Nathalie is one of a small but growing contingent of women over the age of 40 in the UK who have made significant career changes to break into the tech industry. With women holding only 17 per cent of coding jobs, there is an increasing appreciation for the knowledge and critical thinking that can be brought to the fore by women entering tech from other industries.
Whilst her two boys were small, she built on her background in graphics. She followed a self-directed learning path from the kitchen table to master building websites for individuals and SMEs.
Her health took a major downturn with suspected ME at the age of 40. It wasn’t until diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome four years later that she was able to regain control managing her symptoms through food and a modified low Fodmap diet. TreatOut is a greenfield food focussed startup born out of her frustration with how hard she’s found eating out since identifying her multiple food intolerances. She was immediately accepted onto the 5th cohort of Google Campus for Mums Startup Programme in Oct 2015. To become the technical co-founder for TreatOut, Nathalie undertook a Full Stack Bootcamp with Le Wagon London in 2016, which helped grow her passion and advocacy for women in tech.
She is now building on her commercial experience as a Full Stack developer within the tech team at Skills Matter, London. This is her first ’employed’ position in 22 years.
Outside of work, Nathalie blogs about her career development from being a freelance, self-taught coder to becoming a tech startup founder and agile software engineer. Her background and career development make her a sought-after speaker of the challenges but most importantly of the opportunities that face women returners who decide to make the move into tech.
Tracey has an absolute passion for technology, especially gadgets and apps and she loves to tell a story. She has worked for over 20 years within the telecommunications and software industries in a variety of roles, focussing on the users and how they interact with technology.
Tracey started out as an instructional designer – designing training for network engineers for a national telecom. A move to a small mobile telecom software development company saw her role expand into writing technical guides, working with programmers to design UX, product testing, product marketing, and travelling the globe helping roll out mobile network call centres in interesting places like Afghanistan, Guinea and Liberia.
Tracey and her family moved here from New Zealand over 10 years ago where she released her inner Englishwoman, rocked her love of royalty, cream teas and village fetes and became a master cake decorator and pizza maker. But the call of the geek is strong and Tracey is now back working for a software company, this time project managing and content writing.
Nathalie is part of Tracey’s “adopted family” and so she knows the difficulties Nathalie has eating out, and the consequences when it goes wrong. As the host of the weekly “Friday Pizza Night” Tracey also knows that with a bit of planning it is not that hard to feed her either.
Best of all these geek sisters have wanted to work together for some time. TreatOut.com is that project.
Deborah’s area of expertise is business within the hospitality industry and currently runs a successful golf course with a strong food and beverage following.
With over 25 years in the trade Deborah has worked in a wide range of businesses from small boutique hotels to large international corporate groups. Prior to her family, Deborah worked in sales and marketing and could be found striding around in very high heels, usually on her way to meet clients in some of London’s finest hotels and restaurants.
Deborah’s daughter was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome in 2012, when Nathalie was beginning to put together the pieces of her own illness. Although they have differences in their symptoms, the two of them are basically ‘made the same’. Using diet and physiotherapy exercise to manage the condition is Deborah’s mantra. This is why TreatOut is so important to her. Deborah is another sibling in Tracey’s adopted family and they have been friends since Tracey arrived in their quintessentially English village.
Nathalie and Deborah have had a professional as well as personal relationship and it was this collaboration that resulted in a multi award winning website that Nathalie built with her SheCodes hat on.
Deborah is the non-tech of the trio however does love a good spreadsheet and can be found on the golf course – usually at the 19th hole.