Anna Holland Smith

Programme Manager (Technology and Innovation), The Hut Group

Anna is committed to democratising coding education and promoting a more diverse, inclusive and equitable Tech workforce. She volunteers for a number of organisations to further this aim, alongside her work as a software engineer and programme manager. As well as acting as a volunteer instructor for CodeFirst:Girls in Manchester, which seeks to redress the gender imbalance in Tech by providing free coding courses to young women from a non-computer science background, she is also one of the organisers behind Codebar Manchester, a multi-city volunteer-led initiative providing coding workshops for women and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Through these commitments and more, Anna seeks to make coding (and tech careers) more accessible whilst promoting the need for a more representative Tech workforce.