Piers Linney is the co-founder of Implement AI, a leading consultancy providing AI-driven strategies and solutions to help small and medium-sized businesses cope with the rapid technological evolution. Formerly a Dragon on the hit BBC show Dragons Den, Piers is renowned for his entrepreneurial acumen and leading business knowledge. As a prominent business leader in the UK, he is known for his ability to leverage the latest technologies for business innovation and now reveals his latest insights in AI to help businesses adapt and maintain their competitive advantage. In his speaking engagements, Piers articulately covers topics such as scaling up, technology, AI and the future and diversity and inclusion.
Educated at The University of Manchester, Piers earned a degree in Accounting and Law. He qualified as a Solicitor at SJ Berwin, specialising in venture capital, private equity, and tax before initiating his career as an Investment Banking Executive at Barclays de Zoete Wedd. He then joined the renowned Credit Suisse First Boston as a Senior Associate in Mergers and Acquisitions. Having accumulated profound experience at leading financial institutions, in 2003, Piers became Director at Tower Gate Capital, followed by Partner at Trafalgar Capital Advisors. He became Co-CEO at Genesis Communications, the UK’s largest independent provider of B2B mobile voice and data solutions, in 2008, and then joined the Cloud Industry Forum as a Governance Board Member.
Piers is also known as the co-founder of Atherton Bikes, the founder of Moblox, and a Venture Partner at White Horse Capital. Having established himself as a distinguished business leader, he was invited to become a Dragon on Dragons Den in 2013, appearing in two seasons. He also appeared on the philanthropic Channel 4 show The Secret Millionaire, where he went undercover at a youth institution. Other notable roles held by Piers include the Non-executive Director of the UK Government’s Development Bank British Business Banking, Trustee of Nesta, and Adviser to Sky and member of its Diversity Advisory Council. As a notable business leader, he frequently offers his expert opinion on topical events in the business world and is regularly featured on premier networks, including BBC News, Sky News, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, ITV News, and GB News.
A champion of entrepreneurship, Piers is recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Most Influential Black Britons, one of the UK’s Top 20 Ethnic Minority Executives, and is named in the Financial Times as one of the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Tech. An authority on AI in business, in his blog, Piers ponders on significant questions such as the impact of AI on productivity and competitive advantage and the transition from human-first to AI-first technology. Now highly sought after for speaking engagements, Piers boasts leading clients, such as Reuters, NatWest, Sage, Skoda, and Johnson & Johnson. At the forefront of innovation in business, Piers is the top speaker to hire on harnessing the power of AI for intelligent business transformation.
In October 2023 we sat down virtually with Piers Linney and discussed how AI can be best utilised by businesses and how it could lead to accelerated cyber crimes. Watch our exclusive interview with piers linney.
Piers Linney is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“Piers has had the biggest impact of any speaker that we have hosted in the 3 years since we have been running events…Super-efficient and easy to work with in organising, I wouldn’t hesitate in working with Piers again.”
“We invited Piers to talk to our colleagues about diversity and its importance in business at our first ever digital internal conference. We’re at the start of our journey when it comes to talking about race and ethnic diversity in the workplace and Piers pitched his session perfectly for our colleagues. His session was informative, insightful and inspiring and garnered fantastic engagement and feedback from colleagues, with several describing it as the best presentation they’ve seen during their time with the business. We’d have Piers back again in a heartbeat, on any one of the wide variety of subjects on which he’s an expert!”
“Offered a unique insight into the topics discussed based on his own experiences, and his genuine understanding of capital markets.”
“A quick note to say thank you for speaking at our event this week. The customer feedback has been fantastic and your in conversation session with Michael was excellent. Really insightful, thought provoking and injected a real buzz into the room!”
“An amazing person and speaker. So popular that we ran out of headphones and space on our exhibition stand! It was an incredible sight.”