I am Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and Microsoft Certified Solution Associate. Working in the IT industry since 2008 I started out as a full time apprentice (although I worked for 2 years before that 1 day a week and some weekends/school holidays).
For the first 8 years I worked as a generalist for an out sourced IT company based in Hull but tended to specialise in Windows server and network infrastructure, Microsoft Exchange Server, RDS infrastructure and Hyper-V Virtualisation but also has a wide range of skills and experience including things such as Dell and HP Hardware, Dell SonicWall NSA devices, DrayTek, PFSense, Ubiquity and Netgear network equipment. I also have experience with HP StoreVirtual VSA.
In 2016 I decided it was time for a job change and wanted to specialise a little more so I took a slight change and worked for one of the largest Microsoft Tier 2 CSP Distributors in Europe. Whilst there I supported the hosted email protection systems, Exchange and SharePoint infrastructures and worked quite heavily with the Elastic Stack (ELK) and Grafana running on Graphite.
In 2018 I took a new challenge and moved into a role at a software house primarily providing 3rd line support to 999 control rooms for their communication systems. This role also offers support to in-house developers and I now lead this team.
In my spare time I like to spent my time split between playing pool, travelling around the country, motorbikes and visiting classic engine and steam rallies. I have acquired a few engines that I plan to restore and show.