National Software Testing Conference
Leigh Rathbone

Leigh Rathbone

Test Principal, Shop Direct
Take the blue pill, or the red pill, you decide


It was all about accepting change and going on the front foot with regards self-development. Take the blue pill, nothing will change, and you will die. Take the red pill, and you will open your mind through self-development, saying yes to opportunities, and evolving


I use my very own personal journey of self-development to highlight why self-development for testers is key, how I failed on this path, and how I changed and evolved. I’ll also relay the opportunities that self-development has presented to me


Take aways for attendees



  • A different way of thinking for self-development for themselves

  • Tips people can back to their teams

  • Realising that the status quo will lead to the death of a tester


Leigh Rathbone (@Villabone) is the Test Principal at Shop Direct. Leigh’s been in the testing arena for over 18 years, testing in nine different industries, across 4 continents, and 14 countries, from utilities to telecoms, Gaming to clinical software, from financial to retail, to name a few.


He is currently involved in lots of testing initiatives within his current role which is serving as a real ‘fail fast / test and learn’ testbed. Self-development is absolutely key to Leigh’s drive and passion.


Leigh is heavily involved in building a Liverpool testing community. He is one of the co-founders of Liverpool Tester Gathering which has been running 6 months, and has over 100 attendees. They broadcasts live on Facebook and periscope, have their own professional video recorder, and record podcasts during the night.