I am lucky to be able to say I’ve always enjoyed my work. In my current role as a Systems Manager of a large LEA maintained secondary school I have been able to lead a team and numerous projects for my employer. This position has allowed me to develop my leadership skills as the team expands to requirements.
Leading a team which maintain ten Active Directory networks across nine schools and other businesses has given me extensive knowledge in Microsoft server and client operating systems, as well as client software.
Offering services to other organisations required me to manage service level agreements with numerous other schools, children’s centres as well as commercial businesses. Maintaining the expected level of service to ensure the continuation of the commercial relationship.
I’ve been able to plan, design and implement a number of projects. Managed wireless systems, incorporating school owned devices and BYOD. Large network infrastructure deployments to include VLANs, routing and access control.
I’ve designed, maintained and hosted websites since 1996. Learning to write HTML and some PHP. This put me in a great position to run virtual learning platforms including share point and moodle.
I’m very experienced with server virtualisation technology. I have successfully implemented virtual servers on Citrix Xen Server and Microsoft Hyper-V. Using iSCSI and SANs for centralised storage.
I believe technology needs to be as safe as I can make it, which is why much of my energy is spent ensuring data is safe and held within local and international laws. Systems are secure using firewalls, antivirus and anti malware solutions. Furthermore, users must be well trained and workable policies must be created.
The eSafety and digital footprints of myself, family, students and staff have been a big priority within my work. Using my knowledge I have delivered training and advised countless individuals to ensure their online lives are safe, educational and fun.
I’ve implemented and managed systems to keep users safe, and monitor their activities. Regular analysis of internet logs ensure that any child protection issues are identified quickly and dealt with professionally.
Technology has changed the way we work, relax and learn. Never before have our students, teachers and employees had such access to information, tools of communication. I try to inspire and lead through new technologies, social media and education.
Online I am known as ‘IrritableTech’. I have built up a good reputation through twitter, facebook and my blog with companies and individuals within the technology, education and eSafety sectors. I am regularly asked for advice, and take part in discussions on educational technology and safety.
I also have more personal social media accounts where I connect with family and friends. My digital footprint is very important to me, which is why I have always maintained a professional approach to both my real life and online presence.
I use my online experiences and knowledge to advise and train people of all ages. I regularly run sessions around online reputations, cyberbullying and eSafety – focusing on the positive aspects of our connected lives whilst pointing out the dangers.