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.

In the last two years I have enjoyed stepping into a line management role leading a team of talented architects as part of the FastTrack team within the Office Product Group at Microsoft. My goal is to continue my development to become an all-round business leader and people manager with a passion for helping teams grow to be successful.

Core Competencies
· Leadership – I bring people together to achieve an aim.
· Line Management / 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 away from pure technical roles and developed a better understanding of the broader business arena whilst taking a management role.

Outside of work 
I have a young son who keeps my wife and I busy! Aside from my son, I am a keen clarinettist and am Principal clarinet in the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra. I am also a member of the Blackwater Valley Wind Quintet. In my teens and twenties, as a musician, I 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. Prior to having children I spent a lot of time developing my skills as a wildlife photographer with a particular interest in birds of prey. Some of my shots can be seen at my photography website: