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In the spotlight: Seb Clancy

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‘In the spotlight’ is our exciting new Q&A series introducing you to the hard-working and talented members of the CDS team who help make a positive difference.

In the spotlight this month, we have Seb Clancy, Business Development Manager.

1. Sum up your role at CDS in one sentence:

My role is to really understand the challenges that healthcare organisations are facing, determine whether it’s something that we can help them address, and facilitate conversations with the right people at CDS to define the solution. 

Seb Clancy, Business Development ManagerSeb Clancy, Business Development Manager
2. What are the key responsibilities of your role and which aspects do you love most? 

My main responsibility is to identify and progress projects where CDS can really make a difference and help customers achieve a successful outcome. That can be quite wide-ranging, and probably the part that I love because I can be having conversations across business processes, clinical workflows, cyber security, AI, etc. all in the space of a week!

3. What advice would you give to someone looking to get into business development? 

Take the leap! I think there’s a misconception that salespeople need to be incredibly extroverted, and having done the role for several years, I’d say some of the best people I’ve met in the role aren’t natural extroverts. Being curious, empathetic, and interested in the people, organisations, and projects you’re working with/on is key.

4. If you could learn one new skill, what would it be? 

Either a language (Spanish) or an instrument (Saxophone) I think. I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered it by any stretch, but cooking is the one I’ve really gotten into lately.

5. Which CDS value (integrity, curiosity, togetherness, challenging, and tenacity) resonates with you the most? 

I’d have to say curiosity based on my previous answer!

6. What is one thing on your bucket list you’d like to achieve soon?  

I’m signed up for the Leeds marathon in May 24 so that’ll be the next one, if I make the finishing line! 

7. What or who inspires you?

Maybe (probably) a little bit sad, but I’d have to go with Marcelo Bielsa as an avid Leeds fan. For lots of reasons, but mainly his humility. 

8. What’s been your favourite CDS project to work on so far? 

There’s a project that I’m working on at the moment that is very exciting (to me at least!). The Trust are looking to increase their capacity through a reduction in cancelled clinics, the number of patients who don’t attend their appointments, and making sure that late cancellations are offered out to other patients on the waiting list. There's a ton of benefits to the Trust. It'll also help reduce waiting times for patients which is hugely important.

9. Which artist’s music would you take to a desert island? 

Fortunately, my Spotify wrap came out recently, so I had a helping hand on this question! It would be a tough call between Jorja Smith or Leon Bridges, but yeah, either of those two. If I had to pick a track for each, I'd go for The One Jorja Smith and Better Man Leon Bridges.

10. If you could give one piece of advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be? 

Definitely to get a haircut; I sported a strong bowl-esq cut at that age. There’s not too much that I’d do differently to this point, which is quite good I suppose. Maybe to learn more trade skills so that I could stop paying for work at the house!