This month, our green-fingered finance manager Jill steps into the employee spotlight. She began her career in banking back in 1980, when she saw the opening of London’s first skyscraper, but her role with Vapour means she now calls Yorkshire ‘home’.
With a passion for helping things grow – whether on her allotment or within the four walls of Vapour’s HQ – she’s a self-confessed ‘non techy’ with a firm eye on our future…
How did you first get into the world of tech?
As an Ops Manager for the University of Manchester Incubator Company (UMIC), as it was known then. I looked after start-up spin out and spin in tenants.
And what is your earliest memory of tech in your life?
Mid 80s during my banking career – IBM screens with green digit data! But I can also remember my first ‘laptop’ as a mortgage adviser – we wheeled them around on trolleys!
What’s the one quality you need to thrive in this environment (especially at Vapour)?
An absolute focus on the client – both in terms of what they need as a tailored package of services for their business, and how we can grow the relationship.
And what is the one thing you would change about the tech sector?
I’m not personally a ‘techy’, so from a user point of view, understanding all the acronyms!
Why do you think Vapour stands out in the channel?
We concentrate on the client!
Complete the sentences:
The best piece of tech ever invented is… the smartphone.
The next purchase on my (personal) tech wishlist is... a smartphone with upgraded camera.
A tech firm that has really stood out for me in the last 12 months is... Vapour ?
The biggest misconception in the channel is that... delivering unified comms is simple. I am really in awe of my techy colleagues!
By the end of 2020, our tech will have made organisations far more... green. It’s been an extremely challenging year for the business community and we’re only half-way through. But there are some unexpected pleasant surprises to come from lockdown too. For example, it has proven we can all be greener!
Many traditional and somewhat archaic working patterns – including travel to the office and meetings – have changed dramatically, and I see this being the ‘new normal’ now. Organisations are collaborating differently, which has improved the work-life balance for many, and the environment has benefitted too. Vapour can help make this continue, with powerful tech that keeps people securely connected with colleagues and customers, wherever they may be.