What’s the most unexpected thing about your job?
The volume of emails I get from the most random of places assuming I’ll do random things like model, judge competitions and work for free. I’m only human! I can’t do all the things all of the time!
Did you have any role models when you were younger? What inspired you to do the job you’re doing now?
Yes! Tim Berners-Lee was my role model growing up. He’s a British Physicist who changed the world, and that’s what I wanted to do – create my equivalent of the World Wide Web. I was inspired to do the job I’m doing now after hearing a keynote by Nora Denzel at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Computing in 2012.
Any influential toys during childhood?
No – although I was obsessed with taking things apart. VCR players, Pens, Computers…nothing was safe.
Your favourite subjects at school?
Geography (and Maths).
- Masters in Mathematics and Computing from Oxford University.
- DSc & DUnivs from the Open University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Kent University and Bristol University.
Your reason for choosing this career?
We should do what we can to make sure the right tech is being built, before it’s too late. Also, it’s fun helping people.
Tell me about your career path to date?
After I graduated I worked in the Technology department at an investment bank, working my way up the ranks. Then I started Stemettes as a side project and it’s grown to the point that I went full-time 2 years in and haven’t been able to look back. Now I host a podcast for the Evening Standard, keynote regularly around the world, and am a Board Member for various organisations.
If you could have any job what would it be? How does it differ from what you’re doing?
I would be a TV Commissioner. There’s so much more we should be seeing in our media – so many stories to tell.
Your advice to a young person considering a career in STEM?
Find a tribe – you don’t have to do any of this alone. If it’s Stemettes, if it’s another organisation, if it’s a network you set up yourself, do STEM with others.