Inspiring Tech Leaders

The Technology Podcast Series

Episode 28 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Usman Hamid, VP of Engineering and Enterprise Architecture at GSK

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This week my special guest on the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast is Usman Hamid, who is the VP of Engineering and Enterprise Architecture at GSK.  He has also held other senior technology roles at the BBC, Barclays, Redfern and QVC.

Usman is a senior technology executive with hands on experience of leading large scale and complex technology transformations.  He is passionate about end user experiences, using technology as an enabler, and is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion.

Usman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Manchester Metropolitan University and an MBA from the Alliance Manchester Business School.

Usman shares his fascinating journey from a career in music to becoming a UK technology leader.  We also discuss the challenges of joining an organisation in a leadership position, whilst in the midst of a global pandemic and also the transition from operational to strategic IT.

An insightful and inspiring podcast from start to end.

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Bonus Episode of Inspiring Tech Leaders - Valuable Insights and Career Inspiration from top ranked UK CIO100 leaders

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This week on the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast I replay the interviews with Danny Attias, Andrew Quail and Paul Fleming.

Each one of them has been ranked as the top CIO in the UK CIO 100 between 2019 and 2021.

The CIO 100 recognises the most transformational and disruptive CIOs in the UK and celebrates how they and their teams are driving digital business growth through technology innovation.

A unique opportunity to listen to the last 3 years of CIO100 winners and their incredible stories back to back!


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Episode 27 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Andrew Quail, Director of IT and Innovation at SGN


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This week my special guest on the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast is Andrew Quail, Director of IT and Innovation at SGN.

Andrew is a well-established and accomplished CIO, who has previously been ranked number one in the UK CIO 100 and has been in the top 5 for the last 3 years.

During the podcast Andrew and I discuss the ever changing role of the CIO and the skills that technology leaders need to thrive and continue to evolve.

Andrew talks about the need to create a safe space for digital innovation and the importance to challenge the organisational structure that supports technology.

We also talk about sustainability and the de-carbonisation of the UK's energy systems and how technology is helping to support these initiatives.

A fascinating and insightful podcast from one of the UK's top technology leaders.

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Episode 26 - Inspiring Tech Leaders - Exploring Cyber Security Services with Rowan Troy, Senior Cyber Security Consultant at Littlefish

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This week on the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast we are exploring the world of Cyber Security.

I'm delighted to welcome Rowan Troy to the podcast, who is a Senior Cyber Security Consultant with Littlefish, provider of Managed IT Services and Consultancy. Littlefish has also very kindly sponsored this particular episode of the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast.

In this episode Rowan and I discuss the Critical Hour Framework, as a tailored Cyber response playbook to IT security incidents. We also talk about the importance of both human and machine intervention and interpretation of risks with end-to-end responsibility for mitigating Cyber threats.

Learn more about how Littlefish are able to offer a 'Virtual CISO' service to customers that might not require or be able to afford a full-time Chief Information Security Officer and the unique service offering that has been developed to add value to clients.

The podcast is packed full of useful hints and tips from Rowan on how organisations should approach Cyber Education awareness and IT Security compliance.

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Episode 25 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Paul Fleming, Strategic Director of Resources at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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This week my special guest on the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast is Paul Fleming, the Strategic Director of Resources at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Paul joined Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in 2018, after an extensive and impressive career with the NHS spanning more than 14 years.

During this time, Paul has achieved a Master of Science degree in Health Informatics from the University of Central Lancashire, as well as a Global Health Leadership Certification from Yale University in Digital Futures.

Paul provides fascinating insight on how he has helped to drive a DevOps culture at the Council, allowing teams to take greater advantage of critical data sets and gaining benefit from the practical application of Low Code / No Platforms.

Listen to this truly inspirational journey that Paul has taken and the impact that technology has had within our communities.

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Epispde 24 - Inspiring Tech Leaders - Should we be excited about Low Code / No Code Platforms?

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In this week’s episode of the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast I’m talking about Low Code / No Code platforms and if we should we be excited about the opportunities that they present to us in a modern era of software development.

Low Code / No Code platforms help to bring a degree of consistency and standardisation to software development, which in turn helps to reduce the testing time required with apps and enables us to transformation rapidly and succeed faster!

Listen to the podcast to discover more about how Low Code / No Code platforms can help to provide competitive advantage.

Please let me know what other technology topics you would like to see covered in future episodes of the podcast and remember to subscribe and stay tuned for more Inspiring Tech Leaders.

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Episode 23 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Amul Batra, Chief Operating Officer at Northcoders

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This week my special guest is Amul Batra, Chief Operating Officer at Northcoders.

Northcoders is built upon a vision of a thriving and diverse digital community, and built by people who love tech and believe we're stronger when everyone is included.

