This week Rebecca George OBE, partner in Public Sector Health at Deloitte, takes to the V3 Hot Seat.
At Deloitte, George is responsible for all the firm's work with the Department of Health and the NHS. She was also awarded an OBE for her work on sustainable community skills.
George has also been involved in a variety of activities to increase the participation of women in the IT industry since the mid-1990s. She chaired the BCS Strategic Women’s Forum and Intellect’s Women in IT Forum, and is also chair of the BCS Policy and Public Affairs Board.
George is the latest IT hotshot to feature in the V3 Hot Seat, following other high-profile executives such as the CIO of Network Rail Susan Cooklin and Groupon's head of IT for Northern Europe Iain Phillips.
V3: What would be your dream job?
George: My current job is the best job I have ever had, but I hope to be a non-executive director for public sector organisations in due course.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
I use the iPhone and iPad.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
I really admire Dame Steve Shirley.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
It must be my laptop. I have had one attached to me for around 15 years.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
For me it was getting my OBE for work on sustainable community skills.
What was your first job?
I was the saturday girl in the local post office and general stores when I was 15.
What’s your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
I love the way that technology enables organisations to change, because people can do new and different things.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
Long-life batteries and (please) the end of all cables.
What keeps you awake at night?
I usually sleep well but occasionally I worry about what my sons are up to.
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – it was fantastic.
Who is your favourite musician?
It really depends on my mood. I’m a sucker for She by Elvis Costello.
Where’s your favourite place for escape?
I like going to Woolacombe in North Devon.
E-readers or real books?
I prefer real books. I did the e-reader thing and gave it to my son.
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
For me, it's The Beatles every time.
The Princess Bride is my ongoing favourite.
Windows or Mac OS?
I use both for different things.
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