Monika Biddulph - General Manager, Systems and Software Group

We have a truly global workforce at ARM, with over 70 nationalities spread across our 43 office locations. This makes us an exceptionally diverse community of dedicated, innovative and talented professionals. With a diverse, inclusive and open workplace, we encourage our people to be their brilliant selves and share their ideas – supporting their growth and celebrating their unique contributions. Our focus is not on where people have come from, but on where they are going. Together, inclusion and diversity are essential to our drive for innovation.

Today we celebrate the influence of a world-renowned mathematician who is credited with being the world’s first computer programmer. Working with another early computer pioneer, Ada Lovelace created the first known algorithm and, as a result, made a significant contribution to the world of technology. ARM is a proud sponsor of Ada Lovelace Day and as part of the celebration, we're featuring a few of the many women that help drive the engineering community at ARM, starting with the General Manager of the Systems and Software Group (SSG), Monika Biddulph.

As General Manager of the Systems and Software Group at ARM, Monika is responsible for the development and delivery of software, system IP, subsystems and platform silicon to our customers and to other product groups within ARM. She has P&L responsibility over a globally distributed workforce of ~700 people, reporting into the President and EVP of Product Groups. Outside of work, Monika likes to spend time outdoors, enjoying hiking and hill walking with her family. She loves reading- anything from detective stories and fantasy to books on economy, organisations and leadership. Cooking is also a great past time, as it relaxes her, and on the weekend she often has cooking and baking sessions with her two daughters. It’s just as well as they all like walking! (her words!)

Q: What drew you to a career in engineering?

I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy, I like logical thinking and I like being challenged, and I found all that in Sciences/Engineering. I’ve been lucky to always work with a great bunch of people!

Q: How can we encourage the next generation of women engineers?

Especially the women: Just go out and do it and have fun! Hold your head high, be self-confident, you are just as good as any of the men  ;-)  It is entirely possible to combine a career in Engineering and a family and have lots of fun on the way! I have two daughters who are still at school, and both me and my husband are trying to instill a love of inquisitiveness in them. Sciences are great for learning to think, question, be logical and objective. Doing well in sciences and engineering opens up a huge range of future opportunities!

Q: What do you like most about a career in engineering?

It’s so varied!! From doing a Diploma in Medical Physics, a PhD in High Energy Physics, working as a support Engineer, doing Licensing, Marketing etc, there are no limits to what you can do and it’s great to see where your personal journey takes you!