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Chief Technology & Operations Officer, CRC Group
Graduating from the University of Sheffield with a degree in politics, I never expected my career to be at the forefront of technology. Over ten years at Accenture, however, I built my career leading challenging IT-enabled change programmes across Europe for a range of consumer goods and pharmaceutical companies. I also spent two years working in their not-for-profit business unit, but after that I was up for a new challenge. Berkeley offered me the opportunity to accelerate my development, working closely alongside senior clients and taking greater personal responsibility for building some great client relationships and the promise of succeeding with them, rather than doing something to them. I jumped at the chance.
At Berkeley, I enjoyed the sheer breadth of clients and their challenges, as well as the subtly but crucially different mode of working with them. My work ranged from setting a new organisational strategy at a UK fund manager, via designing the ideal branch network for a retailer, through to programme management of a huge data centre migration in a manufacturing organisation. I developed an increasing expertise and interest in the evolution of DevOps practices along the way – an example of Berkeley’s experienced but intellectually curious outlook stretching its consultants and challenging the preconceptions we pick up over the course of our careers. Berkeley also continued to support my efforts working for a series of charitable causes.
After more than 6 years with Berkeley, the opportunity came up to join a media consultancy business as their CTO. This fitted brilliantly with my passion for unlocking the value of emerging technologies and developing the organisational culture required to pull this off. I had open and honest conversations with the partners – and Berkeley were very supportive in my move in-house at a client. My role at CRC Group is to lead the development of technology and data-enabled aspects of our businesses, transforming our strategy and organisation in this area to achieve this. Of course, the move after 16 years in consulting into an industry leadership role brings new challenges and was a tough decision for me to take. But it was the right challenge for me at that juncture and Berkeley had proven the perfect place to hone my consulting skills, broaden and deepen my professional perspectives and ultimately to prepare and position me for this new role.