Ebony Smallman

Ebony Smallman | EY

Ebony Smallman

At university, I didn’t realise that a technology career path was an option for me; I’m so glad I decided to pursue technology consulting as each and every challenge I see clients grappling with has a technology angle at the heart of it.

I started my career at KPMG and my first project taught me the software development lifecycle and how to apply agile to continuously deliver value on a programme. The breadth of roles I covered exposed me to business analysis, training users how to use the new system, writing test scripts for developers and what it means to provide post go-live support. I was fascinated by seeing the idea for the project come to life and seeing clients actually using what we had built. The agile aspect of this first project is something I have continued to use in my career. I now focus on digital strategy and transformation pieces of work at EY, most recently leading projects to design a new product for a FinTech and to deliver a real-time cognitive assistant for a bank.

Outside of client work, I am passionate about the people agenda and I lead the People Team across 300+ technology consultants, focussing on recruiting a diverse pool of talent, developing colleagues with the right skills for the market, and building out our fantastic technology consulting culture.

In my role as Senior Manager I am looking forward to building a strong pipeline of talent (including many women!) and coaching junior talent to build high performing teams who can understand, assess and deliver valuable digital transformations alongside our clients.


Ebony Smallman

Ebony Smallman | EY

Ebony Smallman

My interest in technology started when I was studying at Stanford university and tried a Computer Science class in my senior year.

Having focussed my studies on International Relations and Mandarin previously, the Computer Science classes took me out of my comfort zone but I quickly realised how valuable they were in terms of teaching me how to think through challenges logically and how to think innovatively about solving problems.

When it came to applying to jobs, I wanted to pair my interest in the varied nature of consulting with a tangible skill set which is where I found my home in technology consulting. I started my career at KMPG, working in the technology strategy arena and moving to EY has helped me to hone my interests around digital strategy, agile delivery and next-generation digital banking platforms. I enjoy exploring how technology can be leveraged to solve or improve business issues and have found the most impactful projects are when business, technology and a customer-centric lenses are brought together to deliver change.

Alongside client delivery, I have recently been involved in launching a new learning pathway focussed on Cloud and Agile with an objective of ensuring all technology colleagues are equipped with the latest training in these two key areas. I enjoy supporting junior talent and have a focus on mentoring females both inside EY and outside of the firm. I am also involved with graduate recruitment and take part in the EY Foundation Smart Futures programme which provides internships and mentoring opportunities to school students.