Christina Howell

My career in IT started when I joined Compaq Computers as a graduate.

Of an intake of 200 people that year, I was the only technical women. My first roles were varied, working as a Windows engineer, in networking and I even worked on the Blackberry solution at Vodafone. After a few in-house roles, I worked with different consultancies providing workflow solutions, launching new e-commerce platforms. I then progressed to a software house, developing their managed service offering from 2 to 65 clients worldwide, this is included building five international platforms which business critical infrastructure.

In May 2018, I joined AND Digital as Cloud Practice Lead in the North. The company size, capabilities and my team have grown substantially in this time. I’m proud to have built a reputation within the community in the North of providing high-quality solutions within Cloud, automation and DevOps. This year, I was invited to speak at the AWS Berlin Summit to speak about the work I’ve been leading at N Brown Group Plc.

My career has also been about automating as much as possible, building simple and elegant solutions to solve real world problems.

I’m proud to say my work has won a number of awards, most notably Tech. Award for Loyalty Initiative of the Year. This year I also made the longlist of ComputerWeekly’s Most Influential Woman in UK Technology 2019.

I’ve always been a technical person, and as I progress up the career ladder, I’ve found it hard to transition into a leadership position. I have focused on this for the last two years, developing my stakeholder and people management skills, which has really paid off, most noticeably in my appointment as a non-executive Director to the AND board for a period of year and foundation of a woman in tech group at AND. I always believe in giving back and I know how lucky I’ve been to have gotten this far.