Talking Techies

By Anita Jaynes on 6 June, 2022

Ahead of the return of the Swindon & Wiltshire Techies in the autumn, we’ve been chatting to some of the region’s best and brightest firms to find out more about them. 

From which superhero would your business be, to which tech could you live without, we’ve posed some questions to help us get to know our friendly neighbourhood tech businesses, including those which support them.

Kathryn Wellum-Kent is Business Service Director at Monahans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors. She has been a member of the Techies Awards judging panel for the last two years and she’s also the new Chair for TechSPARK Swindon and Wiltshire.

Kathryn is an accountant who specialises in working with start-up and scale-up businesses based in the technology sector. During her career, she has worked with businesses in different stages of growth, from getting initial funding to bring a product to market, through to listing on the London Stock Exchange.

She shares her answers below.

NAME: 

Kathryn Wellum-Kent

COMPANY: 

Monahans

SECTOR: 

Financial Services

CAN YOU SUM UP WHAT YOUR COMPANY DOES IN NO MORE THAN 10 WORDS? 

We provide accountancy services and business advice across the South-West.

WHO IS YOUR TECH IDOL?

Ada Lovelace, not working on tech as we know it today but she’s often described as the world’s first computer programmer and her notes inspired Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computer in the 1940s.

CAN YOU SHARE A QUOTE WHICH MEANS SOMETHING TO YOU? 

“It’s often easier to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission” Grace Hopper (another legend in the Tech world)

LOOKING AHEAD OVER THE NEXT DECADE, WHAT TECH DEVELOPMENTS EXCITE YOU? WHY? 

I was at the Go-Tech awards in Bristol last month and Ortis Deley from The Gadget Show was talking about future tech. One of the things that excited me was robotic exoskeletons as I could see how they could be lifechanging for people with disabilities impacting movement.

WHAT TECH COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? WHY?

Open banking, it has been a game changer for accountants and there is a lot more that can be done with this as more banks get onboard.

WHAT TECH COULD YOU LIVE WITHOUT? WHY?

Remote access to the thermostat at home so my husband can’t turn it down if he spots I’ve cranked it up a couple of degrees.

TELL US SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS

Monahans was actually founded way back in the 1890s and we’ve been at the heart of the local business community ever since.

IF YOUR COMPANY WAS A SUPERHERO, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE AND WHY? 

Irene Adler aka Destiny. She has the ability of psionic precognition, to see future probabilities and interpret them to best select or manipulate what was likely to happen. We work with our clients so that they have the information they need to make proactive decisions to enable them to achieve their future business ambitions.

HOW CAN PEOPLE KEEP UP TO DATE WITH YOUR COMPANY’S LATEST NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS? 

Our website (www.monahans.co.uk/news-insights) and also follow us on LinkedIn.

To find out more about The Techies Awards Swindon and Wiltshire and to enter visit: 

www.the-techies-sw.co.uk