A little bit about my employment history, and my education history.
For 3 years I took some time off from IT, and went driving. I really enjoyed the change of pace, the hard work, the physical exercise, and driving big toys.
I returned to IT joining a local ISP ( Internet Service Provider ), and am now really enjoying managing large scale networks and systems again.
For the majority of my career, my focus has been on successfully leading teams in infrastructure departments, customer support departments, and development teams.
Both information security and network security have been foundational principles in my work. As part of this focus, I've designed and implemented a wide array of firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and VLAN-segregated networks. I've built and managed both hotel-grade wireless systems, as well as WISP-type wireless links between sites, including VLAN segregation across multiple SSID's.
While implementing enterprise-grade infrastructure, I've created and maintained numerous high-density computing environments using KVM, VMware, Parallels, and Virtualbox. Within these environments I've deployed and maintained Linux and Windows application servers, monitoring systems, and perhaps hundreds of web servers.
I have an insatiable apetite for knowledge. I am often found reading up on new technologies, or new innovative ways of achieving things.
Communication: I have an outstanding ability to translate between technical and laypeople.
Staff mentoring: I bring the best out of people who I work with, and who report to me.
Adaptability: I learn new things very quickly, especially within technological fields.
Managing an ISP network.
In short, I was the sole manager of a small business with an absentee managing director.
Managing the engineering for an ISP network.
Engineering an ISP network.
driving an 8 wheeler late model Volvo doing deliveries around Hamilton, a late model Volvo with either a 4 axle or 5 axle trailer doing line haul to Taupo and Auckland, or a 10 year old Freightliner 3 axle semi with 18sp road ranger doing line haul to Taupo and Auckland.
Delivering FMCG. 40-60 drops per day. Chiller unit.
Completed initial setup of cloud based hosted email and support service and am responsible for the day to day technology, plus involved in weekly and monthly IT governance decisions. I lead the team that guides technology through the wider organisation interpreted from the organisational strategy guidelines.
Completed initial setup of office and support service (150 workstations) and was responsible for the day to day technology on the Hamilton site, plus involved in weekly and monthly IT governance decisions for Wellington and Christchurch. I formed part of the team that guides technology through the wider organisation interpreted from the organisational strategy guidelines.
Contract to IT organisations to provide overflow capacity, or relief. Predominantly web based companies where my extensive experience in running data centres, supporting customers, and “business as usual” coding allows me to fulfil needs quickly and efficiently. I am a veteran website designer with in depth knowledge of a number of programming languages and design programmes. I manage my own accounting, marketing and sub-contractors.
Responsible for the oversight of the company, I worked alongside the owners as a trusted advisor, and relief manager. The owners and I made joint decisions for the organisation, and I was responsible for implementing the outcomes with the company on a day to day basis. I embarked on launching a new brand to promote the higher managed service that the company sells, and connected the service with a new aspect of professional services. I encouraged company growth by encompassing my existing networks. Operationally I implemented peak performance strategy to maintain employee engagement, and as such ensure added value for the customer.
I was responsible for the infrastructure, capacity planning, and business continuity for NetValue. I led a team of people who successfully established a strong technology foundation within the organization. My involvement was instrumental in making decisions that influenced the availability of the company products and services. I was directly responsible for new consumer products that integrate with the infrastructure that has resulted in news sales, and reduced overheads. Key responsibilities included strategic infrastructure planning, supplier management, database server management, and staff management, and I designed and executed a successful service desk, focusing on single point of contact, rather than first point of contact resulting in an easily understandable system for the customers, and more reliable data for monitoring and reporting.
The school employs approximately 200 teaching staff, and 27 support staff. I was directly responsible for liaising with media, the ministry, and the school management; responsible for Policy writing, legal documentation preparation, ministry reports, financial oversight, and senior staff appraisals
I managed a small team of database programmers and system operators.
I was responsible for a portion of the infrastructure, reporting to the IT manager who was remote; I had sole discretion of the daily duties, responsibilities, and priorities. (60-70 workstations)