Siobhan Reddy grew up in Sydney, and ended up working for Media Molecule — the creators of LittleBigPlanet in the UK. Now, she has been named the Australian Woman of the Year in the UK, receiving the award in London on Wednesday night.
According to Siobhan, the award just gives her motivation to do more for young female developers trying to break into the games industry.
“I feel it’s given me probably a bit of a rocket up the bum in some way,” she said.
“I’ve had my head down for so long just making things, that I’ve been bad in realising how low the numbers of women are within games.
“In the last months I’ve started to think more about how I can encourage young women to get into games.”
Siobhan received a video message from Prime Minister Julia Gillard telling her to “keep up the good work”.
Siobhan is currently still at Media Molecule working on new projects, but as part of the award she won a return business class ticket to Australia.
“It’s really kind of mental,” she said.