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Career History Summarised

CIO, Programme & Strategy | Private Equity / Carve-Out | Advisory | Business & IT Consultant | Transformation & Technology Leadership

Role: (Advisory) M.I. Dickson - IT & Strategy Advisory

1 Jan 2024

From:

Current

To:

Company:

M.I. Dicksons

Sector:

Retail & Manufacturing

Role Type:

Advisory

M.I. Dickson is a family-owned food and beverage manufacturer with 36 retail stores and the wholesale of products to Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Tesco and Co-Operative with offices based in Newcastle. Turnover is over £44M with more than 300 employees.

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Role: (Advisory) Quollify - Technology & Strategy Advisory

1 Nov 2023

From:

Current

To:

Company:

Quollify

Sector:

Tech StartUp

Role Type:

Advisory

Quollify is an AI-driven, video-based app designed to connect entrepreneurs, businesses, lead generators, and recruiters with qualified professional individuals. The platform uses state-of-the-art algorithms to deliver tailored matches quickly, with users generating 30-second elevator pitch videos that are algorithmically matched to viewer requirements.

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Role: (Associate) Webasto – Technology Carve Out Lead (Due Diligence)

1 Sept 2023

From:

31 Oct 2023

To:

Company:

Webasto (DE)

Sector:

Automotive

Role Type:

Programme

Webasto is a global company specialising in developing and producing various automotive products. In addition to traditional automotive products, Webasto is involved in developing battery systems for electric vehicles (EV).

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Role: (Interim) FitFlop - ERP Transformation Programme Lead

1 Apr 2021

From:

31 Jul 2022

To:

Company:

FitFlop

Sector:

Retail & Manufacturing

Role Type:

Programme

FitFlop is a global retail footwear apparel e-commerce and wholesale company with offices in London, New York, and Ho Chi Minh City (EMEA). Turnover is more than £79m with over 250 employees.

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Role: (Interim/FTC) Mothercare PLC - Head of Business Transformation & Interim Technology Director

1 Oct 2016

From:

30 Apr 2019

To:

Company:

Mothercare PLC

Sector:

Retail & Manufacturing

Role Type:

Interim/FTC

Mothercare PLC was the UK's number one retailer of Prams, Pushchairs, Car Seats, Baby Clothes, Maternity Clothes, Nursery Furniture, Toys & Gift. The UK element operating over 150 stores were closed, carved out which was acquired by Boots in 2019, who now sell Mothercare branded products. The International business remains profitable, with sales of £385.3m.

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Role: (Interim) Accenture UK – Retail, Supply Chain, WMS Transformation Practice Lead

1 Feb 2013

From:

31 May 2014

To:

Company:

Accenture

Sector:

Professional Services

Role Type:

Lead Practice

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading digital, cloud and security capabilities. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries, the Total revenue is $61.54bn.

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Role: (MD) Touch Logic Limited

1 Mar 2009

From:

31 Mar 2011

To:

Company:

Touch Logic

Sector:

Professional Services

Role Type:

Managing Director

Touch Logic was established by Richard Keenlyside and had two distinct business functions - a management consultancy and an eCommerce business. The eCommerce business was developed from scratch, using escrow software as a foundation and creating an eCommerce software engine, which was revolutionary at the time. The company was eventually sold in 2011.

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Role: (Interim) Argos - Retail Strategy (Same Day Delivery)

1 Nov 2007

From:

29 Feb 2008

To:

Company:

Argos

Sector:

Retail (non-food)

Role Type:

Consultant

Argos is a British catalogue retailer that offers a wide range of products across tech, home, garden, appliances, toys, and video games. The company provides fast home delivery with its Fast Track service, which is available seven days a week. Argos was acquired by Sainsbury's supermarket in 2016

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Role: (Perm) J Sainsbury’s PLC - IT Board Director (Convenience / Locals)

1 Mar 2004

From:

30 Nov 2007

To:

Company:

J Sainsbury's PLC

Sector:

Retail

Role Type:

Director

Sainsbury's is a leading British supermarket chain with over 1,400 locations and 180,000 employees, serving 19 million customers weekly. Key focus areas remain on quality products that prioritise ethics, convenience, and nutrition.

