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Technologist/Principal– Cloud Computing, Dev Ops, Enterprise Digital Transformation, NFV/SDN


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A proactive, adaptable and conscientious Technologist with 20 years international experience in the Media, Finance, Telco and Online Gaming Industry across all part of the service lifecycle. An early adopter and leader in Cloud Computing specialising in infrastructure/platform architecture, security/network models and Operating models and organisational transformation to move Enterprises to a scalable and workable DevOps and Agile model. 10 years experience in Cloud computing, having worked on some of the largest migrations in the UK with two now being AWS reference sites.  Overcomes challenges through a thorough, logical and questioning approach - drawing on wide-ranging technical expertise and experience. Also an articulate and diplomatic communicator able address complex technical issues in business terms to board level. Plus an effective team player with strong coaching skills. Consistently works to the highest professional standards and thrives when working as part of a cohesive team to deliver projects that yield multiple business benefit. Recently have co-founded a Cloud Consultancy that have worked on Openstack, AWS and Operating Model and Transformation projects for some of the worlds largest Enterprises.

Expertise: Openstack, Amazon Web Services, Azure, Micro Segmentation, Cloud Security, Network Function Virtualisation/Software Defined Networks, Object Storage, Cloud native Architecture, Operating Model and Application Transformation, Automated Software Delivery Life Cycle and Continuous Delivery integration, DevOps










CTO/Co-Founder   | Think Above Cloud – www.thinkabove.cloud

Feb 2016 – To Date

Company set up with co-founder Paul McMahon to initially provide a Cloud COE and Engineering function to support Vodafone in the 2020 cloud strategy we created. It has now grown to offer consultancy services to other global enterprises. Specialising in Cloud Transformation , Operating Models and Organisational Structure, Cloud best practice and reference architectures, DevOps Engineering and cloud native architecture. We also have run several RFI/RFP processes in the Telco NFV/SDN space. And designed and delivered NFV/SDN stacks based on Openstack.

We have worked with companies such as Shell, Liberty Global, Vodafone, ICE Group and others to provide true digital transformation, cloud best practice, operating model (Devops/agile), organisational structures, NFV/SDN stacks and DevOps services.

We are geared to provide consultancy on a work package basis, or provide staff on an interim basis.

Principal Architect- Cloud Centre of Excellence  | Vodafone Group Services

June 2013 – To Date

Principal Technologist in Vodafone Group Services Cloud Centre of Excellence, remit was global usage of cloud services.

                Initially engaged to conduct a review of current cloud initiatives with Vodafone globally.


                Helped create new Cloud COE function as Cloud Principal.


                Consulted to Vodafone senior leadership team to define and sign off digital transformation strategy, roadmap, business and delivery plan. Obtained mandate to delivery new digital organisation and execute technology roadmap.


                Recruit, grow, manage and handover of new organisation:  Engineering and development teams (comprising of 50+) to deliver new and operate new digital products on a global scale leveraging DevOps and Agile methodologies.


                Define/design all patterns for AWS, Openstack and Azure usage with in Vodafone. Covering application and platform architecture, networking and connectivity models and security.


                Openstack SME for Project Ocean. Worlds largest network virtualisation programme.


                Ran RFI/RFP for Openstack selection. Lead Architect on implimentation of Openstack across datacentres globally.


                Still engaged with Vodafone on part time consulatancy basis offering guidance on cloud best practice, transformation, DevOps operating models and inudustry trends.

Principal Cloud Lead - Cloud Migration  | Reed Business Information

June 2012 – June 2013

Lead Architect and Design Authority (technical and operational) for RBI’s migration of its entire web estate into the “cloud”, this was one of the largest migrations to AWS in Europe.

RBI is Europe’s largest media company, with a large portfolio of digital publications and subscription services (markets), such as ICIS, Flight Global and New Scientist. Strategic decision made to close on-premise and leased datacenters and migrate the entire web estate (600+ servers) into a cloud provider. Primary drivers being a move to an Opex costing model over Capex, reduced running costs and easier divestment and integration with a more component based design. RBI is a Microsoft shop web estate based on Windows Server, IIS, .NET and SQL Server.


                Define and design elaboration and costing process for project initiation.

                Define and document design and sign off process, and produce template artifacts.

                Vet and recommend primary vendors and supporting solutions.

                Champion and evangalise cloud computing amongst technical staff, overcome resistance to technical change.

                Work with programme manager to define milestones, timelines and resourcing requirements.

                Work with individual markets Solution Architects to define and design Cloud based solutions based on IIS, .NET and SQL Server.

                Plan to transition to a DevOps methodology and highlight skills and organisational change required.

                Build devops teams as an internal startup.

                Migrate Corporate Service Bus, help redesign application for performance and improved security.

                Chair weekly workshops with stakeholders and technical staff.

                Lead member of the Technical Project Board.

                Work with stakeholders, programme manager and solution architects to define migration strategy and timelines.

                Work with stakeholders and technical staff to define NFR’s.
Work with testing teams to define NFR testing patterns, and external connectivity (Salesforce, Zuora etc.).

                Present seminars to RBI’s developer community to guide on best practice for design in Cloud Environments.

