Isle of Man News - POSTED Thu 21-02-2019

Manx Telecom urges women to consider tech careers

by TH

Manx Telecom urges women to consider tech careers

Manx Telecom says it’s continuing a drive to encourage more women to pursue careers in technology.

It comes after the company appointed the first woman to its senior leadership team in the Technical Division.

Susannah Harrison is now Head of Integrated Service Management and is responsible for the delivery of network and change management, IT security, and risk and compliance.

Susannah leads a team of highly skilled and dedicated individuals who deliver services to both internal and external customers.

She said: “I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity, not just for me but for women who want to be successful in this industry.

“I hope my particular journey, and most recent success, shows young women that working for the right company can harness ambition and commitment to shape a rewarding career.

“In that sense there are no boundaries to what a woman in technology can achieve.”

Susannah joined Manx Telecom 18 years ago in an IT support role and since then has worked in sales, product management and most recently the service management team.

Manx Telecom is committed to investing in people and provides a range of initiatives offering opportunities for personal and professional development for all employees.

The Island’s leading communications company is also lending its support to Love Tech – the organisation with a mission to encourage more girls and women on the Island to explore opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Cathy Collins is Head of Brand and Marketing Communications at Manx Telecom she says: “We welcome Susannah’s appointment and our support for Love Tech is

part of a broader commitment to actively encourage more women to pursue careers within the technology, telecommunications and engineering fields.

“Last year we welcomed our first female trainee field engineer – Kristina Misselbrook – who is now a Field Engineer playing an integral part in our rollout of fibre, and working towards her NVQ qualifications.”

Angela van den Berg, Chair of Love Tech, said: “As a local not-for-profit initiative whose aim is to inspire and empower young women to explore opportunities and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Love Tech is delighted to have Manx Telecom on board as one of its valued sponsors for 2019.”

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