My name is Tim Clayton and I am an ex-finance industry professional with 30+ years of technical experience providing I.T. support within the Finance sector and in my own I.T. support business. I have a proven track record for problem-solving, setting up and maintaining computer systems and have had extensive experience managing a wide variety of projects.
My computer experience is detailed below:
1969 – Born in Jersey.
1970s – My Dad brought home a number of different home-build computer kits which I managed to get to play with.
1981 – We finally got our first real computer, the Sinclair ZX-81 and I started learning BASIC programming so I could write my own games.
1982 – The ZX-81 was quickly replaced with the BBC Micro Model B and I continued learning BASIC and wrote a number of games on it. Also co-authored a 3-D fractal landscape generator with a mathematician friend.
1980s – Was heavily involved in the school computer clubs at both St Michael’s and Blundell’s Schools.
1988 – Started work in the finance industry working as an assistant to the Computer Manager at Matheson Trust Company.
1989 – Attended Highlands College to do a BTec course “Computers with Business” which involved many disciplines including programming, double-entry book-keeping systems and computer networking.
1991 – My first bout of the travelling bug – driving/delivering cars and back-packing with a friend through the United States, Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia.
1991 – Joined Invesco as a PC/Network Administrator and spent 3 years learning all about Desktop PCs, Windows, Office, networking (Novell Netware 3.11) and AS/400 mainframe systems.
1995 – Spent the next 2 years in various contract positions (Royal Bank of Canada, Coopers & Lybrand and Hill Samuel amongst others) to learn as much of the business as I could by getting the widest experience possible.
1996 – Second bout of the travelling bug – took just over a year back-packing through Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, visiting 20 countries in all.
1997 – On my return to the Island, I commenced a temporary training business with a few large clients who needed their employees gradually trained in using Windows, Word and Excel.
1999 – Once the training had been completed, I started working for KPMG as their I.T. Assistant Manager – plenty of desktop support, networking skills (this time, Windows NT and 2000) and managed many large projects over the 2 years. Single-handedly managed the I.T. side of the breakaway of their trust company and spent a year transforming the systems in preparation for a buyout.
2001 – Joined Moores Rowland/IFM as their I.T. Manager and spent my first year managing the merger of all 3 companies in the group from 3 separate locations into 2 adjacent sites. This included linking the 2 adjacent sites and managing all I.T. support and project work single-handedly going forward. I set up an I.T. User Group where users could request projects. The position also included preparing board reports and managing the entire I.T. budget.
2005 – In October I opened my own I.T. business and spent the next year handing out flyers and gradually building a client-base.