Today’s interview is with Rachel Neaman, a technology leader, Non-Executive Director, leadership mentor and coach with extensive experience in the technology, health, governmental, digital and not for profit fields. Rachel joins me today to talk about some of the organisational changes taking place that she has noticed over the last few months, some of the challenges facing us, how leadership has changed and why many female political leaders, in particular, have been so successful during this period.
This interview follows on from my recent interview – Difficult conversations and building more inclusive and diverse organizations – Interview with Jenn Graham of Civic Dinners – and is number 355 in the series of interviews with authors and business leaders that are doing great things, providing valuable insights, helping businesses innovate and delivering great service and experience to both their customers and their employees.
NOTE: A big thank you goes out to the folks at Amplexor for sponsoring my podcast for the coming month.
Amplexor is preparing to launch a really exciting virtual series called: Ignite Revenue Through Content which will feature leading speakers and thinkers in short, punchy and thought-provoking bi-monthly episodes exploring and highlighting insights and best practices of how to leverage Content as a strategic differentiator.
It’ll run from August through mid-December and kicking it off on August 20th will be yours truly talking about “Unleash(ing) your Inner Punk: a Rebellious Take on Customer Engagement”. I think the session that we have organised will be awesome, it’s a real honour and I’m really looking forward to it.
So, go to Amplexor.com to find out more and register.
Here’s the highlights of my chat with Rachel:
About Rachel (adapted from her LinkedIn bio)
Rachel is an influential technology leader with a focus on digital transformation & leadership, healthtech, and inclusion. She provides strategic advice to organisations & business leaders; is a mentor and leadership coach; holds non-executive board roles; and speaks regularly at conferences. Passionate about harnessing technology for social good and ensuring technology works for everyone, she is a former CEO, and was the first CDO and Digital Head of Profession at the Department of Health.
With extensive senior leadership experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in the UK and internationally, her experience is in creating strategy, developing B2B relationships, and thought leadership, backed up by a strong track record of delivering results through smart partnering and collaborative working.
A strong advocate of the importance of diversity and gender equality to increase productivity and improve outcomes, she champions the need to address the under-representation of women in tech, as well as to resolve the digital divide and improve trust and security in technology.
She is a Non-Executive Director of Checkit Plc (checkit.net) where she chairs the Remuneration Committee and sits on the Audit Committee. Other non-executive roles include the Digital Leaders Board of which she is a former Chair, and the Academy of Social Science’s Campaign for Social Science. She is a mentor for PUBLIC’s GovStart programme, an advisor to the Money & Pensions Service UK Strategy for Financial Wellbeing, and advisor to DigitalHealth.London.
She is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars in the UK and internationally, a regular judge of digital awards – including the DL100, the Tech4Good Awards and the Charity Governance Awards – and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
She was a finalist for Digital Leader of the Year at the Women in IT Awards 2018 and received the Founder’s Award at the 2017 Digital Leaders 100 Awards. I have featured in Computer Weekly’s list of Most Influential Women in IT since 2016.