I started my career in business development where I (via the developers) modified our travel insurance platform for different insurance partners.

I used to do all the testing on behalf of the client masquerading as “the testing team”. Somewhere along the lines I impressed the right people in clients (which included Virgin Money and The AA) and it was noted by the senior management team. I moved into the project management team and began managing bigger technology projects. The scale and size grew until I was running programmes of work including integrations – of people, platforms and everything in between.

I moved up quickly through Direct Line Group and was the youngest Director in the group at 28, when DLG was established after splitting from RBS. On the Board of the Commercial Division, had overall responsibility for Strategy and Distribution, including the aggregator channel, where I launched Churchill Business Insurance on to the business insurance aggregator platforms (such as Compare the Market), and managed Key Accounts including Towergate and Willis, and Commercial Partnerships with RBS and its subsidiaries.

In 2012 I launched the Direct Line Group Diversity Network Alliance, a cross group initiative to increase diversity across the organisation.

Following the birth of my first child in 2014, I returned to work after 5 months working 4 days a week. However the late night Board meetings, early conference calls and travel around my 600-strong team took its toll on me and the baby so when I fell pregnant with my second child, I felt compelled to leave.

A year later I was a bored Mum of two with no direction. I was speaking to more and more mums just like me. They had been CFO’s, Account Directors, marketing experts and consultants – all forced from the marketplace because their companies couldn’t fit a Monday to Friday 9 t 5. One friend, an ex-CMO, was considering working in a local shop two days a week. It was exasperating to see so much experience and talent go to waste.

A solution came via a friend who runs a hugely successful catering business. She had run into financial issues because her junior finance team weren’t reporting cashflow correctly. I asked why she didn’t have a CFO. The friend said that she couldn’t afford one and wasn’t big enough to warrant it.

“Why not hire a mum who’s done it before, but only wants a couple of days a week to fit between the school runs?” I suggested.

And so, the idea of That Works For Me was born.

I wrote a spec, spoke to a few providers and they built me a platform. My business partner and I did all the testing, even writing some bits of html – though that’s the extent of my dev skills!

Together we have launched a digital hiring platform like no other – a hybrid digital jobs board and freelancer platform complete with bespoke applicant management system.

I never thought of myself as a woman in tech until Enterprise Nation described me as one. It felt very weird and alien to start off with but on reflection, I suppose I am and always have been to some degree!