Sophie Sutcliffe

If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would have ended up with a career in technology, I would have been very surprised.

After leaving university, the extent of my technical expertise was very much limited to “if you turn it off and on again, that will probably fix it”.

After joining PwC as a graduate in 2016, I was motivated to pursue a career in technology after witnessing the fundamental role it plays in almost every engagement across the firm. Since specialising in our Technology practice for Government & Health, I have had the opportunity to work at the heart of some of our largest technology driven transformation programmes within the sector (a passion and interest I have held since completing a degree in Politics and International Relations). Over the last few years I have worked on a range of projects such as a £1 billion modernisation of the UK Courts Service and a major technology programme at one of London’s universities (focused on transforming the overarching student experience and supporting the university’s response to Covid-19). As part of these roles, I have developed a deep technical skill set spanning across design and delivery including; enterprise-wide operating model design, service design, technical debt analysis, business architecture and technical requirements development.

Outside of my day-to-day project work, I have a passion for community & inclusion, something which I have sought to promote throughout my career to-date. Within Technology Government & Health, I have organised various events over the last few years, across multiple regions (including an away day for over 100 of our staff). As part of these events I have sought to embed a culture of openness and support within our practice, where staff are encouraged to form genuine relationships. I have also acted as a mentor to new joiners within our team, ensuring that they are supported in their induction into the firm.

In addition to building our community within Technology Government & Health, I committed to supporting and nurturing female talent within our firm. I am an active member of our Women In Tech network which encourages women across the firm to share their experiences and support each other in their career progression. As part of my role within this community, I have acted as a mentor to women in more junior grades and have used this role to challenge preconceptions and to encourage women to pursue a career within technology. I have also previously been shadowed by work experience students as part of PwC’s “Women in Business Shadowing Scheme” where I have sought to provide a genuine insight into what it is like to work in technology as a way of attracting talent to the firm.