Global Customer & Digital Director - Hive
- How did you get into data and technology, and why?
What really inspired my career was not a plan, but an experience. I remember years and years ago travelling with my boyfriend and being in a hotel in Canada. The whole experience didn’t involve people – it was all digitalised, it was all personalised, and it was absolutely incredible. Everything was at the touch of a button and this was really before digital transformation had started happening across a number of sectors. It was the sort of experience where I thought, ‘how do I get into that?’ I had no plan and that’s what’s fascinating when I reflect and look back on my career.
- How has a setback or obstacle shaped you?
I remember when I had my own business and I was doing the public speaking circuit, it was absolutely terrifying to get up in front of thousands of people to present. It was only through doing it again and again that confidence builds. Then you see that you can actually do it and you can draw on that going forward. The constant practice of something difficult helps you realise that you do have the skills and ability that you need.
- What keeps you interested?
I’m really passionate about supporting women in data and tech and also women in leadership. These are really important areas for creating opportunities and there are many fantastic networks that I’m involved in. I mentor a number of girls because while I’ve been lucky in my career, I have also had some great role models and some great women leaders so I just want to make sure those opportunities are there for the next generation. I can see that they aren’t in many cases so if I can help open that up for others then I will feel as though I have done my part for the next generation.
- What advice would you give your teenage self?
I would say to be a little braver, be a little bolder, take a few more risks because when you look back, what’s the worst that could happen? If you’re doing things with the right intentions – with integrity and with ambition – it’s only going to be respected. I’d also say to place yourself in uncomfortable situations and take yourself out of your comfort zone as you learn so much more from those experiences. Even if at the time you feel like a failure you will actually learn so much more and you will take yourself forward at a greater pace than if you hadn’t tried.