The Digital Leaders Podcast

The Digital Leaders Podcast

By Digital Leaders
Conversations with key influencers in the UK’s digital transformation community. On season two of the Digital Leaders podcast, we sit down with some of the UK’s most proactive Digital Leaders as they share their views on the importance of digital leadership in an evolving digital workforce and economy. The time is now. The place is the Digital Leaders Podcast, and the future is digital!
Alice Webb, Director of BBC North and BBC Children’s and Education
On the final episode of Season 2, we sit down with Alice Webb, Director of BBC North and Children’s and Education to talk leadership, the audience of the future, the role of the BBC in tackling online harm and improving children's safety, hear about the new BBC App “OwnIT” and how to achieve a healthy and happy online life.
30:26
May 13, 2019
Linda O’Halloran, Head of MHCLG Digital Collaboration Unit
On today’s show we sit down with Linda O’Halloran, Head of Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Digital Collaboration Unit, #SmartLondon Board Member and founder of the NGO Thinking Development. Listen as Linda shares her interesting journey into the London tech scene: from founding an NGO after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake; to working at MHCLG Digital Collaboration Unit - a programme that disrupts local government and re-energises local digital movements, helping authorities and local services overcome problems via common narratives. Linda also talks about the importance of collaboration in all its forms, the unintended consequences of emerging tech and the lessons learned on coping in a high pressure digital transformation role.
35:44
May 3, 2019
Jack Parsons, CEO of Big Youth Group
On today’s podcast episode, we sit down with young entrepreneur Jack Parsons, CEO of Big Youth Group, Young Digital Leader 2017 and 'The most connected young entrepreneur' in Europe 2018. Listen as Jack explains Big Youth Group’s mission to empower and change the odds for young people by building an ecosystem of opportunities, networks and mentors as well as his latest venture in New Zealand and his Digital Embassy project, a new place for young people to learn the digital skills businesses needs. Jack also shares in explicit detail the very personal journey that has shaped him including touching on his upbringing and ongoing mental health issues despite his obvious business success. He shares what these experiences have taught him about mental health and the importance of those who support him. Listen with caution: This episode contains frank discussions about depression, and suicide. If you've been affected by any of the topics in this episode, please talk to someone! There are some amazing resources and lovely people out there ready to help you. Here are some options: Mind UK: https://www.mind.org.uk Samaritans: Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours a day, seven days a week) https://www.samaritans.org
35:12
April 29, 2019
Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab
On this episode of The Digital Leaders podcast, we sit down with Gillian Docherty, CEO at The Data Lab, Digital Leader of the Year 2018 and one of the UK’s Top 10 influential people in Data. Listen as Gillian shares what led her to a career in data, what Scotland is doing with data at a national level, how she became a leader in the industry and why it is important to democratise data. She explains why tackling unconscious bias in data is a must and why diversity of thought is the key.
35:48
April 15, 2019
Professor Mark Thompson, Strategy Director at Methods
On today’s show, we sit down with, Professor Mark Thompson, Strategy Director, Methods, and Professor in Digital Economy at the University of Exeter. Listen as Mark shares how he got involved with changing the digital landscape in the public sector and governmental space, focusing on the importance of redesigning businesses models, culture and creating a model that delivers value in the age of the internet. He explains how emerging technology is the next big step in transforming public services.
41:10
April 8, 2019
Karen Dolva, Co-Founder and CEO at No Isolation
The Digital Leaders podcast is back for its second season. In the first episode of season two, we sit down with Karen Dolva, Co-Founder and CEO of No Isolation, Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech and winner of the EU commission prize for rising innovator. Listen as Karen shares the series of events that led to her being a leading women in Tech and founder of her business, No Isolation. She talks about: tackling loneliness amongst the most vulnerable groups in society; her AV1 robot that connects sick children back into the classroom; and new ways to help older people fight loneliness. She explains the challenges of being an entrepreneur, her views on leadership and diversity and make sure you listen to the end, when Karen shares the one thing about her you least expected!
33:34
April 1, 2019
Episode 10: Maggie Philbin, Founder & CEO of TeenTech.
On today’s show, we sit down with BBC Tomorrow’s World alum and Founder and CEO of TeenTech, Maggie Philbin. Listen as Maggie shares the impact working on Tomorrow’s World had on her own beliefs about careers in science and technology, how teen tech is empowering the next generation of Digital Leaders in the UK and why she believes that despite shows like Tomorrow’s World being a thing of the past, it is imperative that we make understanding the future both accessible and exciting for the next generation.
36:31
November 26, 2018
Episode 9: Nick Williams, Managing Director, Commercial Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group
Today on the show, we are joined by Managing Director, Commercial Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group - Nick Williams. Listen as Nick shares how Lloyds has evolved their offerings and services to meet the demands of their growing digital customer base, what Lloyds is doing to help the 21% of people in the UK who do not have the five Basic Digital Skills according to the 2018 Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index and why he believes that as digital leaders we need to educate individuals at the local level about the benefits of digital adoption if we want to ensure both digital literacy and equal opportunity for all citizens in the UK.
33:41
November 19, 2018
Episode 8: Leni Zneimer, GM of UK and Ireland at WeWork
On today’s show we sit down with the GM of UK and Ireland at WeWork, Leni Zneimer. Listen as Leni shares the catalyst behind WeWorks rapid growth, why WeWork believe everyone should be equipped for the future world of work and what they are doing to make that happen a why they define themselves as a movement towards a new way of working and what that looks like.
33:07
November 12, 2018
Episode 7: Kajal Odedra, Executive Director at Change.org UK
On today's show we sit down with the Executive Director of Change.org in the UK, Kajal Odedra. Listen to find out how Change.org is helping minority groups and young people have a voice, how government and politicians can leverage the Change.org platform to understand the issues that matter most to their constituents and why it is true what they say, one person really can change the world.
