Lydia Wright is a Geospatial Product Specialist at thinkWhere. With a degree in geography, experience working in GIS and hospitality, and an eagerness to learn, she brings a range of skills to the team.
Read on to learn about her career path and interests outside of the world of GIS.
Tell us a little bit about your background and career so far
I studied Geography (BSc) at the University of Southampton where I first learned about GIS, and my dissertation used remote sensing techniques. My first job in the geospatial field was as a GIS Technician, working to digitise farmland changes for DEFRA for two years.
After working there I spent significant time travelling and living abroad in both Melbourne and Vancouver where I worked in hospitality, gaining customer service experience which has definitely helped me in my current role. I have been a part of the team at thinkWhere for just over a year and a half now.
What do you like most about your current role?
I like that I get to assist on multiple different projects and cover a broad spectrum of work, not just product support. I have particularly gained a lot of experience in User Acceptance Testing which I never had the opportunity to do before joining this team, and now even have experience as a QA lead.
What do you bring to the team?
I like to think I bring a positive attitude to the team along with a background of customer service knowledge, digitising skills and an excitement to learn new processes and platforms which all help us achieve our common goals as a team.
How does the team work together and what do you achieve for your clients?
The team is a joy to work with and we all support each other to achieve amazing end results for our clients. I am part of the Product Support Team and can certainly say that we are all ready and willing to help each other to reach not just our own goals but each other’s as well. This definitely translates to the great customer service we provide our clients.
What does the future here look like for you?
Every sprint we do I can feel my skillset increasing and becoming more competent in my role. I hope to keep on taking on more responsibility and keep helping us improve our main product, groundMapper, with UAT work and improving the way we provide support. Along with the exciting opportunities that the new Idox Geospatial Division may provide.
What interests you outside of work?
Outside of work I love meeting up with friends whether it be for food, drinks, theatre or a music festival. I also run, practice yoga and have recently just finished a pottery course to get those creative juices flowing. Travelling is also a big passion of mine and I love getting the chance to see and explore new places.