About Me

I’ve always hated writing about myself, however I suppose I have to on my Blog.

I started working in it a very long time ago 🙁 by implementing an NT 3.51/4.0 network for my fathers business using BNC and good old parallel port printers.  Took me absolutely months and with only books from then a real “Book Shop” lol.  I was absolutely facsinated and enthralled at my achievement that I couldn’t resist a career in IT.  That said, I crazily joined the British Army where I was exposed to such amazing technical challenges in some of the craziest conditions known to man.  I deployed to Bosnia, Macedonia, Afghanistan (4 times) and Iraq (3 times).  I also managed to Ski for a few of months each year (well for two years on the run anyway.  After 12 years I decided I wanted a change and therefore retired from the Army and then went into Consultancy.  Since then I have various appointments ranging from Chief Technical Officer / Chief Technical Architect for large Microsoft Partners, through to Consulting and Teaching IT Professionals around the world as well as presenting at many technical conferences for Microsoft on Azure, Office 365 and Skype for Business Server (previously Lync Server).

I believe certification is important and have attained the following qualifications throughout my career:

  • Microsoft Certified Trainer (UK Regional Lead)
  • Citrix Certified Expert – Virtualization
  • Citrix Certified Expert – Networking
  • MCSA – Windows 10
  • MCSA – Azure
  • MCSA – Linux on Azure
  • MCSA – Office 365
  • MCSE – MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure (2016)
  • MCSE – MCSE: Productivity (2016)
  • MCSE – MCSE: Mobility (2016)
  • MCSE – Server Infrastructure
  • MCSE – Private Cloud
  • MCSE – Desktop Infrastructure
  • MCSE – Messaging
  • MCSE – Communications
  • Citrix Certified Instructor
  • VMware Certified Professional
  • Cisco Certified Networking Professional (Expired)
  • Citrix Certified Integration Architect
  • MCTS – Microsoft  System Center Operations Manager, Configuration
  • MCTS – Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Configuration
  • ITIL v3 Expert
  • Prince 2 Practitioner
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional – Dynamics
  • MCITP – Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • MCITP – Enterprise Administrator
  • MCITP – Enterprise Messaging Administrator on Exchange 2010
  • MCITP – Lync Server 2010 Administrator
  • Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist – Windows 7 Deployment
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional – Enterprise Messaging Administrator
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer  (MCSE) 2003
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (Expired)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Management
  • Senior Management and Leadership Course
  • MSc International Defence and Security
  • Equality and Diversity Advisor
  • UNIX System Administrator / Manager
  • Bachelor of Science in Computing Security
  • NVQ A2 Assessor
  • Military Network Systems Administrator Course
  • IT Security Officer
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) NT 4.0