34:09
November 5, 2018
Episode 6: Russell Haworth, Chief Executive Officer at Nominet
On this episode of The Digital leaders podcast we sit down with the CEO of Nominet, Russell Haworth. Listen to learn the three things that drew Russell to the opportunity at Nominet, why and how Nominet is diversifying its business solutions in the cyber security, registry and spectrum management space, their recent partnership with Microsoft and what that means for connecting millions of people in both the US and the UK and his plans in his new role and Chair of Digital Leaders.
31:29
October 29, 2018
Episode 5: Jacqueline de Rojas, President of Digital Leaders
On this episode of The Digital Leaders Podcast, we sit down with President of Digital Leaders, Jacqueline de Rojas. Listen as Jacqueline shares what initiatives techUK has undergone to increase diversity and inclusion in the tech sector, how organisations with at least one woman on their board can reduce their risk of bankruptcy and how technologies like AI can improve gender diversity in the workplace.
34:56
October 22, 2018
Episode 4: Ariane Gorin, President of Expedia Partner Solutions
On today’s show we are joined by the President of Expedia Partner Solutions, Ariane, Gorin. Half American, Half French, and the youngest of three girls, Ariane spent most of her early childhood growing up in California. She received her undergrad in Economics at the University of Berkley and an MBA from Northwestern University, graduating in the top 5%. After graduating she eventually moved to Paris, working her way up to Director at Microsoft before leaving to join Expedia as their VP of Europe, Middle East and Asia Market Management. In her 5 years at Expedia she has held various roles in the organization, her most recent being that of President, Expedia Partner Solutions. On today’s show Ariane share's how Expedia is leveraging the cloud to improve the customer experience, the impact travel has had on her own life and what it has taught her and how Expedia looks for the next big thing in travel and what it is. Find out more: https://digileaders.com/digital-leaders-podcast/
27:17
October 15, 2018
Episode 3: Tony Blair, Executive Chairman of the Institute for Global Change
On today’s episode we sit down with Executive Chairman of the Institute for Global Change and former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Tony Blair. In a wide ranging interview from the impacts of Brexit to Artificial Intelligence, Tony Blair, talking to Tarah Ferguson, expresses concern that Government officials have yet to find an effective way to connect with those driving the technological revolution saying “the change makers, the people engaged in making these huge changes with such impact on how we live, work and think; and the policy makers, those who are going to have to produce the governance and regulation and work out the impact of it all, are not in a proper dialogue together.” Calling for a Department of Digital and Technology, he says it should be staffed and run in a very different way to traditional government departments. It should bring together experts in technology and government and create a faster interchange between the private/tech sector and government, getting rid of old rules that don’t apply today and will help overcome the lack of understanding of the tech sector amongst policy-makers, which is predominantly a generational issue. In November 2017, the Tony Blair Institute, published a paper entitled Technology for the many: A public policy platform for a better, fairer future. The premise of the paper was to set out the challenges and the opportunities for governments in the face of rapid technological change and to highlight the numerous ways in which government can use technology for good, resulting in positive outcomes for the many. On today’s episode, I sit down with Tony, to learn more about the catalyst for the paper, why he believes government needs to start adopting technology now more than ever, and his thoughts on the biggest risks facing people in the tech sector and what that could mean for public policy in the UK. https://digileaders.com/digital-leaders-podcast/
31:17
October 8, 2018
Episode 2: Sherry Coutu, Founder and Chairman of the Board at Founders4Schools
On this week's episode of the Digital Leaders podcast, we sit down with Sherry Coutu, CBE, Executive Chair and Founder of Founders4Schools, a free online platform, connecting educators and students with business leaders, to help solve the private sectors biggest challenge, a lack of talent. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Sherry graduated from UBC, with her BA before making her way to the UK where she received a Master’s in Economics from the London School of Economics. A natural entrepreneur and problem solver, she furthered her education at Harvard’s prestigious Business School. and founded her second company Interactive Investor in 1994, which she eventually sold in 2001. An avid investor and board advisor, Sherry currently sits on the board of Zoopla and The London Stock Exchange. On today’s show, Sherry shares why she transitioned from a future in psychology to computer science, why she believes that role-models and work experience is critical for career development and what things parents and educators can do right now to help cultivate a skilled digitally savvy workforce in the UK. Find out more: https://digileaders.com/digital-leaders-podcast/
31:00
October 1, 2018
Episode 1: Paul van Zyl, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at The Conduit
On today's episode we are joined by international human rights lawyer, social impact entrepreneur, and Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Conduit, Paul van Zyl. Paul grew up during the apartheid in South Africa and has spent a majority of his career advocating for those with no voice. As a result, Paul has been recognized as a global leader for his work in social impact and transitional justice, and was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008. On today’s episode, Paul shares the impact growing up during the apartheid had on his career, how he is leveraging technology for social change and how he has been able to recruit some all star-guests for his latest project, The Conduit. Find out more about this episode here: https://digileaders.com/digital-leaders-podcast/
27:24
September 24, 2018
Digital Leaders Podcast - Teaser for Series One
The Digital Leaders Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast of interviews with influencers in the UK’s digital transformation space. Join host Tarah Ferguson as she sits down with some of the UK’s most accomplished leaders as they share their views on the importance of digital leadership in an evolving digital workforce and economy. Guests this season include former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, President of Expedia Partner Solutions Ariane Gorin, Executive Chair of the Board of Founders4Schools, Sherry Coutu CBE and Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Conduit, Paul Van Zyl. The Time is Now. The Place is The Digital Leaders Podcast and The Future is Digital.
01:35
September 10, 2018
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