To achieve a better gender balance at all levels of an organization

With 1.2 million employees, the NHS is by far the largest employer in England.

According to the latest employment statistics from NHS Digital, 935,772 of these employees were women, which accounts for more than three-quarters of the workforce.

For example, in recent years, the number of hospital doctors has steadily increased, which is extremely positive.

But in my experience, one of the areas where women are still underrepresented is in my own industry – the wonderful world of technology.

It is a real problem for me if a company's staff does not properly reflect the people it serves, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age or other demographic characteristics.

When designing products and services, we need a diverse workforce that can put them in the shoes of the people who use them. Half of the people who use our products are women. Therefore, it is important that women are involved in the development process.

Why are women underrepresented in technological roles?

Some of them are role models – it's always easier to start a career if someone like us is already doing that job.

This is partly because young women and girls are likely to be less involved in STEM projects than young men and boys, and part of that is because technology experts have not properly spoken about the amazing diversity of roles across the industry in the past ,

No longer a geeky-fringe theme, we interact with technology from waking up to the moment we go to sleep. Working with technologies offers the opportunity to have a real impact on people's lives, especially when working on national projects that affect the entire population.

The technological roles are very diverse and offer opportunities for experienced, qualified people with diverse experiences. If people and relationships are your thing, we need user researchers, if you love math and coding, then we need developers, and if creativity is your thing then maybe it would be a technology designer for you.

My first role in engineering came about through circumstances rather than design. If I had recognized the possibilities, the variety, the creativity and the practical skills that I would use every day, I would definitely have planned my career that way.

I started working on an IT help desk, where we not only offered advice and guidance, but also built PCs for our customers. I was the first and only woman in my department and did not have the technical skills I would develop later. As a result, many men underestimated me without realizing that I love a challenge.

Nearly 45 percent of NHS Digital's workforce is women, but women are underrepresented in higher grades

It became important to me to prove that I was not only as good as she could be, but also better. I am committed to both the role and various self-learning and development opportunities. But in that time, I also fell in love with technology and knew that I wanted to focus on my career here.

At NHS Digital, we recognize the need to encourage and support great women to a great technical career. We do this in a variety of ways, from 'own growth' to training apprentices and graduate training programs to investing in women in our workplace and ensuring that it is a great job.

As chairman of the organization's women's network, this is important to me. The best advice I've ever received is that if you want to achieve big things, you have to build a great team first. I'm glad that the network is full of talented, inspirational women who are committed to making NHS Digital the best it can be to help women realize their potential and be the best they can be ,

Working towards a more balanced relationship between the sexes

One of the great qualities of the network is that it helps to hold the organization accountable and to make sure it is honest, both what it has already achieved for gender equality and what else needs to be done.

For example, 44 percent of our workforce is female, but women are still underrepresented in higher grades and overrepresented in less senior roles.

The theme of this year's International Women's Day is #balanceforbetter. As with our entire sector, NHS Digital requires us to achieve a better gender balance at all levels of the organization by showing younger women the importance of technology careers. If we can achieve that, the sky is really the limit.

Wendy Clark is Managing Director of Product Development at NHS Digital in England.