I joined Waterstons in 2012 after graduating with a degree in Mathematics. While at school and university I always had an interest in computers – starting with playing computer games, but quickly moving on to programming and development. Following success at the British Informatics Olympiad I was lucky enough to be chosen to represent Great Britain at the International OIympiad in Informatics in Croatia in 2007
My Waterstons career started straight after university, being part of the Managed Services team working on our service desk. From there I began regular site visits with a number of our clients. These visits prove to be incredibly useful both for getting to know our clients better but also allowing me to work more efficiently with their staff. Sometimes there is no replacement for being there, hands-on, and speaking to people to see what’s going wrong.
I’ve since spent just over a year managing the service desk team and I am now currently based full-time out 'on-site' as site manager for a petrochemicals storage company with terminals in London, Teesside and South Wales. We’re in the middle of creating a brand new company from the UK arm of a multinational company – replacing or migrating every single IT system as seamlessly as possible is proving to be an exciting challenge!
Outside of the IT world I spend a lot of time in theatres and at outdoor events helping with lighting and sound. Over the past few years I’ve had the chance to work with a number of well-known people in different capacities – Russell Crowe and Bill Bryson, David Milliband and Nick Clegg and the Beautiful South to name a few.
Finally, I do a lot of work supporting the local scouts and guides, where having an old estate car that gets very wet and muddy comes in very useful. If I don’t answer my phone it probably means I’m up a mountain, in the middle of a lake or stood in a layby off the A690 and the signal isn’t great – just try again an hour or two later!