Paul Bhuhi has more than 30 years’ experience in senior executive roles and acts as a coach in helping companies through digital transformation, consulting/advisory, innovation and building effective go-to-market models. He joined BroadReach Group as a Board Advisor with a focus on Go to Market strategies to supercharge the delivery arm of the Consulting business. We sat down with him to find out more.
Why does BroadReach mean more?
Others talk about analytics; we give insight
Others talk about inputs and outputs; we enable and deliver outcomes
Others talk about information and reports; we talk about driving performance by helping to answer your critical questions
Others talk about analysis; we deliver insight through the 4th Industrial Revolution
Others talk about projects; we have given a roadmap and helped hit UN 90-90-90 targets, and now aim for even higher goals
Others talk about the value of data; we deliver actionable insight through AI and ML and help you predict how to reduce losing patients
Others talk possibilities; we ask you to come and see all of this alive and working.
Others talk about teams, processes and organizations; we talk about the BroadReach family working with communities, working for individuals at the bottom, to improve lives every day.
You recently wrote a kind of ‘manifesto’ for BroadReach. How did that happen?
I have been working with BroadReach over the past ten months and I have been inspired and energized by the companies mission, vision and grand goals…but I was struggling to grab hold of the essence of our point of difference and the heart of what had grabbed me to join the BroadReach journey. Then, I was watching an inspirational video featuring Jürgen Klopp talking about what sets Liverpool Football Club apart, and I started thinking about what makes BroadReach different. It speaks to the value inherent in BroadReach’s offering and it just flowed. For me alignment under a common vision and set of values is everything.
But who is Paul Bhuhi, tell us a bit about yourself from a personal perspective.
I’m married with three young ladies as daughters. I’m outnumbered at home, so I’ve watched every episode of Friends, can sing along to Beyoncé, and tell you all about primers and contouring. I’m also a fanatical Liverpool supporter.
And from a professional perspective?
I’ve been Partner at KPMG, a Managing Partner at Hewlett Packard and an Executive Partner at IBM, as well as owned and run recruitment and training services companies in the UK, leading these businesses at both a regional and global level.
I come from a management consulting and enterprise systems background. I understand that successful outcomes are a result of high communications and continuous alignment to goals and deliverables. You often here me saying ‘The main thing is the main thing’ and by that, I mean our customers; they are always at the center of everything we do. I believe that the secret sauce that makes companies high performing is centered around instilling common values and behaviors aligned to the organization’s vision, mission.
What excites you about being a part of BroadReach?
I’m excited about working in the BroadReach Group as a Board Advisor as the Company values reflect so many of my own. I joined to be able to make a ‘difference’ to the group and challenge in new or different ways at looking at opportunities. I’ve spent my career working in many sectors– manufacturing, consumer products, retail, finance but the difference at BroadReach is simple, we are only one step removed from enabling action and changing lives every day.
What is your vision for BroadReach over the next five years?
I’d like to ensure the company delivers on making social change by being a well-run, high performing company. I’d like to see BroadReach being more profitable and engaged in the commercial sectors and generating further value. That way we make the mission and vision sustainable.
What are some of BroadReach’s strengths?
First and foremost, its mission and vision. When I joined, I spoke to many people as to why they were here, and most had joined this company because of its vision and mission. I am no different in that initial view.
Additionally, there is the innovation that sits within the Vantage part of the BroadReach Group. It really is leading edge technology, and we need to expand it into other regions, and create new revenue streams so that more people can benefit from what BroadReach has created.
What do you do in your spare time?
I’ve always tried to spend one hour a day learning something new. I’m working in the healthcare space here, so I spend that time reading about healthcare now. Before BroadReach, I was at a Steel company, so I learnt everything I could about that, for example.
I used to teach music, and I work with a few individuals as a business and career coach, and of course, I’m a serious Liverpool supporter. It always amazes me how it takes me a day or so to recover from a setback in football – but I always reflect on our club motto – ‘’You never walk alone’’ to help bring me back and ready to go again.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
It always astounds people that I used to work as a doorman at night clubs to help get me though education. It was a fun time and I learnt about some qualities I thought I never had.