Ebony Smallman

At university, I didn’t realise that a technology career path was an option for me; I’m so glad I decided to pursue technology consulting as each and every challenge I see clients grappling with has a technology angle at the heart of it.

I started my career at KPMG and my first project taught me the software development lifecycle and how to apply agile to continuously deliver value on a programme. The breadth of roles I covered exposed me to business analysis, training users how to use the new system, writing test scripts for developers and what it means to provide post go-live support. I was fascinated by seeing the idea for the project come to life and seeing clients actually using what we had built. The agile aspect of this first project is something I have continued to use in my career. I now focus on digital strategy and transformation pieces of work at EY, most recently leading projects to design a new product for a FinTech and to deliver a real-time cognitive assistant for a bank.

Outside of client work, I am passionate about the people agenda and I lead the People Team across 300+ technology consultants, focussing on recruiting a diverse pool of talent, developing colleagues with the right skills for the market, and building out our fantastic technology consulting culture.

In my role as Senior Manager I am looking forward to building a strong pipeline of talent (including many women!) and coaching junior talent to build high performing teams who can understand, assess and deliver valuable digital transformations alongside our clients.