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ENGINE'S 5 BIMA 100
Every year BIMA launches its search for the 100 most influential, pioneering and ground-breaking people in the digital/tech industry.
They are the BIMA 100, and ENGINE is excited to announce that five of the team are on this year’s list.
With winners from multiple categories including, CEO and Leaders, Strategists and Consultants, Tech Trailblazers and Champions for Change; instantly highlighting the breadth of expertise within ENGINE.
EMMA ROBERTSON –
CEO AND LEADERS
Emma has achieved an incredible amount in the last 12 months. The functional challenge alone of bringing together a 15-year-old consultancy, an 8-year-old data agency and a 40-year-old heritage research & insights business was complex and emotionally charged.
The ambition was creating a new business with a vision and future that would once again inspire the team to excellence and growth, starting from a neutral base. Emma’s change strategy focused on the team, clients, and quality – anchored in integrity to be true to ourselves, our values, and our client promise.
The transformation was successful within 12 months, with all practices delivering profitable growth and offering the market something truly differentiated. Emma continues to champion a network for “women who hate networking”, connecting some of the most Brilliant Women from across sectors and organisations to help and support each other.
DAVE JACKSON –
STRATEGISTS AND CONSULTANTS
Dave supports clients in building inclusive services that are effective for the neurodiverse. In the public sector, he helps teams outside of ENGINE that fail to meet Government Digital Service Assisted Digital standards at assessment and guides them to meet the criteria successfully. He leads ENGINE’s Service Design team, who are working across public and private sector services. In the most extreme cases, this includes building for refugees who don’t know what the internet is but are expected to use it to remain in the UK.
This work has led to the development of theories and methodologies that can help enable a more inclusive web. Dave continues to push this forward and sees this as a significant area for development. His research is ongoing, and he keeps pushing inclusive web service thinking to businesses to build a better online experience for all.
RACHEL BRONSTEIN AND NATASHA DA ROSA LAU –
CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE
Within the first year of their first full-time jobs, Rachel and Natasha had identified the need for, planned, and launched Beyond Her – a network for junior women within their company. In a society where women have too often been conditioned to take a back seat and ask for permission, they decided to stop waiting and drive the change forward themselves.
Their mission is twofold:
1. Empower junior women to feel less like imposters and more like instigators in the workplace.
2. Create space for all colleagues to take part in the conversation.
Through workshops, socials and events, they have addressed topics such as unconscious bias, imposter syndrome and personal brand-building and continue to champion the talents of junior women.
KIM LAWRIE –
Kim is a total tech trailblazer and inspirational agent of change in her field. Not only because she daily challenges the status quo by being a woman in what is still a hugely male dominated role, but also because she has an unwavering desire and determination to democratise tech.
Each challenge is a journey of discovery for Kim, and she can be relied upon to add value to every project she’s part of. She inspires others with her curiosity -giving talks, strategic innovation coaching and client workshops – and comes at problems with a unique perspective. Both professionally and personally Kim is also hugely generous, nurturing talent through mentoring or helping to improve the world with ‘tech for good’ size hustles.
Following social distancing guidelines, the announcement was made at an online ceremony hosted by BIMA on 6 May. The ceremony focused on the breadth of achievement of this year’s BIMA 100, demonstrating that there’s no single route to success within the industry.
“Our BIMA 100 is about recognising the people at the forefront of our industry,” explained BIMA Co-President Nat Gross. “They are the people making a fundamental difference to our industry right now and, given the strange circumstances in which we find ourselves, we need their inspiration, innovation and leadership more than ever.
Fortunately, with people like Emma Robertson, Dave Jackson, Natasha Da Rosa Lau, Rachel Bronstein and Kim Lawrie in this year’s BIMA 100, I think we’re in safe hands.
To view all winner profiles head here.
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