36 episodes

We believe in the power of people as well as technology, with culture and customer service playing a key role in our business approach, alongside leading security products.
Our ethos is based on collaboration, trust and transparency.
Our passionate and energetic workforce acts as an extension of our vendors and we invest heavily to ensure the knowledge and technical expertise we offer is on par with their own in house teams.
Have a listen to our podcasts below!

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We believe in the power of people as well as technology, with culture and customer service playing a key role in our business approach, alongside leading security products.
Our ethos is based on collaboration, trust and transparency.
Our passionate and energetic workforce acts as an extension of our vendors and we invest heavily to ensure the knowledge and technical expertise we offer is on par with their own in house teams.
Have a listen to our podcasts below!

    Sally Nursten ITHQ - Perceptions and Stereotypes in Channel - Disrupt #4

    Sally Nursten ITHQ - Perceptions and Stereotypes in Channel - Disrupt #4

    Welcome to this month’s episode of Disrupt! In this episode, Hayley sits down with Sally Nursten, to discuss her journey into tech, transferable skills and perceptions and stereotypes in the IT industry.

    Sally began her career as a ballet dancer, training relentlessly at The Royal School of Ballet and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. After a career-ending injury, Sally swiftly moved into production where she worked as a runner and soon became the assistant producer. Finding love for media, she has worked in a variety of media roles, such as writing for Big Brother, PR and marketing consultancy. Sally is now the chief marketing officer at ITHQ an award-winning tech solutions company.

    Discussion Points

    Intro [00:00 - 00:30]
    Sally’s path into tech [00:31 - 02:30]
    Transferable skills: ballet dancer to working in the media [02:31 - 04:44]
    First job: fake it till you make it [04:45 - 05:46]
    What drove Sally to learn media? [05:57 - 08:00]
    Which of Sally’s past skills have helped her in business today? [08:00 - 10:09]
    Ballet, tech or media? [10:10 - 13:02]
    What does a CMO do on a day-to-day basis [13:03 - 14:19]
    Perceptions of women in the tech world [14:20 - 25:42]
    Calling out behaviours in business [25:25 - 27:59]
    Tips on staying authentic and being truly authentic [28:00 - 31:43]
    Who inspires Sally the most [31:44 - 33:30]
    What advice would Sally give to her younger self? [33:31 - 34:55]
    Favourite pub snack? [34:56 - end]

    • 36 min
    Donavan Hutchinson SHI Corporation - Diversirty & Inclusion in Channel - Disrupt #3

    Donavan Hutchinson SHI Corporation - Diversirty & Inclusion in Channel - Disrupt #3

    Welcome to this month’s episode of Disrupt! In this episode, Hayley sits down with Managing Director at SHI Corporation, Donavan Hutchinson, to discuss his journey into tech and how business leaders can be doing more to encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace, without it being a tick-box exercise.

    Like many people who work in tech today, Donavan started on a completely different career path. After leaving school, Donavan joined the army at a very young age, but during his recovery time after having an accident he found a job working in sales for a value-added reseller (VAR), Insight, and eventually the top sales rep there. He is now the managing director of the award-winning IT company SHI Corporation and is passionate about making change within the IT channel - especially when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Listen to the full episode to learn more about creating diverse groups in the workplace and the steps business leaders can be taking towards encouraging open-mindedness.



    Discussion Points

    How did you get into the industry? From the army to tech

    The transition from army to sales, what did you learn and why did you stay?

    Pinkwashing, rainbow capitalism and copycat syndrome

    What have you changed at SHI to make it more inclusive?

    Have you seen productivity increase due to the groups you’ve created? 

    What drives you? What hurdles have you jumped through to get to where you are today? Coming out during IT career. Challenging organisations and others. Becoming authentic self.

    What advice would you give to other organisations/leaders to encourage open-mindedness?

    What can we hire taking D&I into consideration, without tick-boxing? 

    What do you see the next 5 years looking like for you and your organisation? Actions vs likes on social media

    How can organisations do better to help with mental health?

