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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. Supporting documentation:


Founder at Dynamic Syntax

Germany Frankfurt

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.

Chief Architect at Mastek

United Kingdom Permanent, 2017 – 2019, Reading

Compelled to leave because of Brexit.

Enterprise Architect at Partnership

United Kingdom Freelance, 2015 – 2017, London

Developed and maintained a solution consultancy practice, aligning business, client, and information technology needs. This includes:

Enterprise Architect at the Government Digital Service.

United Kingdom Fixed-term freelance, 2012 – 2014, London

Conducted enterprise analysis, design, planning, and implementation, using a comprehensive approach for the successful development and execution of strategy. Applied architecture principles and practices to guide other Government departments through the business, information, process, and technology changes necessary to execute their strategies.

Solutions Architect at Kainos

United Kingdom 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.

Consultant at Nokia

Germany 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.

Solutions Architect at Microsoft

United Kingdom USA 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.

Practice Manager at EDS

United Kingdom 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.

Co-Founder and Technical Lead at Mission Critical

United Kingdom 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.

Development Manager at The Connection Group

South Africa 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.

Architect at The Internet Solution

South Africa 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.

Programmer at Vodac

South Africa Freelance, 1994 – 1996, Johannesburg

Designed and developed billing and OSS -related systems within Vodac, including call tariffing, online bill management, and account activation.

Programmer at Computer Answers

United Kingdom Freelance, 1993 – 1994, Birmingham

Contributed to the development of a cellular call tariffing engine, and Windows based OSS systems deployed throughout Europe and Africa.

Programmer at Freeway Data Systems

South 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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