Professional Profile

I can help you solve business issues, or achieve your business goals, by providing IT and business consultancy services.

I have 20 years experience of helping clients of all sizes, in many different sectors (see Testimonials below). I've worked on a diverse range of projects, from a small engineering company, right-up to large corporations, such as Lexus and BT (as head of a team providing offshore software development services).

Our software services include a team of experienced, talented and motivated software developers who can turn your business requirements into an easy to use software application.

We can also rescue 'abandoned software' - i.e. if your business is running a software application that is no longer supported by the original developers, or has bugs or needs new features, it is likely that we can help

If this is of interest please get in touch. I would be very happy to talk with you.

Work Experience

2008 - Present

IT Consultant

ProActive Applications


I provide a range of consultancy and web development services. Past projects have included development of large software applications, enhancements and rescue of existing client systems, website development, etc.

I provide access to software development resources via existing relationships with providers in Eastern Europe, e.g. .Net, .Net Core, Laravel, Yii, front-end frameworks and so on.

  • Full analysis of business issues and development of cost effective solutions
  • Project management of software development
  • Delivery of business solutions
  • Set-up and management of offshore development teams

1999 - 2008

Owner / IT Consultant

Redland Software


Development of software projects in our Timisoara, Romania office. This included developing projects for our own end-user clients and setting-up small teams of software developers for other UK companies. Much of our work was sub-contracted from other agencies who most often involved us as the software development partner, to provide additional resources, while working on very large software development projects.

"Tony is an excellent manager, a great leader and most of all a very trust worth business partner and human being. He puts lots of energy and effort in what he does and anyone working with him can be sure of very good results."
Dan Bunea, Senior Software Developer and artist Romania

1997 - 1999

IT Manager and Internet Manager

Hayes & Finch Ltd


Managed IT systems for a manufacturing company with five branch offices. Developed the company's first e-commerce site. With practically zero marketing budget the site experienced a 10 fold growth in visitors and income over an 18 month period.

1995 - 1997

Marketing and IT Manager

Higgins & Co Solicitors


Implemented in-house case management system. Developed marketing strategy for motor accident claims, including co-branding of a claims package and development of channel partners.

1992 - 1995

IT Sales

Quintek Systems, Anker Data Systems


IT sales roles in EPOS market in hospitality vertical.

1989 - 1992

Marketing Systems Developer

GE Capital Retailer Financial Services


Developed software applications to enable retailers to segment very large consumer databases for marketing promotional purposes.

Testimonials

"Tony’s offshore software development experience is second to none. Just give Tony an offshore brief and he’ll source the right development team and look after all the tricky aspects of regulatory compliance abroad, but above all he’s a great guy to work with."
IAN CARROL, Software Consultant, Solutioneers

“As a client of Tony’s, I was constantly impressed by his team’s ability to deliver under extremely tight deadlines and stringent requirements. Transparency in the process was a great help to us delivering a great solution to our customer.”
Ross Jones, Open Health Care

"Tony has been thoroughly professional and extra supportive in working with us to develop our new online system and websites. The complexity of the project has been magnified by the need to work in 3 languages, and the necessary collaborations to ensure accurate translations. Throughout, Tony has shown endless patience in particular helping me, as a non-technical person, turn our requirements for the system into reality, and in developing websites that allow us to manage much of the content ourselves. He has demonstrated truly Functionally Fluent behaviour! Thanks to you and your team, and I look forward to continuing to work together to add extra functions to our system."
JANE HICKS, Director, Fluent Self

"When you work with Tony, he isn’t just thinking about how to deliver the particular IT project you have in mind, but about how that project can be shaped in a way that makes your business or organisation more effective, more customer-responsive, more successful. I’ve enormously valued the conversations I have had with him and have learned a lot from them."
JAMES PARK,

"We have outsourced a number of web projects to Tony Radford and his team over the last two years. Tony worked very hard to understand our requirements, made some insightful suggestions and delivered high quality work on time. He is someone I completely trust as an individual and also to take-on our clients' projects. May I also express my gratitude and special thanks to you and your team for the wonderful work you did our recent Project. The customer was delighted with the site and especially appreciated your suggested modifications. The extra time and effort you put in were certainly worthwhile. It is a joy for me to work with such dedicated and talented colleagues."
Ray Moran

"Tony is one of the most influential people I have ever met. I have known Tony many years and he is one of the most genuine people you will ever meet. One of the things I like best about Tony is how he conducts himself even under pressure. I have seen Tony manage teams in ways never seen before. What I mean by that is, he treats his employees with respect and treats them like his own family."
Steven Swann, Digital Integration Director at McCann Manchester

"In his work with ASTAR Tony showed his excellent experience of setting up an off-shore organisation with remote management from abroad. His eye for detail, excellent human resources skills and team-building spirit made it an enjoyable experience to work with him on a day-to-day basis."
Angele GIULIANO, Across Limits, Maltese entrepreneur in technology - eLearning, eHealth and Digital Culture. Passionate about EU projects, Malta

