Tell us a bit about you:
I am a bit of a technology geek outside of work, people say my house is like a gadget graveyard, although I’m kept in check by my husband John – my finance approver! We split our time between Manchester and London as he works for a Bank as Head of Operational Risk in Manchester, and I tend to be based in London. When not working we like to travel and attempt to stay fit.
What does your role entail?
I lead, support and develop technology teams with a wide variety of skills, from infrastructure, to databases, to developers, business systems specialists to engineers that build and look after radio studios and facilities. I spend a lot of time working out what needs to change and how technology can make a positive impact to the daily lives of people that work at Bauer and to the products and service Bauer offers to consumers and audiences.
Tell us a bit about how you came to join Bauer Media?
I have been at Bauer for almost three years. Before I joined I was at the BBC where I had been for 31 years. I needed a change and was looking for something that was a bit familiar but also had aspects that would challenge me and allow me to grow and develop new skills and experience. Bauer was ideal as it had the familiarity of Radio for me, but Publishing was relatively new to me.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My role is very varied which means that I spend time talking to many different people through the day about different aspects of projects, technology, or challenges that we need to find solutions for, it can be a mix of meetings, calls and head down preparing presentations and proposals. The people I work with are distributed both across the UK and Europe and we have the tools and technology to collaborate effectively with people being remote, so often you’ll find me with a headset on working with people who are many miles away or working from home for the day. As my responsibilities cover businesses we have in Europe I travel a reasonable amount to some of our other sites, for some face to face time with people, and suppliers.
Why do you love working at Bauer?
Bauer is a very diverse organisation, many people with different skills and experiences from different backgrounds, it’s not a homogenised organisation, and it works hard to ensure that people from all backgrounds and skills have a place to contribute to the great products and services that we have. It demands commitment but at the same time it respects and works hard to ensure that people find a working style that enables them to have a good work life balance.
What are you proudest of in your time at Bauer?
Watching people grow and develop, by allowing people the space to take decisions and be accountable for their them. I also recently took up the lead on LGBTQ+ issues at Bauer and played a small part in making a significant difference in parts of the business that started to ‘do things’ differently, enabling people to be more confident about who they are.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to join Bauer?
To be yourself, everyone can contribute to what we are doing here, no matter what your background or circumstances, it’s an organisation that can bring the best out of you. You will always be able to find someone like you who will be happy to advise and support you – and along the way we make sure there is some fun as well as some incredibly hard work.