What is a Career in Information Technology like? In Conversation with a Chief Information Officer (CIO)

On the show today we meet Barbara! Barbara works as a Chief Information Officer (CIO), leading information technology teams, in the financial services industry in the UK. 

Barbara kindly shares with us: 

  • Common misconceptions of the CIO role 
  • An overview of the financial services industry (including the connectivity with FinTech)  
  • The purpose of the technology role  
  • What a CIO does on an average day  
  • An overview of the different roles within a technology team 
  • Most enjoyable parts of the role 
  • Challenging parts of the role 
  • Proudest moments in the role 
  • How Barbara became a CIO from aspiring basketball player 
  • Highs of the career journey  
  • Challenges of the career journey  
  • Importance of role models and mentors  
  • Helpful education, training and skills for aspiring technology professionals 
  • The future of the technology profession 
  • Advice and resources for people who are keen to find out more about a career in technology 
  • Advice for her younger self and you!  


  • MVP – minimum viable product or minimum viable proposition

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We also talk about: 

  • The importance of cross-functional teams that incorporate the business and technology teams 
  • Why you don’t have to be a coder to work in technology – there are a myriad of roles!
  • Project management methodologies and new ways of working 
  • The importance of people in technology 
  • The value of being open and honest about your aspirations  
  • The importance of asking for help and failing fast 
  • Diversity and inclusion within technology   

So if you’re curious and wondering what a CIO does or what roles are available within technology; or how to become a CIO or how to get into technology, listen, watch and enjoy! 

PS – If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!