National Capability Manager
After being one of a handful of female students majoring in Software Engineering at QUT’s Bachelor of Information Technology, Emily started her career as a Software Developer, working for 10 years as a Full Stack Developer.
On her own transformation journey, Emily transitioned into more analysis focused roles, starting her career with ASG as a Consultant working across many different roles such as Tech Lead, Technical Analyst, Business Analyst, Process and Change Lead as well as Practice Leader, Senior Practice Leader and a very brief stint as acting Practice Manager!
As ASG’s National Capability Manager for Consulting, Emily has an important role today in ensuring ASG’s services and solutions are providing relevant value to our clients, as well as being aligned to the future competitive market.
With over 20 years’ experience working in IT and 13 of those years spent at ASG, it was no surprise to us when Emily was recognised as a finalist in the 2021 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in the Technical category.
Emily is a passionate advocate for process before technology. She blends creative thinking and solid business acumen with expert technical knowledge – helping organisations with legacy processes to throw out the rule book (if needed) and rewrite it!
We took some time to chat to Emily about her career at ASG, where she likes to invest her personal time, and how she felt about being recognised as a WIICTA Finalist.
EMILY, WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR ROLE AND WORKING AT ASG?
“Clearly the variety! It’s been fantastic to have been able to do so many different things on my journey. I’m really enjoying the hybrid working arrangements – I can work from home and skip the daily commute for half of the week. It means extra time with my kids!”
YOU WERE RECENTLY NOMINATED AND NAMED A FINALIST FOR A WOMEN IN ICT AWARD! CONGRATS, WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU! HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THE NOMINATION?
“Very grateful and a little bit overwhelmed to be a Finalist amongst so many accomplished women – I really was not expecting it!”
IT’S BEEN VERY NICE TO SEE MORE WOMEN WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT DIVERSITY HELPS DELIVER BETTER OUTCOMES AND POSITIVE WORKING ENVIRONMENTS.
THE TECHNICAL CATEGORY, FOR WHICH YOU ARE NOMINATED, HAS GROWN IN NUMBER OF FINALISTS SINCE LAST YEAR (WE’RE TALKING SIGNIFICANT GROWTH - 300%!). HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE INDUSTRY?
“After I finished school, I lived in the UK for a few years, working as a waitress or office temp and then travelling whenever I could. Then I found an interest in computing and started a Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in Software Engineering when I got back to Australia. I did most of my degree part time while working in the industry.”
CAN YOU GIVE US SOME INSIGHT INTO WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE A WOMAN IN IT AND HOW IT HAS CHANGED THROUGH THE YEARS?
“It’s been interesting – I’ve definitely got some stories from the earlier days! What I will say is that it’s been very nice to see more women working in the industry because I believe that diversity helps deliver better outcomes and positive working environments.”
THERE’S A TREND GOING AROUND ASKING WOMEN TO SHARE THE ADVICE THEY WOULD GIVE THEIR YOUNGER SELF. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO A YOUNGER YOU – ANY CAREER OR LIFE ADVICE?
“I would say, “Don’t worry you will get there (and work out where that is along the way).”
SPEAKING OF A YOUNGER YOU, WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
“I was born in the UK – my Mum is Australian, my Dad is English but he had immigrated to Australia in the 60’s (he was a 10 Pound Pom). We moved to Australia permanently when I was a toddler, and I grew up in Brisbane.”
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ON WEEKENDS? ANY HOBBIES OR WAYS TO SPEND YOUR TIME OUTSIDE OF WORK?
“Walking the dog, Pilates, yoga, reading, or colouring. Along with spending time with my boys who are aged 8 and 11 and my husband.
I am also partial to a bit of Netflix. I’ve almost finished the Shadow and Bone TV series – I love it. It is set in the Grishaverse, based on two series of books by Leigh Bardugo. I had already read one of the book series and I am now reading the other. Definitely one for the fantasy fans!”