"Tony is a perseverant, intelligent and always focused professional who is a pleasure to work with. He has got the ability to create and develop business opportunities from scratch by keeping focus on business objectives while maintaining a high standard of empathy in his relationships with customers and partners."
Fernando Aguirre, Hasten Ventures, Spain

"Tony and I worked for more than 3 years together and must say that I am grateful for everything Tony taught me as a business-man and as a person. We've been through many things together and we both learned a lot of things from this, he never let me down and always will be forever thankful for the relationship that developed over the years between me and Tony from business-partner to a close and lasting friendship. I hope this sounds like a recommendation. As rare as these kind of recommendations might be nowadays rare, this one came from the heart and hereby thank you again Tony for everything."
Ovidiu Hrin, Synopsismedia, Romania

"We used Tony's services to develop an entire new web presence for our business, from conception through look and feel to site design and service. We have an on-line business and our site is heavily trafficked and used as a centre for information and booking of events. The site built by Tony Radford and was created around our needs and a number of practical and realistic suggestions were made to refine what we needed. The result delivered is an excellent, appealing and easy to self managed site, all done to deadline and professionally serviced.” Thanks Tony!"
Damian Cook, E-Tourism Frontiers, Kenya

"They have developed a number of applications for us including our Corporate intranet, three individual multi-user desktop applications, a web portal course materials delivery system with content management facilities, a personnel management application. We have found them to be very responsive to our needs and requirements. Tony Radford has often proposed ideas and made other very useful technical suggestions for us. His development team work hard and deliver high quality. I would have no hesitation in recommending them."
Neil Ritchie formerly of Sysco Management Consultants

"Tony's team provided IRS with a much needed upgrade to our company website. For us, collaboration was critical. As a busy SME, it was imperative that we received extensive support and guidance in each aspect of the re-design process. Tony delivered everything we required and more. Working to an extremely tight deadline, his availability was nothing short of excellent and through engaging in open and frequent dialogue we were able to generate tangible results. We are now proud to operate a website that clearly and professionally communicates both our company and the services we provide to the marketplace. For a personal, interactive development experience, Tony Radford and his team are highly recommended."
James Moores, Business Development Officer, Integrated Radiological Systems Ltd

"We have been using Tony’s expertise and knowledge over the last few years which has resulted in him totally understanding our business and what are expectations are for the SEO campaigns throughout the year. As a result we have seen some fantastic results on the SEO campaigns which has been guided by Tony’s advice, whilst still maintaining our decision making and involvement throughout the process so we understand the results achieved and how to best build further on these successes. His knowledge and best practice coupled with his understanding of how the SEO industry works has seen our site leapfrog many of our competitors that have far greater budgets ! I would highly recommend his services."
Chris Kent, Sales Director, Landau Store

"They helped us put together a number of 360 questionnaires to support leadership and management development. They input into the design in ways that helped us make the most of the technology, they advised on the end user experience and were patient in light of changes as a result of feedback. They offered email and telephone support when ever we wanted it and delivered against tight deadlines. Nothing was too much trouble and Tony Radford employed his wider experience to help us make the most of the possibilities. They offered excellent value for money, solid support and worked hard to understand our needs. Thank you to Tony and his team of programmers for their contribution to improving the resources available to Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire leaders in NHS and Social Care to improve and develop their skills."
Sara Ireland C. Psychology, formerly Workforce Development Manager Leadership

Technical Skills

Workflow


  • Understanding the business problem and providing solutions
  • Promoting the solution within the business
  • Project Management
  • Working with cross functional and cross-cultural teams
  • Experience in a range of industry sectors

Technical


Working knowledge of various technologies including:

  • Project management tools including Microsoft Project and Atlassian JIRA
  • Software development tools such as Microsoft .Net and PHP
  • HTML, CSS, JQuery

Education

Liverpool Univerity

Postgraduate Diploma in Software Technology (1996)

  • Award – Distinction

  • UNIX development
  • Programming in C
  • Programming in C++
  • X-Windows development
  • Oracle SQL development
  • Internet programming

University of the West of England - Bristol Business School

Masters Degree in Marketing (1993 - 1995)

  • Award: Distinction

  • Development of corporate strategy
  • Marketing strategy
  • Market research and statistics
  • Services marketing
  • Market modelling
  • New product development
  • Dissertation: Marketing information systems

Bristol Polytechnic

BA Business Studies (1985 - 1989)

  • Award: 2:1

  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Business Accounting and Corporate Finance
  • Business Quantitative Analysis
  • Business Law
  • Human Resource Management
  • Production Management
  • Industrial Sociology and Psychology
  • Thesis: Marketing Information Systems