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Our Key People

OUR KEY PEOPLE

Owen Thomas

Senior Partner and Co-Founder

Owen has a wealth of experience spanning in excess of 30 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

Angela Chadwick

Partner

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

Chris Downing

Principal 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

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

Jacob Ellis

Junior Consultant

Jacob is the latest edition to join the Red Oak team, having successfully graduated in 2018 from Heriot-Watt University with a degree in Physics. Specialising in solid-state physics, the latter part of his degree was spent manufacturing semiconductor devices in the Nanofabrication facility, as part of the Quantum Photonics research group.

Jacob’s role as a Junior Consultant will enable us to utilise his business skills and technical knowledge, working both business and client side. When working business side, Jacob will work alongside senior colleagues supporting customer projects.  When working client side, Jacob will assist customers in gaining a true and accurate understanding of HPC and Cloud finances.

 

Key Attributes Include:
Problem solving, numeracy, business skills, good communicator

Dee Chadwick

Operations Manager

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.  Dee also oversees all operational delivery working alongside our team of consultants.

Her role includes 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

Vicki Lockhart

Sales and Marketing Manager

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