Richard Blown is the Head of Innovation and Architecture and leads the Hermes Innovation Lab, which provides an exciting opportunity to showcase creative skills from using a Lean Start up technique of delivering Minimal Viable Product (MVP) to customers within a single 5 day sprint. Getting hands on with a variety of technologies to build proof of concepts, such as voice, autonomous robots, connected cars and connected homes. Pitching ideas, videos and demos to retail clients, end customers and to the UK and European boards. Prior to this, Richard was integral in establishing a new Enterprise Architecture function within Hermes as an Application Architect, covering a full stack of technologies hosted on AWS Cloud Computing, specialising in API Strategy, roadmap and implementation. A foundation of 15 years working for IBM & Aviva on cross industry (banking, insurance, logistics, government, and retail) assignments allowed Richard to gain a breadth of architecture and engineering principals, significant client facing experience, whilst demonstrating technical leadership to both onshore and offshore agile teams.