Throughout my career, I have found that I enjoy bringing people together to achieve a target. I am hard working, determined and enthusiastic about my work and can influence a distributed team to increase productivity and negotiate difficult situations. My strong communication skills and eagerness to succeed motivates others to achieve their goals.
My goal is to develop my career from previously technical roles to become an all-round business leader and people manager with a passion for helping teams grow to be successful.
· Leadership – I bring people together to achieve an aim.
· Mentoring – I work with colleagues to help them develop.
· Technical evangelism – Presentation, authoring articles and books.
· Customer success management – I help clients drive technology adoption.
Throughout my career I have worked to become respected internationally as an expert and influencer in the field of unified communications. I have spoken at many major technical conferences both run by Microsoft and third parties including TechEd, TechReady, Exchange Connections, The Experts Conference and the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC). Prior to joining Microsoft I was recognised as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for four consecutive years for my work in the community. Since joining Microsoft I have written three books on Lync and Exchange.
In the last couple of years I have moved my focus to better understanding the broader business arena and started preparing for management.
Outside of work
I am a keen amateur wildlife photographer with a particular interest in birds of prey. As a musician, I have performed on both the clarinet and recorder as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles in venues throughout England, including; Buckingham Palace, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. Finally, I’ve always been into competitive sports, a need which is fulfilled by regular squash matches in a local league.