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Our Key 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, Cloud Computing 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.  Now, with the entry of Cloud Computing for HPC Owen continues to assist many companies in their strategic advancement for a better future. 

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

Angela Chadwick
Angela has a wealth of both business and financial experience. Having acquired substantial knowledge in the world of HPC, Angela has a strong background in Computing Science.

Having been instrumental in the set-up of Red Oak Consulting in 2004, Angela oversees all financial and regulatory management for the business. As a partner of Red Oak Consulting Angela remains an active member of the team.

Key attributes include:
Strong financial management, strong commercial awareness, strong organisational skills, strong business skills

Nick Skingle
Managing Consultant
Nick joined Red Oak Consulting in October 2020, with a wealth of HPC and Data Centre experience.  Previous to Red Oak Consulting Nick spent 12 years in the Seismic Exploration sector, implementing, managing, and supporting several HPC data centres throughout the EAME region.   Nick’s experience incorporates every element of High-Performance Computing, including; successful completion and implementation of 2000 node HPC compute cluster, various parallel storage solutions, SAN and data management lifecycle solutions. Nick has a strong, proven track record in working with senior stakeholders and is fully experienced in project management.

Nick’s passion and drive in the world of technology and its advancement has enabled Nick to expand his knowledge and expertise to more than traditional HPC.  Nick is a fully certified Google Cloud Associate Engineer.  Having worked on a number of Cloud PoC’s, designed solutions for backup of on premises seismic data to Cloud for global disaster recovery, Nick’s HPC and Cloud Computing expertise is fully encompassing.  As a Principle Consultant Nick will support our customers on seeking the most sustainable HPC solution and will work alongside our team of Technical consultants.

Key attributes include:
Strong communicator, planning, approachable, strong team leadership, project management

Paul Ingram
Senior Principal Consultant
Paul joins Red Oak Consulting with a wealth of High-Performance Computing knowledge and expertise.  Having worked in HPC since 1999 Paul has successfully built, tested, and installed many HPC systems of varying complexities across academia, research, and government sectors in the UK.  Through the course of Paul’s highly successful career Paul has acquired the niche expertise for every aspect of on-premise HPC including; Linux, design, storage, benchmarking, vendor liaison, UAT and FAT’s, problem solving and project management.

After 6 years of supporting a UK government agency taking full responsibility to analyse and certify fit for purpose hardware and software configurations Paul expanded his business acumen.  For the past three years Paul has worked in the highly acclaimed, prestige, corporate sector of Formula One.  Here, he has managed HPC systems running aerodynamic(CFD) and Finite Element Analysis system workloads,  race strategy systems, and vehicle dynamics systems, all of which led to three consecutive world championship wins.

Paul will be utilizing his expertise to assist customers with their HPC systems, offering strategic guidance and resolution.  With the ability to communicate and work across all levels of customer interaction including stakeholder management, Paul is a great asset to the Red Oak Consulting Operational team.

Key attributes include:
Strong communicator, technology, approachable, time management, organisation

Dairsie Latimer
Technical Advisor
Dairsie joined Red Oak in 2010, working as our managing consultant, managing some of our strategic, long term relationships. Having recently taken the position of Technical Advisor, Dairsie is now supporting our development in the world of cloud technology as well as utilising his extreme knowledge across our business. 

Dairsie is a key contributor 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 also has the experience to advise on strategy, technology, procurements and technical projects from initiation to completion.

Key Attributes Include:
Innovator, thought leader, experienced, strong communicator, strategic thinker, problem solver

Manveer Munde
Principal Consultant
Manveer Munde joined Red Oak Consulting in January 2020. Prior to this Manveer completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Phillips University in Marburg (Germany) and a joint PhD program between UCL in London and A*STAR in Singapore.

Having worked internationally in four countries and presented and published in a variety of international conferences and scientific journals, Manveer combines great interpersonal skills and a strong eye for detail with a passion and drive for excellent customer service. Manveer has a background in computational and experimental condensed matter physics with multi-disciplinary experience in the use of HPC for quantum chemistry, classical molecular dynamics and microscope image simulations. This is combined with Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert and Amazon Web Services Solutions Architect Associate Cloud qualifications, providing an ideal toolset for customers looking to extend the reach of their HPC infrastructure to the Cloud.

