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Summary

A strategic focussed IT Director with 15+ years of director level responsibility within the hosting, cloud and IT space. With experience in managing, developing and delivering products and projects for the SOHO/SME market. A technical background in cloud, Linux and Window coupled with fantastic stakeholder management skills leading to effective and reliable business operations.

Work History

Nov 2015Present

Head of DevOps

Exonar

A small startup in the data loss prevention and information management space leading to multi-facted role including:

  • Hands on technical focus of overhauling the the provisioning and cloud hosting requirements reducing deployments from two days to sub one hour
  • Daily interaction with C-Level stakeholders/all business units on requirements / direct contributions to the shipping product via a DevOPS perspective
  • Customer facing on implementation
  • Quick fix engineering / Project management
  • A mixture of Elasticsearch/HBase/PostgreSQL/Linux + Other Big Data Technologies
Aug 2015Present

Business Mentor (Volunteer)

Startup Loans

Startup Direct is the official delivery partner for Startup Loans (www.startuploans.co.uk) £300million government loan scheme for startups. Startup Direct not only provides loans to early stage startups, but also provides mentorship. I am currently mentoring a small businesses via Startup Direct.

Jun 2011Nov 2015

IT Director & Cloud Product Director (Permanent)

UK2 Group
  • Responsible for improving IT effectiveness and continuing a £3m transformation programme to enable new business functionality and processes
  • Responsible for delivery of unified software platform to replace disparate back-end systems via AGILE/SCRUM methodologies in a geographically diverse team (20+ people) leading quantifiable improvements on delivery quality and speed
  • Overseeing full revamp of product offerings and full product life-cycle management with on target delivery times including IAAS and SAAS platforms.
  • Engagement of internal and external stakeholders from End Users to Board Level with Multi-Million P&L and Budget ownership
  • Technical Leader and mentor on Linux, Windows OnApp, Xen, SAN technology
May 2010Jun 2011

Thrust::VPS / GigeVPS Director (Contract)

Iomart
  • Developed and deployed  strategic marketing, technical and business plans resulting in substantial growth (0 to $1 million run-rate in 12 months)
  • Responsible for the overall management of product strategy, design, implementation and delivery across all channels
  • Responsible for all main operations of the brand (marketing/finance/sales/marketing)
  • Technical lead for the cloud platform (Linux/KVM/Xen/SolusVM)
  • Engagement with internal and external stakeholders to C-Level
  • Managed geographically diverse team of 10+ staff  for software development, support and sales function
Jan 2003May 2010

Managing Director (Self Employed)

VAServe
  • Primary shareholder and managing director for overall strategic decisions
  • Full control over business functions with sales/marketing delegated to a small management team with oversight provided by myself
  • Technical lead for the virtualization platform as well as chief sysadmin on Linux/Cloud platform
  • Managed geographically diverse team of 15+ staff
  • Focused on web hosting, virtualization and dedicated servers in the SME/SOHO market space
19972003

Multiple

  • 3rd Line UNIX Engineer, Sep 2001-June 2003,  SGI (Silicon Graphics) Ltd, Theale, Berks
  • Senior EMEA UNIX Systems Administrator, Feb 2001- Sept 2001 Art Technology Group, Reading, Berks
  • Senior UNIX Engineer, Feb 1999 - Feb 2001 GTS Netcom,  Bracknell, Berks
  • Data Entry/Contracts,  Oct 1997 -> Jan 1999 - Various

Education

20142016

Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Ongoing)

The Open University
Studying areas including - organisational structure, power and politics, and change management - managing people and organisations - accounting & managing financial resources - marketing management - operations management
2014Present

Microsoft Partner Competency for Private Cloud/Management

Microsoft Training
Microsoft Partner Network Sales and Marketing Competency Assessment for Private Cloud/Management and Virtualization
20122014

Professional Certificate in Management

The Open University
Covering organisational behaviour, human resource management, marketing and accounting and finance in a holistic and engaged environment.