Tech Trailblazers

Tech Trailblazers: Siobhan Leneghan

  • Name: Siobhan Leneghan

    Role: Software Development Team Lead, TP ICAP

    What does your typical day look like?

    First coffee, then I check my emails. I might have emails that have come in from the US teams overnight, or alerts from applications that might need immediate attention. I work out my to-do list for the day and prepare for a daily team standup. After that I’ll start working through my list, which could be a mix of investigations, coding, documentation, attending more meetings, mostly through conference calls with staff in TP ICAP in London and New Jersey.

    What are you currently working on?

    I’m currently taking over responsibility for future development of an existing system that is heavily used and relied on within TP ICAP. This involves both sitting down with the business analyst reviewing the business domain and requirements, and walking through the underlying code in order to learn as much about the system as possible. I’m also working with my own team members to help them upskill too.

    What inspired you to join this company in particular?

    TP ICAP is relatively new to Belfast, but well established in London and globally. I was attracted to the prospect of being able to set up our own standards and processes, bring new technology and ideas to the company, and the strategy of the board to create a technology centre of excellence.

    Did you always want to work in this industry (tech)?

    Pretty much as soon as I decided to take up Computers O-Level (so long ago!), I knew this was where my path lay. I just loved writing code that made things happen – even if it was just “Hello World”.

    What’s your favourite part about your work?

    I love getting my hands on different applications and technology. There are so many more ways of achieving the desired result, the curiosity never goes away.

    What would you say to other people considering a job in this industry (tech)?

    To steal a tagline – Just Do It! There is so much more to IT than sitting at a computer and just writing code. There are various ways to get into it as well, so many options. You don’t have to be Einstein either, there is a role for everyone with a keen interest in IT.

    How do you see this technology impacting on our lives?

    Information Technology is in everyone’s life, from your mobile phone, your smart TV, smart speaker, even my Tumble Dryer has WiFi and an app! But you have to be careful too – all our personal data is out there to be abused, and in the same way that you protect your physical possessions, you should be just as careful with your digital possessions.

    Who inspired you to work in this field?

    I can’t say any one person inspired me to work in IT, but without question my Mum has always inspired me, showing me that you can be whatever you want to be with determination, hard work and application.

    What do you consider to be the most important tech innovation or development in recent years?

    Wireless technology has to be one of the important developments, it has freed us from being tied to our hardwired connections and allowed us to be connected anywhere (that we can get a signal).

    What tech gadget could you not live without?

    I know its obvious, but my phone. I have everything on it, photos, calendar, emails, banking, and social media.

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