M&S celebrates Women in Data win


Marks & Spencer insight manager Angela Lillis is named in the Women in Data’s Twenty in Data & Technology Showcase.

Women in Data’s (WID) event brings together women from across the data and tech industry to celebrate their achievements and address the gender imbalance across the industry.

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As the names of twenty role model women in data and technology services were revealed yesterday, M&S said it has partnered with WiD to “to help drive change and greater representation for women across the industry”.

Lillis joins 19 other women will now serve as lifelong ambassadors for the Women in Data movement to inspire more women to break the mould and consider a career in the industry.

As the insight manager for M&S’s clothing and home division, Lillis is the only retail representative in the Twenty.

As part of her remit, Lillis provides valuable data insights into how M&S can appeal to their target of the busy family customer.

“Angela was nominated by her peers for her can-do attitude and strong performance in our newly-created Digital & Data function, at the heart of our transformation,” M&S noted.

“As we work to become a truly digital first retailer with data at the heart of our decision-making, recruiting and retaining great people is fundamental and it’s important that we celebrate success. We’re all really proud that Angela has been recognised by Women in Data – it’s a movement we’re very passionate about and we’re pleased to support,” said M&S head of data strategy Suze Howse.

“It feels fantastic to be recognised in the UK Data and Technology community, alongside 19 other brilliant women and to be representing retail where data is only growing in importance,” said Lillis.

“It’s impossible to aspire to be something you can’t see and that’s what the Women in Data movement is all about – changing the perception of the data industry and encouraging women to truly consider it as a career. I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for data with others and I’m proud that M&S is championing the movement by partnering with Women in Data.”

Speaking on the legacy of the awards, Women in Data co-founder Rachel Keane said:

“Twenty in Data and Technology was created to showcase women in these sectors for their success, innovation, leadership or courage. Angela Lillis is a fine ambassador who will be a visible example to inspire women at all stages of their careers.”

“This is the third collection of the Twenty, which means there are 60 role models working actively as mentors, sharing experiences in peer groups, advising in schools, and publishing content to promote the exciting opportunities in Data and Technology. Ambassadors work closely with Women in Data UK to encourage women to set their sights high to achieve their professional and personal goals,” Keane added.

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