Adrian Joseph OBE

Managing Director Group AI and Data Solutions - BT

Adrian joined BT Group in February 2020 and is the Managing Director, Data and AI where he leads a team of over 1,200 data, cloud and AI experts to drive business transformation across the Group. He is also an Executive sponsor for the BT Ethnic Diversity Network.

Prior to BT, he was a Senior Partner at Ernst & Young for 3 years and the Head of the UK Data, Cloud and Analytics practice for Financial Services. He joined EY with over ten year’s cloud, digital, platform, data science and analytics experience gained in senior leadership roles at Google and has a further 15 years of experience in industry and consultancy.

Adrian was a Non-Executive Director of the UK government’s Home Office from 2016 to 2020 where he advised on data, digital transformation, and diversity and inclusion. He currently sits on the UK AI Council where he advises on the national AI strategy, a Non-Executive Director of Direct Line Insurance Group plc and an Advisor to Business in the Community, where he previously chaired the Race Equality Board for 5 years.

He was awarded an OBE for services to equality and diversity in business in the 2019 New Year’s honours list and was announced as the most influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic technology leader in the UK by the Financial Times and Inclusive Boards in 2018.

He holds a degree in econometrics, an MBA with distinction and an honorary doctorate in business management.

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