14 August 2016 Press Release
Midlands based IT company MaximITy are very happy to announce that its founder and Managing Director Tracy Pound has been voted 2016 Woman of the Year by PCR the UK trade magazine for the computer and IT industry.
The PCR Woman of the Year awards aim to is to make sure “trail-blazing female leaders are recognised for their achievements.” This year their focus was to acknowledge those who have inspired people starting out in the industry.”
Tracy was delighted at her award saying:
“I hopped on the train to London this morning to attend PCR’s Women in IT awards looking forward to celebrating the success of some of my peers in the industry. Little did I think I’d actually win! I am honoured to have been presented with such a prestigious award that helps celebrate women in tech. With so few girls and women choosing tech as a career path we badly need support from organisations like PCR who champion success.”
As a member of CompTIA’s Board of Directors Tracy has been a vocal champion of their newly launched campaign Make Tech her Story to change industry perceptions and inspire girls to enter the IT industry.
“The tech industry is growing at an amazing rate worldwide yet by the time girls finish high school, only 18% are considering a role in our industry. We need to change hearts and minds and show how diverse, fun and inclusive it is to work in tech. That’s why awards like this are so important and why campaigns like CompTIA’s #MakeTechHerStory prove so worthwhile.”
Tracy is very passionate about encouraging more women to enter the IT industry and recently penned a guest blog for PCR online discussing the struggles facing women in a male-dominated industry as she experienced herself. Tracy began her career as a programmer in 1984 and eventually headed up BTR’s Global Anti-Vibration Systems division. There she managed a capital expenditure budget of £8 million before being headhunted to work for a large IT consultancy. Tracy founded MaximITy in April 2000 and slowly but gradually built her business with the philosophy that IT should help facilitate business not hinder, and to translate business needs into technology solutions for businesses of all sizes.
“I’ve worked in tech for 32 years and I still love it. Part of my responsibility is to encourage our next generations of young women to join our industry. I’m delighted to be awarded IT Woman of the Year by PCR. It goes to show an ordinary woman can achieve something extraordinary.”
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Notes for Editors
MaximITy was founded in April 2000 by Tracy Pound fic mcmi. The business was formed to provide three key services comprising IT training, consultancy and project management and with a mission to bridge the gap that exists between business and IT.
Based in Tamworth the company has a dedicated Centre of Excellence training room where they offer hands-on coaching to help organisations learn how to use their business software better. The company provides everything from introductory level to advanced courses in products such as Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, Sage and ACT.
MaximITy runs both standard scheduled courses as well as tailored courses at customer’s own premises. MaximITy’s consultancy and project management services includes developing complex documents and spreadsheets on their client’s behalf, plus Sage and Excel integration to extend real time reporting capabilities in the form of dashboards, reports and charts.
MaximITy’s offices are a short walk from the train station with a large public car park nearby.
About Tracy Pound
With 32 years in the IT industry, Tracy was voted one of the top 50 women in technology in a survey by PCR, the UK trade magazine for the computer and IT industry in 2014 and 2015, and won Woman of the Year in 2016. She has worked in many industries successfully deploying large scale IT infrastructures ranging from £10k to in excess of £1.4m. A published author of IT standards, Tracy has also appeared on TV, most notably being featured with eminent UK inventor Sir Clive Sinclair. In April 2000 Tracy launched her own business, MaximITy, with the philosophy that IT should help facilitate business not hinder, and to translate business needs into technology solutions for businesses of all sizes. Tracy is a director of international IT trade association CompTIA and is helping to spearhead an ‘Advancing women in IT’ awareness drive. Tracy is also member of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting.