 301 Tech Trailblazers and one of the 25 Women in Tech and Entrepreneurship under 30 by Code First: Girls. We are very excited for Pauline's input and influence on the next steps of the WiLD journey. 

Stuart Bullock, MD - BJSS

Stuart is the proud Managing Director of BJSS, the UK’s leading privately-owned technology and business consultancy, headquartered in Leeds, with offices in 10 cities across the UK and 2 in the USA. Stuart is passionate about making BJSS a great place to work for all its 1,300 people and he strongly believes that diverse organisations deliver better outcomes and that employers must make their organisation attractive to the widest possible range of talent. Stuart is a keen advocate of opportunity for all, regardless of background and champions BJSS’ community programme, which improves long-term prospects for groups currently under-represented in the digital industry and has already helped over 4,500 young people build digital skills.