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Inspirational Woman: Tas Hind | Technology Director at Essentia Trading Ltd

 

Tas Hind, Technology Director at Essentia Trading Ltd, a consultancy helping healthcare, science, public and private organisations transform their estates and infrastructure.
Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Tas

I didn’t, but I have grabbed opportunities that have been presented to me.

I often imagine myself being in a particular situation or doing something interesting and challenging and I have always achieved that. A year out of University, I joined the IT department at Lucas Industries, a motor and aerospace manufacturer in Birmingham. There, I was given a huge amount of responsibility and flexibility to shape my role and I loved every minute of it.

I soon realised that there was an internal consultancy within Lucas Industries that had some very high calibre individuals doing some incredibly interesting projects. I imagined what it would be like working in that type of organisation and, lo and behold, I got a breakthrough and was appointed as a Consultant in the Manufacturing sector.

A few years down the line, I was proud to lead an award-winning project on EXOSTAR (a workspace for secure information sharing and collaboration) for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and BAE Systems. By that time, I was also wondering how great it would be to work as a consultant to the NHS. I was very pleased to be part of CSC’s successful bid for the NHS’ National Programme for IT which led to me being on the programme for 13 years.

When I left CSC in November 2016, I had another big moment being offered the role as Essentia’s first Technology Director.

In summary, a lot of my career has been based on luck, being in the right place at the right time, grabbing the opportunities and making them a success and enjoying the work and the people around me.

Have you faced any challenges along the way and if so, how did you deal with them?

Yes, I have faced many challenges. I have addressed them through self-belief, holding my ground and relying on people to have the same belief and confidence in me. It did not always mean that I won however. I always knew that we gave it our best shot and for me that is the most important thing.

What advice would you give someone who wishes to move in to a leadership position for the first time?

Be brave. Don’t worry about ticking all the boxes. Believe and have confidence in yourself. Seek validation from others whom you trust and will give you constructive advice rather than say things to please you. Surround yourself with great people who are prepared to work hard and enjoy their jobs.

On a typical workday, how do you start your day and how does it end?

I start my day with yoga and a very healthy all-organic breakfast – a glass of warm water with a slice of lemon, spirulina with berries and yoghurt and a very big bowl of porridge with quinoa, chia and sesame seeds, raisins and cinnamon. That is very important to me, as I know that I need to stay fit and well to do my job. I then do a 20-minute brisk walk to the station to catch my 6:24 train to London. I end my day with another healthy meal full of freshly cooked organic vegetables, chamomile tea and walk with my husband to our town centre reflecting on the day that we have had and just generally catching up. Fridays are different as I end my day with a very long swim which helps me to unwind and get ready to enjoy my weekend.

What advice can you give to our members about raising their profiles within their own organisations?

Always aim to do the best that you can, no matter what it is. Make sure that you, your team and the client get credit for it. Do not be afraid to publicise great work. Use your marketing department to promote you and your work inside and outside your organisation. Develop a brand for yourself. Make sure people know who you are, what you stand for and your passions. Be kind to everyone you meet and work with. Always be professional. Thank people for their help and always make sure they are recognised for their achievements.

How have you benefited from coaching or mentoring?

Yes, I have been led and managed by some incredible people throughout my career. Many have given me formal and informal advice and support which I have taken on board. I have also been on many leadership training courses where I was given independent advice on my strengths and things that I could improve. Finally, I have observed some great people in action and have learned a great deal from them.

Do you think networking is important and if so, what three tips would you give to a newbee networker?

Definitely. I will always remember my first day at CSC where I was told that the only way to get on in this large organisation was to network. So I picked up the phone and started to introduce myself and explain to everyone and anyone what I could do and what I wanted to do. It is a skill I have learned and developed over many years and it has put me in a great position to find work that I not only enjoyed but challenged me and helped to develop my career. My top three tips are: don’t be shy about talking to people as you will always find that they are happy to do that; maintain your network and grow it inside and outside the organisation and use social media such as LinkedIn to maintain your network and to connect to people.

What does the future hold for you?

I am thrilled about my new role as the Technology Director at Essentia, which is doing ground-breaking work to help transform the NHS and make it fit for the future. I truly believe that technology has a huge part to play in the future of healthcare and there are so many opportunities to help change the way that patient care is delivered. My focus will be to enjoy it and make a real success of it.