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Oliver Gardner

IT Specialist - The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership


Sept 2018Present

IT Specialist


Working together with the ATLP IT team to deliver, maintain, and improve IT infrastructure across the MAT's primary and secondary schools. Tasked with comissioning new Hyper-V servers into an existing failover, managing the migration of ESXi to Hyper-V, switch management and configuration, and wireless network optimization and integration. Writing documentation for all included workflows for redundancy within the department, and ambitious drive for sharing knowledge.

The main focus in this job role is to provide solutions and answers to the end user, more frequently dealing with issues on a one-to-one basis, communicating ideas and new technologies not only to the IT team at Arthur Terry, but to other schools, teachers, and students.

Sep 2018Dec 2018

Temporary Network Administrator

John Willmott School

Assisting the on-site technician with day-to-day activities and managing the school's network with hands-on experience. Performing in-place upgrades of existing server infrastructure, migrating domain controllers to newer DFRS replication technology, reassociating unhealthy systems after maintenance into the existing cluster, managing SAN drive failure, and ensuring the smooth running of the school's IT services by purchasing hardware and implementing software for teacher control of student accounts.

Having seen Facility for the first time, it gave me a great opportunity to familiarize myself with one of the Birmingham school standard software packages. Now proficient in administration, upgrades to Facility, ePortal, and Scheduler were done over the course of my stay at the school.

Sep 2015Jul 2017

Website Developer


Tasked with creating a corporate website from the ground up, working closely with the ATLP's business director and head of PR to create a hub for schools within the Partnership. Was heavily involved with consistent HTML/CSS/JavaScript programming and debugging.

Working with the Trust Board to implement an online 'Minutes' service - An area where board members can collaborate in real-time. Frequently meeting with the business director to discuss strategies, direction, and end-goals.

Oct 2014Sep 2018

IT Technician / Network Administrator Trainee /  Website Developer


Working with other ICT staff in-school, I've gained first-hand experience in systems including (but not limited to) Microsoft Server 2012 (Active Directory, Hyper-V, NAS, cluster failover configuration, hardware monitoring and UPS implementation), SmoothWall, physical networking, teaching, communications, project management, Office 365 for Education, data management, and Ericom RDS.

Working at a school has given me great insight into how varied the Education sector can be. Each day always presents a new challenge - Something I strive to push myself for. Without these challenges, my knowledge of academy IT wouldn't be as vast and diverse as it is today.

2009Sept 2018

Freelance Web/Graphics Developer

Working with clients to achieve an aesthetic and functional goal - Including banner, logo, and page design. Working with HTML5/CSS/jQuery.

IT Technical Support & Systems Admin Trainee

Greenwoods Communications

Volunteer Experience & Causes


Database and Technical Consultant

Tectria VOIP

Deploying MySQL, managing DNS entries for spam-protected email (SPF, DKIM), Linux development and LAMP-stack implementation for website hosting.

Feb 2016Present

Local Broadband Champion

Warwickshire County Council

Working with the local council to inform residents of new broadband availability. Communicating with and writing articles for local magazines and newspapers to reflect the latest changes to network infrastructure in Warwickshire.

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April 2013June 2013

IT Technician

The Coleshill School

Worked closely with the IT team, monitoring servers & performing upgrades. Administered the school website, coding new and improved elements to streamline parent and student experiences.

Performed system hardware upgrades, and troubleshooted technical issues among a wide variety of computer-related tasks.

Feb 2005May 2005

IT Support Trainee

Greenwoods Communications

Worked with staff responsible for software development, server maintenance (both hardware and software based), security teams, and network configuration.


Available on request.