Peter Hughes

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Hello World and welcome! I’m Peter Hughes, and I’m delighted to connect with you digitally.

I’ve been joyfully married to my amazing wife, Jacqueline, for nearly 19 years, and together we have four wonderful children: Alex, 17, Chloe, 15, Maria, 14, and Jack 8 years old. Recently, we moved to the beautiful Co. Fermanagh after spending nine memorable years in Inver, Co. Donegal. We are very fortunately with our home life, each of our children bring their unique personalities and talents into our home.

Hobbies & Interests:
Aviation is my passion. Whether it’s real flight, simulation, or just learning about aircraft, I’m captivated by the magic of flying. My journey into aviation began in 1998 with flight simulation, and in 2018, I took to the skies for real, inspired by a thrilling flight in a Cessna 180 in Manitoba, Canada. This experience sparked a profound love for piloting, and I’ve since dedicated significant time to mastering the craft.

Football has been integral to my life as both a player and a coach. Although I recently stepped back from coaching a local youth team, my love for the sport endures. Football has taught me the value of teamwork, discipline, and perseverance, lessons I carry into other areas of my life.

Living near the Lough Erne Resort has sparked a new interest in golf, a sport that offers both challenge, relaxation and the refreshing clarity that comes from a good walk.

I also enjoy gaming, e-sports. For many years I was heavily involved with Gaming Clans mostly around the game Counter-Strike.

Professional Background:
I’m currently the Director of Technology Project-Programme Management at UnitedHealth Group, specifically under Optum. My work focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions and Integrations, navigating the complexities of blending diverse systems and cultures. I’ve been very lucky to get the opportunity and work with a fantastic team.

Previously, I served as the Senior Manager of Technical Product Management, where I led UnitedHealth Group’s Video Technology Strategy for three years and oversaw the Meetings Technologies division. In this role, I developed strategies to enhance communication and collaboration across the organization, ensuring our technology solutions met the evolving needs of our workforce.

In the past three years, the team enhanced our productivity to meet the evolving needs of a flexible workforce and the increasing use of video. Webcasting has become a vital tool for leadership to communicate with our 330,000 colleagues. Our webcasting team worked up to managing over 600 events annually, up from 240 events. We also improved our Net Promoter Score (NPS) from 81 to 96 and reduced the cost per event by 90%! This was achieved by building strategic relationships with vendors and finding synergies within the economies of scale. This significant improvement reflects our commitment to delivering high-quality, cost-effective solutions that support our company’s goals.

In addition to my professional responsibilities, I’m passionate about mentoring and developing future leaders. I believe in the power of technology to transform industries and improve lives, and I’m dedicated to fostering innovation within my team. My career is driven by a commitment to excellence and a desire to make a positive impact through technology.