Who Is Mike?
An experienced head of IT having worked in the sector for over 10 years; I specialise in Microsoft server and client technologies and currently hold both Microsoft MCSE and MCSA certifications. Both of these certifications also have the security specialisations attached. To date, a large amount of my time has been spent working in the broadcast industry, providing hands on IT support, management and training for some of the country’s largest and well known radio groups. Further, I also work with a number of SME businesses in a consultancy capacity identifying and delivering solutions for specific business requirements; this can be either on an ad-hoc basis or over a longer period of time, providing a ‘virtual’ IT Manager where budget or circumstance do not allow the company to have their own on staff.
Very much still hands on my technical skills are diverse and include:
- Microsoft server and client operating systems; all versions
- Microsoft server technologies including Active Directory, Exchange, SQL, ISA, IIS, WINS, WSUS and TS
- Network technologies including TCP/IPv4, TCP/IPv6, UDP, NetBIOS, DNS, DHCP, RADIUS and VPN; design and administration
- Virtualisation; Citrix and VMware
- Linux and Mac OS X interoperability within the Windows® environment
- VERITAS and Symantec Backup EXEC solutions
- Cisco, FortiGuard, Netscreen and Draytek security products
To complement my existing skills and experience, I am also currently studying for a BSc (Hons) in Computing and Mathematical Sciences.
Available for hire, if you’d like to talk to me about any opportunities, either full-time or contract please do get in touch; I’d love to hear from you and further discuss how we could work together.
“Mike is my first point of call for any Microsoft questions – his knowledge is encyclopedic! He has completed server installation, high-end configuration for us and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending his services to anyone”
David Hurst – Director, Higher Sites Ltd
“I worked with Mike for many years within two national radio groups. Mike was responsible for the radio stations IT and broader technologies, which I managed from a business perspective. Mike was effective, efficient and never left a job unfinished, even if it meant working through the night. He would and could turn his hand to other tasks to help these stations working and would always look for the most cost effective solutions. I would recommend Mike for any IT role, but particularly where there is a heavy dependency on IT always working”
John Baker – Station Manager, Midwest Radio Ltd
“My team and I were fortunate enough to share an office with Mike when we worked together at The Local Radio Company plc. It’s always a bonus to have IT support at your side when running an IT department! Mike is a perfectionist and regularly delivered above and beyond what I wanted to achieve, understanding the needs of the department and offering alternative, improved solutions where he felt necessary. If a project ever needed to wait in favour of something with a higher priority, Mike always gave a timeline of when he expected to begin work and never missed a deadline – a great communicator. Mike’s also a great guy and fun to work with – he was very much missed when he left and still is!”
Rachel Mason – Web Development Manager, the Local Radio Company plc.
“Mike is a highly organised individual who is able to thoroughly assess the needs of clients and quickly implement systems based on his findings. He is an excellent trouble-shooter and works well under pressure”
Mike Dean – SAE Byron Bay, NSW Australia