Multifaceted and tactical Senior Technical Architect with comprehensive experience in leadership of digital transformation, cloud adoption, integration and consolidation programmes utilising the latest technologies as IT Consultant or Lead Technical Architect in alignment with organisational goals.
Technically astute Infrastructure and Solutions Leader with proven abilities in identity solutions including Active Directory (ADDS), Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Office 365, Mobile Device Management (MDM), with Microsoft InTune. Creative problem solver with proven success as Technical Writer with keen ability to provide top quality documentation and diagramming as part of project deliverables.
Highly knowledgeable and collaborative with excellent interpersonal abilities to build respect and rapport with culturally diverse global teams to optimize individual and group strengths while fostering motivation and accountability in ever-changing, challenging environments requiring adaptability and decisiveness to succeed. A versatile, highly skilled, and solution focused IT Architect with twenty years extensive experience and a sustained record of delivery.
A strategic and experienced technical leader who is passionate about all aspects of technology and continually strives to keep abreast with the latest technologies. Adaptable and excellent problem solver with professional and dynamic hands-on ethos with experience delivering on Digital Transformation, Cloud Adoption, Integration, and Consolidation Programmes. Highly regarded as a Technical Writer with excellent documentation and diagramming capabilities.
AUGUST 2018 – PRESENT
Senior Freelance Solutions Architect, Consultant, & Director
CodeNET Consultancy Services Ltd. – London, UK May 2018 – Present
Working for various clients as a self-employed freelance Solutions Architect leader focused on delivery of Windows 10 EndPoint Security and Delivery via Microsoft InTune using Azure AD Identity Protection, Azure AD B2C, ADFS 2016, Azure AD B2B, Azure AD Connect, Azure AD Privileged Identity Management, Conditional Access, Application Deployment via InTune, MAM, MIM, MDM, BYOD, Microsoft Active Directory 2016 and Microsoft AutoPilot. Provided professional services freelance consultancy partnered with: MICROSOFT CORPORATION, REDROCK, RKEYTEC, and EMPIRIC. Onsite with: NETWEST MARKETS, NETWORK HOMES, CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS, and MHRA.
Key Responsibilities & Achievements
MARCH 2018 – JULY 2018
Senior IT Architect
Virtusa, London, UK
Recruited by Virtusa as an IT Architect to act as a technical lead and architecture specialist on large banking client projects within the City of London.
Key Responsibilities & Achievements
JANUARY 2013 – MARCH 2018
IT Technical Architect
London & Quadrant, London, UK
Recruited by L&Q at a time when there had been a long and sustained period of under-investment within IT across the organisation and a realisation that major investment was required to support the future business strategy and growth plans. The first IT Architect to be recruited within L&Q, the purpose of my role was to define an architectural function within the organisation, to build and manage a new architecture team within IT.
SEPTEMBER 2017 – JANUARY 2018
IT Consultant (Freelance)
Global Law Firm Client, London, UK
Freelance consultancy project to deliver on-premises Active Directory Federation Services 2016 for a global law firm based in the City of London.
AUGUST 2011 – DECEMBER 2012
Group IT Technical Architect
Anglo-Beef Processors Ltd, Birmingham, UK
Recruited by Anglo-Beef Processors at a time of investment in two new data centres. I was the only IT Architect within the business and the most senior escalation point for outages.
JUNE 2006 – JULY 2011
Project Systems Engineer & Server Administrator
Codemasters Software Company Ltd, Southam, UK
Recruited by Codemasters at a time when the business was branching out into Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games and had created a new division specifically for online.
Note: Further employment history available on request or via LinkedIn profile.
BTEC National Diploma in Computer Studies
Coalville Technical College, Coalville, UK
Modules: Introduction to Programming, Computer Systems, Information Systems, Communication Skills, Accounting and Auditing, Programming, Small Business Computer Systems. Only completed the first year due to personal trauma.
Ashby Grammar School, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, UK
Subjects: English, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Health & Safety, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Information Technology, Technology, Design & Communication.
