Chloe Parker

TechWomen100: What happened next for Chloe Parker

Chloe Parker

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their third year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Chloe Parker, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2018.

Chloe runs Core Insights, a consultancy service for charities and non-profits, helping them to get more from their data. Through in-person consultancy, to online courses, Chloe works with charities to improve the way they record, manage and report on their data.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I felt so privileged to have won the award and be among a list of such amazing women! It's so great to be recognised for doing work in tech.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

I was able to offer a free webinar for charities, offering my top ten tech tips for 2019, which went down really well and helped charities with their technology needs for this year!

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Just believe that you could be one of the 100! Make use of your friends and family to vote for you, mine were so supportive and really behind me, and sharing on Facebook and Instagram really got some votes through!

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

Wow, tricky question! But three tips?

  1. I work as a small business owner so for me, it's always been about getting out there and networking. I work with charities and so trying to be where they are (in person and online) is a big things for me.
  2. Also recognising you can't do everything yourself! Recognising talents and skills in other people that you don't have, and working together to achieve more. This also helps with my next tip, too!
  3. My last one is to prioritise yourself. I think sometimes (especially as women) we want to prove ourselves and can end up overworking. Especially as someone running a small business, it's tempting to work all hours of the day. But I've learnt to be strict with myself and prioritise working healthy hours (which for me is 9-5 four days a week!) and the only person that can help me stick to this is me! My stress levels are much lower and my wellbeing has improved overall!

Chloe Parker

Chloe Parker | Core Insights

At the start of my career, I worked for Lloyds bank as a Data Analyst. There I picked up skills in analysis, reporting and coding. I then started working for a church and they asked me to use some of my skills to tackle a reporting problem (read the story later). It helped me to see that many smaller charities were facing the same problem: lots of data and reporting to do but a lack of skills and time to use it to their best abilities. I therefore launched Core Insights in Jan 2016 to meet this need and have since supported a number of small and large charities, with my team, to improve the way data is recorded, collected and reported on.

The church mentioned were struggling to reclaim gift aid and had a backlog of £270k because the reporting just took so long. I implemented a solution for them which cut the reporting time by 90% and they can now regularly reclaim gift aid.

All my work is charity focussed. I have recently made my service more accessible and widely available by launching 5 online courses and an online community, all of which are aimed at charities and help them to save time, money and reduce stress around data and reporting. One course charities to choose the right database, another helps streamline their existing database, and there is also a course on speeding up reporting (just like the example I mentioned above).

I also run a consultants online network which provides support for those working for and freelancing in the charity sector.

I don’t believe data and reporting should be complicated. I also believe that when used properly, good tech can save time and money and reduce stress for organisations. I’m passionate about de-mistifying data and reporting and making it into something everyone can do rather than just ‘techy’ people. I’ve seen so many people in the charity sector go from being afraid of using programmes like excel to being confident in their reporting and abilities! I see tech as the future so we need to continue to be using it for us and for good.