I worked as an IT consultant for twenty years after graduation, for a number of large and small systems integrators, as a developer, project manager, technical consultant and software architect. In 2004 I moved into permanent employment with Marks and Spencer as Lead Technical Architect in the IT Strategy and Architecture Group.
In 2008 I joined Barclays Global Investors to lead and "re-launch" the global Enterprise Architecture team. My team was international, based in San Francisco, London and Sydney, reflecting the global nature of BGI.
Following the sale of BGI to BlackRock, I joined Barclays Investment Bank in 2010 as the Architect for the Fixed Income Rates IT group,a new post. My remit included ownership of the architectural blueprint for the group, working with projects and teams on their architectural designs, facing off to other parts of the company and externally, and defining and overseeing architectural governance for Rates IT.
In 2015 I joined ICBC Standard Bank as their Enterprise Architect. I am working with senior business and IT colleagues to understand their business objectives, business capabilities and the existing technology landscape, and to develop and articulate the current- and target-state enterprise architecture.
I am a CEng (Chartered Engineer) and FBCS (Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society). Fellow is the BCS's most senior grade and is awarded to those who hold a senior IT position or have an established reputation of eminence or authority in the field of IT.
You can find out more about my career history from my CV.
Skills and Experience
I combine strong architecture, technical leadership, and analysis and design skills with a background that includes complex systems integration, bespoke software development, and enterprise package customisation and deployment.
During my career I have worked on numerous projects and programmes in the finance, retail, government and manufacturing sectors. My systems development experience ranges from small systems for specialised users such as forensic accountants, up to very large corporate applications for financial institutions, high-street retailers and government departments.
My technology expertise includes Unix, Linux, Windows, and mainframe developments, with particular focus on messaging and middleware, relational database and object-oriented software development. I am an experienced technical instructor and internal project auditor. I have also been heavily involved in business development, particularly proposal-writing and pre- and post-sales activity.
I am particularly interested in software engineering, quality assurance and process improvement, and have co-authored a book on software systems architecture (see below).
My recent experience has focussed on leading teams to create architectural strategy and design, ratify it with stakeholders, and provide technology leadership, governance and support throughout the project lifecycle, from concept to implementation and support.
I have written a book on software architecture with a colleague, Eoin Woods.
The book is called Software Systems Architecture : Working With Stakeholders Using Viewpoints and Perspectives, and was published by Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers in 2005 (Edition 2 was published in 2011). It is a practical handbook for anyone who is, or would like to become, a software architect. You can find more information on the book here.
I have delivered many speaking engagements on architecture, to the BCS SPA conference (Software Practice Advancement) where I have presented for the last six years, and many others. I am a Fellow of the International Association of Software Architects and have contributed viewpoint reference material to their website. I have also written numerous articles and white papers for a variety of print and online publications.
See my published work page for more details.
|1980 - 1983||Churchill College, University of Cambridge||BA Hons. (2:1)||Pure Mathematics|
|1983 - 1984||University of Manchester||MSc||Computer Science|
|2015 - present||ICBC Standard Bank||Enterprise Architect|
|2010 - 2015||Barclays Investment Bank||Architect for Rates and Control|
|2008 - 2010||Barclays Global Investors||Lead, Enterprise Architecture Group|
|2004 - 2008||Marks and Spencer||Lead Technical Architect|
|1984 - 2004||consultancies including: Logica, Sybase,|
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and Praxis
|Consultant / Technical Architect|
Affiliations and Certifications
|July 2008||British Computer Society||FBCS (Chartered Fellow)|
|March 2008||Engineering Council UK||CEng (Chartered Engineer)|
|January 2008||British Computer Society||CITP (Chartered IT Professional)|
|July 1998||Sybase||Certified Sybase IT Architect|
|November 1996||Sybase / Sylvan Prometric||Certified Sybase IT Professional / DBA|
|June 1995||BVQI (cert IA/95/GB/081)||Certified Internal Quality Auditor|
|1991||n/a||SSADM v3 Certification|
I play first violin for the Kingston Chamber Orchestra for whom I am also the webmaster. We rehearse weekly and perform three or four concerts a year. We have also toured abroad! Our repertoire ranges from the Baroque period through to the twentieth century, including many specially-commissioned pieces.
I am Chair of Governors at Oliver Goldsmith Primary School in London, United Kingdom.