A former news journalist, Sarah Atkinson has spent over 20 years in multinational organizations including Cisco, BEA Systems and BMC Software in senior leadership roles. Today she is Head of Global Social Responsibility at Micro Focus, the largest technology company in the FTSE 100. Sarah also chairs the Diversity & Skills Council at techUK and is actively engaged with government, NGOs and industry to champion the importance of diversity in technology.
Before joining Micro Focus in May 2019, she spent ten years as Vice President, Communications & Social Responsibility, EMEA at CA Technologies. A member of the company’s leadership team, she also led the award winning program Create Tomorrow which helped introduce STEM careers to over 30,000 young people and was responsible for the company’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy in EMEA.
From 2015 to 2018, she served on the main board of techUK. An experienced Non-Executive Director, Sarah is also a trustee at Berkshire Youth, supporting, empowering and inspiring vulnerable or disadvantaged young people. She is also a founding supporter of the WISE Campaign’s My Skills My Life which aims to influence 200,000 11-15-year-old girls in the UK to consider a career in STEM. In 2019, Sarah also joined the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP’s Skills, Education and Employment (SEE) Strategy Group.
She was listed in Cranfield University’s School of Management 100 Women to Watch report - a supplement to the Female FTSE Board Report 2018 and in the Computer Weekly 100 Most Influential Women in Technology in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Most recently she was won the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Champion Award 2019 for her work in diversity & inclusion, supported by the Sunday Times.
A regular commentator on STEM, equality and inclusion topics, she has appeared on BBC News, BBC World and in various publications.