About Me

I’m Valerie Dryden, a Dare to Lead trained tech leader with 15 years of experience working in start-up and agency environments. I currently work as Head of Engineering at £150m Series C funded insuretech unicorn Zego, responsible for multi-million projects spanning several squads, headcount planning and budgeting. As Director of Engineering at the £9m startup, Care Sourcer, I built and nurtured the engineering team during the pandemic; implementing the hiring, onboarding and personal development processes. I also architected systems, orchestrated projects and created technical product roadmaps.

I have over a decade of hands-on engineering experience, from building critical payments systems at scale with Deliveroo to client-facing software for companies including Skyscanner and Storm ID. I played a key role in establishing Scotland’s first coding boot camp, building the instructional team and curriculum while teaching 100+ students how to code. I have also run workshops at Agile Scotland on effective collaborative working and given talks at Lead Dev Edinburgh and others.

You can find out more about me on my LinkedIn profile or drop me a tweet.

I have 2 chubster cats.

Racoon picture for free use by Chris Ensminger on Unsplash

I offer private, remote, one-to-one coaching