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Role: (Associate) Endava - Private Equity, Merger Acquisition, CTO/CIO & Strategy Advisor

1 Apr 2019

From:

Current

To:

Company:

Endava

Sector:

Professional Services

Role Type:

Associate

Intuitus/Endava is a leading independent provider of technology, digital due diligence, and other technical advisory services to Private Equity clients. Purchased in November 2019 by Endava with 100 active clients, most of which are Private Equity firms, including Abry Partners, BC Partners, Carlyle, EQT, Inflexion and Triton, based in the UK and Continental Europe, as well as in the US and the Middle East. Advisors are made of 100 global CIOs/CTOs.

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Role: (Fractional NED) M.I. Dickson - CIO/IT & Strategy Director

1 Jan 2022

From:

1 Jan 2024

To:

Company:

M.I. Dicksons

Sector:

Retail & Manufacturing

Role Type:

NED

M.I. Dickson is a family-owned food and beverage manufacturer with 36 retail stores and the wholesale of products to Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Tesco and Co-Operative with offices based in Newcastle. Turnover is over £44M with more than 300 employees.

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Role: (Associate) Man Truck & Bus – (Due Diligence Programme Review) SAP ECC 6.0 to SAP S4/Hana

1 Feb 2023

From:

31 Mar 2023

To:

Company:

MAN Truck & Bus (DE)

Sector:

Transport

Role Type:

Programme

MAN Truck & Bus is a German company that produces commercial vehicles, including trucks and vans and provides related services. The company has a rich history dating back to 1898 when several companies merged to form the company. MAN Truck & Bus is a subsidiary of MAN SE, which is a part of the Volkswagen Group . The company has been undertaking several initiatives to provide sustainable and smart transport solutions.

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Role: (Interim) Northumbria Water - Process Optimisation, RPA Programme Lead

1 Nov 2019

From:

31 Mar 2021

To:

Company:

Northumbria Water

Sector:

Utilities

Role Type:

Programme

NWG (Northumbrian Water Group) provides water and sewerage services to 2.7 million people in the Northeast of England as Northumbrian Water and water services to 1.5 million people in the Southeast of England as Essex & Suffolk Water. Turnover is £758.4m and is owned by CK Hutchinson Holdings Limited.

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Role: (Interim) Co-Operative Food - Retail Transformation

1 May 2014

From:

30 Jun 2016

To:

Company:

Co-Operative Food

Sector:

Retail

Role Type:

Programme

The Co-Operative is one of the world's largest consumer cooperatives, owned by millions of members. It is the UK's fifth biggest food retailer, with more than 2,500 local, convenience and medium-sized stores. Total sales £9.1bn.

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Role: (Interim) Co-Operative Food - Supply Chain & Logistics Programme Manager (Merger of Somerfield)

1 Mar 2009

From:

28 Feb 2013

To:

Company:

Co-Operative Food

Sector:

Retail

Role Type:

Programme

The co-operative is one of the world's largest consumer cooperatives, owned by millions of members. It is the UK's fifth biggest food retailer, with more than 2,500 local, convenience and medium-sized stores. Somerfield was acquired by the Co-Operative in 2009.

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Role: (Interim) Game UK - Transformation Programme Manager – (Game acquisition of Game Station)

1 Nov 2007

From:

31 Mar 2009

To:

Company:

Game UK

Sector:

Retail

Role Type:

Programme

Game UK is a British video game retailer. They offer an extensive selection of games and consoles both in-store and online. Gamestation was acquired by Game UK in 2007.

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Role: (Interim) Network Rail - SharePoint (On behalf of Microsoft UK)

1 Nov 2007

From:

29 Feb 2008

To:

Company:

Network Rail

Sector:

Travel

Role Type:

Programme

Network Rail is a British company that operates and maintains the railway infrastructure in the United Kingdom. The company works to provide a safe, reliable experience for millions of passengers who use the railway network every day. Network Rail is responsible for managing and maintaining the railway tracks, signalling systems, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, and stations across the UK. The company has been undertaking a £38 billion programme of upgrades to the network, including Crossrail, electrification of lines, and upgrading Thameslink.

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Role: (Perm) Bells Stores Limited - IT Board Director (Share Holder)

1 Jan 1989

From:

31 Mar 2004

To:

Company:

Bells Stores Limited

Sector:

Retail

Role Type:

Director

Bell Stores Limited was a chain of convenience stores that had operations in the Northeast of England. Founded in 1979, the company had grown to become one of the leading chains in the UK by 2004. At this time, J Sainsbury PLC made the decision to acquire Bell Stores and integrate it into its business model. 54 stores with an annual turnover of £60m

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