Media release: Scottish businesswomen to celebrate International Women’s Day at Glasgow event


THE Times and Sunday Times Scotland will today celebrate International Women’s Day by co-hosting an event with Scotland Women in Technology (SwiT).

The event will feature a panel discussion on this year’s International Women’s Day theme, ‘Press for Progress’, with an inspiring group of women representing not just women in technology, but women in business across Scotland.

The event, which is free to attend, will be held at the Glasgow offices of News Scotland, publishers of The Times Scotland, The Sunday Times Scotland, The Scottish Sun and The Scottish Sun on Sunday.

Speakers on the panel will include Margaret Totten, recently named as one of the UK’s top 50 most influential women in the IT sector; PCL Group chief executive Jeanette Forbes, who was named CEO of the Year at the inaugural Scotland Women in Technology Awards in December 2017; Wendy Pring, Managing Director of KCP; and winner of the 2017 Scotland Women in Technology Lifetime Achievement Award, Sheila Flavell.

Each of the speakers will give their views on what ‘Press for Progress’ means to them, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Gillian Bowditch, The Sunday Times Scotland columnist, who is also vice-chair of BAWE (British Association of Women Entrepreneurs) Scotland and an ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

In addition to co-hosting the event with SWiT, The Sunday Times Scotland will be publishing a post-event supplement a week on Sunday (March 18) reporting on the event and the themes discussed.

Gillian Bowditch said: “International Women’s Day is an important date in the calendar and it has added significance this year because it also marks 100 years since women first won the right to vote in the UK. I am proud to chair a panel of outstanding women who have achieved great success in their chosen fields, and I look forward to hearing their inspiring stories, as well as discussing how we advance and deliver gender equality in every aspect of life in Scotland and across the globe.”

You can register for the free event here:


Notes to editors:

The Celebrate International Women’s Day with Scotland Women in Technology event takes place between 5:30pm – 8pm on Thursday 8 March at the News Scotland offices, Guildhall, 57 Queen Street, Glasgow G1 3EN.

Event chair

Gillian Bowditch, Columnist, The Sunday Times Scotland

Gillian is also vice-chair of BAWE (British Association of Women Entrepreneurs) Scotland and is an ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

Guest panellists

Sheila Flavell, chief operating officer, FDM Group

Sheila Flavell is the chief operating officer and an executive board director of FDM Group and has over 26 years of experience in both the public and private IT sectors internationally. She sits on the main board of techUK and the Women in Tech Council and is frequently called to advise government committees on various issues, especially around the digital skills gap.

Jeanette Forbes, CEO, PCL Group

Jeanette Forbes is a qualified systems engineer who established PCL Group in March 2000 after she was made redundant during a downturn in the oil and gas industry. Since then she has seen the company grow year on year to provide total technology provision and support including cabling services to five main industry sectors – offshore, marine, commercial, industrial and renewables. In 2015 she won Business Women Scotland’s Inspirational Woman of the Year Award.

Margaret Totten, worldwide finalist for Microsoft Partner Seller of the Year

Margaret was recently named as one of the UK’s Top 50 most influential women in the UK IT channel. Recently appointed to the Microsoft Global Influencer panel, Margaret has been using the platform to advocate for the inclusion in female red roles and divisions in all areas of technology. One of the founders of the Microsoft Kids Immersion experience, Margaret is passionate about bringing technology to children and does a lot of work around girls in technology and encouraging technology ambitions for neuro diverse children.

Wendy Pring, managing director, KCP

Wendy is a Chartered Civil Engineer and has spent the majority of her career working across the waste management sector. She set up KCP with her husband and has taken it to a team of skilled personnel and a diverse spread of clients across the UK. By delivering innovative solutions she has created an expert niche provider of asset maintenance and decommissioning capabilities.

She is also heavily involved with the promotion of STEM subjects in education, taking an active role in the local schools, colleges and community.

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