Annie Bedford

Having a passion for technology from a young age, I got an MA in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin before moving to London to start my first role at a small software company called Kalido.

There I worked as an Engineer in Test and then as a developer on their data warehouse products before moving on to work as a Support Engineer at Tradeweb.

This was a challenging role in a financial environment and I learned a lot both about the role as a Support engineer but also about finance and the different priorities compared to a software house.

Wanting to move back to a developer role and expand my skills, I moved to Credit Suisse to work as a WPF developer on an innovative application called ADAPT. This application helped other teams at Credit Suisse to quickly build out .NET applications by reusing components and providing services and cookbooks on best practices. It was a great team to work with but we had challenges around our release process and project management. Luckly we were offered a chance to go through an Agile transition as part of a pilot programme. I became the Scrum Master for the team and found a new passion – helping teams to deliver software in a more effective, enjoyable and sustainable way.

Since then I have been passionate about Agile principles and have learned and trained to gain more knowledge. The teams I work with have changed as the organisation has changed but my focus remains broadly the same – how can I help developers to work together on a common vision and to quickly build iterations of software to get feedback on it and thus provide business value to the customers.

I have been lucky to have worked with different technologies and platforms at Credit Suisse from .NET to Java. As a global company, we are often working with colleagues around the world and the challenges that can bring. In Core Engineering we are tasked with delivering cutting edge technologies such as building an OpenShift container platform as a service and most recently our Public Cloud program looking at how we can best leverage the cloud for teams at Credit Suisse to help modernise applications and reduce costs. My work involves guiding our teams to deliver best practices and early adopter solutions while aligning with the larger program of people involved from external consultants to internal application developers.

Outside of my day job, I am involved in the different networks that make up the amazing culture at Credit Suisse. Internally I have organised events and produced a family guide for the LGBT&Ally Network and I lead the IT Women’s Champions stream focused on showing different roles in technology to young students to help inspire them in to STEM roles. As raising awareness about environmental issues has become a passion for me, I have loved being involved with the Sustainability Network and promoting sustainable lifestyle changes through a pledge website and inspirational speaker events.

Externally I have been collaborating with equally motivated colleagues in other organisations as part of the TechSheCan Initiative to increase the number of women in technology. I am also concurrently studying for a DevOps diploma to increase my knowledge of modern, effective software development.