I am an Internet entrepreneur with nearly 20 years’ entrepreneurial and business experience. In that time I have amassed a varied CV working with large and high-traffic web applications including DeveloperFusion, a large online community for software developers, as well as working with organisations such as the University of Liverpool, Banco de España and the Carphone Warehouse Group.
I started my first Internet business whilst still at high school, and after completing a degree course in my other passion, Modern European Languages, I launched a company providing outsourced web and IT support services to home and business customers in and around Merseyside.
A few years later I launched Innobella Media, a creative digital media agency providing corporate video production alongside other web services such as catch-up media streaming distributed via a global content delivery network. I come from a family with rich film & video heritage; my grandfather was an early pioneer in lighting technology for ciné film production and was the inventor of the world’s first ever floodlight.
Prior to co-founding Telecoms Cloud with Matt Wilson, I was Technical Director of Crosby Communications PLC where I worked as the lead architect responsible for overseeing the integration of a number of different telecoms business units into a brand new unified telecoms platform. Crosby Communications later merged with Telecoms Cloud, and its pioneering platform formed the basis of the Telecoms Cloud network which is now trusted and relied upon for mission-critical applications the world over.
As CEO of Telecoms Cloud, I assembled a talented team which oversaw the successful launch of the company’s API, empowering software developers with tools across Voice, SMS, Fax and Data Tools. Under my leadership, Telecoms Cloud’s revenues grew steadily and it was also awarded the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, recognising the company’s commitment to looking after its staff and developing a healthy working culture.
With the arrival of my twin boys in May 2016, I took a (small) step back and stepped down as CEO, adopting the role of Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for business operations and global sales as the company continues on its trajectory of growth.
Alongside my role within Telecoms Cloud, I work with other small and medium-sized businesses providing consultancy services and holding Non-Executive Director positions. In 2015, I was approached by the business incubator Launch22 Liverpool to become their Entrepreneur-in-Residence, acting as a mentor and giving start-up advice to new businesses and budding local entrepreneurs. I also enjoy volunteer and charity work with various church-run youth groups and summer camps.
I was a founding member and former Technical Director of Liverpool’s first-ever Internet Exchange, IX Liverpool, and can often be found giving talks at the likes of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), British Computer Society (BCS) and #IoTLiverpool groups on a variety of technology and Internet of Things related subjects.
I grew up in Droitwich Spa, near Birmingham, where I attended King Edward’s School in Edgbaston and studied Physics and Electronic Systems & Control alongside French and Spanish to AS/A Level. I earned my BA in Modern European Languages from the University of Liverpool, a degree course which saw me spend time living and working in both Marseille, France and Madrid, Spain.