“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead the division at this exciting time”
I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Music in 1995.
After a gap year working at the University of the West of England I decided I liked the Bristol area and took a job as a graduate developer at Apak working on its Wholesale Finance product. I worked on implementations for a range of banks and finance companies for both Wholesale Finance and Operating Credit systems before moving into Apak’s Banking department as a Senior Developer.
I enjoyed the business analysis and management aspects of the role, developing them through implementations at Save and Prosper, American Express and Unity Trust Bank.
Following a change in direction for the department, I became part of the team that initially designed and built the current Aurius core banking system. I expanded my role in the pre-sales process, acting as technical consultant in sales demonstrations and helping to create proposals and responses to sales enquiries.
Shortly before Apak’s acquisition by the Sword Group in 2007, I moved back into the Wholesale Finance division as a Senior Business Consultant, performing a consultancy role on implementations. With the global economic downturn impacting on the banking market, I kept a ‘watching brief’ over the Aurius system. From 2012 onwards I became increasingly involved in the banking product as interest in the system grew, culminating in my appointment as Director of Sword Apak’s Banking Division in March 2014.
Aurius is a superb product with a terrific future supported by an excellent team of bright and dedicated individuals and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead the division at this exciting time. Having worked for Apak and then Sword Apak for 18 years I’m looking forward to being able to carry forward the ethos of excellence in solution delivery and long-term customer partnership as we grow.
Outside work I have a keen interest in music of all kinds. The reason for my slightly unusual degree choice was that I couldn’t at that stage work out whether I wanted to pursue music or computing for a living. I’m now in the lucky position of having a career in computing, whilst maintaining a serious musical interest as Director of Music at Christ Church in Bath, where I run a very capable and enthusiastic amateur choir.