I am a businessman & technologist. In the late 1970's I started my working life in broadcast engineering and analogue electronics, moving into digital electronics and computing at the beginning of the 1980's. As an early entrant to the world of microcomputing I found I was sought after for consultancy work, addressing both technical and business challenges: technology exploitation and the substantial organisational change that has impacted most businesses adopting this "new" technology. I have worked for many UK and multinational blue-chip clients.
In 1999 I joined the board of one of my clients, JLA Group, and served it for a decade as a director & CIO, leading it to become a world leader in its industry. I have leadership experience in most aspects of business including Technology, Finance, Operations, Sales, Product Development and Customer Service. In 2009 I returned to consulting and established SBA, as a Chartered Information Technology Professional I provide business technology leadership and advisory services. As a Chartered Director my primary interests are performance improvement, corporate governance and the better exploitation of technology in business. I work as a board level advisor in these spheres.
Living in the Isle of Man I have a keen interest in the Manx economy and so founded the national ICT trade association MICTA. MICTA has succeeded in changing the Isle of Man Government's economic strategy to recognise and leverage the contribution of the ICT sector.
I am Chair of BCS ELITE, the Computing Leadership Forum. ELITE is the UK's lead organisation for knowledge sharing amongst IT leaders including CIOs, CTOs and IT Directors, and under my leadership has become the UK National Representative in EuroCIO, its pan-European equivalent
I am enthusiastic about both mentoring and entrepreneurship and for several years have combined these interests as a mentor for Junior Achievement.
I am a Fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (FBCS), a Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP), a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD) and a Chartered Director (CDir), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
I take on consultancy assignments through SBA. I am also a regular speaker on IT Leadership and on Customer Service.