A conversation with Neville Construction Group
We asked Neville's Financal Controller Chris Foulkes about the decision to migrate from AXiM to Summit, the benefits, and the process.
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|Mike Aspinwall - Chief Operating Officer JDM Technology Group|
Mike's background is in the design and development of business application software with the majority of his career focused on construction industry software. Having graduated from Cambridge in 1983 with an engineering and computer science degree he was initially involved with running bespoke development projects for manufacturing and government before moving into the construction industry sector. As Development Director for RedSky IT he led the design and development of the AXiM product. He was the driving force behind the Summit product set and after 5 years as MD of RedSky IT, in April 2011 he became Chief Operating Officer of JDM Technology Group, RedSky IT's parent company.
|Craig Norford – Group Managing Director/CFO|
Craig has over 20 years board level experience in managing financial operations of various IT and financial services organisations. With initial roles within the construction industry at regional builder Trenthams, he then worked for 2 years in the services sector with Dun & Bradstreet before moving into the IT industry joining Misys in 1993, where he occupied a number of roles before moving to RedSky IT. His experience includes all aspects of financial reporting and management, due diligence and acquisitions. Craig has been involved in the implementation of several financial systems including SAP, Buildax, AXiM and Summit. Having served as the Finance & Commercial Director of RedSky IT for 11 years Craig was appointed MD of RedSky IT in January 2012 and appointed Group Managing Director/CFO in February 2015.
|Phil Kent – Managing Director|
Phil has over 20 years of experience within the Construction/Contracting Industry. He graduated in 1994 with a BSc degree in Accounting, Finance & Information Management and worked as a management accountant with a General Contractor in the UK before joining FCG in 1996. Over the past 19 years with the business Phil has continued to build on a wealth of experience in Operational and Financial systems providing Consultancy and Project Management to large and mid sized implementations, in the UK and Middle East/ Africa. For 5 years he was the Summit Product Manager taking a lead role in the Summit strategy and providing presales consultancy prior to joining the board in February 2007 as Delivery and Implementation Director. Phil has led an experienced, successful team and has played an active part in the development of our innovative solutions throughout this period and in February 2015 was appointed Managing Director of RedSky IT.
|Brian Sawyer - Projects Director|
Prior to joining RedSkyIT as a Business Consultant in 2015 Brian worked as an independent IT consultant for various UK based Construction companies before joining Balfour Beatty, rising from Finance Systems Manager within one of their UK businesses, working on various systems acquisitions, to Systems Integration Manager within Balfour Beatty UK itself during a UK wide ERP project. Brian has worked within the Construction industry for in excess of 30 years, initially starting out as an Estimator/Surveyor and rising to a Managing Regional Surveyor with a UK wide Construction Service provider. He was drawn to the IT sector of the market and gained experience of RedSkyIT’s MENTOR software in the 1990s whilst implementing solutions to some of the leading Construction companies in the UK. He is a current member of the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS) and holds ITIL qualifications in both Service Design and Service Transition and is ideally placed to deliver successful projects to our existing and prospective customers.
|Monique Campbell - Customer Services Director|
Monique is a construction professional with more than 30 years’ of experience in the field of Finance, Operations and Commercial Management. Monique started her career in Finance and then as a cost accountant in a Construction company in the UK. In 1984 she joined RedSky IT as a trainee implementer and support consultant. She has a wealth of experience in implementing systems in 100s of Construction companies. In 2006 she relocated to the MENA office and was the Delivery and Implementation Director for the region until 2010 when she became the General Manager for RedSky IT MENA. In 2016 Monique relocated back to the UK where she was the Projects Director. Monique was appointed Customer Services Director in 2017.
