PYCON UK

Panel Discussion - Developer Career Progression

Samathy Barratt | Sunday 12:00 | Assembly Room

This is a panel of four experts answering pre-submitted questions from the assembled audience under the guidance of a chairperson. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Think "Question Time" on BBC1 at 10:30pm on a Thursday and you have a pretty good idea of what it will be like.

Samathy Barratt (Chair)

Samathy Barratt

Samathy is a magical code fairy passionate about diverse people and well documented code.

Currently finishing her BSC in Computer Science at Coventry University, she's always interested in learning new technologies and ideas. Despite being a student herself, she loves teaching what she's excited about to others.

You can usually find her getting involved with LGBT+ activism, going to conferences or drinking a good coffee.

Jessica Rose

Jessica Rose

Jessica Rose is a self taught technologist and technical manager with FutureLearn. She's founded the Open Code meetup series, co-founded Trans*Code and hosts the Pursuit Podcast. She's a mentor and advisor for those looking to enter the tech industry.

Simon Brunning

Simon Brunning

According to the only known online biography of Simon, he is a, "Father. Nerd. Pythonista. Agileista. Guardian reader. Secularist. Rationalist and empiricist. Comedy groupie. Good hugger. Music lover. Radio 4." He's also a Technical Principal at ThoughtWorks and has been working in the technology industry since the 1980s.

Meri Williams

Meri Williams

Meri is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. She's a CTO, delighted to be leading the tech team at MOO, and also runs ChromeRose, a micro-consultancy which helps digital & technical teams be brilliant.

She has had a career spanning development, programme & product management and more recently engineering & operations leadership. She’s led teams ranging in size from 30 to 300, mostly with people spread across the world, in a range of organisations from Procter & Gamble, to startups, to the Government Digital Service.

A published author and international speaker, she sponsors scholarships to help more girls start STEM careers in her hometown of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She's proud to be the host and co-curator of The Lead Dev conference for technical leads.

Michelle Coventry

Michelle Coventry

Michelle is a talent advisor at Kindred Capital and Five AI. She has 16 years of experience sourcing and nurturing talent in high growth, investor backed tech companies.

Previously she was a founding partner at Maven Ventures - a leading headhunting firm recruiting for private equity and venture capital backed Tech and Digital companies across EMEA and the US. She also works with large organisations undergoing digital transformation (for example, Marks and Spencer) to help them recuit and nurture technical colleagues.