May is the Operations Manager for Xpand Group Ltd, a company developing software for the management and tracking of the impact of programmes based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Having studied Computing Science at university, May took a 14 year diversion into the legal sector where she specialised in asbestos and clinical negligence litigation. Throughout this time she retained an interest in tech and, from 2017, became involved in Northern Ireland’s tech community, volunteering and speaking at the Northern Ireland Developer Conference as well as speaking at BelFOSS – Belfast’s annual FLOSS event. She joined both Xpand and the organising committee of the Northern Ireland Developer Conference in early 2019.
Also in 2019, May was successful in securing a place on the Boardroom Apprentice scheme receiving training with a focus on becoming an effective Board member in multiple areas including including governance, communication, questioning, and accounts reading skills. Through Boardroom Apprentice she was paired with the Department of Finance Board in an observational role for a year. This gave May the opportunity of first hand experience and understanding of the functions of a government board.
Thanks to this varied background and experience, May brings a unique perspective to her roles with a passion to give back and for learning. She has a particular interest in accessibility to tech as well as developing and maintaining communities within the technology sphere.