At a time where technology will define what it means to be human, it's crucial that we ensure that our future is built by people from diverse backgrounds.

In this podcast we explore Amul's journey from working in the music industry, where he managed bands and ran a successful record label to becoming a partner in a multi-award winning tech education house based in Manchester and Leeds in the UK.

We explore what is involved with the 13 week coding bootcamp programme and what graduates from the course can expect upon completion.

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Episode 22 - Inspiring Tech Leaders - How to Prepare for Ransomware

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In this week’s episode of the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast I’m talking about how to prepare for a Ransomware attack and the mitigating actions that can be taken to reduce the impact of such incidents.

Often hackers will target organisations over prolonged periods of time, so your traditional methods of data recovery may not be as effective as you might think. Listen to another bitesize episode of the podcast that provides some thought provoking insight into the measures that can be taken to combat such situations.

Please let me know what other technology topics you would like to see covered in future episodes of the podcast and remember to subscribe and stay tuned for more Inspiring Tech Leaders.



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Episode 21 - Inspiring Tech Leaders - Security by Design Principles

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In this week’s episode of the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast I’m talking about Cyber Security and what is meant by Security by Design principles.

Cyber Security is now a regular boardroom agenda item across most organisations. It's something that CEO's and COO have taken notice of and as Technology CxO's we all need to keep learning about the ever changing cyber security landscape and the importance of good cyber posture across our organisations.

Please let me know what other technology topics you would like to see covered in future episodes of the podcast and remember to subscribe and stay tuned for more Inspiring Tech Leaders.




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Episode 20 - Inspiring Tech Leaders - Product Review of Legacy Box with Roger Baskerville

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This week I'm pleased to introduce a new Product Review segment to the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast.

In this segment I will present new innovative technologies, helping CxOs to stay informed and updated on the latest Tech Industry trends and the technologies that can support their organisations.

I'm delighted to welcome Roger Baskerville to the podcast, who is a Director at Legacy Box and sponsor for this particular episode of the Inspiring Tech Leaders.

Roger has a distinguished Technology career with over 25 years of experience and has previously worked for the likes of Microsoft, Citrix and Compaq.

In this episode Roger and I discuss how Legacy Box is enabling the rapid migration of Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 7 16-bit and 32-applications to reside within compliant, secure and modern Windows 10 operating systems.


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Episode 19 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Avril Chester, Founder and CEO of Cancer Central UK and CTO at the Royal Institute of British Architects

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This week my very special guest is Avril Chester, Founder and CEO of Cancer Central UK and also CTO at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Avril is an award-winning technology entrepreneur, executive, speaker, author and cancer thriver.

She featured in Computer Weekly's most influential women in UK IT in 2020 and in 2019 she won the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Women in IT Awards. Avril is a Board member for The Studio @Home and is part of the 3 Digital Amigos podcast.

After attending the British School of Brussels in Belgium, which is ranked as one of the best schools in the world, Avril graduated from the University of Plymouth with a Bachelor of Science degree in MediaLab Arts.

In this episode we discuss the importance and meaning of 'Comminovation' and how tech is being used for good within our communities.

Avril talks about the successes of Ask Ave within NHS Scotland and the recently launched Tech Carbon Impact Wiki.

There many other incredible and fascinating insights from this high energy podcast with Avril.


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Episode 18 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Dave Roberts, Global IT Director at Stantec and NED for DJH Mitten Clarke

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In this week's episode of the Inspiring Tech Leaders Podcast, the roles have been reversed as we revisit an interview conducted earlier this year when I featured on the Empowered Leaders in Tech Podcast with Sue Parker.

In this podcast I share my own career journey and insights, and hopefully provide guidance and inspiration for others as they continue to grow and develop their careers.

I hope you enjoy this episode and many thanks again to Sue Parker for allowing me to share this interview.



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Episode 17 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Barbara Gottardi, Chief Information Officer Europe at Vanguard

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This week my special guest is Barbara Gottardi, the European Chief Information Officer for Vanguard. Barbara joined Vanguard in September 2020, after an extensive and impressive career with HSBC spanning more than 16 years. During her time at HSBC, Barbara held the role of Chief Information Officer within Retail Banking, as well as also being a Chief Operating Officer and a Chief Risk Admin Officer.

Barbara has also worked for Fortis Investments, Reuters and Peregrine Systems during her career.

She has Masters degree in Business Administration and Business Management qualifications from the University of London and Cambridge Judge Business School.

Barbara is a true leader and an extremely capable Chief Information and Operation Officer focussed on delivery, determined to bring structure to chaos and build high performing global teams.

In this episode Barbara and I discuss how to harness innovation from across a global organisation and how it can encourage IP Reuse. We talk about the importance of building geographically dispersed teams that are empowered and trusted to deliver digital solutions for their customers.

