Lorna is a graduate of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), with a 2:1 degree in Electrical Engineering and Electronics. After working with Marconi Underwater Weapons as a design engineer on torpedo test equipment, Lorna left the pure design side to move into technical sales. She spent 10 years at Hitachi managing the company’s key microprocessor semiconductor accounts.
In 2004, she co-founded Garland Partners Limited — the forerunner to Zest Technologies —with fellow Hitachi colleague Malcolm Harland. As a video technology provider, Garland operated predominantly in the broadcast, sport, event and media sectors, providing solutions for delivering live video from the field to studio (contribution/acquisition) and from the studio out to viewers (distribution). Garland expanded rapidly as its reputation for providing the best digital video solutions and service grew amongst many of the UK’s largest organisations.
Following Garland’s successful acquisition by LiveU, Lorna formed Zest Technologies Limited to continue to support the market with best-of-breed broadcast solutions and offer continuity of service.
“The formation of Zest Technologies was the culmination of years of working with the best solution providers around and helping some of the biggest players in the market solve their video contribution needs,” says Lorna. “Establishing Zest Technologies has allowed us to continue to focus our expertise and innovative offerings to enthusiastically meet the needs of our customers. From a personal perspective, it has allowed me to continue to grow by facing and resolving new challenges, and by providing me with the opportunity to work more closely with my customers and partners.”
An avid road cyclist, Lorna brings her mantra to “go the extra mile” to all she does. It is this mantra and Lorna’s positive and energetic spirit that form the basis for Zest Technologies’ culture… and even its name!