I have always had career in a male-dominated industry, and took a position as an administrator in a telecoms company, but it was quickly brought to my attention that I had an eye for telecoms expense management which then developed into a telecom engineering path. I have always been interested in technology, and the business I now own and operate is a reflection of this.
Professional Interests & Drive
I am a business communication and technology specialist with one mission: to deliver reliable infrastructure, connectivity and security systems that add real value to your business. We offer a one-stop solution, whatever your sector, whatever your size.
Mentors & Influencers
My most influential person was my late father, Paul Levers. When I was 13 years old, he came in with a box and dropped it on my bed.
I asked him, “Dad what’s that?”
He responded, “Something called a PC Gem.”
I said, “OK, but what am I supposed to do with that?” and he told me, “Build it, Gem, and work it out yourself.”
So, I did. This gave me the confidence to build and repair IT equipment. I don’t think he realized that one act would turn into me owning and running a technology business.
Mentorship is massively important in supporting and advancing the careers of women in technology. Just 17% of people working in the UK technology industry are women. It destroys me that the last two years I have not had one female apply for an engineer/IT/apprentice position at all. Women in Technology is a huge passion for me, but I feel more still needs to be done to bring women into a male-dominated industry.
Admired Leaders & Trailblazers
Simon Roche from Northern Power Women is someone I greatly admired for pushing the boundaries in Women’s business.
Karen Brady is also a strong businesswoman in a very male world. I greatly admire her for her strength and resilience to stand up and be heard in a male-dominated industry.
Advancing Gender Parity
Believe in Yourself! Women can do whatever they set their minds too, and with help and guidance there is nothing you can’t achieve.
Leading the Next Generation
There needs to be a massive change in the way our schools support young women, especially in regard to utilizing IT and Tech skills for possible careers. Otherwise, the gender gap is not going to change. We need to teach young women they are just as capable to thrive in this male-dominated industry. I don’t want young females having to go through what I have in my career; being told you have gone as far as you can go. The sky’s the limit and I would love it if a young female worked for me and then progressed to an amazing career in tech.