I arrived in London in 1997 to help set up a new operational team for a bank I worked for in Edinburgh, and decided to stay. I worked in the client services/relationship management area of fund management until 2010 when I took a career break to be home with my children. In 2017, after a short time back in the City, I changed direction and started an Office Manager role in a large primary school. This was a completely different environment to the one I was used to working in. I was responsible for delivering outcomes in a number of unfamiliar fields – GDPR, child protection, HR – and learned a lot in a short time, including about myself. I really enjoyed using existing skills in new ways.
After 18 months of experience back in the workforce I had a long think about restarting a career. I was always fascinated by the workings of Parliament, so I applied for a role in the Personnel Security Department and started in early 2019. I then went on to cover an Information Security role in IRIS before starting my current role. I advise MPs’ offices and internal departments on data protection issues.
The varied, fast paced workload can be daunting at times so it really makes a positive difference having a collaborative, supportive team around me.