A group of women at Hampshire's Matrix IT are leading the charge to raise the profile of women in the technology sector.

Recognising that women make up an approximately 26 per cent of the national IT workforce, the group, based in Fareham, say they are demonstrating that women can excel across all levels, from apprentices to director roles.

At the helm of operations are Louise Gascoigne, Operations Director; Louise Bushell, Operations Manager; Sarah Tayler, Marketing Manager; Laura McNeilly, Financial Controller; Charli Stickland, Head of Account Management, and Andreea Oslobanu, Service Desk Manager.

Louise Gascoigne said: "The gender disparity in the tech sector is an ongoing issue. Despite a reported increase in female representation in the sector over the last five years, the consensus is that most women believe that the tech industry is heavily dominated by men, therefore are less likely to embark on a career in the industry.

“Addressing these barriers is essential for creating a more inclusive and equal tech landscape, worldwide and we are proud to be steering the change here at Matrix IT.”

The tech firm, led by Chairman Nic Cronin, embraces a gender-balanced setting and has made policies to support traditional gender roles. Key policies include flexible working, enhanced parental leave for all and a menopause policy.

The company says this environment has borne positive impacts such as the rapid rise of Louise Bushell, who joined as an apprentice Infrastructure Technician in 2011 and now is a vital internal specialist.

Ms Bushell said: "Playing a key part in mentoring and supporting other managers is hugely rewarding. Without Matrix IT believing in me 13 years ago I wouldn’t be where I am today, so it feels wonderful to be able to play a part in shaping the future talent of the tech industry.”

Beyond its internal regulations, Matrix IT also leads in wellbeing for its team members.

The senior management team holds quarterly socials to ensure cohesion among all team members. Moreover, regular employee surveys are conducted, enabling the company to comprehend its team's needs concerning work practices, social activities, and benefits.