Within two years, Gemma has progressed from Junior IBM Associate to a Senior Technical Consultant.

Since joining the organisation, she has worked across three large hybrid multi-cloud transformation projects and is now considered to be trailblazing as a woman in a lead technical business analyst role.

Gemma’s current focus is a large public sector transformation project with the Scottish Government. The project is transforming low income and disability benefits and Gemma’s role is to bridge the gap between the business and technical teams.

Gemma says: “I am utterly grateful for my time at BU, which gave me the tools and knowledge I needed to succeed quickly as a leader. My degree also taught me to really think about the type of leader I wanted to be and the impact I wanted to have on the organisations I worked for.”


Name: Gemma Griffin
Age: 25
Job role: Senior Technical Business Transformation Consultant
Organisation: IBM
Course studied: BA (Hons) Business Studies with Economics
Graduated: 2019

BA (Hons) Business Studies with Economics is now called BA (Hons) Business & Management (Economics).

What their colleagues say

Gemma is a stand-out performer, and her enthusiasm and willingness to help others is infectious. She is quick to help and protect her team, ensuring the scope of what they’re working on is well defined and they have everything they need to produce quality, timely deliverables. It is easy to see why Gemma has progressed so quickly at IBM. It is her combination of an approachable, proactive attitude, and detail-driven technical ability that has made her so successful."

Adam Sime, Technical Architect, IBM