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Who we are

Sector Three was born from a feeling that the status quo is no longer fit for purpose.

Our story is just like yours. As leaders; workers; parents and humans we struggled to be content with the outdated rules of work that stopped us being our best selves. So we quit and decided to change the rules.

We set out on a mission to change this, not just for ourselves but for the leaders and staff out there who want the world of work to be more digitally enabled, more progressive and more focused on purpose. 

Sector Three is a social business that helps organisations build more meaningful, purposeful and rewarding relationships with their audiences, workers and society.  The world is changing exponentially: political turmoil; digital disruption; changing demands from a digitally native and impact oriented younger workforce. We’re on a mission to help as many organisations as possible, before it’s too late.

Our partners

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Liam Cahill

Founder and Partner

Liam is a strategist, speaker, self-confessed ‘wildling’ and the founder of Sector Three Digital in 2009. He has a background in digital technology, systems thinking, org strategy and all things health.

Liam previously co-founded an impactful, nationally respected social enterprise that supports the NHS to improve care around medicines and prescribing. Over the years, he has advised a range of nonprofits, health systems and Healthtech startups, and held NED roles in non profits.

 

“I am passionate about reshaping organisations to be fit for what comes next. I love putting great tools in the hands of enthusiastic people, empowering and nudging them to do great things. I am a leader who serves staff, and believe that everyone can be engaged and empowered at work, no matter their age, education or background.”

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John Paul Boyd

Partner

John Paul (JP) loves to help those that do social good, do better, by applying digital, data and AI cost effectively in their organisations.

JP was previously an AI Strategy director within Accenture AI, part of Accenture Digital.  He has helped many FTSE companies digitally transform: defining strategy and identifying untapped value, changing their operating model and organisation, planning and managing large-scale change programmes, leading machine learning, data integration and visualisation projects.

 

“I’m a data and AI geek who is fascinated by the forefront of innovation in the space, however it doesn’t need to be that complex to start using your data to make better decisions, uncover hidden patterns and predict the future. I love all things digital and the potential to transform your workforce and customer relationships.”

How we work

If you want traditional consulting, with cookie cutter models and reports full of jargon, frameworks and concepts that you don’t really understand and struggle to implement please stop reading. We’re not for you. If you want established innovators who join you on a journey to meaningfully change and improve your organisation, whilst having fun along the way, then please read our code: (click to expand)

We want to love work, to learn at work, to be proud of what we achieve and have the chance to do it well. We want work to make us better, not worse, we want the rewards of creativity, friendships, fulfilment and knowledge to make work more than financial compensation. We want life-work balances, not the other way around. We intend to live up to the promise of technology, efficiency and flexibility.

We commit to understanding our own inner engineering for effectiveness and we question conditions, clocks or cultures that do not get the best out of us. We will break the tyranny of e-mails, meetings, to-do lists and any other anachronistic trappings of an old way of working: if they don’t work for us, and we won’t stop until we’re judged by our output, not our input.

We believe that the mindset of the ‘consumer’ is out of date. We will challenge the language and mindset of consumerism that in turn will help us develop more interactive and mutually respectful relationships between people. We believe that organisations are at their best when they think of the different kinds of ‘citizen’ that they engage with.

We undertake to remove the labels that restrict the relationships inside and outside of your organisation, instead seeking to find common goals and ways to participate within the emerging ‘new power’ methods of facilitative collaboration, using great digital tools to build citizen networks.

We celebrate and appreciate the art of strategically, intuitively and instantly improvising in a positive way. We champion creative solution finding and positive problem solving based on available facts the moment of opportunity and the power of practiced intuition.

When indecision is not an option, when change is constant and nothing is normal we’re proudly comfortable to rationally and rapidly develop, test and implement solutions on the spot. We learn from our mistakes, even if we don’t celebrate them, and use them to make making up better.

We take happiness seriously, and give deep happiness the place and importance it deserves. We seek happiness as a strategic driver for success, productivity and creative output, but also as a strategic objective in and of itself.

We do not believe that happiness is a nice-to-have, we believe it is a need-to-have. We make happiness a starting point, not just a endpoint; and part of informing the decisions we (and you) make about your present and future. We endeavour to champion that happiness is symbiotic with great work, great relationships and great impact.

We do believe that fun can be an excellent tool for building relationships with all of your ‘citizens’, and that creation is at its best when it’s fun. We try to ‘bring in the fun’ whenever we can.

In such an unpredictable world, we don’t believe the static format of the ‘plan’ is the best structure for the fluid future of our organisations, projects, dreams and schemes. We believe in a motivating manifesto that outlines a clear vision supported by a concise-but-responsive roadmap with agile measures of accountability.

We believe that strategy should be collaborative and inclusive within organisations, including our own. We neither promote nor deliver static ‘plans’ for only a narrow audience or moment in time, only for it to gather dust in an inbox ignored and unused. Success to us is helping people to own new ideas and ways of working, and feel empowered to change them as the world changes.

We support and practice extensive transparency-as-a-strategy with your customers, beneficiaries and stakeholders, to openly evaluate success, failure and future scenario planning, building loyalty and participation.

We believe in diversity of thought, background, experience and understanding as a driver of competitive advantage, creativity and productive cultures. We who desire to create projects, products, content and campaigns for the future, know the importance of reflecting the future we want to see, one of interconnected, collaborative, communicative and creatively colliding cultures.

We commit to recruitment that opens doors to more than the usual suspects, we will go the extra mile to find the talent that might not have found us. We commit to accepting that we all have prejudices, and then commit to actively challenging them.

We’re digitally native and data driven, and believe intelligence should be sitting on the tips of our fingers, not stuck in a dusty box or locked cupboard. For us data should be used, and then combined to make more data, and we challenge protectionism and data hoarding. Viva la transparency revolution.

Principled in practice

The principles above aren’t just noise, they’re rules we believe, adhere to, and help our partners explore. We only work with clients who buy into our philosophy, and on projects that align with our mission.

We practice what we preach and use our first-hand experiences, good and bad, to help enrich the work that we do with you. As we grow and learn we will test these principles so they fit our values as our own organisation changes.

In our work with you, we’ll draw upon many ideas and frameworks that inspire us, testing and tailoring approaches to help you to experiment, evolve and excel.