Rick Healy & Dan McGraw join digital engineering

I’m delighted to welcome Rick and Dan to CoopDigital.

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Rick Healy (left) and Dan McGraw (right)

Rick Healy has been promoted to the role of principal architect in the Digital Engineering team. He’s been doing a lot of work on our new Membership platform, we’ll tell you more about that on the blog later this week. Rick’s worked with me on a number of projects over the years and has been a real leader in cultivating the solution architecture community at Co-op.

Dan McGraw joins the team as an architect. He’s  been on our graduate programme for the last 2 ½ years, where he’s taken roles as a Business Analyst, IT Project Manager and finally as a Solution Architect, working with lots of our businesses and most recently on the membership platform.

Welcome to both.
Danielle Haugedal-Wilson

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Highlights from the Co-op senior leadership event.

Last week I attended an event with group of around a hundred senior leaders from across the Co-op. It’s the first time I’ve been invited and I was proud to be included. It all sounds formal and intimidating, but that’s not what I felt when I got there. Everyone was warm, friendly and keen to know who I was and what I did.

The two days consisted of presentations and workshops. I got to see lots of exciting and insightful things from every area of the Co-op. The exec welcomed feedback on what we could do better.

Co-op Enterprise Leaders Event

 I learned so much in a short space of time – I thought I’d share my favourite bits:

 Richard Pennycook and  Rod Bulmer  showed just how much they care about the Co-op. They’re approachable, grounded and witty.

 Andy Phelps shared some great tips how to best engage your team through change. He’s even lending me a few books.

Robert MacLachlan exemplified the spirit of  our Funeralcare business.

James Holland from Co-op Electrical brought a tear to my eye. He talked about his best friend who suffers from a severe health issue. We employed him and supported him through his treatment. This reminded me the Co-op has a good heart.

I’ve never felt so positive about the future of the Co-op.


Being the only girl in the room.

After having my daughter I decided to take a more active role in the promotion of women and girls in technology, it’s a subject really close to my heart. So last year I joined Ladies of Code Manchester  and ran my first solo event a few weeks ago, which was a screening of CodeGirl here at the Co-op. Mike Bracken talks more about the event in his blog post.

The reason for choosing to screen the film stems from a personal experience. When I was 15 my school entered a national engineering competition.  I was the only girl on the team and it made me feel special – I loved what we were doing….and we got into the finals in London. It was all very exciting – until I walked into the room with the other finalists and it hit me –  I was the only girl in the room. There were about 60 people and I went from feeling special to feeling very self-conscious.  I stopped enjoying myself and wanted the day to end – quickly. That moment was the first of a few steps that led me away from a career in engineering.

As part of International Women’s Day  I’ve made a pledge to help women and girls achieve their ambitions – I don’t want any other girl to have their confidence dented because they were “the only girl in the room”.

I’m really happy to say that since the event we’ve had requests to screen the film to girls in schools in Leeds, Manchester and Leigh. Also a 15 year old girl who is learning to code has asked to come to Co-op Digital for work experience in the summer.

If you want to make your own Pledge for Parity just click the link.

Thanks for reading

Danielle Haugedal-Wilson