                Produce design artifacts at several levels of abstraction. Conceptual, Logical and Detailed. For both current and future state.

                Technical Design Authority and Escalation Point for all Cloud Based technical decisions and issues.

                Work closely with technical teams globally (UK, US and Netherlands) on detailed designs.

                Defined and produced new cloud based Security (IDS.IPS, Firewalls and WAF’s), Backup  and Archive (Netbackup),  Networking and High Availability “Patterns” for use globally across all RBI’s markets.


4th Line Troubleshooting and Support for migration technical issues.


Principal Platform and Cloud Architect | Sportingbet PLC

February 2010 – June 2012

The Principal Platform and Cloud Architect within the Enterprise Architecture team at Sportingbet. One of Europe's leading Online Gambling and Casino companies, with 600 staff, 6 global offices, operating in 28 countries with an annual bets wagered of over £2 billion.

This role was to completely overhaul Sportingbet's legacy infrastructure and platform. The software platform was a mixture of Windows Server, IIS, .NET, Oracle products and third party "black box" applications. The hardware was disparate server technology. Also to define and design new delivery and governance processes


                Define and design governance model for Architecture, including Scoping and High Level Design documentation and introduction of design authority.

                Work closely with .NET team to rework web front end. Take advantage of Virtualisation and Cloud technologies, and largely decouple the .NET stack, simplify by moving logic into more relevant tiers  and introduce a "service" model, to improve supportability and uptime.

                Work closely with CTO and senior management team to discuss drivers for long term strategy.

                Produce 3-5 year strategy roadmap, high level target architectures and transitional architectures.

                Stakeholder and Sponsor management and communication.  Work with PM's and BA's to "showcase" new technologies and programmes in business language.

                Redesign of DC and DR strategy.  Utilising virtualisation(VMWare), blade consolidation HP Blades), storage (HDS SAN, EMC NAS) and cloud (AWS) a ground up redesign of infrastructure to reduce operating cost by 2 million per annum. Utilising cloud for non production systems and some systems moved for regulatory reasons. Also utilising cloud for offsite databackup. Responsible for whole costing exercise and 2 year technical transformation plan.

                Reduce support burden and cost, with drive to move majority of corporate systems to the Cloud. Email migration to Office 365\Mimecast underway, SharePoint and Video Conferencing and Messaging to follow.

                Develop plans to migrate away from Solaris on legacy systems to Linux and Windows.

                Work closely with Java Team to migrate middleware to an Open Source stack, based around SOA methodology and an Enterprise Service Bus.

                POC cloud (AWS, Rackspace, Azure, Office 365, Computacenter) and emerging technologies.

                Citrix farm rationalisation and consolidation.

                Manage Junior Architect responsible for Release and Deployment technologies. Defining new automated build and release tools, new release methods and more flexible scheduling.

                Produce HLDA's and governance role for BAU projects, looking to align to strategy.

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Short term contract to migrate a small SaaS solution provider from in-house hosting to Amazon EC2 cloud services. This consisted of a software stack of .NET and MS SQL Server. Responsibility was full lifecycle, design, costing, testing, documentation and implementation assistance and guidance, staff training. All completed with full UAT from customer  in 13 weeks.




Senior Infrastructure Architect | News International Newspapers

September 2001 – September 2009 (Permanent)

An Infrastructure Architect, within the services arm of the Technology department at News International, seen as a key role within the enterprise.  This is one of the largest media companies in Europe with over 4500 users and 11 geographically dispersed offices. Responsible for all strategy, design and transition delivery of Infrastructure systems. This includes working with business stakeholders  and technical subject matter experts to turn complex business requirements into solutions, understanding business need and activity patterns, costing solutions over 5 years to show TCO and value,  keeping abreast of latest technologies and evaluating to see where they can add value to the business. Provide best practice across all areas of influence with governance against agreed standards and roadmaps/strategy. High levels of documentation and presentation skills are required, with documentation presented from board to technical operational level.

This role requires knowledge of all areas of the technology portfolio including but not limited to Disaster Recovery and Business continuity,  HA/Clustering technologies, SAN/NAS storage and backup/data replication, Cloud Technologies (AWS), Network and Internet Technologies, Virtualisation, Enterprise monitoring, reporting and automation, Microsoft Enterprise Tools and OS, ERP and databases.

Areas of expertise were online, cloud (AWS),  virtualisation, storage and high availability technologies. Was a key influencer in the pilot of AWS systems, with NI now being one of the UK’s leading consumers.

Senior Technical Analyst/Architect |Newton Investment Management

July 1999 – To August 2001 (Contract/Perm)

Member of technology projects team working on research, design and build of new systems. Senior member of standards board responsible for vetting and testing new systems across infrastructure and application. Mainly responsible for web based technologies, messaging, financial applications, storage and data management. Technical lead/designer for project to move all infrastructure to offsite datacenter and offshore hosting, Reuters and DataStream desktop rollouts,  migration from CC Mail to MS-Exchange and Novel to Active Directory design/deployment.

Infrastructure Analyst | AIG Global Investment April 1998 – July 1999

Solely responsible for all infrastructure at London office. (Contract)