The UK’s Northern tech hub – Dave Naylor

If you want to hear Dave’s tips for managing remote workers jump to 09.12 

Dave is the CTO of ResearchBods and the wider STRAT7 Group

With over 16 years’ experience working within SME’s, Dave has a unique blend of Technical and Strategic Leadership skills backed up by strong Product Management, Platform Delivery, Operational IT/Support, and Quality Assurance skills. He prides himself on being commercially focused and has experience in all aspects of Application Lifecycle Management in both the larger and smaller SME fields. With a proven track record in digital transformations, Dave understands the mechanics that make a technology focussed organisation succeed and grow.

ResearchBods are a tech-enabled business, utilising propriety software to harness customer data and intelligence. As part of the STRAT7 group, they partner with agencies including Bonamy Finch and LiFE to provide an end-to-end data-driven strategy for brands and businesses. Dave takes responsibility for the creation and execution of the technology strategy, ranging from new product developments and ensuring the group has cutting edge IT functions in place. Dave works with end users, senior management, customers, and a growing team across the group.


Dave on the advantages of remote working

‘In theory, you can travel the world and still have a 9 to 5 job. The technology is here that enables that. Hiring remote workers is something I’ve definitely considered because it’s really hard to hire lead developers etc. It’s not because there’s a lack of talent its because the demand for them is high.

Giving people the option to work remotely allows your company to cast its nets a lot wider when you’re looking to onboard new staff. This flexibility also entices the best talent as they like the freedom remote working gives them.  

My latest hire, for example, works 3 days at home and 2 days in the office. My lead developer lives in Athens. So we have a lot of remote working happening already. We’re set up for it we do it every single day.’   

Dave tells us his tips for managing remote workers

‘When it comes to managing remote workers video technology is key. Jumping on to a quick video call to discuss things face to face is a great way to sort out problems and is more personable than a phone call. 

One of the things you can consider as well is the use of a digital board. If you’re operating in an agile team and holding daily standups the process of standing around a board and discussing tasks together is essential. Remote workers who can’t do that are missing out. By introducing a digital board you can keep that collaborative ideas session it provides.’    


Show Notes:

01.42 The north of England is bursting with talent

04.53 You don’t need to move to London to get a career in tech

06.41 37 signals books by basecamp

09.12 Managing remote workers

11.17 Don’t lose your daily standup

13.04 How do you determine ‘what good looks like’

15.25 Scaling up your business

19.36 Hitting major successes in your first year

20.33 Finding fulfillment in your senior role

22.03 Meeting with yourself

23.49 Changing approaches to goal setting 

26.49 Being forced into a leadership position

30.44 Learning on the job

31.55 Representing smaller businesses in IT leadership

35.45 Ignore the company names attached to your CV