|Rob Weir - Sales Director|
Rob Weir is a sales professional who has worked in IT sales for over 27 years. He has a wealth of experience in selling IT solutions to tier 1 and tier 2 organisations, and to SMEs across the Construction, Professional Services, and Transportation and Utility sectors. Rob excels at managing the Sales and Marketing process and has a strong track record for business development across the UK and Europe. As a Key Account Director for many tier 1 organisations, he builds effective, long-term client relationships that result in sustainable revenue streams. Most recently Rob led the sales and marketing campaign to launch a product to the Water sector in England that will support the introduction of water competition to non-household customers in 2017. His campaign secured business from, amongst others, the UK’s largest water and wastewater company.
|Jason Saunders - Development Manager|
Jason has over 20 years experience of developing the RedSky IT suite of products. Following several years in the Insurance industry at Sun Alliance, he took the opportunity to move to a career with RedSky in 1991. Originally Jason joined support, working on the Buildax package. He has coded his way through a vast range of RedSkyIT applications from WinBuild and WinPay to the latest technology offerings in Summit; mobile applications, web solutions and generally any development of a more “technical” nature, including designing our Business Analytics product which provides extensive data integration through graphical and interactive Dashboards. He now heads up the software development operation, covering Summit client and mobile applications, Content modules and Analytics. He joined the Senior Management Team in June 2010.
|Bryan Wiggans – Customer Service Manager |
(Summit & MENTOR)
Bryan commenced his 26 years in IT with Mentor Systems as a trainee assembler programmer, initially working on the MACS (Accounting and Construction Software) on the Subcontract 714 system, and has since been involved with designing, developing, implementing and supporting several products all within the Construction / Contracting Sector. He has been involved in managing product support of MENTOR and more latterly Summit, for the past 10 years and has built a strong team comprising seasoned analysts, programmers and technical staff. A promoter of frequent small improvements, he regularly reports on changes made and to be effected, during his User Group appearances. Bryan joined the Senior Management Team in July 2007.
|Rob Mullins – Customer Service Manager|
(AEC & Summit Content Modules)
Rob has over 10 years experience of using the RedSky IT suite of products. He gained his in depth understanding through using it in Accounts, testing it in the Quality Assurance department and supporting it on the Helpdesk. This knowledge of the AEC family of products, was enhanced by the expertise he gained during the time spent with one of RedSky IT's customers. Here he was involved with training financial and engineering staff and providing support to the company’s financial staff throughout the UK. Having an appreciation of both the customer’s and of RedSky IT's perspective ensures that the Customer Services team demonstrate a high degree of awareness regarding the demands on our customers business. Rob was appointed AEC Customer Services Manager in June 2006 and joined the Senior Management Team in July 2007.
|Simon Hague - Account Relationship Manager|
Simon has 25 years’ experience in the IT industry focussing on the development and delivery of enhanced support services to the Construction industry. He was appointed Account Relationship Manager in June 2005 with responsibility for managing the relationship between RedSky IT and its customers. Prior to this Simon held various roles with RedSky IT including the responsibility for the introduction of a portfolio of Managed Service options for RedSky IT’s products, in addition to providing pre-sales and post-sale support to the account managers. Simon joined the Senior Management Team in 2013.
|Cliff Purvor - Development Manager|
Cliff has worked as a Development Manager for over 25 years on the Buildax, AXiM and Summit products, joining the company from the development department of a large Construction company with whom he spent five years. In his former life he spent a total of five years in two small private practice Quantity Surveying firms. He is involved in all aspects of Summit product and custom development for both financials and operationals and is a member of the Product Steering Group. He joined the Senior Management Team in 2014.
|Tim Allen - Manager|
Tim has over 30 years within IT. Tim started life with Sketchley within operations before moving on to systems. In 1991 the opportunity arose to join a software house that specialised in finance solutions in a number of marketplaces, as part of large scale development for Universities, and which was sponsored by the Government. He quickly became the head of the finance development team delivering to Higher Education and Membership customers. This role was later extended to include leading Student Management, Alumni, Library and Material Processing developments. These solutions were initially incorporated into Ramesys in 1999 and then on to RedSky IT in 2007. He has experience of all aspects of a solutions life-cycle from pre-sales, analysis, design, development and support. Over the past couple of years, he has taken on increasing responsibilities; developing and delivering special projects.