Meet the team: William Grant-Buckley

Published: 8 April 2020

William Grant-Buckley


Experienced leading large commercial projects for international retail and hospitality brands. Has a background in digital media rights management, content distribution and logistics. Previously developed data analytics tools for use in the 2012 Department of Health and Social Care palliative care funding review. Established Untangle the Web, a social learning environment at Google Campus in London backed by a major US online education platform.

Let's break the ice​

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?​

Someone once told me that simple is not easy, and easy is not necessarily simple. Nor is simplicity interchangeable with size, function or significance. Simplicity is achieved through reliability, predictability and encapsulation.

What’s your favourite book and why?​

The Tao is Silent. Its author, the late Raymond Smullyan, was a logician who achieved renown for his addictive logic puzzles. This book is an elegant introduction to Eastern philosophy, and Taoism in particular. Inside there are koans, riddles, paradoxes and parables to offer the Western mind an insight into its Eastern counterpart. It's a read that can be either perplexing or enlightening, airy or dense, depending on your frame of mind. Whimsical yet respectful.

This one has travelled with me for the past two decades and will continue to do so.

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your phone, which ones would you keep?​

  1. Online banking apps for tracking, planning and payments
  2. A taxi/ride share app for getting around in areas without sufficient public transport
  3. A password manager such as LastPass or Bitwarden.

It would be more of a challenge to list three third-party apps I'd voluntarily install onto a new device.

If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or into the future?​

I'd prefer to visit 1000 years in the future. A full millennium of new history to uncover.

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