Welcome to the Vanguard Podcast, where innovators assemble! We speak to people who are innovating within their industry or at the forefront of reshaping themselves or their companies in this ever changing world.
This episode Scott is joined by Andra Hedden, a natural innovator who eats, sleeps and breathes entrepreneurship. Andra is Chief Marketing Officer at Marketopia - the premier B2B marketing and lead generation agency for technology companies.
With over 20 years experience in marketing and business development and 12 years of experience focused specifically on the IT channel, Andra's expertise and deep passion enables technology service providers to realize their growth potential. Over the past six years, Marketopia has evolved from a team of two to over 120 staff and recently expanded into Europe and APAC. Her passion has created an organisation recognized as a three-time Inc. 5000 award winner and ranked among the Tampa Bay Best Places to Work.
We're excited to be joined by digital advocate, Andrew Grill - the 'Pragmatic Futurist'! Andrew has a broad career spanning over 30 years in large corporates such as IBM, British Aerospace and Telstra, as well as 12 years running technology start-ups.
Andrew is a highly experienced keynote speaker and opens up a wide range of discussion points related to 'the workplace of the future', technology trends and the digital world. Unlike traditional Futurists who paint a picture of the future in 10, 20 or even 50 years’ time, Andrew can deliver practical and immediately actionable insights. Episode #9 is not one to miss!
The latest innovator to join the guest line-up is George Grant - CEO, Co-Founder and Publisher at Housing Technology - the leading technology information service and publisher of tech news and insights for the UK housing sector and local governments with over 20,000 readers.
During the podcast, George makes us aware that there are 300,000+ people homeless in the UK. He believes the housing crisis could be solved using the right mix of technology and social action and it’s his mission to do that by bringing together diverse housing experts globally to collaborate and help solve these problems.
In lucky number #7, Scott is joined by Tony Dalwood, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gresham House plc - the second business he has built. Tony shares his incredible industry insight, tips for investment and the innovation that he has seen in the finance industry over the years.
Tony has over 25 years of experience in investing and advising numerous public and private equity businesses. He holds a Master of Arts in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge where he was also a junior rugby international and Blue. Tony is also a children's coach at rugby and cricket.
In episode #6, we are joined by well-seasoned security expert, Don Randall MBE who has dedicated his career to protecting people from crime, specialising in fraud, counter-terrorism and cybersecurity.
Don has earned himself some pioneering and industry-defining roles throughout his career... serving with the City of London Police from 1969-1995, he spent four years as Deputy Head of the Fraud Squad and three years in Operational Support Department. Don was also Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase from 1995. In August 2008, Don assumed the role of Head of Security at the Bank of England and in November 2013, he was appointed as the Bank’s first Chief Information Security Officer. In February 2015, Don moved to a consultative position with the Bank as their Cyber Ambassador.
Don is Chairman of the ‘Sister Banks’, City of London Crime Prevention Association and ‘Project Griffin’ and a member of the City of London Crime Disorder Reduction Panel. Don also sits on the METCloud advisory board.
For episode #5, we are joined by the incredible Rob Scott - an established business leader with a wealth of experience and a reputation among industry insiders as a "competitive turnaround agent" who is willing to share his knowledge to help entrepreneurs (even competitors!) thrive to success.
Rob is a true Vanguard, demonstrated by his versatile and opportunistic career pivots; from football to Formula 1 race car driving to technology executive. Tune in to hear how Rob stayed focussed and motivated throughout the twist and turns in the road.
If you're looking for some motivation, this could be it! In our fourth episode, Scott invites industry veteran, Colin Knox - Founder & CEO of Gradient MSP. Colin is a technology innovator, passionate leader, and professional speaker focused on advising entrepreneurs how to grow, expand, and mature their businesses.
We have an extra-special guest for Episode #3! Tune in as Host, Scott Tyson, speaks on everything this podcast stands for - innovation, pivoting, perseverance and more - with an original member of the 1988 Jamaican Bobsled Team and captain of the 1992 and 1998 teams and a 3- time Olympian - Devon Harris!
In his current career as a Keynote Speaker, Author and Motivator, Devon goes about inspiring students, businesspeople and leaders to achieve their goals using his real-life story of perseverance and persistence through his motto ‘Keep on Pushing’. Hear more about his story in this episode!
In our second episode, our host Scott Tyson chats with Gene Reich, model turned co-founder of multiple successful tech businesses, as he resides in "the big apple".
Gene Reich is a 15 year veteran in the MSP space. Before co-founding Traceless, he founded POINT, a managed service provider serving small and medium sized business in New York and San Francisco. Gene also founded Orchard, a national consulting firm focused on deployment and managing Apple devices. He sits on the Apple Consultants Network Advisory council, as well as the ConnectWise Cyber Security Advisory Council.
In this bonus episode, Scott Tyson talks with METCloud CEO, Ian Vickers, about his journey from Football to Cloud and Cyber Security.
Ian Vickers, a serial technology entrepreneur, launched the METCloud brand in 2017. The cybersecurity company has gone on to win dozens of internationally recognised awards for innovation. Ian is fascinated with how technology can improve business and lifestyles and continually looks to identify emerging technologies, services and markets.