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Our People


Owen Thomas

Senior Partner and Co-Founder

Owen has a wealth of experience spanning in excess of 35 years within the world of HPC Technology. Recognised and entrusted throughout the HPC industry Owen has been instrumental on advising strategy, supporting procurements and managing hands on highly technical projects from initiation to completion. Prior to setting up Red Oak Consulting in 2004, Owen worked for a number of large blue-chip organisations across the HPC sector.

Owen has worked both client and supplier side across the commercial, corporate and public sectors and is a distinguished, highly experienced HPC and business expert. Owen has dealt with every type of challenge that a technical project can encompass – contract, financial, risk, personnel, stakeholder management, strategy and quality concerns.

Key attributes include:
Strong communicator, strong stakeholder manager, strong leader, capable of mitigating roadblocks, independent, knowledgeable, approachable and an innovator

Dairsie Latimer

Managing Consultant

Dairsie joined Red Oak in 2010, working as our managing consultant, Dairsie is responsible for leading our development in the world of cloud technology as well as managing some of our strategic, long term relationships.

Dairsie focusses on delivering solutions and recommendations to our customers, often in the form of studies and reports and he specializes in competitive analysis and system benchmarking. Dairsie has an impeccable and diverse career in IT which includes an early career in computer graphics, micro-architecture and full stack software development; he has over ten years’ specialist experience in the HPC sector. His experience ranges from developing low-level software architectures to a range of accelerators. Dairsie is also available to advise on strategy, technology, procurements and managing challenging technical projects from initiation to completion for numerous clients.

Key Attributes Include:
Innovator, thought leader, experienced, strong communicator, people manager, problem solver

Chris Downing

Senior Consultant

Chris joined Red Oak in 2014 on completion of his PHD thesis in computational chemistry at University College London. Chris works mainly in the innovation and research team providing a broad range of technical consultancy services. With a highly technical skill set, Chris works customer side bringing state of the art, leading edge innovation for Red Oak to our customers. Chris remains at the forefront of the industry through attendance at major industry events and writing technical papers.

Having performed academic research using the last two UK national supercomputing services (HECToR and ARCHER) as well as a number of smaller HPC resources, Chris is familiar with the complexities of matching both hardware and software to user requirements. His detailed knowledge of materials chemistry and solid-state physics means that he is well-placed to offer insight into emerging technologies.

Key Attributes:
Deeply technical, forward thinking, creative, good communicator, approachable and articulate

Paul Ingram

Principal Consultant

Paul joined Red Oak in 2010 as a technical expert in complex systems management and provides a range of consultancy services to our customers.

An experienced engineer, Paul has in-depth knowledge of a vast array of HPC and enterprise platforms, interconnect technologies, switch stacking systems and parallel storage. In addition to systems management, this means he is supremely well-equipped to provide technical planning, configuration and performance services to customers and also give advice on the specification and selection of technology.

Key Attributes:
Technical expert, project manager, people person, strong organisational skills, leadership

Vicki Lockhart

Sales and Marketing Manager

Vicki is the latest edition to join the Red Oak team. Vicki comes from a highly successful sales and marketing background with a career spanning in excess of 25 years within the automotive industry.

Throughout her career Vicki has been instrumental in the strategic development and management of a large number of Global blue-chip organisations both in the UK and on an International level. Vicki’s core responsibilities have also been centred around business development, brand enhancement, revenue enhancement, corporate expansion and growth throughout the years.

Key Attributes:
Excellent communicator, Sales Manager, strong organisational skills, people person, excellent time manager

Dee Chadwick

Business Consultant

Dee is responsible for delivering Red Oak’s quality assurance programme, working across the business, focussing in particular on international standards and ensuring that quality assurance also delivers business growth for the company.

Her role includes liaison with customers in relation to feedback and satisfaction and corporate risk and opportunity management. Prior to joining Red Oak in 2012, Dee worked primarily in the education sector.

Key Attributes:
Excellent communicator, excellent attention to detail, people person, great organisational skills