I am Chief Technology Officer of Isotoma, the company I founded nearly 20 years ago, along with my long-term business partner Andy Theyers. I am also CTO of Pebble, a leading UK schools finance SaaS platform and Plan 4 eHealth, a new venture providing resource planning and management SaaS software to hospitals. These are businesses in which Isotoma has invested and that I am pleased to be able to contribute to.
My interests and expertise concern:
- Strategy; particularly technology strategy
- Risk; its management, planning, trade-offs, measuring and communication
- Organisational design
- High performance technical teams: how to build them, lead them and manage them
- Technology projects, particularly how to set them up for success, early decision making, process, lifecycle and key transition and inflection points
- Architecture and design; how to conduct it, how to communicate it, how to manage it throughout a lifecycle, particularly in areas of high ignorance
- Economics; how to manage and express economic goals and constraints within a sociotechnical framework
- And ultimately more important and covering all of these: the soft stuff - how to work with people to build a positive culture and organisation that can provide the structure and feedback to support all of this
Aside from that, I'm defensibly expert in these (largely because I am old enough to have already screwed up sufficiently in them):
- Computer systems security
- Systems performance design and management
- Continuous deployment and Infrastructure-as-Code
- Distributed systems and parallel computing
- Public cloud systems, particularly Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure
- The Linux operating system
- I code in far too many languages, Python and Typescript with the most facility, but for the good of us all I probably shouldn't.
My personal interests include:
- History, philosophy, politics and economics
- The Internet more broadly, as a cultural phenomenon
- The future
- Electronic music
I am known as "winjer" on a lot of social media, for historical reasons.