Bio

 

Danny has an extensive career in IT spanning over 30 years and brings with him a wealth of technical and commercial experience.

His formative years were spent with Ferranti, including Ferranti Creditphone where he developed, with his directly managed team, a national management system for the UK’s first digital mobile phone network based on CT2. This provided him with a strong foundation on real time development and more critically man management skills at an early age.

After having helped Scottish & Newcastle to implement a first of it’s kind field sales system based on the wireless Mobitex network, Danny moved onto a period of independent consultancy working with some major industry names.

These included the setup of a brand new help desk team and bespoke system for Kellogg and designing, developing and deploying a field engineer solution for North West Water based on GSM data solution.

Other successful projects were delivered for Astra Zeneca, Woolworths and Unilever, all bringing further experience to server and network infrastructure design and operational management.

Along the way Danny also honed his entrepreneurial skills. Developing a unique offering in 1994 in combination with Motorola, Cellnet and HP with truly mobile solution some 15 years before Netbooks have been thought of.  In the same year he developed a capability for performing mobile credit card authorisations by integrating technical offerings from Verifone and Mobitex. He furthered refined this design to work over GSM in 1996.

By 2001, Danny had made the decision to move back into full time employment, to ensure that his career developed as planned. His first role was with a successful pharmaceutical marketing company. Here he took control of the technical services team with full responsibility for all infrastructure and systems across the company. Helping the company expand into a third building, including the building and commissioning of a brand new computer room.

Later on Danny took on the role of Group Infrastructure Manager with UCI, with responsibility across eleven territories. During his time with UCI, Danny and his team successfully migrated the UCI web hosting solution to Germany with a successful launch for the third Harry Potter movie, an event that other rival cinema’s systems could not cope with at peak loading.

To enable the merger of UCI with Odeon Cinemas, Danny architected and oversaw the seamless integration of the two networks with zero downtime. He also introduced an SSL based remote access solution negating the need for laptop provision and providing a radical new approach to remote working.

Having seen the growth in managed services, which was helping companies’ move away from the failing “box shifting” model, Danny joined Keytech Managed Services. It was here that he helped them develop their portfolio of managed service solutions for SMEs. These included Managed Firewall, Hosted Email and Managed Servers including a 24 x 7 helpdesk option.

In 2008, Danny joined the Co-operative Banking Group as Head of Networks, and successfully led an array of teams, whilst being a senior member of the IT leadership team and managed a BAU budget of over £10m and project budgets of equal proportion, and oversaw the infrastructure integration challenges of the merger with Britannia Building Society. In 2010 he moved into the role of Head of Development Services leading four key teams which together delivered end to end project deliverables in a £450m transformation programme.

During his tenure at the Co-operative Banking Group, he oversaw some major initiatives including a full contact centre telephony refresh, two WAN consolidations with key commercial savings and migration of  critical voice services delivering essential operational savings.

In 2013, Danny re-launched CPS in the form of CPS Consultants Ltd and is currently providing his skills to a number of clients, which include Unilever, Manchester City Council and the Co-operative Group.