I started my career at Arthur Andersen in a small team developing tax. Over a decade this team grew to over 100 people delivering innovative change projects to global companies. I began coding in VB followed by developing database automation solutions in SQL Server & Oracle, before moving focus to leading implementation and transformation.

Following two maternity leaves, I moved to EY in 2008 to help start a new business line focused on tax automation. However, within 6 months we made a family decision to move out of London and bring our children up in the countryside. In 2009 my husband and I both left the city, we moved to Kent and started a smallholding. After a year my husband found work in a bank in Kent and I started working at a village school as receptionist and responsible for school finance. I studied for my Diploma in School Business Management, worked in several local schools and eventually set up my own consultancy business. Whilst the hours and location worked really well for the family, I began to feel frustrated, isolated and unfulfilled, so after much soul-searching I decided to return to work in the city.

In April 2017, 8 years since I’d left EY and with the full support of my family, I started my ‘new’ career as a data analyst at Worldpay. I joined through the Refresh programme for returners and was supported in my transition back into the workplace with executive coaching and great support from my colleagues. I am making good use of my SQL skills as well as business transformation experience in a new team focused on supporting the business to make better use of data in its processes.