Cancer Research UK CIO Tiffany Hall has worked on a range of initiatives aimed at addressing diversity in tech.
Outside the charity, she has worked as STEM ambassador at STEM Learning UK, encouraging girls to consider a career in technology during talks she gives at career events at schools and done pro bono work on the steering group of the Tech Talent Charter. At Cancer Research UK, she has helped introduce staff networks for women and LGBTQ+ people, a multi-faith group and a BAME group that she was asked to sponsor.
She wants to do more to improve social mobility which Cancer Research UK has begun to address by becoming the first charity in the UK to pay its interns, and on creating more employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
“I think a lot more could be done around accessibility and assistive technology for disabled people,” she says. “At the BBC, we were really hot on that, and we put it as quite a significantly scored criteria in our procurement processes.
“And we were very often told by software vendors that nobody else was asking them this question, which surprised me, and even even some government departments weren’t asking this question and certainly not scoring it. I’ve introduced that here at Cancer Research UK now. We include it in the questions that we ask vendors now.”
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