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Passionate about sourcing talent in technology to shape the future strategy of a business, Victoria is a strong advocate of diversity in the workplace, which ties in perfectly with the Volcanic 50/50 gender agenda.
Victoria said: “I’m a huge believer in finding the best talent and developing an inclusive culture within a business.
“Volcanic stands out as being one of the fastest growing technology companies in the North West and attributes its success to its strong culture of diversity throughout the business.
Striding towards 50/50 gender agenda
“As a technology company, we’ve smashed the glass ceiling and are proud to count nearly 40 percent female employees, in roles including senior management team, heads of department, graphic designers and website developers, striding ahead of tech giants like Google (31 percent).
“The Volcanic team has more than doubled over the past 12 months to reach almost 100 people globally and we’re confident we’ll reach our goal of gender parity by the end of this year.
“This rapid pace of growth proves that diverse teams offering a balance of cultures, genders and personalities perform better. As the global digital transformation continues, and digital skills combined with the spirit of innovation become increasingly sought after, it’s more important than ever that we hire and retain the absolute best in talent.”
With recent research indicating that female employees in the UK make up just 17 percent of the technology sector,* Volcanic believes it’s vital that the industry works to close the gender gap.
Gender parity at grassroots level
Rob Wilde, CEO, said: “Volcanic is a young company, with an average age of 27. We’re proud of our 50/50 gender agenda and strong outreach and mentoring programme that has resulted in Volcanic, proportionally, having more female engineers than Google.
“Gender parity must start at a grassroots level. All businesses need to put their money where their mouths are to achieve gender equality and close the gap.
“We’re hugely excited to have an experienced HR Director in Victoria on board, who will continue to seek the very best in global talent to support our growth.”
People strategy and business transformation
Victoria joins Volcanic from the Manchester Airport Group (MAG) as Business Partner delivering people strategy and business transformation across the group’s landside and commercial teams.
Prior to MAG, Victoria spent ten years with automotive giant Cox Automotive, a forward-thinking organisation that changed the way the global motor industry operates, where she gained strong experience in HR strategy in a fast paced technology environment.
*Diversity in IT 2017, BCS Chartered Institute for IT