I'm an IT consultant with over 3 decades' experience in software development, technical pre-sales, architecture, management, and consulting.
My industry experience ranges from healthcare, defence, and retail to transport, financial services and telecommunications.
I've worked on three continents and am fluent in English, German and Afrikaans. I'm an EU citizen.
Dynamic Syntax is developing a secure, distributed synchronisation service for structured data. A usage scenarion might be two reporters collaborating on a human rights story in a country that's hostile to the press. As data is encrypted on the client device nobody could discern what the reporters are working on, or that they're collaborating. The sync service leaks neither data nor meta data.
|Permanent, 2017 – 2019, Reading|
Compelled to leave because of Brexit.
|Freelance, 2015 – 2017, London|
Developed and maintained a solution consultancy practice, aligning business, client, and information technology needs. This includes:
|Fixed-term freelance, 2012 – 2014, London|
|Freelance, 2011 – 2012, London|
Led the technical operations of Kainos’ London branch. This included technical pre-sales; people management and performance reviews; and solution architecture. I also led the design and cost/effort estimation of a £5m distributed payment system for NHS (Northern Ireland) that validates and processes claims from general practitioners, dental practitioners and pharmacists.
|Freelance, 2011, Berlin|
Led the design and development of the first Nokia Maps prototype for Windows Phone. Also defined and implemented quality objectives for usability, security, performance, and reliability.
|Permanent, 2005 – 2010, Reading, Seattle|
Engaged with a select set of Microsoft’s blue-chip customers to understand their architecture and security challenges related to the Microsoft application platform -
Designed and managed the implementation of Internet Access to Shared Services, which provides secure, remote access to line-of-business applications on a restricted military network for 10,000 users using potentially compromised devices. The team consisted of on-site and remote Microsoft experts, as well as outsourced industry partners and vendors.
|Permanent, 2001 – 2005, London|
Managed a pool of in- and out-sourced consultants skilled in Microsoft products and technologies. Also, solution architecture and design; elicited customer requirements; estimated and allocated schedules and resources. Contributed to enterprise transformation bids up to GB£ 5 million.
|Permanent, 1999 – 2001, London|
Managed an Internet start-up development team. I also created the architecture and design of a distributed data visualisation and collaboration system, and was the lead developer.
|Permanent, 1998 – 1999, Johannesburg|
Established and managed a development team, hardware and software for production, test and development environments, and responsible for the architecture, design and implementation of an online shopping mall.
|Freelance, 1996 – 1998, Johannesburg|
Created South Africa’s first online retail banking website for Nedbank, as well as a claims processing web site for Momentum Health, a leading healthcare provider.
|Freelance, 1994 – 1996, Johannesburg|
Designed and developed billing and OSS -related systems within Vodac, including call tariffing, online bill management, and account activation.
|Freelance, 1993 – 1994, Birmingham|
Contributed to the development of a cellular call tariffing engine, and Windows based OSS systems deployed throughout Europe and Africa.
|Permanent, 1990 – 1993, Freeway Data Systems|
Developed and maintained point of sale, stock management, accounting, property management, and hospitality and industrial catering systems.
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