My career in tech started with my maths degree at Birmingham University. I wasn’t sure what I wanted for a career, and I really enjoyed maths so I thought it would be a good foundation for lots of different career paths.

After that, I started my career at BAE Systems based on the outskirts of London. I did their graduate training scheme which coupled ‘soft skills’ and management training alongside practical experience initially as a systems engineer (similar to a business analyst). When the software system I had helped to design needed testing, I volunteered to take this on and so began my career in software testing and quality engineering. I stayed there for about 3 and a half years, regularly being promoted and given more responsibility.

After 3 and a half years in London, I was keen to head back up North to be closer to my family. I applied for a role at Accenture in Leeds and worked in a variety of test roles for the NHS NPfIT programme. I worked for Accenture for about 2.5 years, successfully negotiating the Accenture promotion process. When Accenture exited this programme I chose to transfer to a company called CSC and stay with the NPfIT programme.

Over the 7 and half years I was with CSC, I had a variety of roles. These ranged from test lead and test manager to operations manager for the secondary care product specialists. When I took my first maternity leave, I was leading a team of about 80 people.

I was supported in my request to return to work on a part-time basis after my first child and I made the decision to take on a slightly less challenging role. In my new role, I lead the team to coordinate all the primary care train-the-trainer activities across the different NHS Trusts. I then had another child and returned to test management work for another client.

My next move was to Ten10 and in the 8 years I have been here I have been a programme test manager for several clients, a trainer within Ten10’s Academy (helping to develop the next generation of tech talent) and I am now a Delivery Manager supporting multiple Ten10 teams, projects, programmes and clients.