The Top 100 UK Women In Video Games

The Top 100 UK Women In Video Games

Influential leaders, development inspirations and unsung heroes populate the first list of the top women working in the UK games industry.

Put together in association with Women in Games Jobs, and published today, the list recognises women from all areas of the games industry working within the UK.

Professionals from a cross-section of levels make up the list, with names on the list falling into one of five categories: management/directors, production execs and developers, media and PR, education and trade bodies, and retail or publishing sales and marketing.

The list, originally announced to name 50 leading female professionals from the UK games industry, was expanded to name 100 after an overwhelming number of suggestions from the trade. A judging panel including Gina Jackson, games consultant and CEO of Women in Games Jobs; Debbie Bestwick managing director of Team 17; Siobhan Reddy, studio director of Media Molecule; and MCV editor-in-chief Michael French helped hone down the list.

The Top 100 Women In Games list is published to day, Friday March 8th, as part of International Women's Day celebrations.

International Women's Day IWD has been running since the early 1900s and is an official holiday in many countries from Afghanistan to Zambia.

According to the latest statistics available from Creative Skillset the number of women in the games workforce is just six per cent, having dropped from 16 per cent in 2000.

THE TOP 100 IN FULL:

Ali Bergstrom-Allen, Head of Production, Plug-in Media Ali Fearnley, Conference Director, Tandem Events

Alice Taylor, CEO, Makielab

Alison Beasley, MD, Lincoln Beasley

Amanda Farr, European Marketing Director, Sega

Amelia Johnson, Founder & Director of Licensing and Merchandising, Bin Weevils

Ami "Nakajima" Ledger, Community and Communications Manager, Evolutions Studios (SCEE) Ann Hurley, European Sales Manager, Pole 2 Win
Arwen Duddington, General Manager London Office, Eutechnyx Becky Walker, Director Games Business Development, Testronic Labs Beverley Bush, Course Leader, BA Honours Games Design, UCLan

Caroline Miller, Owner, Indigo Pearl

Catalina Lou, Senior Director Sales and Marketing EMEA and LATAM, EA Mobile Catherine Woolley, Content Designer, Creative Assembly

Cathy Campos, Owner, Panache PR

Celine Bannino, Head of Digital Marketing Experiences for EMEA and UK, Disney

Charlotte Knight, Buying Director, Game Retail Charu Desodt, Senior Producer, Microsoft/Lift Claire Panter, Head of Community, Moshi Monsters Debbie Bestwick, MD, Team 17
Divinia Knowles, COO, Mind Candy Elaine Russell, Project Manger, Abertay University Ella Romanos, CEO, Remode Studio

Ellie Gibson, Deputy Editor, Eurogamer

 
Elodie Hummel, Executive Producer International Software Development, SCEE London Emily Britt, International PR Manager Tomb Raider, Square Enix Emily Gera, Senior Reporter UK, Polygon Emily Newton Dunn, Designer, Playfish
Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Senior Lecturer, DiGRA/University of Chichester Fiona Sperry, Studio Director, Criterion Games, EA Flavia Timiani-Dean, Director International Production, Disney Frances Shortt, Operations Manager, Namco Bandai
Gabrielle Kent, Senior Lecturer & Festival Director, Teesside University Gemma Silvers, Director of Shared Technology, Playfish Georgina Mackenzie, CEO, Toytec

Gina Jackson, Chief Exec & Consultant, WIGJ

 

Giselle Stewart, General Manager, Ubisoft Reflections

Heather Clarke, European Operations Manager, Activision

Jackie Tetley, Senior Games Designer, nDreams

Jane Douglas, Co-Editor, Outside Xbox

 
Janet Swallow, VP of Licensing, Square Enix

Jemma Harris, Producer, 22cans

Jennifer Schneidereit, Game Creator, Nyamyam

Jessica Curry, Co-Director, Thechineseroom

 
Jessica Gwyther, Snr Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft

Jo Twist, CEO, UKIE

Joanna Orland, Snr Sound Designer, SCEE

Jodi Moran, Co-Founder, Plumbee

 
Jodie Azhar, Character Rigger, Creative Assembly/Sega

Joyce Matthew, Account Manger - Digital Media and Games, Scottish Enterprise

Jude Ower, CEO, Playmob

Kat Osman, Senior Account Director, Lunch PR

 
Kate O'Connor, Executive Director & Deputy CEO, Creative Skillset

Kaye Elling, Lecuturer on Computer Games, University of Bradford

Kelly Smith, Head of TV & Games, BAFTA

Kerry Rizzo, Global Communications Manager, Sega

Keza Macdonald, UK Games Editor, IGN Kim Blake, NextGen Talent, UKIE/Creative Skillset Kirsty Payne, Head of Marketing, Mastertronic Group Lizi Attwood, Lead Programmer, Activision, Blast Furnace
Lizzie Wilding, Head of Communications, NaturalMotion Lorraine Starr, Commercial Director, Yippee Entertainment Louise Gaynor, COO, Target Media Louise Murray, Head of Fable, Lionhead/Microsoft
 
Luci Black, Producer, Media Molecule Lynn Daniel, PR Director, GREE

Lynne Kilpatrick, DCMS

Maëlenn Lumineau , EA Localisation and Ops, Project Manager
Margaret Pearson, Sales Director, Centresoft

Maria Stukoff, Head of Academic Development, SCEE

Marie-Claire Isaaman, Course Leader, BA Honours Games Art & Design, NUA

Marie-Eve Danis, Producer, Ubisoft Reflections

Mary Casey, Production Director, Mediatonic MoJen Jenkins, Audio Director, Playfish Nia Wearn, Senior Lecturer in Computer Games Design, Stafford Uni

Nina Cliff, Business Development consultant, Freeland/Universally Speaking

Nina Kristensen, Director & Co-Founder, Ninja Theory

Noirin Carmody, Owner & COO, Revolution Software

Paulina Bozek, CEO & Co-Founder, Inensu Pauline Jacquey, MD, Ubisoft Reflections
Rhianna Pratchett, Freelance writer

Roberta Lucca, Co Founder CMO, Bossa Studios

Sam Parker, Senior Development Director, Electronic Arts Sara Grover, Marketing Manager, Warner Bros
Sarah Burns, Development Coodinator, Rising Star Games Sarah Rogers, European Sales & Marketing Director, NCsoft Europe

Sarah Seaby, Head of Marketing, Bethesda

Sarah van Rompaey, Co-Founder, Lady Shotgun

Sarah Wellock, Community Manager, Rocksteady Studios

Shelly Pearce, Director of Marketing & PR, Nintendo UK

Sini Downing, Game Writers Agency Director, Side/Sidelines Siobhan Reddy, Studio Director, Media Molecule
Sophia Coney, Director of Publishing and Operations, Lockwood Studio Sophia George, Co-Founder, Swallowtail Stephanie Anderson, Tech Lead, Mind Candy

Sue Eilfield, VP HR, EA

Tara Saunders, London Studio Art Manager, SCEE London Vanessa Wood, Head of Localisation, SCEE Liverpool Veronique Lallier, Vice President, Digital Publishing - International, Warner Bros Vickie Peggs, Owner, Universally Speaking

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