Horizon CIO Podcast season review – we saw in the Horizon CIO Podcast community was the support, care and enthusiasm for those CIOs working in healthcare and for bravery and passion of Avril Chester and Paul Heywood
Being healthy, returning to health and working in health are key to being a successful CIO. The Horizon CIO Podcast season of January to July 2018 featured two stories from our community that bring it home just how important health and well being are.
In the hectic maelstrom of modern business and technology leadership it can be easy to forget that health is critical not only in your role as a CIO, but also to those around you. The first season of Horizon CIO Podcasts in 2018 had two of the most challenging stories to be told in the 65 episodes, former Scope IT leader Avril Chester and Paul Heywood (left) an ex-CIO in professional and financial services shared their stories of being diagnosed with cancer and Parkinson’s disease respectively. These were not stories of despair, although these business leaders had faced dark times and were brave to describe to the CIO Podcast, these were stories of hope.
Both Chester and Heywood used their experience of being diagnosed with cancer and Parkinson’s disease to form startup businesses. Bringing together their business knowledge, their experience of creating teams, technological expertise and a raw understanding of what it is like to suffer from cancer and Parkinson’s they have formed Cancer Central and Halcyon Life.
Cancer Central is a social enterprise formed by Avril Chester and the Horizon CIO Podcast will be charting her story. Halcyon Life is Heywood’s business which brings together a team of wellbeing experts and is helping business leaders understand how to manage their health.
As Heywood tells the Horizon CIO Podcast, as a CIO you can take control of what you eat, how you sleep and the exercise that you do.
Both Chester and Heywood reveal to the CIO Podcast how they have had to learn entirely new languages and methods as their technology knowledge is swept aside by the need to understand their illnesses and the medicinal programmes they followed.
Chester and Heywood share heartfelt stories that bring home the human reality of life as a CIO.
Working in the NHS remains a challenge. As previous seasons of the Horizon CIO Podcast have revealed with great discussions with CIOs such as Stephen Docherty, Joanna Smith, Will Smart, Nick Hopkinson, Andy Kinnear and Richard Corbridge the opportunities for technology to make a real change are significant. Cindy Fedell CIO for the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust kick started the 2018 Horizon CIO Podcast season with an upbeat story of how the NHS, despite funding problems is using the Five Year Forward View plan to embrace “enabling technologies” to not only improve the service, but also reduce costs.
With economic pressure coming from Brexit and other macro-economic challenges, with new technologies offering as many threats as they do opportunities and with a slew of “commentators” chipping away at the CIO role. One thing we saw in the Horizon CIO Podcast community was the support, care and enthusiasm for those CIOs working in healthcare and for bravery and passion of Avril Chester and Paul Heywood.