Graham Whitehead – Telecoms, Technology and IT Futurist. Keynote Business Speaker.
Graham Whitehead joined the British Post Office in 1968 as a Post Office University Student. He spent 12 months, before attending university, in all parts of the business from the chairman’s office to the deepest, muddiest hole in the ground. He graduated from Leeds University in 1972 with a BSc honours degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the IMechE and IEE.
Graham Whitehead joined the BT Laboratories after graduation and has worked a wide variety of disciplines, such as mechanical connections and structures, optical transmission systems, the packaging and cabling of optical fibres, hydro space engineering. He was production manager of the optical receiver project which designed and manufactured the receivers used in the T AT-8, PTAT and NPC trans- Atlantic and trans- Pacific submarine systems. For the latter he was awarded the Queen’s Award for Technology in 1990.
In 1989, Graham Whitehead moved to the USA on secondment to DuPont as the production manager and co-ordinator for the manufacture of the optical amplifiers and tuneable narrow linewidth lasers which were part of product portfolio of BT&D, a joint venture of the two companies.
In 1990 he returned to the BT Labs and was appointed manager of the Business Systems Group which investigates the modelling of business structures and their mutual interactions.
In 1992 he became BT’s Advanced Concepts Manager. Over the last few years he has specialised in presenting the work of the BT Labs to both customers and other parts of BT. He delivers more than 300 presentations every year, and has produced a series of video tapes. He also contributes to many journals, newspapers, radio and TV programmes.
In 1999, Graham Whitehead became one of BT’s Principal Consultants looking at the future of telecomms and IT.
In 2004 he was appointed as Visiting Professor at the Information Systems Institute at Salford University.
Graham Whitehead can address senior executives in innovative corporations looking at how the future of communications and IT will affect their working and trading environments including:
- E-business strategy.
- How customer’s demands in the future will change business as we know it.
Providing you with:
- An insight to how things, systems and people will connect and react in the future.
- A pragmatic, and frequently humorous, view of how things might go wrong.
Graham’s speech ‘You haven’t Seen Anything Yet’ is based around Graham’s prediction that we will see more change in the next 10 years than has been experienced in the past 150 years. Technology is changing – the question is “Are you changing as fast?” because if you do not, you and your organisation might not be trading in the next few years!