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Alan Robb

Hampshire (County of Southampton)

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Alan Robb

Hampshire (County of Southampton)

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About Alan

A Strategic Digital Adviser / CIO / NED, expert in leading, governing and delivering technology enabled business transformation, achieving significant commercial advantage for international corporates, professional services and managed services organisations. Excellent stakeholder management / engagement with gravitas to influence to Board level. Commercially astute and result focused, adept at managing / governing large scale programmes to budget and plans, including project recovery, across multiple sectors.


1. Successfully negotiated EY’s largest global managed services contract ($260m) including all terms & SLAs, supported vendor down-select, in collaboration with Procurement/Legal teams.
2. Identified causes of business failure, developed strategy/plans and delivered business transformation programme, building and leading architecture / digital technology teams to beat all major business targets for 3 successive years.
3. Transformed culture, systems and processes and motivated staff to support the changes, enabling company sale
whilst strategically rationalising 100s of legacy products and saving over £35M.
4. Radically transformed £750m Account, driving partners to deliver first service in 36 days after 18 months of failure.
5. Founded new Consulting / Engineering company, covering financial/commercials, consulting frameworks & growth.
6. Defining & delivering Cloud/SaaS migrations from legacy technologies for both industry clients and service providers.

Strategy definition & shaping initiatives
Technology leadership, building high performance teams to deliver digital excellence
Business transformation including M&A, business case development & benefit realisation
Technology strategy & change: virtualisation, rationalisation, cloud, SaaS, analytics, automation, big data, security
Governance frameworks: Architecture Board, Design Authority, Portfolio Management
Enterprise, business & solution architecture, design & implementation

Alan's Career History

Discerning Strategy Ltd


February 2018 - Ongoing

> rapid appreciation of business challenges
> development & delivery of business transformation plans with buy-in at all levels
> changes that will stick and not impair business performance in the interim
> independent views without dogma or up-selling of other services.

SSE plc

Strategic Advisor

April 2022 - June 2022

SSE plc

CIO, Energy Customer Solutions

February 2020 - April 2022

Travis Perkins plc

Retained Adivsor

November 2019 - May 2020

Travis Perkins plc

Interim Head of Practices (Architecture & Business Analysis) / CTO

March 2018 - October 2019


Director Managed Service

June 2016 - February 2018


Global Director, Enterprise Architecture

November 2012 - February 2018

Cable & Wireless Worldwide

Head of Design Practice

September 2011 - September 2012


Patrick Knight


I highly recommend Alan. He has a proven track record of success in leading digital transformations that deliver significant business advantage and extensive experience with stakeholder management and influencing at the Board level. His breadth of expertise across multiple sectors and ability to manage large-scale programs within budget and plan make him an invaluable asset for any organisation seeking to leverage technology for a competitive edge.

Dave Trower



+ Construction Digital Energy Financial Services FMCG / Retail Healthcare Management Consulting Professional Services Public Sector Technology