Recently named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe, Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today with over 20 years’ experience, over 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering to her name. Sue is now an Honorary Professor of Computer Science at University College London, she is a radical thinker, social entrepreneur and public speaker, Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, much of which was realised through the harnessing of social media, using modern technology in a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s legacy. Sue’s book about the campaign Saving Bletchley Park, was one of the fastest crowdfunded books in history.
In addition to being the Daily Mirror tech agony aunt and regularly writing tech columns in The Guardian, Dr Sue Black is a passionate speaker, and has spoken at many events worldwide, including after dinner talks for the United Nations in New York and Geneva; Google London; various banks, consulates and embassies; as well as to corporate leadership teams, geeks, mums, students and even on a soapbox on the South Bank of the Thames for Soapbox Science. Described by Baroness Rennie Fritchie as “a riveting speaker… she has a clarity and an ability to get to the heart of something and in simple language which makes her a rare person”, by Lynette Webb (Senior Manager, External Relations at Google) as “One of the most inspiring people I’ve met in a long time”, and by Lucian J. Hudson (Director of Communications, The Open University) as “a phenomenon: she brings to life social media and IT”, Sue is an inspiring, captivating and informative public speaker, with her ‘Did Twitter save Bletchley Park?’ talk a particular favourite with audiences.
Most recently, Sue attended a ‘Getting On In Tech: Career and Development Roadshow’ at Sky and it was said that, ”Her story was truly inspirational and the feedback from the audience was extremely positive. We can’t thank Sue enough for coming along and sharing her Technology journey with us”, – (Group Technology Office, Sky).
Sue is a passionate advocate for more women in tech, and has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. This led to her founding BCSWomen the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology. Sue also appeared in the BBC Three documentary Girls Can Code, encouraging and mentoring young women into the tech industry, as well as being a special guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour discussing why she believes that mothers should move to understand their children’s interest in social media.
Sue was also recently featured in a series of films by the Universal Channel entitled 100% Character Uncovered, which shines a light on inspirational people from around the UK and Ireland who have made a mark due to their determination and extraordinary character. You can watch here.
Sue was made an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2016 which was presented by HRH Price Charles on May 20th 2016, and sits on the Government’s new advisory board for improving digital services.
You can see Sue talking about her extraordinary life below.
Dr Sue Black’s brilliance and determination resonate with her audiences in a humble, motivating and inspirational way. While most of us will never earn a doctorate in computer science or save a historical site, you can’t walk away from Dr Sue’s message without being motivated to make a difference in your business, family or community.
Kathleen Overlin, Agency Education Manager, Chubb
Dr. Sue Black added a refreshing perspective into what is becoming a very crowded debate around the barriers women face in entering and developing a career in cybersecurity. She spoke from her broader background as a woman working in STEM, and one that is very active and committed to both understanding and influencing the choices girls make as they grow up and make their way through our education system. She also spoke as an individual lending personality to the discussion, communicating genuine interest, and bringing her own following to the event, in recognition of the common interests at play. I hope to be working with her again soon.
Lyndsay Turley, Head of Communications and Public Affairs EMEA, (ISC)2