In the hot seat - Gillian Parry: serving aces in testing

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In the hot seat - Gillian Parry: serving aces in testing

In the hot seat this time is Gillian Parry, Test Lead at Science Warehouse, classical violinist and aspiring expert tennis player.

1)     What is your current position?

Test Lead

2)     Where did you study?

I did my first degree, a BA (Hons) in Business Studies, at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. I worked for a number of years in finance in the oil industry before going back to university to do an MSc in Information Technology, this time at the University of Aberdeen.

3)     What are you currently working on?

I’m currently spending quite a bit of time working on expanding our existing automated testing suite, concentrating particularly on adding tests to support our Purchase Requisition interface. I’ve also been working on projects to support our in house Research team.

4)     What do you like about working for Science Warehouse?

Science Warehouse is an exciting place to be a tester, particularly at the moment with the new projects taking place and expansion of our automation and performance testing suites. It’s a very collaborative environment where new ideas are encouraged and supported.

5)     What do you like to do in your spare time?

One of my main hobbies is playing tennis. I’m a member of the local tennis club and we’re currently preparing for the start of the district league matches, in which we are fielding four ladies’ teams in total.

6)     What is your favourite car and why?

One that is reliable and economic to run. Cool is all very well, but it soon loses its appeal when you’re broken down on the M1 in the snow (as I know from experience).

7)     What is on your iPod at the moment?

I have a pretty eclectic selection in my music collection. I am a classically trained violinist and viola player and so I have a good selection of orchestral music, particularly Baroque pieces. At the other end of the scale, I have a full set of the works of Rammstein, who I recently saw live in Manchester. I’m also a fan of the American singer Josh Groban, who is not that well known in the UK it seems and so I’ll give him a plug here.

8)     What are your views on the current fuel situation in the UK?

I was a bit bemused by all the queues at the petrol stations. We didn’t have a “fuel situation” until everyone rushed down to the petrol stations and bought them dry. I’m not one for panicking and so I’m just carrying on as normal, while keeping an eye on the developments.

9)     iPhone or Blackberry?

Neither – I’ll stick to my old Samsung that phones and texts. I can wait until I get to a WiFi point and use my iTouch if I need to do anything else – so I have the best of both worlds!

10)  What are your plans for the British Summer?

I’ve just come back from a holiday to Texas and New Orleans and so the plan is to keep my fingers crossed for a good summer in the UK and spend some time outdoors, cycling and playing tennis. If that doesn’t work out, then I have Moscow and St. Petersburg in mind for my next holiday destination.


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