Q&A with Tech Impact Awards Judges

Clare Parry-Jones, Computacenter
Clare Parry-Jones
UK Business Enablement Director & Sustainability Lead

With a degree in Business Information Technology and over 25 years in the IT Industry Clare is now UK Business Enablement Director & Sustainability Lead for Computacenter. Clare’s career started at Lotus Technologies in technical support progressing through systems engineering into account management. In 1995 she moved to Compaq as an Account Manager and during her tenure was, Corporate Sales Director and Solutions Sales Director before moving into the Integration Office when HP acquired Compaq as the UK Integration Lead before moving in 2003 to be the MD UK&I for Stratus Technologies. Clare joined Computacenter in 2007 as an Account Manager allowing more time to be with her then young family. During her time at Computacenter, Clare has worked in the UK as an Account Manager, Client Director, Business Enablement Director (both UK and Group) and until more recently was Sector Director Enterprise, having also spent 2 years (2008-2010) in the USA for Computacenter. More recently she has moved to a role that is supporting the Computacenter ESG strategy and co-ordinating across the Group the various subject matter experts that are accountable for delivering against this in addition to being the focal point for Customer, Vendor and employee conversations.

Why have you agreed to be a Tech Impact judge?

That’s easy. Last year I learned so much through reading the entries and selecting the ultimate winners. It’s something that is really important to our employees and customers alike and is rising higher and higher in most conversations

Name an easy win for resellers and MSPs looking to become more sustainable

Talk to your employees. We have found that our people have some of the best ideas. The Travel Levy that was implemented in October last year came from an idea that an individual on our Climate Committee had!

What advice would you give vendors and tech solutions providers weighing up whether to enter these awards?

Go for it. The actual process or thinking about what you have achieved, the progress you have made is something that very often doesn’t get done. Reductions are reported, but the journey of how you got there very often isn’t. As an industry most of us don’t “greenwash” the progress we have made and so going through the application process gives you a point in time to reflect on what you’ve achieved and share it with others.