Platinion Chief IT Architect, London
At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Nicholas empowers and inspires others.
At BCG Platinion, our mission is to be the architects of the future.
My background is in digital product development, commercial code production, and human-centered design. My favorite topics are probably clinical practice and anything related to manufacturing. I think this is because the “high criticality” environments give me a real buzz. And I suppose I’m drawn to the idea that I can affect these systems by almost surreptitiously inserting some kind of application into the mix.
BCG has given me the opportunity to approach this on a truly global scale. There is definitely a sense that the firm exists to make the extraordinary possible. Occasionally it comes down to being willing to work harder than anyone else on a problem, but BCG balances this with the needed flexibility. In other words, if you get a bit of a rest in doing the things you’re known for, it’s important to use the time to try something new.
Nicholas was the product development director at Wave Digital and has degrees in history, philosophy, and management.
Q: Can you tell us how digital transformation has influenced your career?
A: Digital transformation has always kept my career interesting. There is no single industry that isn't being transformed, so working in technology demands adaptability. But it’s also an invitation to think big. Most of the things I have worked on barely existed ten years ago. It’s exciting when you realize that what you’ll be working on ten years from now probably doesn’t exist today!
Q: What inspires you about your work?
A: Our opportunities to build systems of intelligence, virtuous cycles, and new feedback loops that can empower people.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like giving people coherent stories within which to work, stories that can be shared by business and technical folks. Everyone at BCG really listens. They also rarely hesitate to challenge. We’re experimenting with ideas all the time. There is something very satisfying about that moment when you know someone has just poked holes in what you’re putting forward, but as a result they improved it intrinsically.
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working at BCG?
A: Across the board, folks at BCG put a very genuine and honest emphasis on bringing value to the client. I’ve seen case teams challenge their own (superb) work with a kind of candid integrity that reflects their dedication.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the office?
A: I travel when I can. I love cities that are on the water. I grew up on the sea and I grew up sailing and love it. The presence of the sea gives the air and the light a special quality that I absolutely adore.