The Top 100 UK Women In Video Games

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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.


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

Malenn 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