2014 - present
|Chief Executive, Director, Manager and general Dogs-body
Working flat out for myself and answering to nobody.
The work is totally unpaid, it's a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week occupation with no letup, and the only person who thanks you is yourself.
2010 - 2014
Steria (formerly Integris, formerly Bull Information Systems). Latterly Sopra Steria
|Senior Project Manager
Deployment of a Business Portfolio Management solution across a European organisational structure.
Leading requirements gathering, analysis, solution and process definition.
Prompting business changes, training development and deployment and support services to underpin the deployed solution.
Leading ongoing evolution of the technology and processes in order to maximise the benefits from the deployment.
2008 - 2010
Management of a multi-national Oracle Financial Systems upgrade, introducing new functional modules.
This includes the migration of two businesses into a single entity, and the introduction of new and changed practices for thousands of staff.
The project was time-critical.
2005 - 2008
Project managed further web-enablement of Lending and Savings functionality for a major UK Bank. These enterprise-level, mission critical applications were developed on new technologies, and architectured to operate on new infrastructure. The project scope encompassed requirements definition through design and development, with testing and user-acceptance support through to transitioning into a managed service.
The programme was delivered by a number of interdependent and disparate teams, remotely working over an extended time period. Complex contractual arrangements governed the programme.
Hundreds of change controls were assessed and implemented, but the project delivered to agreed time and budget, and applications went live and were upgraded on an ongoing basis using an Agile development approach.
2004 - 2005
Project management responsibility for a time-critical project for a UK Bank, upgrading their web-based mortgage applications to meet FSA
compliancy by a defined date. This project had many interdependencies with both internal and
external systems, and of course had to meet stringent Security and Performance criteria. Project completion ontime and to budget
2001 - 2003
Undertook a major upgrade programme for a central government department within the
Home Office encompassing over 18,000 users. The solution provided a combination of
locally and data-centre hosted applications in a secure environment.
Project managed the definition and proving of a new a multiple data-centre architecture; the definition of the planning processes for user and application surveying,
datacentre installations, user training, desktop rollout, application migration, network installations.
Undertook client-side project management working with regional teams preparing for the
deployment and supporting regions during the deployment processes.
2000 - 2001
Project managed the scoping, requirements definition, design, build and implementation of a
fully functional website for a major UK building society client. The website integrated with existing
back-end systems and has realised a major growth in business for the client, whilst providing an
infrastructure for ongoing web-based offerings to be developed.
Implemented by a combination of inhouse and 3rd party sub-contract organisations. Scope covered all aspects from
graphics concepts / branding through to technical design and interfacing, leading to full acceptance
testing and performance verification prior to launch.
Responsibilities ranged across requirements definition, quality & configuration management,
change management, procurement as well as management of all 3rd party suppliers.
1998 - 1999
Project managed a Geographical Information System development and implementation for a UK Utility.
5 existing sets of regional assets data had to be migrated onto a common platform as well as the
existing functionality, definition and implementation of new functionality and finally integration with customer
contact and works order management systems to provide an integrated solution.
1997 - 1998
Project managed an in-house development for a Land Registration system.
The system manages the spatial and textual attributes of the ownership of
parcels of land.
Responsible for requirements definition, project administration, quality, configuration management,
testing strategy, change control management. Procured hardware, software,
the development environment and established the development team.
Reported both internally and to the client project board.
1996 - 1997
Project managed the Generated Graphics sub-system within a Geographical
Information System solution for a major UK Utility.
for coordinating independent 3rd party software development
with in-house development teams and the rollout programme whilst
the sub-system underwent a major redesign, retest and integration
1995 - 1996
Worked as the prime contractor's Design Authority for a suite
of independent, predominantly financial applications for a major
Construction Industry company. Responsible for the overall integrity,
integration and performance of 5 independently operating divisions
Major enhancements were undertaken to the system architecture,
resiliency and networks whilst simultaneously integrating new
applications and maintaining the performance of the existing elements.
A benchmark was undertaken on a new application to validate it's
scalability. Another new application underwent a major change
in architecture and operation coincident with it's implementation,
for which Unisys were required to underwrite the performance.
1986 - 1995
Digital Equipment Co (a.k.a. DEC, became Compaq, became HP)
Responsible for establishing Requirements and Functional Specifications for a Dispensing System
for a major pharmaceutical company. Solution involved the integration of an in-house legacy
system with enhanced 3rd party applications.
Led a benchmark to prove the scaleability of an 8 fold increase to a 2,500 user application.
Coordinating Digital's team, overseas 3rd party software vendor and the client's own team.
Responsible for the architecture of a company-wide Data Management System for a UK Defence
company, integrating the 3rd party software to PC-based word processing products, to CAD
applications and to existing databases.
Overall solution encompassed a multitude of operating systems and client platforms accessing it.
Responsible for the overall technical architecture of a Manufacturing Planning & Control
System for the Process Industries.
1981 - 1985
Software House Project Leader for the Customer Support Team providing
UK front-line software support and backup support to world-wide
Sales/Support offices. The team delivered software updates, disseminated
pre-sales technical information, and liaised with customers and
Project Leader for teams of programmers writing Mechanical &
Electrical CAD/CAM applications. Responsible for establishing
the specifications with customers then scheduling the work and
1978 - 1981
Dowty Hydraulic Units Ltd
Applications Engineer for Electro-Hydraulic Servo Systems.
for pre- and post sales technical queries and for specifying designs
for servo systems.
Wrote software to both simulate hydraulic systems'
behaviour and to assist in production control.
1973 - 1978
University of Bath, sponsored as an Mechanical Engineering Student Apprentice by Dowty Group
- M.Sc. Fluid Power Design
- B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering