Head of Member Data & Insight - The Co-op
- How did you get into data and technology, and why?
I’ve always been quite logical so I was drawn to problem-solving, anything analytical, or where there are answers to tease out. I’d originally wanted to be a doctor but didn’t get the right grades, so instead, I did a maths degree and then stumbled into a career with a home shopping company that I’d previously had a Saturday job with. 18 years later and I’m still working in the same field!
- What is one key lesson you have learnt in your career?
Disappointment doesn’t always mean failure and it’s worth looking around and seeing what other opportunities present themselves.
- How important is it to have other passions in your life?
Outside of work I like to travel, this can mean either short breaks or I’ve taken longer trips to countries such as India and Japan. I love soaking up a completely different culture and forgetting all about work for a while. I give a lot at work, so when I’m not there I do try and properly switch off.
- What advice would you give your teenage self?
I’d tell her not to worry so much about what people think but to look at yourself and really push on through any crisis of confidence.