Professor Sarah Sharples is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham. Sarah is an experienced leader of large multidisciplinary teams, and has led and participated in projects worth >£40m over the past 10 years. She leads the EPSRC Funded Network Plus ‘Connected Everything’ focusing on Digital Manufacturing and Industry 4.0. She is Co-Director of the Horizon CDT and leads a national network of Digital Economy PhD students. She has published over 80 papers in refereed journals. She is a past president of the CIEHF and as Athena champion led her department to the Silver Swan award now held since 2008.