Sarah Armstrong-Smith is a leading IT professional, pioneering the sector as a woman in STEM. Currently working as the Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft, Sarah has decades worth of experience in the tech sector and is an expert on everything from disaster recovery and data protection to cybersecurity and privacy. Now booked as a female motivational speaker, Sarah inspires other women to break into male-dominated sectors and be technology pioneers.
Working with a variety of SMEs and advisory boards, Sarah is passionate about advancing and transforming society with technology in the right way. Beginning her career as a Fraud Controller for PHH Arval, Sarah has since worked as a Disaster Recovery Consultant for AXA, a Manager of Technology Risk Services for Ernst & Young and several roles at Fujitsu– including Head of Continuity & Resilience and a Distinguished Engineer.
Other prominent roles include being the Group Head of Business Resilience & Crisis Management for the London Stock Exchange Group and the Company Director of Secure Horizons. Sarah has also acted as a Board Advisor for the likes of Avnos, Vaultree, e2e-assure ltd and as a Non-Executive Director of Decipher Cyber. Also during her time at Fujitsu, Sarah was the Co-Chair of the Women’s Business Network, inputting and overseeing the gender network to empower women to promote their thought leadership and support other women in the tech sector.
Named as 2021’s Most Influential Woman in UK Tech by Computerweekly and as one of the 2021 Top 30 Women of Influence by SC Media, it is without a doubt that Sarah is a leading influence in the tech industry and is inspiring other women to break glass ceilings. Having also been named as the 2020 Most Influential Woman in UK Tech, Sarah Armstrong-Smith is a fantastic choice as a female motivational speaker for corporate events, guaranteed to leave your audiences feeling inspired to scale male-dominated environments and change the future of emerging technology.
Sarah Armstrong-Smith is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“Thank you for the talk at the Future of Cyber Conference; very useful and informative and stimulated some good points about much needed synergy of tech/ security/ assurance/ governance etc.”
“I absolutely loved your interview on CxO Summit with Marcos Chistodonte. Thank you for all your contributions as an aspiring female leader in technology!”
“Great discussion. I really like the point that the more diverse the people, the better the business is. Clearly much more work to do in this area but recognising the benefits is key – diversity as a key business enabler/strength!”
“I want to thank you for joining us this morning, especially at such short notice. The content covered in your presentation was absolutely spot on- there were some poignant examples and excellent take-home points. Thank you also for pitching it so eloquently for our sector. Whilst cybersecurity is on the minds of the SLT, I’m still not entirely convinced it’s getting the full attention and investment required and we are keen to make sure those conversations are taking place… thank you from my team and I”