In sixth form I studied Maths, Physics, Chemistry and French. I remember thinking “What am I going to do with this?” The answer came to me following an unfortunate accident involving my PlayStation and a hardwood floor. Console condemned, I opened it up to reveal the amazing, complex circuitry inside. I needed to know how it worked.

I applied to study for a BEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Nottingham- what really captured my attention was the management side of the course. I loved working with people – supporting them to succeed.

Post graduation I won an internship with the Environment Technology Centre at the University of Nottingham. We advised on using technological interventions to combat environmental challenges.

I went on to become a Lean Practitioner, working in both the public and private sector. Here I helped clients define value and transform their organisations with focus on value added activities. I was awarded a ‘Mark In Action’, recognition of my outstanding customer service.

I moved to Fujitsu, where I expanded my skill set, focusing on Enterprise Architecture, Agile Software Development, Business Analysis and Process Re-engineering projects. I am currently a Senior Consultant at Capita Transformation.

Throughout my career I have coached and mentored clients and colleagues; Key to this is to embrace and harness their differences – I have a passion for diversity that informs my approach to work and life.

I have helped to develop Women’s Business Networks, with the aim to discover and address why there is still such a large disparity between men and women in IT and Consulting. In one case, I was nominated as a ‘Role Model’, featuring on their newsletter and website. At Capita Transformation, I am on steering groups for Diversity & Inclusion and our Women’s network- Ellevation.

In my spare time I volunteer for, and am on the General Committee for, the British Science Association. I see this role as an opportunity to promote the sciences and technological industries as a safe space for people of all backgrounds, genders and socioeconomic statuses.

I currently sit on an advisory board for an All Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity & Inclusion in STEM. Here I get the opportunity to work with MPs and business leaders, review the Industrial Strategy, influence policy and create lasting change. Together, we are working towards shaping a STEM sector that truly represents the diversity, ingenuity and creativity of the British population.