The inside work bit
I am the founder and Managing Director of Camford Management Consultants. My core specialism is IT Strategy – with a focus on how technology can resolve business challenges and help achieve business goals.
And with over 20 years experience managing and developing people, I coach current and future IT leaders to develop their business savvy and become effective business leaders.
My consulting assignments have given me the opportunity to learn a great deal about different business environments and cultures. I’ve delivered over 100 assignments, across 10 different market sectors, 8 countries, and on 4 continents.
The organisations that I have consulted for are very varied and include:
- Legal: Clifford Chance, Addleshaw Goddard, Speechly Bircham, Langleys
- Financial Services: The Bank of England, RBS, Morgan Stanley, Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange
- Entertainment: Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Education: University of Derby, University of Manchester, University of Leicester, City of Westminster College
- Healthcare: NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde; South Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust
- Public Sector: Higher Education Funding Council for England
- Other: Sutton & East Surrey Water, The Rugby Football League, British Standards Institute
I’m a firm believer in life-long learning and have certified myself in new skills throughout my career. This includes business management, project management (Agile PM and Prince2 Practitioner), and service management (ITIL). Back in my hands-on techie days I held 13 certifications, including MCSE.
The running a business bit
I often get asked why did I choose to run my own business rather than work for someone else. The simple answer is that I’m difficult to manage, and I hate being managed. I’ve always got on great with my clients, but been frustrated by reporting to consultancy leaders that lacked vision and in my view were poor managers.
What motivates me to keep running my own business is my desire to leave a legacy. I can think of no better way to give back to society than to create employment opportunities for people. To give people a reason for being, a reason to get up each day. And the ability for them to give back to society and their local economy.
The outside work bit
I’m married and have two young children who are growing up to be fantastic people. Both straight A students, although I think that has much more to do with my wife’s parenting skills than my own!
Despite the demands of running a business, I try to find time to take part in leisure pursuits. This includes: martial arts – having trained in kick-boxing, thai boxing, karate and aikido, I’m now studying jiu jitsu; motorcycling – I have IAM and RoSPA Gold advanced certificates and make a point of riding throughout the year; and competing in duathlons, half-marathons and cycle sportives.
My final passion is reading business books. I’m on a mission to try and read a book a week. I’m probably averaging about 1 every 10 days at present. One day I might teach myself to speed read – I even bought a book on it that I haven’t yet read!