Tech Experience

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ My Current Focus

I am a Software Engineer at Butternut Box ๐Ÿถ. By day ๐ŸŒ‡, I build software with Ruby code ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ปand all that jazz. I also love building things with the C# programming language, .NET ecosystem and Unity for my personal projects and occasionally Python if I feel like it.

As a Tech Content & Workshop Creator & Mentor, I help people engage with technology in fun and practical ways, whether theyโ€™re just starting out or looking to improve their skills at any stage of their careers. I am passionate about creating things for tech education and love sharing my experiences with the community to encourage others to learn and grow in their technical skills and confidence. I currently volunteer as a mentor for those who are underrepresented in tech and/or come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

In Winter 2021, I created Curiously Code as a discovery platform providing technology, career and wellbeing inspiration for Curious Humans.

Since my career switch into tech, I have had exposure to C#, Ruby, Java and Python, as well as DevOps and cloud technologies on Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. Iโ€™m also a former Code First Girls Python Instructor where I taught the 8-week Introduction to Python Programming courses. I have also created and delivered programmes on Software Engineering Fundamentals and Backend Engineering for Java and created materials for a C# programme during my time as a Tech Coach at Tech Returners. Nowadays, youโ€™ll see me create fun stuff for Curiously Code, take part in Tech Skills Workshops, where my friends and I run free workshops for the community or hanging around at Codebar.

Aside from all the tech stuff, Iโ€™m focusing on learning Kendo ๐Ÿฅ‹and improving my bouldering skills ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™€๏ธ.

๐Ÿ“œ A Brief History: My Technology & Coding Journey

I studied Geography and was exposed to scientific computing at university. I wrote my first line of code whilst trying to find better ways to extract and process some climate data for my climate modelling simulations. After graduation, I worked for a couple of years as a Sustainability Consultant and Business Application Consultant; but found myself being drawn towards technology where I eventually followed my curiosity to find my niche.

My software engineering interest was kickstarted by Code First Girls, where I attended their Web Development and Advanced Ruby courses at Twitter UK and M&S Digital from Autumn 2017 to Spring 2018. Alongside Code First Girls, early in 2017, I moved laterally from sustainability consulting to technology as a Business Application Consultant tasked with implementing Agile software development for the first time in my current company at the time without prior tech experience. I then went on to receive a fully-funded scholarship to attend a 16-week intensive Software Engineering Bootcamp at Makers in February 2019 and have since been exposed to Software Engineering and DevOps practices from a range of roles and industries such as investment management, e-commerce, subscription-based services and tech education.

โญ When I am not doing tech stuff, you can find me:


๐Ÿ“ท Enjoying some film photography with my Instax Mini 11

โ˜•๏ธ Reading and relaxing at the coffee shop
๐Ÿฅ‹ Practising Kendo
๐Ÿง—โ€ Improving my bouldering skills

๐ŸŽฎ Playing games on my Nintendo Switch
๐ŸŽต Singing as an Alto at the West End Musical Choir

Work History

SEPTEMBER 2011 โ€” JULY 2014

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“ Attended the University of Oxford and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Geography (Upper Second Class Honours – 2.1).

2014 St. Catherine’s College Exhibition Scholarship

SEPTEMBER 2014 โ€” SEPTEMBER 2015

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“ Attended University College London and earned my M.Sc. in Environmental Modelling (Distinction).

2015 University College London Dean’s List

FEBRUARY 2016 โ€” APRIL 2017

๐ŸŒฑ Junior Sustainability Consultant, EVORA Global Ltd.

Conducted data analysis & delivered sustainability reports.

APRIL 2017 โ€” FEBRUARY 2019

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ Business Application Consultant, EVORA Global Ltd.

Within my first year as a Sustainability Consultant and after expressing interest in EVORAโ€™s Sustainability Intelligence Environmental Reporting & Analysis Software-as-a-Service platform, I switched roles to become a Business Application Consultant, tasked with implementing Agile software development for the first time in the company without prior tech experience. I learnt about product management on-the-job, faciliated Scrum ceremonies and worked on business requirements gathering. I engaged daily with developers to adopt the best practices of Agile, testing, continuous integration and iterative software development from scratch with no prior experience of product management.

FEBRUARY 2019 โ€” JULY 2020

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Software Engineer, Fellowship Recipient, Makers

As a fellow, I received a fully-funded scholarship to attend a 16-week intensive Software Engineering Bootcamp at Makers, with the eye to fast-track my career in technology.

JULY 2019 โ€” AUGUST 2020

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Associate Software Engineer, M&G Plc, Makers Fellowship Program

Started at M&G Plc as a Full-Stack Software Engineer on the Investment Management Technology – Investment Process front office function.

Tech Stack: C# programming language, .NET Core 3.1, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft SQL, Visual Basic (VBA), HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Bootstrap

Testing: NUnit, Fluent Assertions

Version Control: Git / Azure Repo

SEPTEMBER 2020 โ€” FEBRUARY 2021

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Software Engineer, Trainline

Trainline is the leading independent rail and coach travel platform selling rail and coach tickets to millions of travellers worldwide. I worked within the Diet Code Team to enable easy eCommerce experiences and highly secure payments for customers.

Tech Stack: C# programming language, .NET Core 3.1, .NET 5, Amazon Web Services

Testing: NUnit, XUnit, Fluent Assertions, Specflow, BDDfy

Version Control: Git / Github

MARCH 2021 โ€” MAY 2022

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ Software Engineer & Tech Coach, Tech Returners

As a Software Engineer & Tech Coach at Tech Returners, I created and delivered programs to help underrepresented people refresh their skills after a career break. I designed, developed and delivered a Software Engineering training curriculum for mid-level Software Engineers to upskill in Software Engineering and Backend fundamentals for Java and C#, as well as assisting with the delivery of two DevOps UpSkill cohorts.

JUNE 2022 โ€” PRESENT

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ Software Engineer, Butternut Box

For more details, visit my LinkedIn.