Corecom Consulting is thrilled to announce that Chris Hirst, Director of Engineering at FinancialForce.com, has been announced as Guest Speaker at the forthcoming ITBoss networking event on 18 June 2015.
Armed with a Physics degree from Cambridge University, Chris started his professional career as a young officer with the Royal Tank Regiment. This started with 2 years as leader of a 12 man troop unit in the British Army of the Rhine, Germany, and lead to the post of Senior Lecturer at the Royal Armoured Corps Training Centre at Bovington Camp, Dorset.
Chris began his IT career as Team Leader and Developer at SD-SCICON with customers including British MoD and the German Weather Service. He progressed to a role with London Business School as a Freelance Developer, followed by Developer and then Project Leader at Concourse Systems in Bradford where he spent over 14 years as a hands-on developer in industrial control and monitoring software. He specialised in a wide variety of projects in the manufacturing industry across EMEA and clients ranged from a fibre optic switch for Pirelli production factory in Milan to a public sector team in Wakefield managing waste recycling and disposal.
Subsequently, Chris has transferred his knowledge and experience to development, technical and project management roles for Trutac Ltd, Manheim Auctions, Anaplan Ltd and Capita Customer Management. Key achievements included delivering a £1.5 million green field product to RAC which achieved budget gains of £300k pa. He has combined development and testing expertise across Europe, US, Singapore and New Zealand to deliver world class solutions.
Chris set up Eliga Solutions a year ago. As Director of the company, he leads IT projects on contract using Agile processes with SaaS Cloud computing. In January of this year he embarked on the role of Director of Engineering at FinancialForce.com where he leads a growing number of Agile scrum teams.
During his extensive career Chris has had the opportunity to work with:
- teams in four continents for a globally successful cloud-based startup businesses
- cloud-based tools such as Salesforce, VersionOne, Jenkins, Podio, Yammer, Box
- Agile kanban and scrum methodologies
- programming and test teams with Open Source and Microsoft technologies
- automation tools for faster and higher quality delivery.
When asked about what he can bring to ITBoss, Chris said:
“I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences within the industry at the event. I relish providing Agile leadership, focus and direction. This is an exciting age of internet-driven teamwork and I am delighted to offer my perspective on how to deliver faster and richer software solutions.”
Event Host, Philip Nairn at Corecom Consulting said:
“I am thrilled that Chris accepted my invitation to speak at ITBoss. He boasts a whopping 30 year’s IT experience and some truly innovative ideas. Outside the workplace he has also demonstrated talent, determination and success by completing a Marathon in 2 hours 25 minutes, the Three Peaks of Yorkshire Fell Race (24 miles, 4,500 ft) in 3 hours 10 minutes and the Dambuster Olympic distance triathlon 1500m swim / 42 km bike / 10 km run) in 2 hours 28 minutes.”
Held quarterly, ITboss is an exclusive invitation-only networking event in Leeds aimed at bringing Senior IT Professionals together in Yorkshire. It creates a unique platform for Senior IT Professionals all over Yorkshire to debate, discuss hot topics, learn from reputable and established speakers and network with likeminded individuals. The event caters for Senior Project Managers, IT Managers, IT Directors, Programme Managers, CIOs and CTOs.
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