She Does Hey! Speaker Spotlight

Ahead of our event on Wednesday in collaboration with She Does Digital, we spoke to some of the speakers to find out what makes them tick...

Kimberley Bottomley

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m Kimberley. I live in Mirfield near Huddersfield with my husband, Lee. I married into a family of boardsport enthusiasts; I’ve recently learned to snowboard and I’m still working on the surfing. I regularly practice yoga and I’m learning to speak Spanish, too.

Tell us about what you do?

I’ve worked in user experience design since 2005, predominantly designing user interfaces for financial services. I’m now Head of Customer Experience at Leeds based start-up, Cocoon. We’re making it easier for everyone to feel their homes are secure with our smart home security device, which is controlled through a smartphone app. I’m responsible for making sure we build products that our customers love and which meets their needs. So, this means regular customer contact through support and conducting research, then working closely with our development and hardware teams to bring these features to life.

Name three things that are on your bucket list

Travel (as much of) the world as a Vanlifer; Own a Labrador called Norman; Live by the sea.


Arianne Donoghue

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I have quite eclectic interests - I love to knit and sew as it's a great way to step away from the day job, but then I also love video games and am learning to code - so if I'm not careful I can easily spend all my waking hours in front of a screen! I'm also a massive podcast addict and listen to far too many about murder and true crime.  This has also become true of my Netflix habits (Mindhunter and Manhunt: Unabomber are recent binges) - come and chat to me if you have similar questionable interests!

Tell us about what you do?

My focus is on the paid advertising side of things, so anything from search ads on Google and Bing to display ads on Facebook and LinkedIn. My job focuses on helping our teams win new business, ensuring that our proposition as an agency delivers on both what clients want, and where the industry is going, and finally, I also spend a lot of time talking publicly about what we do - which can be on stage at industry events, or via content I write for a variety of sites.

Name three things that are on your bucket list

Ooh great question!

One thing I always wanted to do was a parachute jump from a plane - I managed that ten years ago and loved every second of it!

Other things on my list would be to visit Antarctica - it's like nowhere else and I'd love to see it before it's changed forever. Also, penguins!

My third item is slightly different - one day I'd love to make it to TED and give a talk. No idea what on - I've been inspired and moved by so many TED talks I've heard that it would be a hell of a challenge to come up with something worthy of the stage, but that's half the fun!


Gintare Gervyte

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I enjoy solving problems in a creative way. I'm also a massive lover of science, good music, behavioural psychology and all things UX.

Tell us about what you do?

Optimise websites, analyse user behaviour and data to create strategies which then help improve businesses as a whole as much as their websites.

Name three things that are on your bucket list

Travelling around the world, writing a book and sleep in an igloo


Christina Xu

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a Chinese national living in the UK. I came to Leeds for my master’s degree in 2007 and I have been living in the country since then. I am into astrology, I would read Susan Miller forecast every month. My recent favour TV show is Outlander, and I have downloaded the eBook to catch up on the full story.

Tell us about what you do?

I am a digital marketer, specialised in the China market. I started my own business in November last year in Leeds, we help businesses to reach their goals online and offline in China.

Name three things that are on your bucket list

  • Travel the world
  • Parachute
  • See the northern lights

Xuefei Wen

Tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Xuefei Wen. I am a highly motivated Computer Scientist with a passion for Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing. I am always keen to expand my skill set.

Tell us about what you do?

I am working as a Machine Learning Engineer at Crisp Thinking. I mainly works on building up models to automatically detect the content of image and video data.

Name three things that are on your bucket list

  • Have valuable research contribution to the area of AI;
  • Learn scuba diving;
  • Fit in my wedding dress in August…

Sommer Croft

Tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Sommer Croft, I'm a mum to two gorgeous little girls, a lover of prosecco and a Programme Manager within the NHS. I've worked in project management for over 18 years, and love that I work within an environment that tries to do some good in the world. I enjoy walking (especially along the North East coastline and Yorkshire Moors), as well as reading terrible chick-lit novels.

Tell us about what you do?

I'm a Programme Manager within NHS Digital, I work on the development of digital technology to support clinicians and patients within the wider NHS. Within the last year, I've taken on the role of a Product Owner as a new challenge, and love it.

Name three things that are on your bucket list

Visit the temples in Cambodia, fly in a hot air balloon, and go to the carnival in Rio de Janeiro

She Does Digital on 16th April 2018.


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