Beverley Newing

Over the space of a year, Beverley has gone from English and German graduate to Front End Developer at Oxford Computer Consultants. She realised her passion for this when she started out 2016 working as a Programmes Associate at Code First: Girls, working in a team of three to organise, set up and manage events and courses for a community of 4,000+ women across the UK.

From there, she went on to accept a Web Development placement at Zooniverse, the world’s largest citizen science platform, based at the University of Oxford, where she developed her tech skills, before accepting a second internship at Oxford Computer Consultants where she furthered her learning. She now sits in their diverse Front End team as a developer, and proactively brings in skills she picks up externally into her day job, with workshops and passion.

Alongside this career change, Beverley has volunteered extensively to help others get into tech, too. She founded the Oxford chapter of codebar, and now co-organises it with three others. As a team, they organise monthly coding workshops for underrepresented groups to start to learn to code with local developer volunteers. It is a very beneficial addition to the local tech community. She also volunteers on the Oxford Code First: Girls courses, to help teach young women how to build their own websites from scratch. She was invited to and ran a HTML/CSS workshop for teenagers at the Oxford Greenlight 4 Girls day this year, did a talk on diversity at a large local meetup and is always tirelessly thinking of the next way to diversify the Oxford tech community.

For just over 3 years until September 2016, she also volunteered extensively with Three Rings CIC, a volunteer-run organisation that provides volunteer management software for around 350 volunteering organisations in the UK and further afield, including many branches of the Samaritans. Three Rings CIC absolutely revolutionises how these organisations work.