Our after-lunch discussion, will be introduced by Claire Milne, who will hand over to the Love Tech team and mentors.
Speaker details to follow, but we wanted to get the date in your diary and hope you will join us, for what will no doubt be a fabulous, fun and informative lunch.
Thanks to our sponsor Appleby, guests will be offered a glass of fizz with their lunch.
On booking, Rachel McKenna will email a menu for your lunch pre-order.
Meet the Love Tech speakers -
Caitlin Bradley - Technical Writer for Software Systems.
Caitlin graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moore’s University. She moved back to the island soon after and worked as a technical writer, admin assistant and sales assistant before starting her current role as a Junior Copywriter at one of the leading e-gaming companies in the industry, where her role includes managing the content on their client portal.
While at University, Caitlin worked for the Liverpool branch of the University Paper as a reviewer, and was a course representative and council member of the Table Top Gaming Society.
In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading books and comics and volunteers at the Mann Cat Sanctuary.
Lizaan van Dyk
Lizaan is an industrial engineer, practising as a business process improvement consultant.
The focus of industrial engineering, and hence the nature of her work, involves the improvement of systems as a whole – considering the impact of change on processes, people, infrastructure, cost and technology.
Lizaan has worked all over the world, in many different industries including healthcare, retail, manufacturing and agriculture. She was based in South Africa for 10 years before relocating to the Isle of Man in 2018 and currently works for a London-based company from home. Her role as custodian of their workforce planning service entails optimising staffing requirements for healthcare providers.
Rachel Glover - Molecular Biologist and Computational Biologist
Rachel is an experienced molecular and computational biologist with expertise in molecular ecology, biosurveillance, bioinformatics and genomics.
She is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Taxa Genomics, an environmental and veterinary company on the island.
Rachel is also a competitive target riffle shooter who has represented the Isle of Man at two Commonwealth Games as well as competing for Great Britain
Jacqui Verduyn - Practices in Architecture
Jacqueline graduated in 2006 with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where she also worked as a part time lecturer.
Upon completing her studies, Jacqueline worked for 7 years as an architect in South Africa before relocating to the Island in 2013.
She is an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and runs her own architectural practice working on projects from bespoke residential to large scale commercial developments.
Francisca Cano Ortiz - Department Head of Software Quality Assurance
Since I was very little those around me – family and teachers – said that I would be an artist when I grew up. I followed that path and studied Fine Arts holding now a Master’s in Graphic Design, but I am not an artist today.
Career paths are not linear. You can skip, jump, and do any kinds of pirouettes in my case. I started working in the IT industry almost by accident, and I’ve been in different roles ever since. Web developer, programme and project manager, and in the software testing field for seven years.
Today, I’m Department Head of Software Quality Assurance with a remarkable team of software testers and automation developers. My mission is to make them be better professionals every day so that, together, they bring the highest value to a company. To accomplish, I use my technical knowledge to find a box and my creative mind to think outside that box. It’s my unique combination of skills.
And that’s what STEM disciplines, like Technology need to evolve; your unique set of abilities and talents.