High achiever Kerrie supports women in IT

Kerrie Martin
Kerrie Martin

Kerrie Martin from National Grid in Warwick is one of 30 high achievers announced as finalists in the UK’s leading initiative celebrating women in technology.

She has been nominated in the 2015 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards –Rising Star of the Year sponsored by American Express.

Judged by a panel of senior technology leaders, the criteria assessed career success, potential for future achievements and support for women in the industry.

The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony on March 17 in London.

Kerrie, 25, is process change manager at National Grid.

She is involved with a variety of improvement projects, one of the first being around the provisioning of laptops for the business and increasing customer satisfaction from 35 per cent to 65 per cent.

Kerrie also reduced the overall time lost from the process by 43 per cent, which equated to £11,000 in time saved and overall waiting time has been reduced by 71 per cent, which equated to £404,000.

Alongside work, she has completed the BCS Business Analysis Diploma and led the programme of Computing Club for Girls for National Grid leading to an increase in women joining National Grid.

In addition, the learning activity for which she secured funding will be rolled out to around 155,000 children, contributing to the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

Kerrie said: “I recently initiated and project managed the development of an online learning activity which is being rolled out to 6,500 schools.”

Ensuring her achievements are inspiration to other students, Kerrie, speaks at ‘Technology Uncovered’ encouraging them to consider placements in IT.

Sheila Flavell, chief operating officer of title sponsor FDM Group, said: “FDM is delighted to continue sponsoring the everywoman in Technology Awards, allowing us to recognise and reward outstanding women and their achievements in the industry.

“Gender balance in the workplace is vital to the UK’s economy; it improves communication, accelerates productivity and drives innovation.

“It is inspiring to see more women taking on high powered positions and becoming role models to females at the beginning of their IT careers.”