I have always had an interest in technology, starting at school where I was a Technical Support Officer. Leading a team of six, I was responsible for the lighting, microphone and visual displays in the school hall, for assemblies, school productions and external visitors. I was always the person called upon to help the teacher when something wasn’t working and I decided to continue this interest by studying Computer Science at University.

I always found the most interesting parts of my degree to be the overlap between technology and other disciplines, taking every opportunity to study units from other areas, such as Geographical Information Systems and Cyberlaw.

After graduating I worked at the National Crime Agency within the National Cyber Crime Unit, as an Intelligence Officer. Obviously I’m limited in what I can say about the role but essentially we were trying to identify real people from their online personas. I found this to be a fascinating insight into technology from a law enforcement perspective and the challenges that came with trying to upskill police officers in cyber security. My time at PwC within the data and analytics team enabled me to work on lots of different projects within technology, helping clients identify and solve issues, and make the most of the data that they held. I was the only woman in the data team for the majority of the time, and made a particular commitment to attend recruitment events or assist female applicants through the application process.

I now work at Cookpad, a very different environment but a company with technology at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to make everyday cooking fun, and I love the combination of food and technology in my role.