We are delighted to welcome Tola Sargent to the Trustee Board of Archives of IT. Tola is a noted observer and analyst of the 21st century IT industry, with a broad view across the B2B industry sector, including the new startups and scaleups that are influencing the future. She has been a Director at influential UK IT analyst firm TechMarketView since 2009, and took on the role of Managing Director in May 2017. An analyst at heart, Tola has responsibility for TechMarketView’s strategic direction, overseeing Client Services and Sales and Marketing activity, as well as TechMarketView’s groundbreaking research and analysis. With some twenty years’ experience in the sector, Tola is a respected industry analyst known for her commentary on the UK software and IT services market and for her in-depth knowledge of public sector and healthcare IT.
Before joining TechMarketView, Tola was Practice Leader for Ovum’s Geographies & Industries practice where she was responsible for Ovum’s government and healthcare IT research globally, a role that included advising the UK government’s £12bn National Programme for IT in the NHS. Prior to that, Tola analysed the telecoms and networking markets for a range of Informa publications and spent time as a Foreign Correspondent covering financial and technology news for the Japanese News and Wire Agency, Jiji Press, in London. Tola has an MSc in International Business from Manchester Business School and a First Class BSc in Russian and Economics with International Business from the University of Surrey. Tola is proud to be an active member of The Prince’s Trust’s Technology Leadership Group, supporting the charity in its efforts to help young people achieve their full potential.
Commenting on her new role Tola said, “AIT plays a vital role in making everyone aware of just what a key part of our industrial heritage the IT industry is. In this fast-moving business, history is being made every day and I hope that I can contribute to the archive being thoroughly up-to-the-minute with the latest trends and inspiring young people to enter the sector.” Chairman of Trustees John Carrington commented “Tola brings a very important viewpoint to the archive, which is particularly relevant to our aim of making young people aware of the exciting career opportunities.”