Form3 – Bonnie Mitchell, CFO

Bonnie MitchellWe recently interviewed Bonnie Mitchell, CFO at Form3 on her thoughts and experience on Women in Tech.

  1. What does your job role involve?

My remit is the financial planning, risk management and financial reporting of the business. In real terms this means oversite of the cash, governance and compliance of the business.  In finance the devil is always in the detail, and you need full detail to determine the right decisions.

  1. What made you choose a career in technology?

The trend mainly; we are living in the digital age. Also, my proximity to Cambridge; also known as the silicon fen.  I love working for growth companies, as there’s nothing like contributing to growing and shaping a new venture and disrupting the norm.

  1. Did you study an IT or technology related subject at A-Level or University?

No, I studied maths, however I always had a fascination for IT, software engineering and the ability to write code.

  1. Did you get any work experience in IT or technology before this role?

Not really, only from a back office IT systems point of view, with some data migration experience thrown in.

  1. Do you think there is a lack of females in the IT and tech sector?

Yes there does appear to be. It is important that the products we build are created from a diverse group of engineers, and support staff to achieve the best results.

  1. Do you find there is a stereotype that a career in IT or technology is just for men?

Yes I think there is a stereotype at present.  I reflect on my own children who are growing up in a digital age with so much technology around them.  I think that all children should have their horizons opened up to them rather than narrowed down.  I’m always watching out for the introduction of stereotypes and unconscious bias.

  1. What would entice women to study technology related courses?

I can associate this question to maths related courses, and on that basis I would say greater visibility and understanding of the opportunities that technology related subjects and career paths can provide them with.

  1. Are there barriers when it comes to women getting into tech?

I think there is a perception of barriers. My own experience tells me we must encourage all young people to be brave enough to push a little harder, and question a little more their ingrained stereotypes.

  1. How could we encourage more women to start a career in tech?

I think the industry needs to be more present in schools in order to spark the imagination of children.

  1. What advice would you give young women today at the start of their career?

Seek guidance and advice from as many people as possible, never assume you can’t do something just because trying seems a little bit too hard.