A Wirral IT specialist has been shortlisted for a prestigious female technology award.

Adele Churchill, who works as a Software Engineer Lead for Capgemini, is a finalist in the 10th annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards, in association with The Tech She Can Charter.

The computer expert is a finalist in the Software Engineer category which awards a woman who has made significant difference to the art of software engineering.

The awards shine a spotlight on the industry’s most exceptional talent from the UK and beyond, providing an opportunity to celebrate individuals at all stages of their career.

The past ten years has seen an increase in women entering senior roles in technology, but there remains much work still to be done, with only 12.6% of board level roles currently held by women.

The industry wants more role models whose achievements will encourage other women to pursue a career in technology.

Increasing the number of women working in IT could generate an extra £2.6 billion a year for the UK’s economy, bringing the technology awards into sharp focus.

Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, said: “With Research showing only 22% of students can name a famous female working in technology, compared to two thirds who can name a famous man, the need for relatable, role models has never been greater.

“This year’s finalists and their stories are diverse, inspirational and empowering and will an important part in changing this narrative.”