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Kirstin Gillon

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.