We have a small but perfectly formed team, based in Liverpool and Manchester. Each one of us is passionate about our mission and dedicated to the cause.

Laura Gordon

Programme Manager / Psychology Geek
" I'm so grateful to be part of bringing InnovateHer to Manchester! I love working with tech companies and industry role models to inspire and empower young women. I know together we can make a difference so the future of tech is diverse and inclusive "

Jo Morfee

Co⁠-⁠Founder / Book worm
" I'm passionate about changing the status quo within the tech sector, to create a more diverse workforce. Working with our next generation of innovators is so rewarding; seeing the impact we're having on the girls we work with is what drives me forward. "

Chelsea Slater

Co⁠-⁠Founder / Karaoke Queen
" Over the last year we’ve worked with over 200 teenage girls and seen them develop skills, increase confidence and believe that they can have a successful career in tech. Now it’s time to work with girls nationally, and create real and lasting change. "

Emily Cotter

Events & Marketing / Fan Girl
" If we don't act now it's estimated that by 2040 only 1% of the tech sector will be female. Inspiring the innovators of the future will not only make the sector more diverse, it will ensure the sector is more profitable. "


Prof Sue Black OBE

Professor of Computer Science & Technology Durham University
" I'm so proud to be the InnovateHer patron. Their mission - to improve the gender balance in technology by getting girls excited about tech - is something that I've been working to solve for over 20 years. Championing 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 education and technology. I firmly believe that education has the power to address the current inequalities in technology and that's why I'm backing the InnovateHer programme, as I know it will create positive impactful change. "


We are grateful to our board for giving us their time and expertise. They represent some of the North's biggest and best digital employers, alongside educators. They are all passionate about improving gender diversity in STEM.

Tony Foggett

CEO of Code Computerlove
" I co-founded Code in 1999. Under my leadership, it has grown into a 8m business, employing 100 digital specialists in it’s Manchester Office. In Dec 2016 Code was acquired by MediaCom, its product thinking approach and focus on conversion enabling MediaCom to deliver iterative optimization across the customer journey. "

Danielle Haugedal⁠-⁠Wilson

Head of Business Architecture & Analysis, Co⁠-⁠op Digital
" I’m currently Head of Architecture & Analysis in Co-op Digital, where I’ve worked for over 15 years. I'm the chapter lead for Ladies Of Code Manchester and a champion of diversity in technology. "

Helen Miller

Talent & Communications Director, Shop Direct
" I’m a commercial and innovative HR Director with significant experience of designing and leading People strategy and teams though transformation across start up and heritage UK and Global digital, media and retail businesses. "

Chris Hillidge

Director of STEM, The Challenge Academy Trust
" I’m currently Director of STEM for The Challenge Academy Trust where I manage the STEM strategy for the 7000 learners aged 4-19 within the organisation.
In 2016 I set up the first FabLab in a UK school and we run one of the largest Coder Dojos in the world. "