The College’s first non-academic Distinguished Visitor, Jacky Wright, is the Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US, where she inspires and leads teams to help businesses leverage technology to drive innovation, adopt sustainable and accessible business models, and digitally transform.

Wright rejoined Microsoft in 2019 after completing a two-year secondment as Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) for HMRC, the British Government tax department. Jacky has extensive experience leading large-scale organisations driving digital transformation and market making solutions and helping to align with their sustainability goals. Some of her previous roles include CIO roles at Microsoft, BP and GE.

Wright is widely recognised as a transformational global leader, innovative technologist, and recognised STEM advocate. She uses her broad platform to drive thought leadership not just for the positive impact of digital transformation for business, but also for social, economic, and environmental change.

As a woman of colour, her passion, advocacy, and influence to create a truly inclusive world is demonstrated in the various forums where she regularly speaks on diversity, digital inclusion, and the power of inclusive leadership.

Jacky spent 4th week of Trinity Term 2023 at College. Activities included meeting graduate students; a very lively session on careers organised by the JCR; participation in a discussion dinner with Old Members on Leading Women in Academia, Science and Technology; a talk on Technology and the Future of Work at the Oxford Martin School; meetings with Fellows and contacts across the University. She contributed to the College’s Newsletter through an interview with the Head of Communications.