Dionne is an awarding winning Leader, Agile Development Lead/Senior Developer, Tech Career Coach, Speaker, and Diversity in Tech advocate.
Having recently stepped up as an Agile Development Lead, Dionne manages a team of 12 Android and iOS developers for the recently launched TfL Go app, and a team of 2 developers using iOS and React Native to develop internal apps for staff. She previously specialised in Android app development, Java and open source technologies as a Senior Developer. She also have over 10 plus years previous experience in developing Java EE/web based large scale business critical applications and API services, in the public transport, education and local government sectors, and have worked on some high profile projects such as Job Centre Plus Vacancy Kiosks, TfL TPOMA (Transport Police Online Mapping Application), LondonWorks, TfL Oystercard Mobile services, and most recently TfL Go app. Dionne is also exploring the benefits of cloud computing, and becoming a fan of Microsoft Azure :-).
Dionne is passionate about improving diversity in tech, and especially encouraging more Women and BAME people to consider a career in tech and retaining them, in an industry commonly viewed as very male dominated. Dionne helps women in established non tech careers with a desire to make a career change into tech, through coaching, mentoring and training. She also helps employers to build relationships with underrepresented communities to attract diverse tech talent.
Dionne is a co-lead of TfL Women Staff Network Group – Women in Tech committee and delivers inspirational talks, events and workshops to raise awareness of tech as a viable career. She is also a member of the TfL RACE SNG (Raising Awareness of Culture and Ethnicity Staff Network Group) Leadership Team, and is focused on raising awareness of lack of diversity in tech and at senior leadership levels, and lead on the RACE SNG Career Development initiative where I get to create opportunities for the community to learn skills needed for the future.
Dionne is the founder of an initiative called “Where’s the BAME in Tech?” (or @BAMEinTech for short), an initiative to highlight successful BAME professionals in tech corporate companies, and provide a safe space for open and honest discussions about BAME experiences in tech. Dionne is also a core/founding member of UKBlackTech, an initiative set up to encourage and support more people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to consider a career in tech and support them once in the industry. We provide events, seminars, mentoring and networking opportunities.
Dionne has a keen interest in public speaking and deliver keynote talks, and sit on panel discussions at tech conferences (such as Tech Inclusion at Google UK, Facebook Tech + Diversity event, Black Women in Tech at Condé Nast International), and participate in fireside chats to encourage more Women and BAME people into the tech industry, and share my knowledge. She recently represented TfL at the Tech Talent Charter Regional Event at City Hall sponsored by the Mayor of London, and regularly speak at private tech events and raise awareness of Transport for London’s In-house Development Team and its investment in technology.
Dionne was fortunate enough to be featured in a book called The Voices In The Shadow, a collection of 51 stories highlighting amazing black women in tech, which has been sent to 300 schools across the UK and Ireland, and more to come. She has also contributed to a book called Black and Great: The Essential Workplace Toolkit by Rene Germain, The inspirational career guide for young and ambitious Black British professionals. You can get your copy of the Black and Great book here https://amzn.to/3NZTupG