Curriculum VitaeKen McCallum | IT Project Manager, Web Developer & Volunteer
With over 10 Years’ professional experience, I have a real passion for IT and a focus on Internet & Web Technologies, mobile working and telecommunications. I am a certified PRINCE2 Project Manager with active experience in handling multiple transformational projects.
In July 2012 I completed my two year cycle across the continent of Africa, all in aid of Orphaned Children. Whilst physically challenging, this venture involved voluntary work in a varying disciplines from Skills Training, to Web Development and IT Centre setups in often remote, challenging and unfamiliar circumstances.
Expertise & Skills
- Reliable IT Professional with over 10 Years’ experience in the IT Industry
- PRINCE2 Certified Project Manager with active industry experience
- IT Strategy & Management, Web Development, Database Design & Application Deployment
- Microsoft ASP.NET, HTML5, JQuery, Google Apps, SharePoint, WordPress, SQL Server & XML
- 2 Years Voluntary IT & Project Work throughout Africa
|Bird & Bird LLP, London, UK
Technical Project Manager
|August 2012 – Present www.twobirds.com|
Having been invited back to Bird & Bird in 2012 following my two-year cycle across Africa, I re-joined as a Technical Consultant working on our Global Desktop Refresh project incorporating the deployment of Windows 7, Office 2010 and associated technologies using our project implemented Microsoft SCCM Architecture.
After becoming heavily involved in this project and working long hour’s onsite at our varying international locations, in October 2013 I took over both the Project Management and technical delivery in my promoted role as Technical Project Manager.
Through the coordination of an excellent team, I guided this project to a successful completion with an eventual upgrade count in excess of 2,200 seats across 25 international offices.
I am now heavily involved in the Management of further transformational projects across the firm, including the IT Integration of our recently merged firm in Sydney, Australia. Co-ordinating across disparate time zones and working on site, our team successfully delivered on time allowing our new office in Sydney to operate “Business as Usual” whilst being seamlessly integrated onto our own internal IT Systems.
In addition to managing these projects, I continue to co-ordinate the rollout of key softwares from vendors such as HP, IntApp and Microsoft whilst acting as a liaison between our IT Department and core business areas.
|Better Life Cycle (UK Charity: Good Karma #1120564)
Co-Founder, Volunteer & Cyclist
|May 2010 – May 2012 www.betterlifecycle.com
Over 2 Years & 2 Months I cycled from Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt) to the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa), raising money and working for 10 Orphaned Children and Women Empowerment projects across Africa.
I primarily cycled solo whilst carefully managing the planning & donation of over £25,000 worth of equipment, materials & food on top of IT Consultancy, Web Development & Legal/Business Management skills.
Despite being determined to completed the cycle and working in often challenging, unfamiliar circumstances, I was able to develop new websites for Yenege Tesfa, Bidna Capoeira, Fahari Zanzibar, Life Beads Kenya and the Orphanage of Hearts, in addition to an online Child Management Database for Dwelling Places in Kampala, Uganda. In Naivasha, Kenya, I setup an Internet connected IT Centre for 70 kids.
All costs to sustain myself for the two years were paid entirely by personal savings; every penny raised went to these inspiring projects and I continue to support and develop them in my spare time.
|Bird & Bird LLP, London, UK Business Analyst / Project Manager||May 2004 – May 2010 www.twobirds.com|
Having joined International law firm Bird & Bird as an Analyst Programmer working on Web, Document Management and external client-facing applications, I quickly progressed into a more managerial position becoming a Business Analyst responsible for Project Management, working as a “bridge” between the Business and IT Department. I co-ordinated key projects with software developers, support departments and international Partners analysing, managing & deploying critical applications for both staff & clients. Travelling at short notice and presenting under pressure, I maintained communication with all key stakeholders.
Key Achievements: Project Management and lead development of a firm-wide “Registration Desk”, responsible for Risk Compliance & Conflict Checking. Deployment of an international Document Management System (Worksite), including custom integration with Microsoft Office, SharePoint and ASP.NET Web Applications.
Project managing the development of Client-facing applications and co-ordinating Software roll-outs, all whilst problem solving with the IT Teams and clearly communicating progress and planning back to the Business.
|BSc Business Information Technology (1st Class)
Kingston University, London, UK
|Sept 1999 – June 2003|
|2 A Levels, 2 AS-Levels
The Emmbrook School, Berkshire, UK
|Sept 1997 – July 1999|
- Internet/Web Technologies, Communication Devices & IT Project Management
- Application of Technology to NGOs & Charitable Organisations
- Travel & Adventure, Running & Cycling