DR SUE BLACK – OBE FRSA, British computer scientist, academic and social entrepreneur.
I’m Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist at Durham University, a digital skills expert, social entrepreneur, consultant and international keynote speaker with over 20 years experience. I have a computer science PhD, management and change management experience and am passionate about getting everyone excited about the opportunities that technology offers. I’ve also got over 20 years technology and digital skills teaching experience, along with successful social media campaigning and women and leadership expertise.
My first book Saving Bletchley Park about the successful campaign that I led to save Bletchley Park is the fastest crowdfunded book EVER and now has 60+ five star reviews on Amazon.
I am an Honorary Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University College London and a Senior Research Associate at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. A champion for women in computing, I founded BCSWomen the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology.
I am well known for my successful online and offline campaigning and activism around digital social inclusion and Saving Bletchley Park. I am a frequent public speaker, a social media-holic, mum of four and grandmother of one.
With 20+ years experience in academia I am also an accomplished academic manager and research centre director with more than 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering.
Alongside my academic career I have spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. After the runaway success of the London BCSWomen network that I set up in 1998 I set up BCSWomen in 2001. After my first trip to Bletchley Park representing BCSWomen in 2003 I got funding for the Women of Station X project highlighting the women’s contribution there during WW2. BCSWomen is still going strong, chaired by the wonderful Gillian Arnold and has just produced a great campaign and book Women in IT: inspiring the next generation.