What have been your personal highlights on the B-Secur journey?
A massive moment for me was CES in Jan 2019, when we launched HeartKey. The reception we got from all the people who saw the technology and loved it was incredible, and really validated the amount of work our teams poured into our HeartKey product.
I was lucky enough to join B-Secur when we were still relatively small, so seeing the company grow has been a real privilege. I’ve been really fortunate to be supported with my own progression to Head of Product. I think it says a lot about our team that we spend a lot of time with each other outside of work – our company’s success is built on our people and I’m really grateful to be able to work with everyone.
Lastly, I think beating CCO Ben Carter in our bake off competition is something I’ll treasure forever!”
You’re a local lad…how have you seen the Belfast tech landscape grow and evolve over the past few years?
There’s been an incredible change in Belfast and Northern Ireland as a whole in the last few years. People are slowly coming to realise what an incredible place this is, and you can see that in the investment large companies are making in opening up offices here. The pool of engineering excellence here is starting to be recognised, and I think we ourselves are realising that we have the talent here to compete on the global stage.
As a company, we’re very lucky to be able to have two strong local universities on our doorstep, producing high quality and keen graduates. Honestly, it’s a great time to be an engineer in Northern Ireland, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the country grows over the next few years.
What is your advice for anyone who wants to move into product development?
Learn what everyone is doing! To develop a product, you need to be able to draw on lots of different disciplines and you can’t do that if you don’t have an appreciation for what the teams bring to the table, and the challenges they have. Empathy is a really important skill, to get the best from such a diverse range of skills and personalities.
Overall, the best thing you can do is get stuck in – take the initiative to work with people in that product development role and develop those skills on the job!