I’m Joanne Sloan and I have over 25 years’ experience in working in Technology & delivering technology change. I currently run the Programme Management Office for Barclays Global Technology Infrastructure.

At 19, I joined Barclays in a local branch. I am a quick learner, particularly with new technology and so was keen to learn and grow. I applied to Barclays Technology Centre and landed a role in the Project Management Office where I gained a breadth of experience across many projects and gained my APM project management qualification.

This experience & training opened doors and within a couple of years I was leading projects working on Barclays Internet Banking, International Accounting Standards, Technology Vendor contract negotiations, Data Centre and Trader Technology development and Sarbanes Oxley Standards relating to processes in ATMs. I wasn’t just delivering Technology Change, I was doing this under Legal, Regulatory & Control Standards that comes with working in a Financial Services Organisation. I became the Subject Matter Expert on project management, governance, project financials and risk management.

During this time life had other plans for me and in 2007, due to complications with Diabetes, I went on dialysis. This meant juggling my workload with hospital appointments and time spent attached to a machine! This strain was only temporary as in 2008 I underwent surgery for a new kidney and then in 2009 went thru another operation for a new Pancreas. I was determined to recover quicky so was soon back in the office.

It’s not only Technology that I’m passionate about! I’m also involved in building and improving the recognition culture across Global Technology Infrastructure Services and led the Recognition workstream where the ultimate goal is to ensure recognition becomes the norm. I coached members of staff; sharing experiences/best practice to help educate and learn faster.

Outside of work, I get great pleasure in supporting kidney patients who are struggling to come to terms with having to deal with dialysis and how this impacts their work and personal life. In addition, I have a passion for horses. My nieces got me back in the saddle (literally!) following a birthday present. I’ve taken this hobby back up with vigour and can be found regularly at the stables and races!