Spotlight on.. Catherine Parkinson

Our people are our biggest asset. We make sure we recruit those who share our values, have the ability to develop personally and the will to continue learning professionally. During lockdown we’ve rallied together and kept Energise moving forward.

Today we talk to our Systems Developer, Catherine Parkinson, who has been with us for nearly eight years.

Tell us about your role

My job is to build the tools to make my colleagues' lives easier and to automate processes where possible. My days vary a lot as I often work on several projects at once. I’m curious and like to find ways of connecting data to make presenting it more interesting; I love being given a big ugly sheet of data turning it into something more visually meaningful. Having silos of data in random places is impractical, so being able to connect things together and deliver information to people, rather than them having to go and get it, is what gives me satisfaction.

At Energise we work on the premise – that there is one version of the truth – so one place where you can view the information and it’s the same results no matter which way you look at it.

How did you get to where you are now?

I primarily work in Excel development and have been for over 20 years, my proudest career moment was attaining Microsoft Certified Office Master, which involved taking specialist exams in Excel, Word and Access. My whole career has been focused on Excel development rather than a specific industry; from retail, insurance, hospitality, travel, manufacturing and now energy consultancy. I’ve certainly worked with a lot of varied data and fascinating people along the way.

What do you enjoy about working for Energise?

I love the fact that I’m allowed to follow my curiosity. I have an end goal and I’m aware that my colleagues and the management team have a vision, but it’s up to me how I get there. I’m given autonomy in my role and I truly appreciate that. I can keep learning and developing, which allows me to research new ways to support my colleagues and our clients.

Who inspires you?

Margaret Hamilton - she was the lead flight software developer working at NASA during the space race in the 1960s and coined the term Software Engineer.

I love this incredible photo of her standing next to a stack of paper as tall as she is which is the program that she wrote with her team for the Apollo project.

The more I read about her the more I realise how incredible she is, she has inspired me to never limit myself in the pursuit of knowledge.

What are your hopes for the future?

To keep moving forward. As I look back at my time with Energise, we’ve taken huge strides, and acted with bravery. What is happening in the world now is unprecedented and our directors have taken this opportunity to look at our systems, consolidate, learn, and come out stronger. We’re not afraid to reinvent and change and I hope we, and I, never lose that.

Tell us three facts about you?

1. My love of technology was inspired by Star Trek: The Next Generation, however my partner is more of Star Wars fan.

2. I’m a huge movie fan, and would go to the cinema all the time if I could – Action, Marvel and Sci Fi films are my favourites.

3. I’ve been to Japan three times and am looking forward to when I can take my daughter.

Connect with Catherine on LinkedIn. Find out more about the Energise team.