I am a Senior Developer, Tech Coach, Mentor and Public Speaker who is passionate about Diversity in Tech.
As a Senior Developer I specialise in Java and open source technologies, and have been working in the Technology industry for over 15 years. I have experience of developing a variety of bespoke Java web applications and API services for the Public Transport, Education and Employment Services industries, and has worked on some high profile projects such as Job Centre Plus Vacancy Kiosks, TfL TPOMA (Transport Police Online Mapping Application), and TfL Oystercard Mobile services. More recently I have transitioned to Mobile App Development where I work as part of a team that designs and develops Android and iOS mobile apps that help to deliver better services for the public. I am also exploring the benefits of cloud computing.
I am a WeAreTheCity TechWomen 50 Award winner, a Computing magazine Digital Tech Leaders Award Finalist, and was recognised as one of the Financial Times UK Top 100 Most Influential BAME Leaders in Tech in 2018.
I am passionate about improving diversity in tech, and especially encouraging more women and BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) people into tech and retaining them, in an industry commonly viewed as very mature white male dominated.
I am a member of TfL Women Staff Network Group - Women in Tech committee and delivers inspirational talks, events and workshops to raise awareness of tech as a viable career. I am also the founder of an initiative called “Where’s the BAME in Tech?” (or @BAMEinTech for short), an initiative to highlight successful BAME professionals in tech corporate companies, and provide a safe space for open and honest discussions about BAME experiences in tech. I also provide mentoring and coaching for women wanting to change career and transition into tech roles, and speaks at tech related conferences.
My next steps are to grow the BAMEinTech community and design and deliver a training programme for members. I also want to focus on public speaking on technical subjects at large tech conferences.