Interview with Michael Tobin OBE

“The biggest success I have had in business is to take the Telecity Group from a 6 million market cap to a 3.6 billion European industry leader.”

“The job of today’s leaders is simply to create more leaders.  I wouldn’t spend time on strategy, I would spend time imparting a vision of what you want to be famous for and finding fantastic people around you to deliver that vision for you.”

“I think giving back to society is incredibly important and the more success we have the more we need to remember that that success isn’t permanent and the luck we have had to achieve it needs to be recycled back into the community.”

Michael Tobin OBE  is an English technology entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. He was CEO of FTSE 250 data centre operator. In 2014 he was awarded an OBE for his ‘Services to the Digital Economy’ in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

He has been recognised as a ‘Third Sector Business Charity Champion’ for his fundraising work with many charities and started the CEO Sleepout UK charitable initiative in 2014 with Tony Hawkhead. In 2016, Michael raised over £100,000 for running 40 marathons in 40 days for The Prince’s Trust.  Today he took time out from his busy schedule to talk to Ian Symonds about his life and career thus far.


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