After graduating from Loughborough University in 2007 with degrees in electronic engineering and finance and management, I completed the BAE Systems graduate programme in their weapons and vehicles di...
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I studied at Manchester University, leaving with two first class degrees in Engineering. My course included a great exchange year in Lille, France, although the French girlfriend experience probably left more of a mark than any of the course work. Having secured a job with Andersen Consulting, I deferred entry for a year and went travelling - to nowhere that spoke French. I started work in 1994, and spent four years in Financial Services (mostly working with trading and surveillance systems at the London Stock Exchange) followed by seven years in Energy & Utilities working with pioneering mobile and wireless solutions for work and asset management. In 2000, I had a second sabbatical year overseas working as a voluntary teacher in Bolivia and travelling round South America.
I joined Berkeley in the autumn of 2005, simply because I liked everyone I met there; they seemed to care about the things that mattered and enjoyed themselves; and they focused on doing "proper" consulting work in an era when most of the big firms just seemed intent on selling ever larger, soul-destroying outsourcing deals! I also wanted to get away from the ruthless commercial pressures on aspiring Partners in a large firm, that can distract from simply ‘doing the right thing’ in terms of great client work.
Since joining Berkeley, I first spent a year at BP running a global project in oil trading, and then moved to Unilever in a two-year role running their global SAP finance transformation programme involving over 100 countries. I went on to spend most of the next six years at Unilever in a number of varied programme director and governance roles: from helping them transform their IT organisation from CIO down; to supporting mobilisation of a large-scale, pan-Americas supply chain programme; to reviewing distributor management programmes in South East Asia (there’s nothing like a field trip to an ice cream distributor in rural Indonesia to keep work interesting!). The most significant role was probably spending over a year helping to mobilise and then run Unilever’s first truly global business intelligence, analytics and Big Data programme.
I now enjoy a really interesting range of work across a portfolio of global consumer goods and retail clients (including Unilever, Associated British Foods, Primark and Diageo) and media and entertainment clients (including News Corp, Dow Jones, Dentsu Aegis Network and City Football Group). I specialise in leading and assuring major transformational change, particularly in the areas of IT strategy & IT transformation; finance transformation; analytics & big data; shared services transformation; and technology infrastructure / Cloud transformation. I like being embedded as part of the client's team (rather than an "us and them" client/consultant relationship) - you can really see how the work you are doing brings tangible impacts and business benefits. I’ve been a Partner at Berkeley since July 2008, and I haven't looked back since.
Outside work, my family (wife and two daughters) keeps me busy. I love music, both singing (I sing in choirs and lead one of my own… and once persuaded a group of my fellow Partners to form a male barbershop group!) and playing (my poor guitar playing didn’t stop me joining the Berkeley Band to play a gig at the 100 Club on Oxford Street a few years back). As an ex-engineer, I also love machines and have owned an eclectic mix of transport from a Triumph motorcycle, to a BMW electric car, to a Lotus sports car. As a family, we entertain and eat out more than we should, and we still love to travel, get out into the wilds and explore new places whenever we can – as a result, our daughters are now starting to turn into keen backpackers themselves! The place you're least likely to ever bump into me - just in case that's a concern - is the gym.