Podcast: The Curious CIO

How do you get to the top spot in technology? And how do you stay there? Freeman Clarke’s ‘The Curious CIO’ brings you the stories of technology leaders, how they made it to the Boardroom, and what they learned along the way. Featuring CIO James Alcock and CEO (and former CIO) Steve Clarke, ‘The Curious CIO’ is a conversation about leadership, business, and technology.

For over 20 years, James Alcock has helped CEOs and business leaders ensure long-term success with sound technology strategies. He focuses on harnessing digital innovations to reduce risk, increase competitive advantage, and add value.
Steve Clarke is an IT and technology expert with a deep interest in leadership and career development for CIOs. He is co-founder and director of Freeman Clarke, the UK’s largest and most experienced team of fractional CIOs, CTOs, and IT Directors.

Freeman Clarke provide fractional, Board-level IT leadership for mid-market businesses. Our technology leaders become part of the senior team to drive growth with technology—at a fraction of the cost.

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E1: Sajjad Ahmed: From a Pakistani wheatfield to CIO (and back) 
The podcast kicks off with Sajjad Ahmed, CIO at International SOS, who started thinking about leadership as a 9-year-old in Pakistan. Ahmed explains his journey from Pakistan to a London boardroom, his motivations and leadership style, and how he keeps a CEO engaged in the technology function.

E2: Sarah Cunningham: Seizing opportunities with both hands.
Sarah Cunningham, Senior Vice President Enterprise IT at Arm, the world’s leading semiconductor IT company, with 8000 employees around the globe. Sarah describes her non-traditional route to IT leadership and how she realised that dyslexia isn’t a handicap but her ‘superpower.’ A fascinating conversation with a thoughtful IT leader at the top of her game.

E3: Paul Smith:Tech for Good: A CIOs journey in the charity sector
Innovation, purpose, and passion. Join us with Paul Smith, CIO at Amnesty International, as he shares insights from his career journey and navigating the unique challenges of the charity sector. Discover the driving force behind his mission.

Discover Andy Caddy’s journey from retail beginnings to CIO success in Episode 4 of our podcast. Andy shares insights into his path to the C-suite, the challenges he’s faced, and why he’s passionate about technology. Tune in for valuable career advice and inspiration.