I first got involved in with technology when I joined the British Army in 2006 as an electronic warfare specialist. The role was great and allowed me to experiment with technology and start to understand its potential, the good and the bad. After 8 years I left and joined National Grid as a Service Delivery Manager working on the day to day operations of the IT system to keep literally “keep the lights on”. As much as I enjoyed the role, it became clear that by the time the problems had landed in production BAU it was sometimes already so embedded into systems to really be fixed and work around could become common. It was this that prompted me to seek a role with more strategic influence. I became the Business Consultant for National Grid Gas and helped them to understand how technology could add value to their strategy. After doing this for a few years, I got the opportunity to take my experience to the wider world when I joined Capgemini Invent in 2019.
What attracted you to Digital Architecture?
The opportunity of being that bridge between business ambition and technology capability. Regardless of my role with technology, its always been the Architects that teams have looked to for advice or even reassurance on the way forward. In many roles, it’s easy to get “lost in the weeds” but as an Architect your forces to take a step back and look at the big picture.
What is the most interesting part of your work/project?
Seeing how many people are across industries are juggling with the same problems. Then learning from each project how to help them overcome that.
Why did you join the Digital Architecture team at Capgemini Invent?
I wanted to do something creative. The things that are now possible because of technology are incredible. In many instances, the only limitation is business imagination and ambition. Invent seems like that kind of place you can leverage some of the great minds in the team to test that ambition and imagination