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Hayley Roberts
CEO
Distology
WHAT DO YOU DO?

I’m CEO and founder of Distology, a cybersecurity software distributor. We specialise in representing and distributing cutting edge, disruptive cybersecurity technology. I have a fantastic team who represent leading and emerging technology vendors and support an extensive network of IT resellers, solution providers, and service providers across the EMEA region.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU USE MOST IN YOUR JOB?
  • Positive mental attitude
  • Communication
  • Strategic planning
  • Stakeholder management
  • Mentoring
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE WORKED ON IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

The investment we secured last year from private equity house NorthEdge Capital. It was a huge learning curve but has propelled my understanding of investment generally and built my understanding of where true value is in business. I am also really proud of being a co-founder of The Channel Community.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

After going through clearing, I studied business and was lucky to be offered two graduate schemes – one at IBM and one in business development for a toiletries company. Hard to believe, but I chose the latter. I presumed a role in tech would be too technical, which just wasn’t me!

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO DIGITAL & TECH?

I fell into tech. The opportunity rather than the industry attracted me if I’m honest. However, this needs to change as there are so many ways people can add value in tech, after all, technology is the new industrial revolution, and I’m passionate about encouraging people to consider tech roles.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO GIRLS THINKING ABOUT A CAREER IN DIGITAL AND TECH?

Go into it with an open mind and don’t be overwhelmed if you don’t feel like you understand everything right away. I certainly didn’t and you know what, still don’t sometimes! Don’t let myths put you off. If you are thinking about a career in tech, go for it!


I AM...
DRIVEN
INFLUENTIAL
PASSIONATE