The purpose of this page is to draw a picture of myself and describe my abilities.
full career history, please refer to my C.V.
I started my career at Plessey as a telecommunications
and electronics apprentice. The apprenticeship included studying for an HND and working
in all areas of the Plessey business at their Beeston site in Nottingham. Following
my apprenticeship, I worked in the Field Repair Unit, where I repaired all of Plessey's
products to component level and modified designs to reduce failure rates in the field.
1989, I moved to Nortel to run a verification test department for a newly developed
PBX. While there, I gained total knowledge of the PBX and, once we were ready to
field trial, I was one of the few people who had a full end-to-end understanding
of the system. So I naturally became the field trial manager. I ran field trials
in several countries around the world. Many in the Far East and all were successful.
then re-used me on many New Product Introduction programmes as I had proved to be
very comfortable in politically risky situations and had demonstrated great skill
when dealing with problems involving major customers. I represented Nortel in several
Standards forums and became the editor of DAVIC's data transmission chapter. I regularly
attended meetings in Westminster and Whitehall where UK legislation got in the way
of new technology.
While at Nortel, I studied and earned a Masters Degree in Computer
I went on to achieve many European and World firsts. Here is a small list
of my achievements (please refer to my C.V. for more detail).
The first Video call
between BT and Mercury's networks. The first Trans Atlantic Video call (from ISDN
to Switch56). The First Video Call from PC to Apple Macintosh. Designed and built Europe's
first Cable Modem network in Germany for InfoCity. Built the World's first successful
Powerline communication network (IP data over power distribution cables). The World's
first Voice over IP on power cables. First successful data transmission over power
cables in USA. First successful data transmission over power cables in Australia. The
first Trans Atlantic Voice over IP Call. Deployed Europe's First 3G mobile telephone
products and services.
I don't take the credit for these achievements single handed,
usually I was part of a team or had a team working with me. But in addition to the
technical achievements, there have been many political and business challenges. I
take great pride in my success in this area. I have had countless meetings with customers
and business partners in addition to many meetings in Westminster and Whitehall campaigning
for (and achieving) government support for new technologies and even changes in legislation.
In recent years I have spent most of my time as a consultant in the Systems Integration
and business transformation sector. I have completed a range of projects and programmes
for many clients including Cisco, BBC, C&W, Bertelsmann MG, Siemens, Atos Origin
I am now working on a new venture and I am part way through studying for a law degree
in my spare time.
Life’s good and I keep finding new ways to challenge and stretch myself.