Black Tech Careers Fair
NEW! An event for Black talent, be it school leavers, graduates or experienced staff to prepare for entering the workforce, meet with recruiters and get inspired into the range of career paths in tech.
Who is this for?
We invite all Career seekers aged 16+ who are seeking inspiration in career opportunities, actively interviewing for full time vacancies, looking for internships, preparing for interviews, willing to gain tips on applications. The event is also open to anyone who would like to upskill for the workplace.
Regardless of your race this is a fantastic session for you to attend.
What you will get?
Your ticket will give you access to inspirational talks delivered through the day and to speed mentoring sessions managed by key stakeholders within the tech industry.
Talent Acquisition Partner within the Technology division at HSBC UK
He has a strong background in technology, having worked in Tier 1 banks as a senior technologist and has effectively fused that background with working within IT recruitment, both on the agency and internal side of the equation. Has done pro-bono work with schools and charities in educating young people on how the IT sector works. He’s an advocate of equality of opportunity and has seen first hand how diverse workplaces yield better outcomes in various types of organisations.
Lotachukwu is a software engineer on her second year in the JPMorgan graduate programme. Under the Equities Technology team, she works on projects for the Prime line of business to develop pre and post trade applications to be used by traders and quantitative research. She works primarily as a backend developer. She currently works on a project to uplift optimisation applications across the line of business, building out a new framework to allow the optimisations to run in the cloud.
Diversity Sourcing Specialist, Moody’s
Alexander is a member of the Talent Acquisition team working very closely with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (“DEI”) group to develop strategies and processes for recruiting exceptional diverse talent across all of Moody’s business groups. In addition to this, Alexander works closely with the firms’ Business Resource Groups and external DEI partners to foster an inclusive working environment where all employees are represented through support and diversity programmes.
Prior to Moody’s, Alexander had an illustrious career as an executive search consultant before shifting his focus toward DEI, working for a global D&I consulting firm called Equality Group. As a consultant, Alexander was responsible for advising Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, focusing on assessing biases within recruitment processes, promotion cycles and leadership structures and addressing key internal imbalances by creating tailored solutions for inclusion.
Ashley R. Horsford
Emerging Talent Associate , J.P. Morgan
“A recent hire to JPMC, Ashley has joined the emerging talent team having worked with local and national youth charities for over 10 years. A qualified life coach with extensive experience in schools and further education institutes, Ashley has also volunteered his time to a range of community programmes such as the Amos Bursary and others – all focused on enhancing the social mobility, raising and supporting aspiration and enhancing positive and progressive pathways in the communities and areas that need it most.”
Software Academy Graduate, Capital One
Hi, I’m Ayo! I’m a graduate software engineer working at Capital One. I studied Computer Science at Lancaster University for 3 years. I’m originally Nigerian, but I’ve lived in Ireland and the UK for most of my life. I love computers and programming – it’s always been something I wanted to do as a career. In my free time I listen to a lot of audiobooks – I’m a big fan of fantasy books and fantasy in general. Currently, as part of my grad rotation I’ve been working on Capital One’s iOS application – adding new features and maintaining existing code.
Director, Product Strategy, Mastercard
Eugene currently works in the Mastercard Open Banking Product team focusing on driving their global Open Banking Strategy including evaluating M&A opportunities and commercial partnerships with Open banking players. Eugene has led teams to drive commercial business agreements with banks across Europe to protect and grow Mastercard share of cards. Eugene was also once, one of the first managers in the UK to have an all black person team of young professionals which whom went on to achieve promotions both internal and external to the organisation through his guidance.
Eugene was also the co-founder of LEAD Europe (Leveraging Employees of African Descent), a BRG group which focuses on the development of employees of African decent at Mastercard. Eugene ran for 2 years as co-chair of the London office, his responsibilities included the recruitment and formation of the committee, membership registration and management, event organiser and stakeholder liaison.
Eugene is motivated by knowing that his position in Mastercard can make a difference to people, he can inspire others to aim higher, have more confidence and in turn, inspire others to do the same. Eugene is motivated by knowing that anything is possible with the right mindset, network and more importantly attitude.
Tech Delivery Manager, PWC
I have a proven track record of being able to lead project delivery and design efficiently to deliver high standard technology solutions. I am highly collaborative and enjoy working with people and this compliments my result oriented approach.
