6 questions with the CEO
- What inspired you to set up the company?
I used to work at the Paris office of Accenture – a huge American consulting firm. After a couple of years there I felt ready for bigger responsibilities but was told that I had eight years to making Partner. Betting that I could create something meaningful in less time than that really inspired me to set up iPLATO from my living room in Notting Hill. In the beginning iPLATO was a ‘mini-Accenture’ offering specialist mobile consulting and application development services and the early team included some former Accenture people. Later, we entered healthcare… and the rest is history.
- What do you do on a normal day in the office?
I probably have the best job in the company because no day is the same. As ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ a key part of my job is to make things happen. On Sundays, I set up goals for my week ahead and I check them every morning on my walk to the station. These goals usually revolve around progressing strategic projects such as online consultation, US expansion, fundraising etc or hitting deadlines for projects, key meetings or presentations. Operational matters such as HR and finance drop in along the way.
- What has been the highlight since you founded iPLATO?
Every time I feel that we keep people healthy or, even better, save lives is a highlight for me. Seeing programmes such as the London cervical screening hub grow offer special joy. Another highlight has been to see myGP – our own brand – in the hands of a large number of healthcare consumers. It feels like we are making a, visible, positive difference to people’s lives.
- Name one song that describes a normal day at work.
- What do you like doing when you are not at work? (Hobbies)
I like hanging out with my family so that’s where I spend most of my time. However, although I do like sailing and basketball, you will find me the happiest on a sunny skiing slope (ideally steep) somewhere in the Alps.
- What’s the best thing about working at iPLATO?
The purpose that we pursue and the people that we do it with.