“Building a cyborg army, est delivery date 2029, on schedule and under budget.”
Hands up who's seen the film “The Terminator”? Well if you haven’t let me give you a brief plot overview: A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. Having watched this film as a 12 year old it inspired me to compile my first long term IT strategy. 2029 is now only 15 years away, and for the last 17 years I’ve been working for the Royal Society of Chemistry with access to a vast range of cutting edge IT equipment and staff with fantastic specialist knowledge. My ultimate goal is to combine that with the knowledge from the chemists working here, the links I’ve built up with other societies and access to the fantastic hardware and IT resources we have, to build up cyborg army ready to combat this threat…time is running out..
My journey started with the Royal Society of Chemistry on 08 September 1997, as a trainee systems developer. My initial role was writing Vax Basic programs which quickly evolved into writing the Workflow Article Management system, which was still used by publishing until recently and enabled the Royal Society of Chemistry to completely revamp our publishing processes. I moved from trainee, to not a trainee, to Senior Applications Developer, to applications team manager, and I’ve been heading up the IT department for the last seven years.
The role I’m in now isn’t just about keeping your computers running or the websites up, there are loads of things I get involved with outside of traditional IT. Most recently I’ve taken up a role in the Business Planning Team to focus on the strategic programmes that support the Royal Society of Chemistry Vision and overarching Strategic Priorities, with the aim of aligning activities with the available resources and following progress, which all helps to feed into the ICT strategy to ensure we’re on parallel paths with the rest of the business.
Having worked for the Royal Society of Chemistry for 17 years, my role has undertaken a number of changes as the organisation has grown. The Royal Society of Chemistry is now almost unrecognisable from the organisation I originally joined, each year growing and with each change, new challenges come along which help keep me engaged and motivated to continue to improve upon the support service ICT provides.
Best thing about the Royal Society of Chemistry? The challenge and then the support you get to meet these challenges from across the organisation. The support I’ve received from my line manager, team leaders and managers, to help carry out my role, all deserves some form of recognition, and the guys in the various support departments always have time for you, which help makes meeting your personal challenges that little bit easier…
Outside of work I support Peterborough United, the only team in Cambridgeshire, I also enjoy playing football, cycling, golf (I don’t have a handicap, I just ensure that I never lose to my brother)…and as a father of two children…sleeping.