At Computacenter, we have a strong commitment to promoting, encouraging and progressing the careers of women in tech, and are delighted that this year we have 9 amazing nominees in the CRN Women in Channel Awards 2020! To even be nominated is a fantastic achievement for our talented, hard-working and passionate group of nominees and we would like to send a huge congratulations to all of them.
We are highlighting their individual achievements and journeys to show just how well-deserved these nominations are. The next blog in this series is written by Annabelle Meek, our Lead Security Manager, who reflects on her achievements with Computacenter so far and how it feels to be nominated for such an important award.
Annabelle Meek has been with us at Computacenter for almost 3 years, currently working as the Lead Security Manager for one of our most high-profile customers.
“This is a highly complex account which challenges me in every aspect of security management,” she says. “It varies from incident management, patch management, vulnerability management, change management and continual project innovation.”
Within her role, she has played a big part in mentoring a number of our Industrial Placement Students over the years; a role she took on as an addition to her technical day-to-day responsibilities.
“I love to inspire people into pursuing technology careers and enabling our junior members of the team to grow in the cyber security sector.”
Over her 15 years’ experience working in various managed services companies, Annabelle has worked with a range of high-profile customers, which has given her the opportunity to develop her skills, helping her build the foundations that have enabled her to get to where she is in her career today.
“Computacenter has been a roller-coaster of a journey in the short time I have been here,” she says. “I cannot believe how fast time flies when you are having so much fun working in a role you absolutely love.”
Being nominated for this award is something that Annabelle doesn’t take lightly, and she is immensely proud to be up there among other Computacenter colleagues.
“I am absolutely over the moon to have been nominated by Computacenter for the CRN Women in Channel Awards 2020. To have this kind of significant recognition has made me so proud to represent women who work in technology.”
Having had a mentor herself, Annabelle is now a role model in her own right. One of our Cyber Security Industrial Placement students shared just how much of an impact Annabelle has had:
“I feel a deep sense of gratitude for Annabelle. She has shown indispensable support and encouragement throughout my time at Computacenter and beyond.
She taught me how to work hard and keep going during adversity. Annabelle is a kind, caring, and nurturing person.
Without her, I would not have been so lucky to receive the opportunities I have experienced to this date. I can proudly say that you are one of my role models.’’
When she isn’t protecting our top customers from cyber crime and cyber security attacks, Annabelle is a mother to two children. Raising children, running a home and working full time keeps her extremely busy, but she still finds time to enjoy plenty of time for dog walks and exploring at the weekends!
When asked about her nomination, Annabelle said:
“I am honoured to be recognised as an inspirational woman in tech. I truly hope I can inspire others to mentor young women to step in to the world of technology, as I have loved every minute of my career in Computacenter.”