Lola Adeoti | Natwest

My IT journey has been an exciting one, from age 6, I was lucky to attend a science-based summer camp where I saw first-hand experiments and was introduced to topics such as magnetism, chemistry the planet and my favourite topic, robotics.

The early introduction made choosing STEM subjects in secondary school an easy decision and I excelled in these subjects. I went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. I was one of the few girls in a class of 40 students and it was not an easy ride navigating the intricacies that it presented. On graduation, I got a job as an HR officer which was different but another challenge, I pivoted to Human Resources as my new calling but my path to IT was reignited when I was asked to support the implementation of an HR single shared cloud-delivered platform, I jumped at the opportunity and have never looked back since. In the last few years, I have slowly acquired extensive experience supporting the successful delivery of Business Change Projects and IT Projects / Programmes and attained vast exposure designing and implementing successful programmes and projects across different regions (i.e., EMEA, US and Asia).

I am currently the Release Train Manager (RTM) in the financial crime technology community at Natwest. I have been instrumental in the build out of a new, industry leading platform that combats financial crime, using data and modern technologies to stop the bad guys doing bad things. Having been an RTM for just over a year I have already made an impact by leading the first major implementation on the new platform in March 2022, working across 5 technical components and embracing the “One bank” ethos by bringing together technology teams from across the bank. I play a significant role in implementing new product enhancements and critical defect fixes to support the ongoing evolution of the platform, working in close partnership with stakeholders in Operations.

It is often said that if you want to have a good life with a successful career, emotional satisfaction, and trustworthy friends you must work hard, so with everything I am determined to lead by example by putting in my 100% . I am focused, energetic, never afraid to ask the difficult questions and always bring a can-do attitude to every technical role that I become involved in.