Education and Business Experience
Professionally, my interest lies at the intersection of people, business and technology.
Although I graduated with a Business Management degree and then went on to earn an MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics (LSE), I believe it's important to understand that business value cannot be achieved through technology or business knowledge alone. In fact, improving the performance of a business involves working with the client to get to the heart of their business objectives, developing innovative solutions that are tailored to fit their specific requirements. This human-centric approach to technology is what makes the difference for businesses. To that end, collaboration is central to my consulting philosophy.
My career has its origins in management consultancy, where I worked as a senior consultant with EY, and BearingPoint, formerly KPMG. My expertise lies in the delivery and overall management of technical and business projects, programmes and portfolios and in 2014 I was recognised for outstanding achievement by Cherie Blair.
Consultancy was - and remains, a fantastic career path for me, enabling me to work with many Fortune 500 companies spanning a variety of diverse sectors, such as Telecomms, Media, Financial Services and Utilities. It also allowed me to work in a number of different client environments within the UK and internationally, for which I feel extremely privileged and eternally grateful.
I now consult independently in the tech startup space. I work internationally and my goal still remains to deliver solutions that drive outstanding results.
During my spare time I enjoy exploring new goals. In 2015, following a previous, failed attempt, I completed the 30th edition of the Marathons des Sables, which was a 166 mile ultra-marathon across the Sahara Desert. This race is widely billed as the toughest footrace on earth. In 2016, following the completion of this race, my first book, entitled Big Steps, Long Strides was published. This is a part-autobiographical, part-technical guide to what is takes to set and achieve a remarkable goal.
As a result of these experiences, in the past few years, I have spoken at a number of events hosted by universities such as the London School of Economics and King's College London. I have also been a keynote speaker for events hosted by firms such as EY, PWC and Deloitte. During these talks, I share the lessons that can be derived from my experiences of initially failing then successfully completing the Marathon des Sables and relate those lessons to an organisation's strategic vision. The talks cover a number of themes that effect individuals within an organisation and ultimately impact the success of a business. Such themes relate to building confidence and self-esteem; overcoming imposter syndrome; asking better questions to get better results; creating an growth mindset; cultivating resilience and planning a comeback following perceived failure.
If you feel I might be able to help you or contribute to your business needs, please get in touch via the Contact Page.