Jacqueline de Rojas CBE
“We represent the companies and technologies that are defining today how we will live tomorrow,” explains Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, president of techUK. She heads the non-profit organisation that acts as a collective voice for its 950 member companies. Together, these enterprises employ 700,000 people – accounting for around half of jobs in the UK tech sector. She co-chairs the Institute of Coding and sits as a non-executive director on several UK plc businesses.
Named the Most Influential Woman in UK IT, Jacqueline is also a member of the Digital Economy Council, which is working with the government to make the UK the best place to run and grow a digital business. “I believe passionately in the UK’s potential to be a magnet for digital investment,” she says. “We are a nation of innovators and the UK as Europe’s Silicon Valley is within our grasp.”
Receiving a CBE in 2018 was an incredible honour for Jacqueline, who says it meant “everything to her and her family”. She places equal importance on reaching out the hand of generosity to other women in tech and offers her time as a business mentor.
Despite the challenges of working in a fast-moving sector that is easily affected by global trends and tastes, Jacqueline is optimistic about the UK’s digital future: “Far more debate is needed about how we are going to adapt and compete in this new digital future. But there is no doubt in my mind that the UK is an extremely attractive place for investment, flexible talent and enterprise.”