Barbara provides fascinating insight into how automation is enabling Vanguard to be a truly digital business and highlights how technology is successfully underpinning the overall organisational strategy.


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Episode 16 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Tony Healy, Group Chief Technology & Innovation Officer at Ticketer

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This week my special guest on the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast is Tony Healy, who is the Group Chief Technology & Innovation Officer at Ticketer.

Tony is also a Non-Executive Director with Trafford Leisure and has held several senior roles including the CIO for Mobica, the Global Information Officer and Security Officer for the Walls Family Enterprise and the Group IT Director for AES. He is a fellow of the BCS, the Chartered Management Institute, and the Chartered Institute of Information Security.

Tony is a globally experienced, award-winning and industry recognised CTO and CIO with significant success in leading cross-functional teams to design and integrate leading-edge IT solutions across a range of organisations.

In this episode Tony and I discuss the cultural differences when working in private equity backed businesses, family run firms and publicly traded organisations. We also explore how to create high performing development teams and the impact that low code / no code platforms are having across the wider tech industry.

Tony is a specialist at launching and delivering programs that safeguard data, streamline operations, automate processes, promote innovation and advance business needs and strategy. Hear how he is able to maintain a culture of innovation but also ensure that organisations remain cyber aware and secure.


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Episode 15 - Inspiring Tech Leaders - Rising Stars of Technology - Alina Timofeeva

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This week I'm pleased to introduce a new segment to the podcast that recognises the Rising Stars of Technology.

In this new segment I will be talking with up and coming Technology leaders and learning more about their journey to becoming the next generation of CxO's.

I'm delighted to welcome Alina Timofeeva to the podcast, who is a Senior Manager at KPMG and has previously worked for Accenture and PwC.

Alina is a multi-award winning executive who has been recognised in the Top 50 Women in Software List and also the Tech Women 100.

Alina shares her incredible story of how she grew up in Russia and developed a successful technology career in London.

Hear how Alina is helping to support our migrant community and her involvement in mentoring programmes to support diversity and inclusion.


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Episode 14 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Sue Parker, Founder of Empowered Leaders in Tech


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This week on the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast I'm joined by Sue Parker, the Founder of Empowered Leaders in Tech.

Sue talks about her journey into Technology and her passion for helping ambitious professionals to become empowered leaders.

Hear how Sue has created a platform for personal and professional development to enable people to feel motivated and fulfilled in their roles. Sue describes how she was able to overcome the imposter syndrome as a developer and find her path forward as a successful coach and mentor.

We discuss how to create a structure as a path to successfully achieving your goals and long term objectives. Sue provides guidance on how to develop personal branding and moving up the organisational value chain.

If you would like to hear more about Empowered Leaders in Tech please visit https://elitedigitalspace.com/ or connect directly with Sue via her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sue-parker-msc/


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Episode 13 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with John Sullivan, Transformational and Award-winning CIO

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In this week's Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast I'm talking with John Sullivan, who is an award-winning and transformational CIO. John has worked in a number of senior roles for well known organisations such as Virgin Trains, the Gondola Group, Laura Ashley, the Disney Store and HMV.

Learn more about how John has helped to implement data driven solutions across various retail environments that has helped to increase gross margins and customer satisfaction.

John talks about his experiences of developing strategies to implement both regional and international technology solutions and how to target the right products for the various global markets.

Hear about how John helped to drive forward transformational projects such as the Pizza Express customer database, which reached 19 million customers. We discuss how John used analytics and automation to offer enticing incentives and vouchers for customers and how that helped to increase the overall revenue for the group.

As a modern CIO, John relays his interactions with customers while working with Virgin Trains and how he led the project to automate ticket refunds for late running trains and the overall positive impact for customers, staff and shareholders.


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Episode 12 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Sabah Carter, CIO at News Corp

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In this week's Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast, Sabah Carter talks about her career journey as a senior technology leader working within leading organisations such as News Corp, Pearson English, BBC Worldwide, Capgemini and the Financial Times.

We talk about the importance of IT security and some of the techniques used to help increase Cyber Security awareness across organisations.

Sabah talks about creating a culture of innovation and the importance of having a seamless experience when using technology.

Hear about how Sabah is focused on ensuring there is diversity and inclusion at all levels within technology and the importance of being good collaborators.


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Episode 11 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Paul Boardman, IT Director at Northwood

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In this week's Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast I'm talking with Paul Boardman, who is the IT Director at Northwood.

Paul talks about his IT career journey working within manufacturing and supply chain.

We explore the challenges that face IT Leaders today and how to ensure organisations drive value from technology.

Hear how Paul has helped to improve analytics and automation within Northwood and is taking advantage of cloud based solutions to drive efficiency across the entire business.


