Kirstin Gillon is a Technical manager in the IT Faculty, find out more on how she started working in tech.
What I love most about my role
I love the variety of what I do and the opportunity to be learning new things all the time.
What I’m most proud of
I led a research project on how finance functions in Chinese businesses were using big data, and the skills accountants needed to be effective in this context. I spent a few fascinating weeks in China, visiting companies with our partner organisations and talking to accountants and data scientists. I then presented the findings at a major conference in Shanghai and at an event at the Mansion House in London.
What motivates me most
- I’m motivated by ‘getting things done’ and taking initiative
- I thrive on being creative
What I’m not as keen on
- Being known as a perfectionist
- Influencing others
How I started working in technology
I studied law at university but didn't want to be a lawyer so joined IBM on their graduate scheme when I graduated I was a business analyst and project manager supporting their supply chain systems. I then moved to PWC, working in their IT Advisory practice. I did lots of different things but spent most time on transactions, doing IT due diligence and post deal support. I joined ICAEW after that to build their thought leadership and research work around tech and the profession.