Dr Hannah Rudman is a highly experienced and respected Digital Transformation and change leader and IT Professional. She is internationally renowned for the creation of a proven in the field and academically verified business transformation methodology and framework, The Digital:Transformation Approach. It empowers enterprises to achieve core visions, purposes, and missions through building resilience and adaptability via a methodology to deal with the continuous disruption of digital technologies. Expert skills include establishing and maintaining strategic relationships and partnerships with senior stakeholders, and applying digital information systems and rich digital communication techniques to ensure engagement from all participants, and communicate impact of change with integrity and clarity to government, general audiences, and industry. Hannah uses storytelling skills to engage people in businesses, and their customers, to participate in journeys of Digital Transformation. She is specialist in using design and creative practices and participatory action research with staff/customers for entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial innovation, to overcome the challenges change and imagine a future where humans thrive with digital tools.
National change and digital development programmes (£multi-million), have been designed and successfully delivered by Hannah through Rudman Consulting. They have been achieved through:
– agile project management techniques, and expert use of digital information systems;
– developing peer learning networks of government stakeholders, customers, enterprises and freelancers; and
– using digital communication and storytelling techniques to encourage personal engagement and learning in the transformation journey.
Through commissioned reports, Hannah advises governments on policy around digital disruption and how to empower sectors to change, innovate, and transform. She speaks on these topics internationally, recently making keynote addresses at national conferences in Mexico and Australia and is a persuasive communicator, as a speaker, writer, interviewer, and presenter of filmed case study documentaries.
Transformational change has been created with over 250 enterprises through Hannah’s The Digital:Transformation Approach. It is unique: combining modern management consultancy methods with participatory action research, design thinking, and creative practices like digital storytelling via films, memes and animations. It comes from Hannah’s cross-disciplinary background of management consultancy, digital development, and creative practice, and is underpinned and academically verified as a transformative approach by academic research.
She ran a series of entrepreneurial projects branded Envirodigital: innovative entrepreneurial digital developments to help enterprises be more environmentally, ecologically, & socially sustainable. Envirodigital projects include:
- developing CO2 Savings Accounts;
- co-producing the National Theatre Scotland’s award-winning virtual live theatre project, Five Minute Theatre;
- leading Scotland’s Creative and Interactive Industries’ response to the Scottish Government’s 2020 Climate Group;
- pioneering the use of webcasting to produce cultural and educational events with lower carbon emissions;
- advising the National Theatre Wales as they set-up as a virtual organisation.
- authored The Digital:Transformation Approach Toolkit (c. 17,000 unique visits per year) and kept it up-to-date with the latest management consultancy methodologies, design thinking, and participatory action research approaches;
- written and produced 14 short case study documentary films showing the change achieved by businesses embracing digital opportunities (and featured on this website) each viewed online over 600 times per year;
- commissioned and edited the AmbITion How To… digital development guide series (over 40 online publications), 33,000 unique visits per year 2011-14; and
- written regular articles for the professional press, and commentated and written for the National press.
Hannah is an elected Fellow of the British Computer Society, an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is an External Expert to the European Commission, evaluating EU projects and was an Associate of Mission Models Money, and Special Advisor to the Cultural Enterprise Office and Scottish Arts Council/Creative Scotland.
Hannah was awarded a PhD in Information Systems in July 2015. Hannah also has a distinction MRes in Drama and IT; a PGCert in Computer Science; and a first class BA (Hons) in Drama from Royal Holloway, University of London. As one of the European pioneers of Hyperdrama, she is cited on Wikipedia and in many academic papers. Her 1997 Hyperdrama, The Benefactor, is studied worldwide as a play written in hypertext, and has been translated into Chinese, German, Italian and Spanish.
From 2003 – 2006, Hannah was Director of Arts Magnet Ltd, and from 2006 – 2008, she was the Chair of Digital North: both digital development agencies for the cultural sector in the North of England. She has also previously held directorships/trusteeships on the boards of Dynamo North East, New Media Scotland and Macrobert Arts Centre.
Prior to 2003, Hannah worked as a Research Consultant for AEA Consulting (’98-’99), was the inaugural New Media Producer at the Royal Shakespeare Company (’99-’01); and was a Business Development Manager – initially at education software developer Immersive Education (’01-’02) and then at user interface developers, Nascent Form (’02-’03).