PROFILE

SUMMARY

Experienced and commercially aware project, programme and change manager from an IT management, big-4 consulting and software development background now running a specialist consultancy delivering Agile (Scrum) transformation, "DevOps" strategy and continuous delivery implementation into commercial, high-tech and software/service/mobile-led organisations.

EXPERIENCE

Creative Agile Partners

2012 January - Present

Director

Newcastle upon Tyne, , UNITED KINGDOM

Sage Group Plc

2004 August - 2011 December

Project Manager

Newcastle upon Tyne , UNITED KINGDOM

Employed by Sage Group Plc operating as a project and programme manager in increasingly strategic, international and high profile projects.

PROJECTS

DevOps Lead @ IKEA

January 2014 - March 2015

Director

Led the implementation of CA service virtualization technology (CA-LISA) within IKEA e-commerce development teams using Agile. DevOps Lead, utilising Scrum, across mixed CA/IKEA team, interfacing to 30+ development teams.

Scrum Master and Agile Coach @ Accenture

April 2014 - October 2014

Director

Facilitating Agile (Scrum) and Continuous Delivery for various programmes within Accenture UK.

DevOps Transformation @ William Hill Online

January 2013 - February 2014

Director

Agility - Rolled out Agile, DevOps and test-driven development technology, processes and organisational change across 200 development and operations (DevOps) staff into both greenfield and a complex legacy infrastructure, both UK and overseas (Gibraltar); • Benefit – Oversaw the transition from the current long lead time release / deploy operational processes to new operational processes supportive of Continuous Delivery & deployment; DevOps – Aligned the strategy and approach to DevOps to focus on business value. Subsequent adoption and roll-out of Puppet Enterprise, Vagrant, Gitlab, Jenkins, Selenium, VMware across the business;

R&D and IS (DevOps) Transformation @ Sage Plc

January 2012 - May 2013

Director

Led a multi £m strategic initiative to transform the R&D & IS functions of Sage Plc into a truly world class operation. 5 Projects across 30 direct and virtual resources on: Agile/SCRUM processes – defining best practice for Agile/SCRUM and rolling these out across all the software development teams; Build Automation/DevOps – Moving towards an automated build and deployment model based on Chef/Puppet for both on-line services and on-premise products across a new virtual infrastructure; Virtual infrastructure – Providing turnkey cloud virtual capacity for build/continuous delivery, testing and live operations; Project execution and Control – Deploying TFS 2012 with Project Server 2013 and SharePoint 2013 for increased project control; World class tooling – Identifying the best tools per technology stack (Windows with VS, LAMP with Ruby/Java) and deploying the best tools on the best hardware

Agile & CD Coach @ ING Bank

April 2015 - August 2015

Director

Lead, mentor and coach the Murex teams within ING Bank to move to an Agile Continuous Delivery model. Transform the DevOps delivery team to deliver increase Reliability and Throughput via Version Control, Test Automation and Automated Deployment.

Skills

  • Agile Methodologies
  • Business Analysis
  • Business Process
  • Consulting
  • Software Development
  • ERP
  • Integration
  • IT Strategy
  • SaaS
  • Scrum

EDUCATION

  • University of Sunderland

    1996-1998

    Postgrad Diploma (Maîtrise), Management

  • Newcastle University

    1991-1995

    BSc, Computing

  • ILX Group

    2013-2014

    PRINCE2, Foundation

  • Puppet Labs

    2012-2013

    Puppet, Fundamentals

  • The Open University

    2005-2009

    Masters, Technology Management

CERTIFICATION

  • Certified Instructor: DevOps Foundation
  • Certified Scrum Master
  • Certified Scrum Professional