Next up for our Team Spotlight is the wonderful, stunning, amazing – Abigail Brownlee (can you tell I write these?)
Who are you and what is your role at Linknode?
I’m Abigail Brownlee (Abi) and I’ve been with Linknode for nearly four years, however I have been working with Crispin, the MD, for just over ten years now. My title is Client Management, but I have a variety of roles within the company, from client, project and support management to tender writing, web design and financials – a girl of many talents!
What is your favourite thing about working at Linknode?
There are only 8 of us in the company. We are a small team yet with big ideas. I love all the guys – being in a tight team is great and we get a great sense of achievement when we do a new release, or find someone new to wow with our technologies! We collect “awesome’s”
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Linknode, whose job would you want?
If I was to switch jobs with anyone, it would be Rufus. His experience and expertise in building and managing the technologies we use is second to none. Of course, I’d need to swap brains with him too, as I’ve no idea how he does what he does. Very clever dude! – plus he got to go to a Xamarin convention in Atlanta..! pfft.
What is your proudest moment at Linknode?
My proudest moment is ongoing and yet to come. We were granted funding from InnovateUK to work with Heriot-Watt University to design and develop UrbanPlanAR – a solution that enables architects, developers etc to visualise their plans in an urban environment. So in layman’s terms, what will that building look like once it’s built – but being able to actually see it as you stand at the site. Another ‘awesome’ technology – and we’re half way through the project. We’re set to release the full commercial solution in a years’ time, and I am proud of our achievements so far, and excited by the prospects of it.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I like hill walking. Hanging out with my fiasco, sorry fiancé, teenager daughter and my massive puppy dog.
The walking thing has stemmed from doing the Cairngorm Challenge a few years back. Since then, I’ve climbed various Munros – including Ben Nevis, done the Caledonian Challenge Hike, and am planning to do the West Highland Way this September. Feel free to send me plasters and snickers.
Do you have an office nickname?
George’s wife, Kathryn, once called me a Geek-herder – which is kinda cute, and very apt. Being the only woman in an office full of geeky computer guys. No-one calls me that though – I’m sure a couple of them have called me Mum!!!
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
The first thing I remember wanting to be was a fighter pilot. “Top Gun?” I hear you asking! No – more down to my older brother having a collection of Warfare magazines, and finding myself bored and looking at all the pictures of the pretty planes.
Then, I wanted to be a lawyer, then be in a punk band, and then be a graphic designer.
I appear to be none of these!
What’s the last joke you recall?
I crashed into the back of a car at a red light the other day. A dwarf got out the car and said,
‘I’m not happy’.
So I replied ‘Which one are you then?”