My aim is to act as a bridge between technical and non-technical stakeholder groups during the end to end delivery cycle of my projects bringing my knowledge of agile ways of working to the table to produce top quality results for my clients. I am wife and mother of 3 wonderful children and so my passions have now expanded to watching Premier league football matches with my husband to creating x-factor style singing shows with my kids, life is very busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Engineer, American Express
Maureen is a Ghanaian Software Engineer based in the UK. She currently works at American Express building software predominantly in Java. Maureen has many years of experience in coding and non-coding roles. Maureen is a strong advocate for Women in Technology – especially women from ethnic minority backgrounds. She is passionate about mentoring and teaching the basics of writing code. Maureen holds a BSc. Management Information Systems degree from Ashesi University (Ghana) an MSc. in Information systems from the University of Surrey (United Kingdom).
In 2019, Maureen won the everywoman in Technology Award (Innovator of the Year) for the work she did to promote Healthcare Information Systems in Ghana. She loves engaging with people from different backgrounds and at different levels of their careers to learn about their career journeys. Maureen enjoys speaking about her career journey with an aim of inspiring more girls and women to take up roles in technology.
Maureen loves listening to podcasts and watching African movies. When she is not working, she spends a lot of time with Aria – her six-year-old daughter.
Vice President, Recruiting, J.P. Morgan
Olu Sowunmi is a Talent Acquisition Leader with several years of experience within HR across the Consulting, Technology, Government Security and Financial Services arena. In his current role, as Recruiting Relationship Lead within Corporate & Investment Banking Technology, he is highly focused on strategic thinking, relationship building with senior management, executing the recruiting strategy and leveraging cross functional relationships with wider teams globally.
Olu has a strong desire to see a diverse range of enriched black professionals changing the narrative, breaking boundaries and taking control of their career journeys. He recognises the challenges faced by people in black communities and aspires to equip them with the mindset, behaviours, skills and network to achieve their career goals.
His purpose is to inform, influence, guide and support young people in their social and career development.
Technology, Data and Analytics Manager, PWC
My experience spans the sectors of financial services, medical diagnostic imaging and genomics instrumentation. I have taken an engineering approach towards the goal of automating processes, both manual and repetitive in nature, using Machine Learning (ML) and the programming of robotics. Personally, I have developed predictive models and analytical tools for scientists within the international markets including Asia, the Nordics, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. For these models I have deployed ML-based production onto Microsoft Azure Cloud. I have worked successfully with national and international governmental agencies. My higher education mostly focussed on physics and engineering concepts. A strong skill of mine is the aptitude to break down a complex problem and to then identify the necessary tools in which I need to train myself in order to resolve the issue. Within my skill set is the ability to think differently either by the application of novel approaches or transferring the use of an existing approach to a task that might not conventionally warrant it. I believe that I am highly flexible and able to adapt to different environments and conditions efficiently and quickly.
Lead Technical Programme Manager in Infrastructure, Tesco
Tayo Oseni-Alexis is currently Lead Technical Programme Manager in Infrastructure at Tesco delivering public cloud strategic programmes through global engineering teams.
Tayo has been at Tesco for 8 years and worked on multiple programmes across Tesco business and technology including International Tesco Tills, Clubcard partners, F&F Clothing, Tesco.com, Supply Chain, Commercial and Delivery Saver. Tayo also chairs Tesco Women in Technology and leads Tesco’s strategic partnership with Tech She Can a charity with a vision for women to be equal members in creating and developing the new technology businesses, products, and services that shape our world, ensuring technology works for all. Tayo is the creator of superHERoes, a series of personal storis that showcase technology role models, to educate, inspire womxn at all stages of their tech career and incite action with the aim to move the dial of change.
Outside of work Tayo is a school governor at Grays Convent high School for girls. She is a practicing life and energy coach and certified hypnotherapist. She is also a facilitator of #Iamremarkable a Google programme that seeks to empower underrepresented groups.
Senior Software Developer, Capital One
Umar Maikano is a senior associate software engineer at Capital One London. He works with the London engineering team and he is involved in the development of mobile technologies that transform the way customers use their Capital One iOS app.
Umar attained a Masters in MSc Computer Security in 2017, before achieving a second Masters qualification in Digital Business in 2021, both from Newcastle University.
