I lead Innovation Management and Change Management for the UK. I also run the UK mentoring programme. I’ve worked in many industries including logistics, automotive, central government, aerospace & defence, healthcare, banking and insurance. Each has involved fascinating challenges across people, process, and technology and lessons learnt in one sector have often been transferable to others.
I’ve worked in most parts of the solution delivery life-cycle, in the early days from business analysis and design to software engineering, enterprise architecture and IT Strategy to Business Architecture and Organisational Development. Since 2005 I’ve focussed on innovation, acting mostly in advisory roles. Every solution involves change and helping people manage change is key to successful innovation.
My goal is to create sustainable, game changing innovation that turns ideas and ideals into value. I work with people to develop a better understanding of their needs, aspirations and potential and how this relates to the bigger picture, working with them to explore options and resolve tensions to make balanced decisions about how to proceed to realise their vision.
I don’t really buy into the idea of normal days. Better to make your days extraordinary. Most days involve a mixture of planned and ad-hoc meetings across a wide range of stakeholders. What is most challenging about this work is that each day can bring new problems to solve needing input from many people with different expertise and responsibilities. If I were to try and summarise in one word, it would be coordination. We have lots of hares running and they need to be going in the same direction to make this work. Mostly my days are a mixture of phone calls, face to face meetings, webexes and conference calls where problems are turned into solutions involving a cocktail of marketing, legal, business, financial, technical, and common sense.
Outside the office
I love walking, and I’m a keen photographer. Most of my holidays have been road trips involving becoming fascinated by local cultures, amazed by the architecture or awe inspiring vistas, with the odd late night philosophical discussion, and early morning walks. I also enjoy cooking so often try and recreate the taste of the place when I get back to the kitchen… sometimes accompanied by some of the local wine!
We have a very talented team of really diverse and interesting people working here at BearingPoint – from many cultures and walks of life, with many different backgrounds and sets of experiences. This makes our teams rich and colourful. Consulting projects provide opportunities to work in industries and as part of client teams that otherwise might not be accessible.