My name is Rachel Jones and I’m a woman in IT!

I’m part of a small team that have launched a Women’s Network (initially) within Land Registry’s in-house IT function.

Why did I do this?

60% of Land Registry’s staff are female compared to only 35% of Land Registry’s IT staff. I genuinely love working in IT, it is a fantastic, fast-paced and varied industry that never stands still. It is still a very male-dominated area and although progress is being made across the industry, we’re still some distance from a level playing field.

Did you know – some single-sex girls schools do not to offer IT as a GCSE!

Women's Network Launch in Plymouth (3)

The network was launched in Plymouth on Wednesday 23 March. Our first event was attended by some of our most successful women in Land Registry: Caroline Anderson (Director of HR), Lizzie Adams (Head of IT Solutions) and Julie Dennis (Head of Diversity).

Tim Franklin (Land Registry Board Chair) spoke of why diversity is important and how Land Registry is fully committed to an open an inclusive workplace. This was followed by a deeply fascinating presentation from Keela Shackell-Smith, who joined the session remotely and talked us through the Cross Government Women’s Network.

Women's Network Launch in Plymouth (2)

I’m genuinely excited about the network and how it will grow and hopefully inspire women across the organisation. I also hope we can encourage girls to consider IT as a career choice and dispel the myth that tech is just for boys!

Rachel Jones
By Rachel Jones,
DevOps Subject Matter Expert at HM Land Registry, Information Systems