Nicki Derrick

Nicki Derrick | BJSS

Nicki Derrick

Having graduated top of my degree in Civil Engineering, I had a change of heart about where I wanted my career to take me.

After spending a couple of years travelling, I returned to the UK to pursue a career in Software Engineering, because I knew it would provide me with the perfect combination of technical and creative challenges.

I decided to retrain and commit to an intensive coding bootcamp and whilst there, I was asked to stay and lecture. I co-founded the 'Women in Northcoders' network, helping organise various events and found my passion for diversity in tech.

After a rewarding year of teaching, deepening my own knowledge and mentoring other people into their first developer jobs, it was my time to take the leap into my first Software Engineering role with BJSS.

Within the first few weeks, I knew my decision to pursue a career in tech had been one of the best decisions of my life and that I was in the right place, doing the right thing, with the right people!

During my 2 years so far at BJSS, I have had the opportunity to work on some really interesting projects as part of some incredible teams. I have developed so many new skills, learned new languages and frameworks and been able to share my knowledge to help others learn new things too. I have delved into areas of tech I never even knew existed and found my true interests in UI and Accessibility.

Recently, I have been asked to take on the role of Cell Lead and so will be embarking on my first leadership position within BJSS. I wouldn’t change my job for the world and look forward to the challenges it brings!


Eleanor Davill

Eleanor Davill | BJSS

Eleanor Davill

I started my career as a Business Analyst (BA) at a medical software development company, working both nationally and internationally, and in 2017 I joined BJSS, the UK's leading privately-owned IT and business consultancy.

I also have responsibilities as a line manager and Squad Lead.

As a BA I translate and quantify the needs of the end user into requirements that can be produced by developers/testers. I support the actual delivery of project, resolving blockers as and when they arise. When at my best I anticipate, and prevent them before they occur. The things I enjoy most about being a BA are getting to work as part of a team, and see an idea that was once just an idea in my head get turned into working technology. It is incredibly rewarding working with people to understand the opportunity they have/problem they are facing and then getting to see them use and benefit from what we have introduced.

The things I excel at are working with people, understanding what drives them, how they like to work, and how to get the best out of the team I am in. I’m known for my enthusiasm, and sometimes irritating habit of talking quicker the more excited I am about a project. Feedback from my peers suggests that I have succeeded in my attempts to replicate a swan like persona, seeming pragmatic and unflappable, whilst madly paddling underneath. I pride myself on being approachable, and if I don’t know the answer, I usually know the right person to speak to.

I am passionate about getting more people involved in the tech industry, which nicely aligns with BJSS’ CSR initiative to remove barriers to entry into the tech industry. I have shaped how our Leeds office supports this, working with two amazing initiatives;

  • Tech Up (https://techupwomen.org/) – an Institute of Coding funded programme that takes 100 women from the Midlands and North of England and retrains them into technology careers.
  • Leeds Libraries (https://www.bjss.com/csr2019/) – BJSS have partnered with Leeds Libraries to host a number of events throughout the year focusing on encouraging children into tech. Our recent Eco Family Hack was a great success!