What is your current Job Title or Role?
Owner of Telecare Plymouth and Social Plymouth
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
There are many opportunities in STEM for women and men, so pursue your passion.
How did you get to where you are today?
You will see from my job role that my experience is diverse. I trained as a nurse, studied Psychology and a Masters in Health Psychology. I had numerous fixed term contracts across a range of specialities and I learned from each. My roles are people based with the focus on two differing technologies - assistive technology to enable people to remain independent within their own home and information technology to enable people to communicate well.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
Most of my work is using technology - writing training of social marketing to deliver to people face-to-face; researching the internet to identify opportunities for the businesses I support and conversely talking to older people about how they can best use technology to stay independent at home.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
It hasn't been a straight forward path but the development of assistive technologies have proved significant. When I first launched a telecare service, back in 2006, technology was moving towards being able to track where someone was. Now, in 2019, we have smart phones which can speak to us and tell us where our location is... we also have GPS falls detectors which will automatically telephone and email an emergency contact (telling them that a fall had occured and detecting the location that the fall took place). Assistive technologies are getting increasingly sophisticated and using the technology to enable someone to change someone's life is motivation to remain in this field.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Making a difference, teaching and enabling others.
What do you like to do outside work?
I am a member of Rotary International District 1175. I am the incoming District Chair of Membership and Chair of Public Image - this is as a result of me volunteering my time to help clubs with their social marketing by promoting themselves better on social media and being confident in talking about what Rotary do. On a local level, I am the President Nominee for my club and undertake associated activities... I help organise the Santa Fun Run, the club golf day, the classic car show and get stuck in to other fun events. I do also have two pooches and two cats, so am part way to being normal 😉