I joined Manchester Digital in September of 2017 as the head of talent and skills. This is a unique role with a wide variety of responsibilities and tasks. I head up our tech apprenticeship programme, as well as leading on the Digital Her programme. This involves working alongside numerous other stakeholders and partners from the education sector, as well as tech business leaders.

Manchester Digital is the trade body for the tech and digital sector in Greater Manchester and is a not-for-profit board-led organisation. I work closely with the rest of the 11-strong Manchester Digital team, and am a line manager of two other people, with one vacancy.

My previous positions include: project manager at Tameside Council; policy manager at Rossendale Borough Council; Policy Officer at North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA), and parliamentary assistant at the European Parliament in Brussels.

My background is in policy and research, so I was attracted to a job role that brings together policy and education, specifically within the tech industry. My job roles have always been focused on high growth sectors that will support economic growth and local opportunities for people.

My first lead digital sector role was at Tameside, where I established Tameside Hack for 11-18 year olds, with 100 local young people attending, which now continues as a thriving community asset.

As a woman of colour and from a disadvantaged background, I’m proud to be a role model for other young women and know how important representation is to bring people from a diverse background into the tech sector. I’m the first generation in my family to achieve FE and HE educational levels.