Meri is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. Previously she led the Delivery Team at the Government Digital Service and worked in Procter & Gamble’s Global Business Services organisation for 10 years, starting out as a Developer, moving on to Product Management, and finally Programme& Engineering/Operations Management. She’s led teams ranging in size from 30 to 300, mostly with folks spread across the world.
She studied Computer Science with a focus on artificial intelligence, so she still thinks of herself as a proper geek and imagines she always has a soldering iron in her back pocket—though sadly the reality isn’t so cool.
A published author and previous winner of the BCS Young IT Professional of the Year in the UK ITIndustry Awards, she sponsors scholarships to help more girls start STEM careers in her hometown of Stellenbosch, South Africa. In her spare time she enjoys baking, gaming, surfing and her obsession with hot smoking Texas-style BBQ.