Short Professional Profile
Ron has over 35 years of experience as a consultant in strategic information systems and management consulting in general.
Although his early career was as an Applied Psychologist, he has worked predominantly as a Strategist, Analyst and Architect of major Information Systems. He is an accomplished ‘methodologist’, having developed, used and indeed coached many different methods, modelling techniques, and frameworks.
Ron has also managed a significant number of projects over the years and has advised on project management methods including early PRINCE. Though his preferred role now is more problem solving and planing, particularly as advisor to and in direct support of IS and other executive management, assisting with strategic planning and troubleshooting.
Although Ron retains a strong interest in technology, particularly software development, his primary focus nowadays is probably more around getting business concepts and business processes right, ‘are we doing the right things, and are we doing them the right way’, managing information, managing the specification and design of information systems, of general business processes, and where appropriate, the business of IT.
Ron was a senior government officer (senior psychologist, MoD) in England for several years before his pioneering work on computer based training simulators resulted in his being head hunted into the private sector. He was initially engaged there in engineering real-time information systems, working for several major systems companies on leading-edge initiatives. He then went on to specialise in business analysis and design, data management and modelling, operating his own boutique consulting firm, becoming a widely recognised exponent of structured methods and modelling techniques in England.
Since migrating to NZ in 1995, Ron has been a senior manager with Ernst and Young, (including a secondment as Director of IT at Income Support) a senior consultant with Synergy International, a principal consultant and business development manager with Baycorp, and an independent consultant for a number of years.
Ron’s abilities and experience have been best utilised in innovative change and solutions planning in direct support of senior management. He can cite numerous examples throughout his career where his creative thought leadership has resulted in significant steps forward in enterprises achieving their strategic objectives. Startup initiatives have been a strong focus.
He has also gained a solid reputation for resolving distressed projects, in several cases facilitating the acceptable conclusion of ‘difficult’ projects that have been meandering for years.
Over the years Ron has worked in a range of industry sectors, including government, banking and finance, health, defence and aerospace, and manufacturing. Also in different countries, particularly in Europe and on international projects.
Since he was very young Ron has also had a strong interest in electronics and has used his knowledge and practical skills in this area, occasionally in a professional capacity and also as a part-time inventor!
He has an MSc in applied psychology, is a Chartered Engineer of Information Systems (CEng, and also a European Engineer, Eur Ing), a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), and was until recently a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), from which he has retired to focus primarily on strategic business analysis and planning.
Independent Consultant December 2005 – Present
GreenPulse Limited October 2002 – December 2005
Baycorp Advantage April 2000 – October 2002
Synergy International Limited October 1997 – April 2000
Ernst & Young (Wellington) November 1995 – October 1997
Emigrated from UK to NZ November 1995
Object Technology Associates September 1987 – April 1995
Swiss Bank Corporation International September 1987 – April 1988
Data Logic January 1986 – September 1987
SystemSkill Ltd 1983 – 1986
System Designers 1982 – 1983
Senior Systems Engineer
Ministry of Defence (UK) 1978 to 1982
Qualifications and Affiliations
§ Bachelor of Science (BSc Hon, Psychology)
§ Master of Science (MSc Applied Psychology)
§ Chartered Engineer & European Engineer (Information Systems)
§ Certificate of Proficiency in SSADM (business analysis methodology)
§ Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) retired
§ Information Technology Certified Professional
§ Member British Computer Society (lapsed)
§ Member New Zealand Institute of IT Professionals (and business mentor)