A Series Exploring Leadership in the Age of Sustainable Growth

In partnership with
Google Cloud & Cognizant

In partnership with Cognizant and Google Cloud, we are delighted to be launching a series of interviews which explore the burning questions and tackle the undeniable challenges of our age. In the first in the series, we explore what effective leadership looks like in the age of sustainable growth. 

Technology leaders have been instrumental change-makers in recent years. They’ve been at the forefront of breaking down outdated silos. Skilful leaders have operated as technology translators and business advocates to drive digital transformation throughout their organisation, and demonstrate the return on investment.

But now technology leaders are facing an additional pressing imperative. Against the backdrop of record temperatures in the UK and world-wide geopolitical uncertainty, the argument for action on the climate crisis is now economic as well as moral. Technology leaders need to be on the front foot of a shift in thinking about growth and green initiatives, and will be indispensable in driving forward the agenda on how to use tech tools for sustainable development.

This will be no mean feat, and to achieve results, technology leaders will need to leverage their relationships with CEO and boards, their teams and their peers more than ever.

The series of interviews brings together forward-thinking technology leaders to discuss and debate what leadership looks like in the age of sustainable growth.  

Episode 1: Collaborating on the Race to Net Zero

We brought together forward-thinking senior leaders to discuss and debate what leadership looks like in the age of sustainable growth. In this episode, we explored:
  • Role of leaders in delivering on sustainability goals
  • How to reduce emissions and stay competitive
  • How to collaborate to reduce emissions faster
  • How to utilise technology and use data as the driver 

Richard CorbridgeRichard Corbridge
Chief Information Officer, Boots

Caroline GorskiCaroline Gorski
Chief Executive of the R² Factory, Rolls-Royce
John Abel Technical Director, Officer of the CTO, GoogleJohn Abel
Technical Director,
Officer of the CTO,

Episode 2: Leading for Purpose and Profit

To sharpen competitiveness and maintain relevance, new business models must not only be profitable, but also be purposeful, ethical and sustainable. We hear from a range of senior technology leaders from across industries to unpack how to drive ethical and agile business growth.
  • How to balance competing priorities
  • Utilising data ethically
  • Thriving in times of uncertainty

Que TranQue Tran
Regional Chief Information Officer, DP World

PhilipPhilip Smith
VP and Global Head of Sustainability, Cognizant
Mike YMike Yorwerth
Chief Information Officer, Marks and Spencer
Prof. AshleyProfessor Ashley George
President, Tech for Good

TimTim Embley
Group Research and
Innovation Director,

Episode 3: Paths for Future-Ready Businesses

Forward-thinking leaders can place ESG at the core of their business to future-proof their legacy and strengthen their growth. Even in turbulent and uncertain socio-economic times, they can challenge and reinvent business norms to remain distinctive in the market, relevant and long-lasting. We discussed:

  • Sustainability and business growth
  • Overcoming the barriers
  • The role of technology

PhilipJon Pollard
Head of Product Management, The Football Association
James WehnerJames Wehner
Global Head of Digital Experience, Avon
Mivy new headshotMivy James
Digital Transformation Director, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

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