I qualified as a Chemical Engineer (cum laude
honours) in 1984 and worked for Mobil
Oil. There I dealt with process control software on an oil refinery and
developed programs to monitor and control the performance of various chemical
In 1986 I joined the research staff of the Department of Chemical Engineering at
College developing chemical process simulation software and computer based
training for chemical plant systems - the group that I worked for was
subsequently turned into an independent software company Process
Systems Enterprise Limited.
In 1989 I broke my links with the chemical industry when I left to become second
in charge of IT for Macfarlanes
- a leading City law firm. At Macfarlanes I oversaw a controlled migration from
IBM mainframe based systems to client server based LAN systems using Netware and
Oracle. I provided technical decision making for the firm and helped to
modernise and improve both the front and back office systems on which law firms
In 1995 I left Macfarlanes to take overall control of IT for Thompsons
Solicitors - the countryís foremost personal injury law specialists. At
Thompsons I oversaw the merger of two firms and revitalised the firmís IT
strategy, concluding with the introduction of a state of the art workflow based
case management system to allow the firm to react quickly to proposed changes in
the legal system whilst maintaining profitability.
In 1999 I left Thompsons to set up an independent consultancy drawing on my
experience - Workflow Consulting Limited.