Key Attributes Include:
Excellent Communicator, adaptable, passion for new technologies and outstanding organisation skills

Jorge Buitrago
Senior Consultant
Jorge joined the Red Oak Consulting operational team in May 2022. Prior to joining Red Oak Consulting, Jorge held several senior engineering and leadership positions within the aerospace, defence, and energy sector.  During this time Jorge focused on the development and assessment of models for characterisation of complex scientific problems using theoretical and experimental data.  All of this was facilitated through the use of advanced computational algorithms and HPC technologies.

Prior to working in aerospace, Jorge spent 20 years working in the academy and research sector.  Having consulted on projects both across Europe and USA, Jorge has unrivalled expertise.  With the knowledge Jorge has acquired through his career Jorge is fully aligned with the demands and challenges of the research community.  Having excelled in the niche areas of R&D, multiphysics modelling and data analysis engineering, scientific and digital engineering, Jorge brings an unparalleled level of expertise to the team.

Jorge is a dedicated, highly trained, organised, and efficient professional, who has also successfully led and managed multidisciplinary teams in the design, development, performance validation, and manufacturing of equipment used in many technological areas. Jorge’s attention to detail, technical leadership skills, and analytical capabilities have been demonstrated in his technical contributions to numerous engineering and scientific projects delivered worldwide.

Jorge will be working with customers to imprint his experience to ensure the right HPC solution is successfully delivered, time and time again.


Key Attributes Include:
Organisational skills, focused, experienced, approachable and an analytical expert

James Page
Technical Consultant
James is the latest member of the Red Oak Consulting team.  In July 2018, James completed his master’s in physics, at Swansea University, specialising in nanophysics.  Following university James went on to apply his knowledge at leading manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover.   Working as a CAE Data Analyst James has experience in programming, scripting and data manipulation whilst running FEA codes within a HPC environment.  With exceptional skills in Python, TCL, JavaScript, LS-DYNA, Oasys suite and Hyperworks / Optistruct, James’s technical expertise will assist and guide clients, no matter what the programming the challenge.

With a working background in both academia and corporate James is an excellent, accomplished, problem solver.  With a strong analytical capability James will be able to offer clients a high level of expertise when analysing pre and post results of data and its metadata, be it for HPC or Cloud Computing.

With a strong background in research and information gathering, James is highly focused on detail.  With a passion for cloud computing and technical innovation, James brings a level of experience, passion, drive and energy to the Red Oak team, as our new Technical Consultant.


Key Attributes Include:
Excellent technical ability, passion for new technologies, problem solver, attention to detail, data analyst

Dee Chadwick
Operations Director
Dee oversees all operational delivery working closely with our team of consultants.  Dee is also 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 day to day management of operational team, liaison with customers in relation to operational delivery, feedback, 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

Sylvia Ferguson
Business Consultant
Sylvia Ferguson joined Red Oak Consulting in September 2020.  Sylvia joins us from, our sister company, Red Oak Developments where she has worked for the past 10 years.  Sylvia brings with her a wealth of customer and supplier management experience.  Her previous role consisted of full oversight of supplier management, customer liaison and project management. 

Sylvia will be supporting our Operational team as a Business Consultant and will be responsible for driving Red Oak Consulting in obtaining our ISO27001 accreditation in 2021.  With a proven track record in customer service Sylvia will be working alongside our Operational Manager to ensure the highest levels of quality service and customer satisfaction are maintained.

Key Attributes:
Strong communication, project management, supplier management, people person

Vicki Lockhart
Sales and Marketing Director
Vicki joined the Red Oak team in April 2017.  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

Sara Buchanan
Finance Officer
Sara joined Red Oak in 2008 after a highly successful and distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service.  As Finance Officer, Sara is responsible for the accurate and timely reporting of company finances and financial systems, whilst delivering regular management accounts to allow for informed business decisions made by partners.

Sara’s role includes liaison with accountants and HMRC.  She also oversees payroll and the administration of HR procedures relating to staff including contracts, benefits and training.

Key Attributes:
Excellent organisational skills, strong communicator
, highly focussed, excellent attention to detail