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Summary

A strategically focused, SC Cleared, IT professional with current hands on technical and management experience. I have a background in designing and deploying solutions to FTSE 250, Banking, defence and SME veritcals mainly within the big data/privacy space. Coupled with this I have well established and current skills in DevOPS, Linux, Cloud (Azure) and related AGILE technologies (Scripting/Automation/Monitoring)

Work History

August 2019Present

Lead Transformation Engineer

TCS

Responsible for the creation and implementation of a transformation program for a building society based in Swindon. The role includes

  • Defining and implementing the transformation strategy
  • Creation and Delivery of a training program to close skills gap include React, Microservices, AWS, High Availability, NoSQL and Infrastructure as code
  • The creation of a managing coalition for bringing about change 
Nov 2018July 2019

Head of Infrastructure - R&D (LABS)

Exonar

A move to within Exonar to the Labs area of the business. 

Research, Evaluating & implementation of cutting edge items such as

  • Managing off site portal linked to the Exonar appliances using VPN/Azure
  • Implementation of on server monitoring within application and system metrics via docker and containers.
  • Optimisation/Cost Saving exercise of the physical appliances that are shipped via compression/disk caching/Linux
  • Exposure to Terraform/Kubernetes/AWS/GCP/Azure as part of testing solutions
Nov 2015Nov 2018

Head of DevOps

Exonar

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

  • Development and scaling of the platform infrastructure to support 10 Petabytes of customer data resulting in 2 Petabytes of data.
  • 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

July 2020

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

AWS
20162020

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Open University

MBA program overseeing all parts of business operating including marketing, finance, innovation within the IT space and general business processes

20142015

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.