Sheila Flavell is the Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Board Director of FDM Group. She has circa 30 years’ experience in both the public and private IT sectors internationally. She is passionate about enhancing diversity in the workplace and creating exciting careers for the next generation of digital talent.
One of her proudest moments was being able to announce FDM reporting a zero median gender pay gap for both years since reporting was introduced.
Sheila’s experience has been key in driving the Group’s global expansion programme and to FDM listing on the FTSE250 in 2017. She spearheads FDM’s Global Women in Tech campaign and the Getting Back to Business Programme, aimed at providing opportunities for returners to work.
Sheila sits on the main Board of techUK and the Diversity Council, is the Chairwoman of the Institute of Coding’s Industry Advisory Board and a court member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. Sheila is also frequently called to advise government committees on various issues, especially around the digital skills gap.
Sheila is a firm believer that “you cannot be what you cannot see” and knows the importance of highlighting strong role models within business. She acts as a mentor to several women within the IT sector to support them through their career progression and travels extensively around the world leading FDM’s expansion and championing a career in tech for all.
In 2018, Sheila was recognised for the third year running as one of the top 25 most influential women in North America’s mid-market by CEO Connection, as well as winning Woman of the Year at the Information Age Women in IT Awards. In 2017, she was conferred with a lifetime achievement award by Scotland Women in Technology and was named Computing’s Woman of the Year.