What is your current Job Title or Role?
Director of Learning Commons
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
It is the most rewarding career. STEM is always changing and evolving, the future is driven by people in this industry and there is never a dull day. There is scope to work across so many dynamic fields and I really think you have the opportunities to make a difference.
How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up playing computer games, when I think back to being young I remember Pacman in the arcade and the hours I put into Donkey Kong. At school, I never got the opportunity to learn about Computers and instead we had to do a GCSE in Keyboard Skills. I then went on to work in an admin role, but all I really wanted to do was learn how the computer worked. I went to Plymouth University and gained a Bsc in Computing & Informatics and landed a job at Intel. It's been a long and interesting road since then, but my love of Plymouth bought me home where I did my PGCE in Secondary Education.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
I manage a digital learning space at Devonport High School for Boys. This involves, amongst many things, helping the students and staff become competent with technology, so that they can use it to drive innovation and achievement in the school. It is a dream job for me, every day I can research whats new and see if it can be applied to education. I am a trained teacher and teach A Level Computer Science.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
My Dad - he works in cyber security and inspired my love of computers from a very young age.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Each day is different, technology is part of who I am and I get to spend each day using it and experimenting with it.
What do you like to do outside work?
I still play computer games but also enjoy reading and being outside. I live on Dartmoor and commute into Plymouth each day. I collect Lego and am a Graphic Novel fan.