Neil is the latest addition to Roke's Senior Leadership Team and the Industry Business Unit Director. Neil has held a number of senior roles at large organisations and is working with his team to take on the challenges of digitalisation and transformation by becoming a key technology partner to their customers.
What brought you to Roke?
I’d worked in big corporate organisations on major government contracts and I wanted a new challenge. The Industry team has capabilities that are absolutely world-class. This role is all about scaling up and taking those incredible skills, knowledge and expertise into more businesses and new sectors; when I saw it, I knew it was exactly what I’d been looking for.
What does the Industry team do?
Every customer and project is different, but you can sum it up as ‘first, fast or difficult’. We can do things that have never been done before, we can deliver them extremely rapidly, and we focus on the really hard stuff; the complex problems customers can’t solve themselves. Ultimately, it’s all about using technology and digitalisation to generate efficiencies and improving the customer's bottom line. And as well as opening up digital doorways, we put cyber resilience in place to make sure they close securely, too.
How would you describe the team?
We’re a technology partner, a nucleus of energy, technology and intellect that customers can plug into to scale up their digitalisation and cyber security to transform their own capabilities.
What kind of customers are you looking for?
We want to talk to people who’ve spotted an opportunity to save costs or increase efficiencies to improve their business and need a technology partner to help them deliver it. They could be in any industrial sector – manufacturing, rail, aerospace, automotive, telecomms or healthcare – but they’ll be ambitious, operating at significant scale and looking to do the right thing
How do you see the team's future development?
I believe Roke’s philosophy of bringing the physical and digital worlds together applies to all businesses. Digitalisation is happening everywhere: this is Industry 4.0, the new industrial revolution based on connectivity, automation and productivity, and our skills and technology are exactly what’s needed. We have good foundations and some great customers: now, we’re getting the right team, structure, strategy and entrepreneurial mindset in place to really scale things up.