I live in central London, England and am a Co-CEO of Outsourcery, a world-leading Cloud Services Provider. Cloud-based software, unified communications and computing infrastructure represents a paradigm shift in the way businesses of all sizes will consume technology. Outsourcery’s has one of the broadest offerings in the world including platform, applications, unified communications, connectivity and professional services. Our aim is to remove the need for businesses to own and/or manage IT and communications infrastructure and applications. Our customers and partners’ customers can now consume complete ‘services’ instead of ‘tech’.
Outsourcery has won many awards and after only two years in ‘hosting’ was named the Microsoft worldwide Hosting Partner of the Year 2010 and the worldwide Dynamics Hosting Partner of the Year 2010. Outsourcery was also a Finalist in the Microsoft worldwide Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year 2011 awards. Our customers include businesses operating across many sectors and ranging from start-ups to FTSE-100 customers and our partners include large UK telcos, systems integrators and IT suppliers.
I’m probably best described as an entrepreneur although I have a wide breadth of professional experience. I started my first business when I was 13 years old and left a well paid job in the City in 2000 to set up a number of internet-based businesses. I attended my local comprehensive in Lancashire (North West UK) before getting my act together to go on to study Accounting and Law at The University of Manchester. In 1997 I qualified as a solicitor in the City with SJ Berwin, where I gained venture capital and private equity experience, before leaving law to join the UK investment banking team at Barclays de Zoete Wedd. I then worked at Credit Suisse First Boston (now Credit Suisse) as an investment banker in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and leveraged buy-outs (LBOs). I left banking in 2000 to co-found an Internet-based research business and then became the COO in a venture-backed dance music focused business that managed some of the world’s best known DJs and had a record label, marketing services division and an internet radio station. I have since been involved in a number of technology, media and telecommunications businesses as a founder, director, investor and adviser.
Since 2008 I have built and sold businesses in the mobile, technology and unified communications sectors worth over £55 million and I am just getting started.
In 2003 I became the CEO and a founder of an FSA regulated advisory boutique focused on alternative financing for small cap public companies. This led to me becoming a Partner in an alternative investment fund providing structured financing to US, UK and European small cap public companies. I also have an interest in developing financial and design solutions to alleviate the supply of affordable housing in the UK.
In March 2007, I structured the buyout of a mobile voice and data reseller business from a FTSE 100 company with my friend and business partner, Simon Newton. We are now the major shareholders and the Co-CEOs of the re-branded company, Outsourcery. We sold our legacy mobile business for £15 million during 2012 to focus on the massive potential to build a market leading business in a new and extremely valuable sector. You can watch an interview here or view the Outsourcery YouTube channel. I sit on the governance board of the UK’s Cloud Industry Forum.
I am of dual heritage – my mother is from St. Philip in Barbados and my father is from Manchester in the UK. In 2009 I was proud to have been selected as one of twenty REACH National Role Models representing the Government-backed REACH programme, an initiative to raise the aspirations and achievements of young black men. I also appear in the ’Power List 2013′, sponsored by JP Morgan and Thomson Reuters, a comprehensive compendium of the top 100 most influential black people in Britain today.
In May 2011, I featured on the prime-time Channel 4 series, ‘The Secret Millionaire’, which covered me spending 10 days in Wolverhampton and mainly in Brinsford Young Offenders’ Institution. You can see more on the Channel 4 web site here. One of the young lads I met at Brinsford is now a member of the Outsourcery team. Click here to watch the trailer on YouTube.
When I am not working, I have a keen interest in mountain biking and everything that comes with it – the community, the sport, trying to find the time to keep fit and fiddling with bikes. You can read about my 40th birthday adventures in Norway with ten mountain biking friends here.
My business interests have always revolved around the power of the internet, alternative finance, technology, communications, social businesses and now cloud computing. I am a trustee of the Powerlist Foundation, which was established to identify and support tomorrow’s leaders irrespective of their race, gender, faith or ethnicity.
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