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In this section, delve into technology from a board perspective. Discover articles that illuminate key areas such as governance, digital transformation, and artificial intelligence. These insights are designed to equip board directors with the knowledge to lead effectively in the digital boardroom, ensuring technology decisions are aligned with strategic goals and enhance organizational success.

Dawn of the three-hour work week: AI's impact on employment and compensation

Vienna | Published in AI and Board | 10 minute read | Share this post on X Share this post on LinkedIn Share this post by Email Copy the Permalink to this post

A futuristic office seamlessly blended with a beach setting. It shows humans relaxing and working alongside AI robots, reflecting a balanced lifestyle where work and leisure coexist harmoniously (Image generated by ChatGPT 4o).

As artificial intelligence (AI) advances into the workplace rapidly, one of the most pressing questions on everyone’s mind is, “If machines can do our jobs faster, more accurately, and at a lower cost, what happens to us?” It’s true that AI is beginning to redefine the very essence of work, raising concerns about the potential displacement of knowledge workers. However, I’d like to propose an alternative perspective—one where those same workers earn the same or more whilst working far fewer hours.


The executive's guide to generative AI

London | Published in AI and Board | 10 minute read | Share this post on X Share this post on LinkedIn Share this post by Email Copy the Permalink to this post 

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) executive’s guide to generative AI is out now; I spoke to Duncan Jefferies about how businesses can use generative AI to drive organisational transformation.


The executive's guide to the digital workplace

London | Published in Board and Cloud | 10 minute read | Share this post on X Share this post on LinkedIn Share this post by Email Copy the Permalink to this post 

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) executive’s guide to the digital workplace is out now; I spoke to Chris Stokel-Walker about how digital transformation can contribute to a company’s long-term success.


Driving organisational transformation in a downturn

Llantwit Major | Published in Board | 10 minute read | Share this post on X Share this post on LinkedIn Share this post by Email Copy the Permalink to this post

Abstract image depicting innovation and growth during an economic downturn, featuring vibrant colors and geometric shapes with upward arrows and graphs, conveying a sense of optimism and forward momentum. (Image generated by ChatCPG 4o)

In my article about not taking your foot off the gas, published just as the world returned to some degree of normality in July 2021, I discussed that the pandemic was the forcing function that challenged businesses to adapt and engage in broad organizational transformation using the cloud, and that it should not be seen as a reason to slow down.


The Board in the machine

Llantwit Major | Published in AI, Board and Cloud | 10 minute read | Share this post on X Share this post on LinkedIn Share this post by Email Copy the Permalink to this post

Modern boardroom with subtle technological elements, featuring minimal digital overlays like abstract data streams and holographic charts, symbolizing the integration of technology in decision-making. The image conveys sophistication and innovation in business governance. (Image generated by ChatGPT 4o)

I recently hosted a fireside chat for the AWS Summit EMEA with Intel’ Global Leader for AI Solutions, Monica Livingston. We discussed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are quickly becoming ubiquitous in business. The conversation prompted me to think about how Boards should be thinking about the use of AI and ML in their businesses, and how they need to ensure they are making the right decisions at the speed of light.


The CFO is central to any cloud transformation

Sydney | Published in Board and Cloud | 10 minute read | Share this post on X Share this post on LinkedIn Share this post by Email Copy the Permalink to this post Sydney, Australia

CFO Magazine in The Netherlands interviewed me today on the role of the CFO in any cloud transformation. You can read the article here in Dutch.


Why now is not the time to take your foot off the gas

Llantwit Major | Published in Board and Cloud | 10 minute read | Share this post on X Share this post on LinkedIn Share this post by Email Copy the Permalink to this post

Dynamic image representing acceleration and continuous innovation during the pandemic, featuring a sleek, modern road with motion blur effects to convey speed and forward movement. Subtle elements like arrows, data streams, and hints of missing or fragmented maps and signs indicating 'unknown' or 'no plan' emphasize the theme of navigating without a clear map or plan. (Image generated by ChatGPT 4o)

For many Boards, the pandemic has catalysed broad business change by accelerating digital transformation initiatives. The availability of cloud computing has democratised access to technology, and businesses of all shapes and sizes have seized on this opportunity to: increase revenue, margin, and profit; enter new markets and launch new products and services; delight, excite and get closer to their customers; and become more operationally efficient, increasing productivity, cutting waste, and reducing costs.


Edge Markets

The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong | Published in AI, Board and Cloud | 10 minute read | Share this post on X Share this post on LinkedIn Share this post by Email Copy the Permalink to this post 

Whilst in Hong Kong for the AWS Transformation Day, some of my AWS colleagues and I sat down with Edge Markets (a publication in Malaysia) to talk about AI and the power of the cloud in helping businesses adopt AI and ML to accelerate business outcomes. You can read the whole interview here.


IoD News March 2007

Brussels | Published in Archive and Board | 10 minute read | Share this post on X Share this post on LinkedIn Share this post by Email Copy the Permalink to this post

Following my attendance at the ‘Future of Europe’ seminar hosted by the IoD in Brussels in February, I was invited by the Institute to contribute to an article on doing business across borders.


Chartered Director

Leeds | Published in Board | 5 minute read | Share this post on X Share this post on LinkedIn Share this post by Email Copy the Permalink to this post

Helen, Anthony, and Mario Thomas at the IoD Chartered Director presentation evening.

After nearly 18 months of study and examinations I was confirmed as having satisfied the requirements of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and admitted as a Chartered Director.