Umar embarked on his career with Accenture in 2017, in which he was awarded a place on the company’s prestigious Technology Graduate Scheme. Umar’s range of professional experience thus far has led him to contribute towards the development of 7 mainstream iOS apps. He seeks to continue to progress in innovative ways to drive customer satisfaction
Chief of Staff to Vice Chair, Mastercard
A proven commercial leader, I combine strategic thinking with pragmatism to execute at pace. I utilise 20+ years retail expertise to address FMCG Go-To-Market challenges with the latest developments in FinTech, data insights and retail technologies; establishing and leading partnerships with key players that positively impacts SMEs in emerging markets.
As a specialist in the customer insight and loyalty sector with extensive experience in leading clients to drive business growth by improving the customer experience, I have led the development of customer focused visions, strategies and plans to help guide smarter investment decisions focused on the customer.
Diversity and inclusion are important focal areas within both my corporate and personal life. I have led personal development programmes at Mastercard for both the Women’s Leadership Network and for Employees of African Descent for several years. I am currently Mastercard’s Global Co-Chair of LEAD (Leading Employees of African Descent).
Principal Decision Scientist, Lloyds Banking Group
Alex Cave is the Principal Decision Scientist at Lloyds Banking Group, leveraging data and machine learning to deliver business & operational efficiencies. Alex joined the Bank as a Lead Data Scientist, leading delivery on various projects in the Commercial and Retail Divisions. Before Lloyds, Alex had an extensive career in Investment Banking, working within trading, risk management, product management, and most notably was the Head of FX for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s European exchange. Alex’s family is from Barbados, and he was born and raised in the UK. He holds a Masters in Economics from Imperial College London and in his spare time he likes cycling, and generating Art and Music with ML models. Alex is also a keen traveller, having ventured through Africa, Asia & the Americas.
Data Engineer, Lloyds Banking Group
Babs joined the Group in August 2016 and currently leads the Enterprise Risk Platform as Technical Platform Lead. Babs has had a varied career path, starting in the Oil and Gas Industry before changing careers to Information Technology. He has worked across multiple global organisations and industries, strategising and transforming organisations into digital technology market leaders. Babs cares passionately about People and Technology, with a fantastic engineering change track record. In his downtime, he is a motorhead and keen golfer who loves to travel and experience different cultures.
Data Privacy & Governance Manager, Lloyds Banking Group
Dwayne joined Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) following successful completion of a Law Degree (LLB). He has over 10 years’ experience in banking. He has worked in various business units and operational areas from the branch network, Incident Management to data privacy. Dwayne currently leads the Data Governance & Assurance Operations team in the Chief Data and Analytics office, bringing together data policy compliance and embedding across the entire Group. Dwayne is enthusiastic about having a simple data language that is understandable and enabling ethical data use, believing in the criticality of diversity of thought and experiences to a fully formed and inclusive data language within an organisation.
Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Lloyds Banking Group
Ranil Boteju is currently the Group Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Lloyds Banking Group, with accountability for delivering the Bank’s Data Strategy. Prior to Lloyds Banking Group, Ranil has held senior Data leadership roles at HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Vodafone NZ and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and has more than 20 years global experience in Data and Analytics, with roles in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Auckland. Ranil also serves as a Non Executive Director at the Information Commissioners Office, the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information right in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
Executive Assistant to the Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Lloyds Banking Group
Tiffany is currently Executive Assistant to Ranil Boteju, Lloyds Banking Group’s Chief Data and Analytics Officer. Tiffany has over 10 years of professional experience, during which her aptitude for working across business and technical teams has allowed her to explore a variety of dynamic industries, from media to luxury fashion and now financial services. Having successfully navigated career leaps and passionate about helping others succeed, Tiffany is a career coach and mentor, working alongside individuals to help them take charge of their career, establish their direction and fulfil their potential. Tiffany is passionate about bringing down barriers to access and creating space for people of all backgrounds to flourish and achieve their goals.
My top 5 tips:
- Do your research: ‘tech’ is broad. What companies are you interested in? What roles are you interested in?
- Know your ‘why’: understanding your motivation will be critical for keeping up your commitment during your search and when it comes to applying!
- Understand what you bring to the table: another critical one for applications – it’s only through knowing your value that you can communicate it effectively.
- Build your network: knowing people in the industry will give you a far better understanding of what’s involved in the day-to-day of the tech roles you’re after.
- Keep going: Remember tech is a highly popular and competitive space. If that big break doesn’t happen immediately, take the learning and dust yourself off. You now know more for next time!