    Who inspires you the most?

    Advice you’d give your younger self? 

    Favourite pub snack: crisps, nuts or olives?



    Follow Donavan - https://www.linkedin.com/in/donavan-hutchinson-b767a811/

    Follow Hayley - https://www.linkedin.com/in/hayley-roberts-69b5562/

    Follow Distology - @Distology https://www.linkedin.com/company/9222136/



    About Disrupt

    Disrupt is a podcast where host Hayley Roberts, CEO of cybersecurity distributor, Distology, is joined by guests to challenge the stereotypes in the IT industry and highlight the innovative ways businesses are working and overcoming these issues. And generally just having a good time being disruptive!

    • 56 min
    Paul Shannon - From Games Tester to CEO at ANS Group - Disrupt #2

    Paul Shannon - From Games Tester to CEO at ANS Group - Disrupt #2

    Welcome to this month’s episode of Disrupt! Hayley sat down with CEO of ANS Group - Paul Shannon, and discussed his journey into tech and how business leaders can be doing more to recruit talent into the industry.

    Despite not succeeding in academia, Paul found a love for technology at an early age. He quickly realised studying business and economics at university was not for him, and landed his first IT job working as internal support. Working for VM-Aware was the turning point in Paul’s career, where he truly realised what he wanted to do with his career. In 2009 he began working for the tech firm, ANS Group, where he said yes to all the opportunities that came his way, and eventually became CEO.



    Discussion Points


    How did you get into this industry? What’s your career journey? [01:10 - 03:33]
    Saying yes to the opportunities in life [03:30 - 04:51]
    Regrets about not finishing university [04:52 - 05:44]
    What drives you? [05:45 - 07:22]
    From game tester to CEO at ANS Group [07:23 - 09:03]
    Recruiting and retaining staff in 2022 [09:04 - 10:12]
    UK Fast and ANS Group merger challenges [10:13 - 13:02
    What are you passionate about in the IT industry? How can you get more people involved? [13:03 - 14:43]
    Diversity and Inclusion in the IT industry [14:44 - 17:31]
    Rapid advancements in technology and the future of ANS [17:32 - 19:09]
    The great resignation and staff retention [19:10 - 22:09]
    Recruiting and training employees with no tech experience [22:10 - 24:37]
    Who has inspired you the most? [24:38 - 25:47]
    What advice would you give to your younger self? [25:48 - 26:40]
    Favourite pub snack? Crisps, nuts or olives? [26:41 - 27:25]

    • 27 min
    Disrupt Ep 1 - How Employers can be Reducing Barriers with Mo Isap

    Disrupt Ep 1 - How Employers can be Reducing Barriers with Mo Isap

    We're excited to be joined by CEO of In4Group, Mo Isap for our first episode of Season 2 for Disrupt, hosted by our CEO, Hayley Roberts!

    Join both Hayley and Mo as they discuss how businesses are becoming "lazy hirers" as well as the invisible and visible barriers for candidates vs the barriers of employers.

    • 24 min
    Delve Ep 1 - Cybersecurity in 2022 with Simon Moffatt

    Delve Ep 1 - Cybersecurity in 2022 with Simon Moffatt

    Drum roll please... Introducing our brand new podcast Delve hosted by our very own Chief Product Officer Lance Williams!

    Featuring special guests in each episode, Delve has been created to take us deep into technology, trends and those areas that may be confusing to understand.

    In our first episode, Lance is joined by founder of the Cyber Hut, and expert in digital identity, access and information security, Simon Moffatt where they unpack the cybersecurity predictions for 2022, worries and concerns of key IT decision makers from across the UK.

    • 43 min
    Identity and Access Management - Workshop 2

    Identity and Access Management - Workshop 2

    Join Chief Product Officer for Distology, Lance Williams as he hosts our Disruptor Day panel session to discuss what customer identity is, the importance of customer experience and the rise in businesses become tech-based with panel guests: Founder for Atlas, Stephen Williams and Founder & Analyst, The Cyber Hut, Simon Moffatt

    • 58 min

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