Leah Stockley’s Women in Tech Profile

What do the inspiring Jonathan Livingston Seagull story and Leah Stockley have in common? They fly higher, push harder, and don’t settle for what’s expected, of course. But to make things that little bit more coincidental, Leah’s mentor, James, the son of Richard Bach, the author of the best selling book.  He not only taught her Exploratory Testing techniques but inspired her to begin speaking at conferences and writing a blog.               Leah has resided in Singapore for the past eight years with her husband and three-year-old-son but originally hails from Bournemouth, on the South Coast of the United Kingdom. Having spent seven years previously living in London, Leah is a keen and avid traveller; “All I knew when I was working in cafes and market stalls when I was 18 years old, was that I wanted to travel but I had no idea how that would happen.”

 Leaving home at 16, with a strong work ethic and an independent streak instilled by her parents, Leah worked all sorts of jobs, including a job as an office PA which she states she was “terrible at”. Discussing how she found herself working in tech, Leah explains, “it was right place, right time. I don’t have a conventional background and didn’t go to University. While working as a PA I saw a job ad that said ‘logical thinker wanted, no experience necessary’, so I applied for that and went through a load of aptitude tests and turned out to be for a software testing job. I fell into tech, but I soon discovered it was the right career for me.”

  Busting the myth that the Tech role means you are stuck at a computer all day,  Leah’s role has taken her all over the world; “I’ve been all over the Middle East, Australia, Ukraine, Japan, The Philippines- all for my work as a techie!”

  Leah’s personal and work philosophy revolves around the mantra “keep challenging, don’t accept mediocrity, and just keep trying”. She sums this up with well- known quote: “Even if you’re on the right track you’ll get run over if you just sit still”.  Practising what she preaches, Leah’s role sees her discovering and encouraging agile ways of working, as opposed to the traditional command control culture. “It’s about enabling culture change and challenging what is considered to be the status quo.”    When it comes to advice to her younger self, Leah believes it’s important to “always keep fresh and up to date. Just keep learning all the time, stay curious because that’s something I lost and it slowed me down for a few years”. She explains that it’s also important to remember that “if you’re coming into tech, realise it changes all of the time. It will always change, so don’t pin yourself to a specific skill or role. Be open to change and embrace it!” 

Leah is a great advocate for women building their careers in Technology. “Tech roles provide equal opportunities for anyone and everyone –it’s all about your skillsets, and not your gender.” In today’s digital age, tech platforms go hand-in-hand with flexible working hours and locations, “My company supporting flexible working truly enables me to balance my work and home life.”

If you’re interested in joining our Women in Tech movement you can join Standard Chartered’s WIT portal here 💁 , or you just want to learn more about it, read more here✌️

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