Intern Spotlight – Introducing Scott Kikumu, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Intern
17th March 2021
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Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live in a small village over the South-bank of the Humber. I have lived in North Lincolnshire my entire life, having moved only 4 miles in that time. I am happily married to Alison who I have known since school and we have two young daughters. In terms of hobbies (not that I have much time these days!) I like to keep busy with the house and garden. We spend most of our time now with the children although I am often the one spending time with Lego; I loved that as a child and spent many hours building anything and everything. Perhaps that mindset paved my way into IT?
What were you doing before you joined the Lampada team?
I have previously worked for the Police Service, Local Government and Education sectors. I have spent the last 6 years working for a large water utilities company. I started as a Software Development Manager and then moved to Service Delivery in my last year. I love working with people and feel it is one of my key strengths. I like to think that people come to work for more than just the money – it should be a place whereby people can grow and develop.
What is your job role at Lampada?
I joined Lampada in the middle of May as the new Head of Development & IT. My role is varied and takes responsibility for our development and support activities across the Lampada product portfolio. The past few weeks have been busy. The global pandemic perhaps was not the best time to move roles; however the team at Lampada have really made me feel welcomed. We have a great team here and I am pleased to work alongside so many great people.
Tell us your favourite thing about working at Lampada…
I think there is a great opportunity to grow within Lampada. I like the fact that your contribution is valued, and you have chance to put your ideas to work. Whilst I am relatively new to the team there is a desire to build more great products and take our customers on that journey with us.
What is your proudest achievement?
I think having children comes to the top of that list every time for me. Close to that was gaining a first in my degree. There have been several proud moments for me in my career. I am a big believer in recognition so feel proud when my efforts and contributions are recognised and valued.
What do you get up to out of work?
Spending time with family and friends – although lockdown has temporarily prevented the latter. I like to maintain a good work/life balance although that probably needs a little more refinement. As a family we like to spend time within the UK and often visit the coast when the weather allows. We like theme parks although I do not get to ride the white-knuckle rides anymore, perhaps the teacups are fast enough now I am getting older!
What do you prefer, tea or coffee?
I like both tea and coffee. Strong tea and weak coffee. Milk in both, no sugar.
What is your favourite movie?
I am not really an avid movie fan to be honest. I love a great comedy although the classics are the best. I seem to know all the Disney favourites inside out nowadays!
I like the Green Mile if I had to choose but I have plenty of favourites.
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
I once met Helen Sharman, a chemist who became the first British astronaut as well as the first woman to visit the Mir space station in May 1991. That was an exciting time.
On the same thought Neil Armstrong springs to mind. I have always been fascinated by Space travel.
Do you have a party trick??
No, I am still working on it… Ask me again at the Christmas Party if we can meet up by then!