I started my IT career at British Airways in the late 1990s, working to update some aging systems and looking at moving them to the web, which was very much a new technology at the time. I then spent some time in the airline’s Sustainable Business Unit, developing and providing IT and other training to the local communities that British Airways served. From there, I spent three years as IT Manager for Africa, before moving to Kuwait to take up the role of Sales Manager for Kuwait and Iraq just after the Gulf War. I moved companies to another part of the travel industry where I spent a couple of years setting up a new team bringing together technology and product development, before moving back to the airline world as Head of IT Planning for bmi, which again involved building new teams. It was an exciting time for the airline which was growing into new routes in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. When British Airways bought bmi, I moved to TUI to head up the Business Analysis and Airline Development teams before moving to the retailer Halfords where I spent most of my time as Head of IT Portfolio Delivery, heading up the projects, programmes and PMO teams. I was lucky enough to be a customer of Doris at Halfords, which enabled me to work with some fantastic people.
I have also been a trustee of a number of charities focusing on student volunteering. I’m passionate about helping people to develop and get access to the best opportunities, and Doris fits remarkably well with that.
When I’m not working, I enjoy travelling and am often found near a racetrack, usually with a camera. I am kept busy at home with my five year old son Xander and my appropriately named pup, Mayhem, who spend their time distracting me from telling corny jokes.