Tony Bott - Head of Delivery
Tony, can you describe your role in 100 words or less?
As a Head of Delivery, my primary role is to support and lead complex change initiatives on behalf of the client. Usually, I’m working across multiple business areas, often requiring several technology and process changes to come together in order to deliver a critical service. My role also involves working with the wider Axiologik teams to feed and bed-in transformational change to the client organisations, so that we can ultimately step away and allow the client organisation to work smarter and more efficiently on their own.
What is your favourite part of the job?
The beauty of this role is that you never know what you may have the opportunity to work on next. Specifically, in my current engagement as Senior Delivery Lead for the UK Health Security Agency, I’m able to see the value that we are bringing not only to Axiologik and the client organisation, but to the country as a whole, in supporting the delivery of pandemic solutions.
What kind of projects will you be overseeing at Axiologik?
I’m currently working within the UK Health Security Agency as a client-side End-to-End Delivery Lead, looking after the Private Provider Testing portfolio as well as several significant cross-cutting change initiatives. This engagement has been my first opportunity to work in the public sector, which so far has been challenging but thoroughly enjoyable.
What is your favourite project to date and why?
Projects and programmes are all about the people, ultimately, whether that be the team around you or the value you bring as a result of delivering something. If you’re surrounded by a good team, then every project can be enjoyable.
On that basis, probably one of the most fun projects I’ve worked on was an implementation of a master data management solution for a UK retailer. The subject matter may have been a little dry, but my team on the ground was highly talented and had a great culture of "work hard and have fun doing it". I can see this same culture within Axiologik and it really excites me to be part of such a talented team!
"We faced some really tough challenges and had a few interesting stakeholders to manage, but we got through it together and delivered a great piece of work."
Tony Bott - Senior End-to-End Delivery Lead
Can you describe what your dream project / client looks like?
That’s a tough question… the more new and interesting challenges involved in a project, the more motivated I am. I get frustrated if I’m stuck delivering the same tech over and over again. It’s all about learning new industries and products, and engaging with new teams to understand where I can add value most. I haven’t been with Axiologik long, but I must say they’re already ticking a lot of boxes.
If you weren’t doing your current role, what would you be doing?
I’ve always said that if I won the lottery, I’d like to do something completely different, something that’s really hands-on where I’m physically building something. I quite like the idea of setting up in the Lake District and trying my hand at dry stone walling.
Why? I have no idea, but it certainly would be the polar opposite of my current role.
What’s your favourite thing to do on a day off?
Like a lot of folk, my spare time generally revolves around my family. I have 2 children, aged 12 and 17, so my wife and I spend most of our time taxi-ing them around between school and various extracurricular activities. I also have 2 energetic dogs that “hound me” (ouch) to take them for walks. We’re lucky enough to live close to lots of beautiful woodland, so I really enjoy taking them out each day because it gives me the chance to get some fresh air, too.
When I get chance, I also love going to the cinema with friends and the family. I’m a big fan of comic book movies – some favourites include the Marvel Universe, and the original Star Wars films. The less like real life, the more I enjoy it, films are a great way of escaping your day-to day.
You’re stranded on a desert island, what three items can’t you live without?
I have to say that my kindle would be top of the list, preloaded with my favourite books of course. Much like with films, I tend to opt for more escapist genres like science or fantasy fiction. I’ve recently been working my way through ‘The Invisible Library’ series, which has a brilliant historical element, and I’d highly recommend ‘Rivers of London’, too. For the second island item, I’d take my iPad (and by default, my Netflix account). Perhaps a boat might be quite useful, too!