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How we can reset our relationship with technology: lessons for the digital generation – Bob Wigley

About This Episode

Joining Michael today is Bob Wigley, chair of UK Finance, the trade association for the banking and finance sector. His career in finance led him to be selected by then Mayor of London Boris Johnson to author a report: London, Winning in the Decade Ahead, looking the opportunities for the capital to boost its reputation as a global financial centre. And as London’s status as a financial leader has continued to grow, so has Bob’s, becoming the first chair of UK Finance in 2017. With a passion for backing young technology entrepreneurs, earlier this year he published his first book, Born Digital: The Story of a Distracted Generation, taking a look at the impact of technology on younger generations particularly, offering a roadmap for society to reset its relationship with technology.

Bob Wigley, Chair, UK Finance

Bob Wigley spent his banking career with Morgan Grenfell and Merrill Lynch and was EMEA Chairman of Merrill Lynch between 2003 and 2009. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a member of the Court of the Bank of England. He is a past member of the Takeover Panel, the FSA’s Senior Practitioners Panel and was the FSA’s nominated representative on the Council of European Securities Regulators Market Consultation Panel. He led a group of industry Chairman and Chief Executives to author a report on the competitiveness of London as a global financial centre “London, Winning in the Decade Ahead” and chaired the Green Investment Bank Commission. Since leaving banking, he has chaired and invested in a number of Fintech companies. Bob was instrumental in the creation of TheCityUK and has been on its advisory board since its formation.

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

Winning in the Second Half by Marjorie Barton

What are you watching at the moment?


Who is your biggest inspiration?

Margaret Thatcher

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Less time in London, more time at home, less time travelling, more time to relax given work fills old travel time.

What is your best tip for life?

Say hello to everyone, particularly people you don’t know

A quote for life?

Trust your gut.

What five tracks would make up your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Lux Arumque
  • 49th Parallel
  • Concerto Antica Cantilena
  • Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto
  • At Sea

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