Sue Black

Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist, and Director of EDI in the Computer Science department at Durham University

Professor Sue Black is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist,
and Director of EDI in the Computer Science department at Durham University,
UK. She leads the pioneering #TechUPWomen programme retraining women from
underserved communities into technology careers. Sue is an internationally
known, multi award-winning, technology evangelist, inspiring speaker and media
figure who is well known for championing Women in Computing, promoting
women in STEM and running the successful campaign to save Bletchley Park in
2011. Sue set up the UK’s first online network for women in computing
BCSWomen in 1998 and in 2012 a social enterprise #techmums to help disadvantaged mums retrain.

Sue is well connected and networked in the tech world and regularly keynotes large
corporate events, conferences and leadership events. She is also called upon to
appear on radio and television to comment on technology issues, and recently
fulfilled her lifelong dream of appearing on BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island Discs”. In
2021 Sue co-created and hoststhe “100 moments that rocked computer science!”
to great acclaim. #100moments achieved a chart-topping 5th highest in the Apple
technology podcast charts in 2021, series 2 is streaming now.

Awarded an OBE by King Charles for “Services to technology” in 2016, Sue has written many
articles evangelizing about technology, over forty academic computer science papers, and
is currently working on a coding book to be published by Penguin. Board Trustee for Comic
Relief and Digital Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education Sue has spent much
of her career helping people and organisations to realise the amazing opportunities and
potential that technology can bring from refugee mums on welfare through to the UK Prime
Minister.

In March 2023 Sue will become Deputy President of the British Computer Society and President in 2024.

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