National Software Testing Conference
Paula Thomsen

Paula Thomsen

Head of Quality Assurance, Aviva
Why is Diversity more important than ever within Assurance disciplines?


Technology invades every aspect of our lives. Everyone is impacted and the pace of change just keeps getting faster.


What does Diversity mean, Paula believes that many companies are too limited in their thinking about this and it will compromise delivery quality.

As a technology industry are we ready to handle this within the UK? Are we ready within Software testing?


Paula challenges the audience to consider how they have built up their teams, how they will need to evolve further to meet the industry challenge. Whilst taking into account the increased prevalence of different delivery methods and tooling solutions.

Paula is currently Head of Quality Assurance for Aviva. Her testing experience spans over 20 years, covering both functional and non-functional testing. She has worked predominately within the finance industry but spent a stint in the male dominated manufacturing industry. Paula is passionate about encouraging all sexes to take STEM subjects and how as a community of IT professionals it is our responsibility to promote IT and testing as a career. Paula will talk about why diversity is so important to the evolution of software testing, why it is in her opinion the best IT career path and what are her predictions for the future of quality assurance.