Bella Thornely

I have always displayed the courage and energy to seek out challenges and not shy from taking the harder path to success and reward.

A technology focused career in Financial Services was just that path, one which I am passionate about inspiring others to follow.

Always seeking a challenge and with a desire to improve my technical skills, I chose to study BSc Physics with a focus on C++ Programming, Web Development and HTML. As one of only handful of women enrolled in the course, I sought to encourage greater uptake in studying Physics and therefore decided to spend my penultimate year of university working part-time as a GCSE Physics teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic College in Bradford. I used this platform to showcase the opportunities available to young women who study STEM subjects.

Since joining Accenture’s Technology Strategy practice as a Banking Enterprise Architecture specialist, I have established myself as a Thought-Leader in both emerging technology and new ways of working. Recently, I recognised an opportunity to reshape a leading high street bank’s approach to change, I defined and embedded a Design-Sprint methodology that has revolutionised the UK’s biggest transformation programme in Finance. Over the past few years, I have successfully driven a number of agile based sprints to define Cloud, Data & Analytics, AI, API, Security and Mobile strategies that enabled my client to thrive amidst current industry disruption. Driven by my interest in FinTechs, I spent a year working as a Product Manager at a start-up and have since returned to Accenture to share my experience of customer and data centric growth.

My passion for technology is evident in my rapid career acceleration at Accenture and the recognitions for my contribution that include; Client Account Innovation Lead, Head of Strategy Innovation Ecosystem and Technology Strategy AI Thought-Leader. A passionate and accountable people developer, I use the Women in Technology Strategy network to share my experiences, enhance other’s technical expertise and champion future female leaders.