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Our People



Our People

Our people drive our success. We attract the greatest talent in Northern Ireland and deliver breakthrough performance for our parent company.

Meet some of our employees

Tina Ho Headshot.
Tina Ho
Application Developer
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Neil Bailie
Cloud Security Engineer
Laura Sloan Headshot.
Laura Sloan
Senior Financial Consultant
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Brian Lecky
Cyber Security Risk Assessor

Tina Ho

Application Developer
Allstate Northern Ireland

Role — I am an Application Developer for PT Alliance Commons. We collaborate with various teams across all lines of insurance (Property, Condo, Boat, Auto) to help deliver a quality product.

Background/experience — My Undergraduate degree was BA Sociology. However, after working in a cinema as a supervisor, I decided to do something more challenging with my life and applied to do a MSc conversion course in Software Development at QUB. This was a condensed course over the space of a year which gave me the skills to become a software developer.

Positives — I have learnt to use Maven and GitHub which are essential to software development. Although my main development language is Java, I also get the chance to code using HTML, XSL, XML, SQL and JavaScript through Waterfall, Agile and Scaled Agile methodologies. This means the work for Commons can vary day to day.

Advice — Stay positive, Commons and software development can be very challenging but there is a great team to help support you. Don't be afraid to ask questions, it's how you learn! Also remember to make notes on what you have learnt for future use and for new team members.

Skills/personality — Have the confidence to try new things, and the ability to bounce back when something doesn't go according to plan on the first attempt. Good communication and interpersonal skills are also needed as you will work with people across all shores.

Neil Bailie

Cloud Security Engineer
Allstate Northern Ireland

Role —The Cloud Security Engineering team is responsible for ensuring IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions in the public cloud are delivered securely. We define patterns and practices which form our Cloud Security Framework. The role takes a DevOps approach to engineer solutions, using automation and CI/CD to deliver secure, repeatable, scalable solutions in the public cloud. We operate an agile methodology and use pair programming when working on stories.

Background/experience — I graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Queens University Belfast and spent the next 15 years building up my skills in a variety of roles, mostly focused around the Microsoft stack. I started to work to deliver cloud based solutions in 2016 which was a rapid but rewarding learning curve. In 2018, I was excited to join Allstate NI as it provided me the opportunity to work with cutting edge cloud technologies and deliver solutions at scale.

Positives — I get to work with a very talented team that is based in both Northern Ireland and the US, my peers are subject matter experts and I'm constantly learning new things and being challenged to deliver secure, repeatable and robust solutions. Locally Allstate Northern Ireland is a very positive place to work, I feel like the company put me and my wellbeing first and ensure I have a healthy work life balance. Our new building in Belfast is state of the art and a very enjoyable place to work.

Advice — You'll be constantly learning; cloud technologies iterate at a rapid pace and so you need to have a willingness to continuously learn and be prepared to dedicate time to it. Get as much exposure to the technologies as you can, public cloud is available to everyone, setup your own labs and be prepared to invest in developing your career.

Skills/personality — The role fits well with individuals who continually like to learn and develop new skills. We pair up when working on sprints, so working well with others in the team is very important. Skills and experience which would fit well with this role include DevOps, Automation, Cloud and Virtualisation technologies.

Laura Sloan

Senior Financial Consultant
Allstate Northern Ireland

Role — I have been on the Allstate NI ATSV Finance team for over five years and recently became the team lead. ATSV Finance is the financial governance arm of ATSV with the primary responsibility for reporting, forecasting, planning and optimizing technology and operational investments at Allstate. My role involves managing the expenses for a Director in IS, I also have experience reporting data center expenses, managing the enterprise print expenses, monitoring the monthly data center usage for each platform and the expense allocations process for the data center.

Background/experience — I graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a Bsc in Finance. While studying for my degree I undertook a placement year and when I graduated worked for just under three years on actuarial valuations.

Positives — Finance expense management allows the ATSV Leaders to make better business decisions and optimize technology though the reporting, forecasting and planning process. Working on the ATSV Finance team provides opportunity for individuals to work with people across the enterprise, it also allows individuals to harness their technical and analytical skills.

Advice — Ask questions, look for process improvements and understand the basics to better explain the data to those unfamiliar with how finance's work.

Skills/Personality — Strong analytical thinking, financial acumen, mathematical ability, team work and strong excel skills are required for the role. Effective communication skills to explain financial information in a clear and concise manor and consulting skills to work with non-financial internal clients to help them understand their expenses

Brian Lecky

Cyber Security Risk Assessor
Allstate Northern Ireland

Role — The Risk Assessor role is about working with business and application teams to assist them to identify opportunities for improvement in their Cyber Security posture. I then work in collaboration with those teams to provide actionable and pragmatic recommendations based on cost benefit analysis.

Background/experience — I studied a Law degree for undergraduate and have a Masters degree in International relations. I started working in the world of risk management in 2006 and over the last 12 years have worked across 3 continents for 4 multinational financial services, retail and insurance companies.

Positives — My role lets me interact with multiple different teams from right across the company. There is genuinely an opportunity to learn something new every day as I regularly get assigned to work with teams I have no previous interactions with. Each team I work with presents a unique perspective around the inner workings of Allstate and this helps keeps the role fresh and challenging. There is also an opportunity to educate the business on good Cyber hygiene and how important that is to how we operate as a business.

Advice — Stay open to change. Learn how to actively listen to what is being said and try to distil the key messages in a succinct fashion. The role involves a lot of communication with a myriad of people so try and view things from their perspective and remain open to all and every learning opportunity.

Skills/Personality — This role would suit people who enjoy communicating and interacting with a diverse range of people on the topic of cyber security. It is important to develop an adaptive and pragmatic approach and maintain a curious and enquiring mind.

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