Infrastructure Manager at L&Q
“I’ve worked with Craig for the past 3 ½ years. During this time, we have worked together on many major highly technical IT projects. The vast majority of these were architected, scoped, designed and documented by Craig. I can honestly say that I have never met a more intelligent, dedicated, committed and technically capable individual. I’m always amazed by his technical capabilities, his depth and breadth of knowledge and the quality of his documentation is better than any I have seen in my working career.
At L&Q he has singlehandedly been responsible for driving the IT technological advances made by the organization and has transformed the IT Architecture from that of a SME to that of a large commercial enterprise capable of supporting L&Q’s ambition of being the best in their sector and delivering on their mission: of combining our social purpose and commercial drive to create homes and neighborhoods you can be proud of well into the future. He has architected and delivered multi-million-pound solutions across many technology stacks from Networking and Virtualization to Storage and Security as well many of the Microsoft Technology stacks.
Craig is a true hands-on architect who is passionate about technology and is always looking to better his knowledge and skills. I would have no hesitation in providing a personal recommendation to any organization who is seeking a truly gifted IT Technical Architect.”
Operations Manager at Codemasters Software Company Ltd.
“Craig is an enthusiastic technical specialist and proved during his time as a project engineer at Codemasters, which he has pride and dedication in the work that he delivers. Picking up existing infrastructure, learning and understanding the infrastructure, maintenance and administration processes, as well as improving and enhancing performance and availability.
The ability to pick up new developments from scratch to final end production systems, taking the technical lead in projects where assigned and appropriate. Craig was key in designing and developing key monitoring systems and automation of administration for the Network Operations Centre as well as performance and capacity reporting statistics. In my view Craig would be a future asset in any technical team.”
Head of IT at L&Q
"I hired and directly managed Craig in his position of IT Technical Architect at London and Quadrant for five years. Craig joined my IT Management team and was responsible for setting up an Enterprise Architecture team, implementing the Technical Design Authority governance, working closely with all IT teams to identify and eradicate systems and network issues. Additionally, creation of detailed Technical diagrams and documentation for the existing IT environment and proposal for the future.
Craig's contributions significantly helped to ensure the IT environment was stable, secure and had the capacity for future growth. Craig is a completer finisher with natural abilities for quickly learning new technologies, working on his own initiative with vision and imagination to foresee business and cost benefits. Craig is highly passionate and ambitious, a true technologist and evangelist.
From a business perspective, Craig is comfortable working with Senior Management be that CEO, Executive and or Group Board members. His contribution to the IT Strategy is based on his knowledge and understanding of the Business plans, the company's direction and its Target Operating Model.
It is my personal view that Craig has the skills, experience, and knowledge, to further a career path in IT Management given his all-round experience. I would not hesitate to hire him again if the opportunity presented itself."
IT Operations Director at Codemasters Software Company Ltd.
“Craig was an enthusiastic and hard-working member of staff. He enjoyed learning new technologies and skills, and applied himself to these with gusto. He worked on a wide range of tasks, from infrastructure implementation and support, to game deployment, through to data analytics and reporting on game/account data, producing some extremely useful reports.”
Infrastructure Architect at L&Q
“Would highly recommend Craig as a dedicated leading architect with excellent business and leadership skills and always at the edge of his seat with technical ideas and architectural flare. Some the best documentation standards and skills I have seen in the industry. Good architectural process alongside TOGAF standards which is rare to see. "Given the opportunity, would work with again in a heartbeat".”
Data Architect at L&Q
“Craig is an enthusiastic and talented Technical Architect with an in-depth knowledge on Network, Cloud and Infrastructure architecture. During two years that I have worked with Craig I found his documentations and architectural artifacts are very high standard and provided detailed overview of the as-is, To-Be and transition architecture. Craig is passionate about providing strategic (short/long term) architectural solutions and working towards aligning IT’s deliverables to business requirements. He is and always will be a key member of any EA team.”