I have been with the organisation since April 2018 and I am responsible for the Platforms Engineering function. For those not close to IT, this can be an odd term to describe a function. We are responsible for the technical infrastructure to run the various applications within Genomics England. This includes the servers, storage and the data centres where these are physically located. My objective since I arrived has been to focus on maturing the function, increasing reliability and scaling the infrastructure to meet the demand and future plans we now have.
Life at Genomics England
I have come from very corporate environments, so very different. That said, the differences I see at Genomics England are mostly much more positive. The atmosphere is hardworking, yet relaxed. The campus layout and casual areas really enhance the opportunities to collaborate with colleagues.
What brought me here
My career has always been in the infrastructure engineering area, starting as a Unix kernel developer for fault tolerant computers. Life sciences is a new and very interesting area for me, having worked for the past 25 years in the financial space with JP Morgan and Bank of America. Interestingly, since joining Genomics England, the cross-over in terms of technology has been significant!
The highlight for me is the general positive purpose everyone has with their day to day work. Clearly the work at Genomics England is incredibly important for the long-term benefit of the NHS. This has created a unique purpose for everyone here.
I am passionate about technology, innovation and change. Change is inevitable and part of life. Genomics is going through that right now and it’s important to embrace it. It offers the chance to improve how we work and deliver services.
As an avid athlete outside of work, I have completed an Ironman and qualified to represent the UK at the world Triathlon Championships for the last few years. I live outside of Winchester with my long suffering wife, and have four sons and a daughter.