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Telephne: +44 (0) 1254 677214 or +44 (0) 7763844231

Email: tonyedwards@btinternet.com

 

Professional Profile

An experienced IT director with a proven track record of innovation and implementing effective solutions, along with a wide range of commercial experience including the successful running and growing a multi-million turnover Alarm Receiving Centre division for a blue chip company. Seeking opportunities to work on short or long term contracts.

  • Financial management and profit centre responsibility.
  • People management.
  • IT management.
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels.
  • Systems analysis and process improvements.
  • Change management and successful implementation.
  • Innovative and creative.
  • Deployment of IT solutions for strategic advantage.
  • Web development both strategic and hands on.
  • Hands on programming.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
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    Professional Experience

     

    People Planner Ltd (Part Time).

    2009 to 2012

    Non_Executive Director

     

    Role:

    • Regular non-exec monitorig and mentoring.

    • Quarterly board meetins.

    • Monitoring developments in the Care Industry with especial emphasis on technology.

    • Investigation into new technologies such as NFC etc.

         

    IT And ARC Management Consultant (Part Time)

    2009 to 2014

     

    Role:

    • IT Managemnt consulatncy.

    • ARC Managemnt consultancy and advice.

    • Identification and implementation of productivity and profitability improvements.

    • ARC operational review and improvements.

    • Software and programming support.

    • Assistance with special projects, training and implementation.

    • Implentation of an Extranet for improved customer information.

         

    Initial Fire & Security, Blackburn, England

    2005 to 2008

    European IT Director

     

    Achievements:

    • Introducing a new Alarm Receiving Centre solution within the UK and ultimately the rest of Europe.

    • Identification of a suitable ERP solution for the Electronic security business within the UK and ultimately the rest of Europe

    • Introduction of IP based alarms.

    • Rollout of the successful UK based Extranet to the French electronic security business.

    • Introduced an innovative alarm receiving solution that allows alarms to be handled automatically with no operator intervention.

    Responsibilities:

    • All IT and Telecoms within a thriving high tech world class electronic security business.

    • Assistance and guidance to other European companies in the group on IT and Telecoms.

    • Assistance and guidance to other European companies in the group on Alarm Receiving Centre operations and technologies.

    • Promoting best practice across European companies in respect of IT, Telecoms and Alarm Receiving Centres.

         

    Initial Fire & Security, Blackburn, England

    2000 to 2005

    IT Services Director

     

    Achievements:

    • Managed and ran a successful Alarm Receiving Centre business within a blue chip company.

    • Grew a multi-million turnover business by 50% over a 5 year period.

    • Maintained profitability despite operating in a very mature market with serious price competition.

    • Planned, built, setup and delivered a multi-million state of the art high tech, BS5979 compliant, alarm receiving centre; delivered on-time and within budget.

    • Managed a successful and cost effective IT department.

    • Produced many new profitable customer service innovations that exploited IT for strategic advantage.

    Responsibilities:

    • Profit responsibility for a multi-million turnover business.

    • Running a 24*7 mission critical operation, over two sites, employing some 100+ employees.

    • All IT and Telecoms within a thriving high tech world class electronic security business.

         

    Initial Fire & Security, Blackburn, England

    1978 to 2000

    Management Services Manager

     

    Achievements:

    • Introduced the Worlds first Extranet within the Alarm Industry winning £ Millions of new business as well as being a major factor in retention of existing business.

    • Successful introduction of bespoke applications in all major business areas from basic back office ledgers, Sales order processing, Invoicing, Document scanning, Alarm receiving centre applications utilising interactive voice response.

    • Set up and established new business functions / department for personnel, pensions, legal, O&M.

    • Despite considerable opposition introduced a successful MRP solution in our manufacturing business.

    • Set up and ran an innovative and cost effective IT department.

    Responsibilities:

    • All IT and Telecoms within a thriving high tech world class electronic security business.

    • Set up and ran a personnel department.

    • Setup and ran a legal department.

         

    Prior - Various Roles

    • IT Operations experience and programming with John Players cigarette manufacturers

    • Programming experience across a diverse range of languages and hardware platforms.

    • Systems analyst for battery manufacturer.

    • IT manager for GKN subsidiary.

    • IT consultant.

         

    Interests

     

    • Skiing, Pottery, Archery, Rambling, English Literature, Web site design, scuba, mountain biking.