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Work experience

May 2006Present

Interim IT Director

Wishart & Associates
  • Provided Interim IT Director Services and Project Management services to SME retailers
  • Contract to do Regional Account Management and CRM for a major software vendor
  • Interim IT Director at Taste Holdings Limited – structured the IT division and services and implemented a successful BI system, providing quality decision support information for their 165 branches
  • Interim Head of IT at Unilever Dry Cleaning – stabilised new POS software and implemented a software release process; established IT operations and support processes

Special Projects Manager

UCS Software
  • Co-ordinated and led various special full life cycle projects and complex project management activities
  • Successfully established a regional branch office presence
  • Provided Outsource Account Management and CRM roles for the regional retail client base
  • Account Manager & Project Manager for major Store POS and Back Office system roll out at a FMCG wholesaler (£750k project)

Group IT Director

Relyant Retail Limited
  • Developed IT Strategy, set policy and managed the group’s total information and communication technology and services (580 Multi-brand furniture stores,60 specialist bedding stores, 80 Television and Video sales and repair depots & 2 Insurance companies)
  • Implemented successful staff performance measurement, staff development and reward processes
  • Responsible for all IT resources; team size varied between 50 and 250 reports
  • Led a successful efficiency and cost focused transformation of the IT department, involving restructuring of the in-company and outsourced resources.
  • Ensured alignment of the IT Strategy with the Business Strategy
  • Led a successful complete technology refresh. This included the complete replacement of most head office systems and all branch back office and POS hardware and application software. (Across more than 750 sites)
  • Managed all outsourced services at both the contract and operational level
  • Controlled budgets of £3.5m pa expenses and £7m for capital expenditure



HND - Advanced Business Program

Durban University of Technology

Graduated with distinction. Top Student - Class of 1985


Software Applications, Applications Development, Infrastructure, Networks
Business Acumen
Planning Budgetary and financial control
• Project & Programme Management
Full lifecycle projects Prince2 Practitioner Qualified
IT Strategy Formulation
Strategy formulation Alignment of the IT and Business strategies
General Management


Lester Aderem

Lester is a former line-manager and business associate


·Motor Sport

·Restoring classic cars


A highly experienced and successful Senior IT Director/Head of IT with 15 years executive management experience and a strong degree of commercial acumen and entrepreneurial flair. This is demonstrated through an outstanding record of achievement.

I possess specialist knowledge and experience of the retail sector and have held senior positions in retail industry associations. My experience is further enhanced by exceptional communication skills, a nurturing leadership style and a dynamic self-starter approach.

Having recently settled in the UK, I am ideally seeking an IT Director position that will prove to be both a professional and personal challenge



South African Computer Society

Professional Member

British Computer Society

Prince2 Practitioner

APM Group, UK