Elena Gorman | Qrious

Elena is a UX Designer with a passion for making a difference to people’s lives through technology and design.

Prior to transitioning into UX, Elena worked as a Project Manager at Dynamo North East (for the Digital Talent Engine) and at three North East universities: to support tech retraining for underrepresented groups (TechUP at Durham University), to build data science research capacity (Newcastle University’s Digital Institute), and to facilitate the fusion of digital and creative capabilities to support innovation and growth in North East SMEs (Creative Fuse North East at Northumbria University). She also worked closely with The Alan Turing Institute: the national institute for Data Science and AI.

Elena is sharing her experience of pivoting into UX through her #100DaysOfUX challenge on LinkedIn. She is also informally supporting women who want to transition into UX, and is in the process of setting up a local UX meetup.

In her spare time, Elena is working alongside a small group of women to launch and lead a new regional network, “Women in Tech North East”, which has around 500 members. Previously, she set up and led Newcastle’s first #techmumsClub with the social enterprise #techmums, and delivered sessions to primary school children for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) network’s Gender Balance in Computing programme.

An aspiring “learn it all”, Elena has dabbled in coding with Code First Girls and Codecademy, taught herself UX Design to facilitate her career change, and completed a selective programme for emerging women leaders around the world with Santander and the London School of Economics.

Elena is currently a Mentor for the Youth Group and One Million Mentors, and an education advisory board member for InnovateHer. She is also a volunteer for Digital Candle and Inspiring the Future. She is eagerly awaiting a mentee for her role as a Mentor for The Girls Network and has been selected to take part in the Stemazing Inspiration Academy.