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Episode 10 - Inspiring Tech Leaders - The Headhunter's Spotlight with Caroline Sands

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I'm pleased to introduce a new segment to the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast this week called 'The Headhunter's Spotlight'.

In the podcast this week I'm talking with Caroline Sands, who is a Partner and the Head of the CIO & Technology Practice at Odgers Berndtson.

We explore the approaches aspiring Technology Leaders should take to secure their first CxO role, how to develop a Non-Executive Director career and how to maintain your profile while you transition between roles.

Caroline provides invaluable insight from the perspective of a successful Executive Search Practitioner and offers practical guidance for those developing their career ascent.



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Episode 9 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Craig Walker, Strategic Advisor in the Office of the CEO at Salesforce

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I'm delighted to be talking with Craig Walker in this episode of the Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast.

Craig is a Strategic Advisor in the Office of the CEO at Salesforce, having joined from Shell where he had 32 years of Oil & Gas experience with key assignments in both the Upstream and Downstream businesses.

Craig provides invaluable career insight about his journey towards becoming a Shell Downstream VP and Global CIO, as well as his experiences working within consultancy at KPMG.

In this podcast we discuss how Salesforce are helping to accelerate business growth by providing a seamless service experience using cloud technology to share data across an entire ecosystem and helping businesses to become data driven organisations.


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Episode 8 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with David Neitz, CIO at CDM Smith

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In this week's Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast I'm talking with David Neitz, who is the CIO at CDM Smith.

David talks about his career path to becoming a leading Chief Information Officer and the invaluable mentoring that he received during his own career ascent.

Listen to how David helps to create value through innovation, while also balancing appropriate risk tolerance.

We discuss the impact of digital security within Operational Technology and edge computing, while ensuring there is a structured discipline required to meet the modern IT Security standards.


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Episode 7 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Graeme Hackland, CIO at Williams F1 Team

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I'm absolutely delighted to be talking with Graeme Hackland this week about his exciting career journey to becoming the Chief Information Officer for the formidable Williams F1 Racing Team!

Graeme talks about his 24 years in the IT Industry and the rapid pace of change of technology within Formula One Racing.

Hear how Graeme helps to create the headroom for his team to innovate with new technology and ensuring people stay motivated, engaged and creative.

We discuss how the Formula One innovations are being applied across a variety of sectors and the positive impact these technologies have within communities.


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Episode 6 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with David Wilde, Founder of DWilde Consulting and ex UK Government CIO

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In this week's Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast I'm talking with David Wilde about his experiences in both central and local Government.

David talks about his journey to his first CIO role for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and then his experiences in senior roles for large local authorities.

David also shares his knowledge and expertise about the NHS and Education sectors and how his influence has helped to improve productivity and efficiency with the merger of a number of Trusts.

Hear more about how emerging technologies, such as IoT, are being used to improve the social value within our communities and the importance of Enterprise Architecture and Security.


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Episode 5 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Danny Attias, CDIO at Anthony Nolan

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In this week's Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast I'm talking with Danny Attias, who is the CDIO at Anthony Nolan and the current UK no.1 CIO.

Danny talks about his career journey into Tech Leadership and shares valuable insight about how he was able to unlock his own potential to grow and develop as a leader.

In this episode, we discuss the democratisation of technology and how the digital landscape continues to evolve.


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Episode 4 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Freddie Quek, CTO at Times Higher Education

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In this podcast I talk with Freddie Quek about his career journey into IT Leadership and how he is managing the tech agenda at Times Higher Education.

Freddie discusses the benefits of having both a technology and communications strategy to ensure successful outcomes.

We explore the new ways of working within organisations and the importance of real conversations.


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Episode 3 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Jo Drake, CIO of The Hut Group

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This week Jo Drake provides some fascinating insights about her career path from IT Service Desk to becoming a Chief Information Officer.

Jo talks about finding and attracting tech talent and the impact that COVID has had on the overall innovation agenda.

Hear about how she has created a culture of incremental and continuous innovation to ensure that the technology team are doing the right things that deliver the greatest value.


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Episode 2 - Inspiring Tech Leaders interview with Dr Bill Limond, Global Interim CIO

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The Inspiring Tech Leaders podcast launches today with my special guest Dr Bill Limond.

Bill is a board-level 'troubleshooter' for global business development and IT enabled change. He has held both permanent and interim C-Level roles, as well as numerous Advisory engagements.

Bill's career journey has been an incredible story and I feel privileged that he has shared some of his experiences and insights in this podcast.


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Episode 1 - Introducing Inspiring Tech Leaders with Dave Roberts

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Introducing a new podcast series from PriceRoberts, which will explore the experiences and insights from Industry Tech Leaders. Each week the podcast series will provide the listeners with a wealth of knowledge and invaluable technology thought leadership.


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