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WHO ARE WE?

We are a team of Data Centre Business Professionals, each with 30+ years of industry experience. Our aim is to provide a cost effective, efficient, un-biased and targeted service to our customers by leveraging our contacts, knowledge and industry expertise in the following areas:

  • IT Business Service
  • Data centre transformation and efficiency
  • Data centre new build site selection and construction
  • Project and programme management
  • M&E infrastructure management and improvement

Our aim is to listen to and understand your business objectives and provide a bespoke solution that meets your requirements, offering some or all of the elements outlined on our web site.

We are a led by TDCS founder Jonathan Evans. Jonathan has over 30 years experience in every aspect of data centres having started his career designing computer rooms then gaining experience in all other aspects over the years. He has particular skills in Sales & Marketing of co-location data centres having recently successfully completed a 3 year assignment with Green Mountain in Norway raising the profile of Norway and Green Mountain internationally and sourcing mutli MW enquiries. He is now on assignment to LuxConnect in Luxembourg, helping to raise their profile internationally.  He has high level personal connections in every area on the sales and fulfilment sides including Press & TV, Property Agents, Consultants, End Users, Construction Companies and Facilities Management.

TDCS skill set is further enhanced by:

Dr Fiona McNaughton. Award-winning BBC Producer, Writer and Director with strong PR and marketing experience and a science PhD. Specialising in the topics of sustainability, the environment, science and natural history. See PR, TV & Scientific Writing for further details.

Mark Scott. As well as providing consultancy for a number of commercial and government entities, Mark has spent the bulk of his career working for global service integrators and outsourcers such as Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens, Logica, CSC, Capita and CGI. During his career he has performed a number of roles including the management of 30 data centres within EMEA, site selection and project management for new build and co-location facilities, sales support and customer interface during outsourcing tenders. Mark's value is evident in his established track record in the operation and improvement of the reliability, availability and efficiency of IT hosting environments. Mark is a credible industry leader who is recognised as a strategic thinker with new ideas and a proven ability to simplify and deliver complex technology projects. A regular speaker, awards judge and contributor in data centre industry events and publications with access to a large network of personal contacts.

With a focus on mission critical facilities, Kevin Fleming brings a deep experience and understanding to all aspects of the Data Centre, including site selection, compliance, telecom, design, build, marketing, sales and channel development. He specializes in helping end users identify best-in-class solutions to maximize their uptime and ROI, and minimize their latency and anxiety. He advocates for customers as they evaluate greenfield builds, powered shells, wholesale colocation, retail colocation, and hybrid cloud strategies.

In his most recent role as the Vice President of Business Development and Channel Sales at the world’s largest underground colocation provider, Cavern Technologies, Kevin realized 4 consecutive years in the President’s Club. In his role he built a robust Channel Program, overseeing agreements and inspiring Partners to introduce Cavern’s solution to their customers. Based in London, he has deep connections to the US market’s channel ecosystem, telecom providers and colocation providers.

Andrew Smith ITILv3 qualified has over thirty years IT experience in the Financial and Oil & Gas sectors with twenty years at a senior level.

Andrew is a results driven senior IT professional with a successful track record of Data Centre strategy, design, consolidation and construction assurance. He has extensive international experience working across many cultures successfully completing projects in the UK, USA, Russia, Brazil, Alaska, Canada, Trinidad, Germany, Vietnam, Switzerland, Malaysia, Angola, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Australia and Azerbaijan.

A commercially astute leader he is passionate about building high performance successful teams having led sizable multi-cultural professionals both directly and remotely.

Data Centre Managed Service Consultant – Design, Operations & Facility Management

  • Responsible for the management of Data Centre Operations and Facilities for the three STC Tier 3 Data Centres in Riyadh
  • Responsible for the assessment and technical acceptance of two new STC Tier 4 Data Centres in Riyadh & Dammam
  • Responsible for setting up the Data Centre Managed Service with an agreed Roadmap, key processes, SLA’s and KPI’s
  • Responsible for managing all the Data Centre Managed Service operational teams

Andrew was educated in the Middle East and worked in the Oil & Gas industry in Iran and is a Farsi speaker. He has extensive experience in the Middle East traveling to many Middle Eastern countries. He currently is running the Data Centre Managed Service for Saudi Telecom, STC, the biggest telecom company in the Middle East. Currently learning Arabic.

Chris McIntosh ex Data Centre Operational Manager Barclays Bank with 15 year's experience of managing data centres across global environments. As the Operational Manager, he drove the strategy and transformational programme across the EMEA estate (>150 facilities), consolidating small diverse environments into more efficient and easily managed enterprise sites.

Currently based in Scotland with a keen focus on the Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy and Banking/Finance markets, Chris would be delighted to talk to you about any aspect of data centre consolidation and/or migration. In addition, Chris possesses a broad working knowledge of data centre operational management, including 'best practices', 'audit' and/or TCO and energy/financial optimizations regimes.

David Willcocks has had over 35 years of commercial property experience, mostly in the office and industrial transaction markets and for the last 16 years has worked with the data centre sector offering technical real estate services. For 8 years he was the Lead Director in the Data Centre Advisory Group for JLL and was responsible for coordinating and developing the Group across EMEA. His core skills include: Site due diligence, location analysis, acquisition of sites/colo capacity, which would encompass managing the RFI/RFP process and lease negotiations, disposal of surplus assets and research. His colocation experience has covered both the UK and the wider EMEA market and has carried out mandates/research projects across EMEA and has acquired in excess of 20mw of IT Capacity, he has also acquired or leased circa 200,000 sqm of data centre capacity for enterprise customers and DC providers. He acted for Segro as their data centre consultant and helped develop Slough Trading Estate as the premier data centre location in EMEA. Corporate clients have included global banking, insurance and IT companies.

Chris Horton has over 30 years' experience working in senior roles for some of the world's largest IT and communications providers. Chris spent 14 very successful years at Unisys where he led vertically aligned sales organisations that provided clients with data centre and network design and build services. During this time, as a senior member of the EMEA management team, Chris played a key role in the definition and delivery of Unisys' move from technology based sales to a customer services sales corporation.

Since leaving Unisys in 1996 Chris's career took him to bigger roles in BT, Amdahl and Fujitsu Services, as well as experience-broadening Sales and Marketing Director roles in the satellite communications business and the global outsource division of one of the worlds largest Californian based software companies. In the last 20 years, particularly whilst at Fujitsu, his focus has been on working with global clients to help them define and implement part, or all, of their data centre transformation strategy. Once again, at Fujitsu, he was a key contributor to the creating and marketing of his company's data centre “tower” offering. His approach has been to take a holistic view of his clients' business outcome requirements, translating them into a single, high value, low cost “Total Cost of Compute (TCC)” solution by applying his first-hand understanding of Real Estate, DC Facilities, IT & NW Infrastructure build, service and run costs. More importantly, this approach involves understanding the impact that one facet has on the other when determining the end to end TCC. Using this methodology Chris has worked extensively, particularly with Global Financial Services companies, to help his IT clients achieve technical transformation, DC consolidation and operational improvements. In turn, this has been the key to allow his clients to improve the value of the service that they provide to their internal customers.

Brian Clavin has spent his business career in the IT Services business, including roles at Plymouth Development Corporation, Mobil Global Gas and Power, StorageNetworks and BT. He is versed in Data Centre development, sales/marketing and partnership development. Over the last 10+ years, as a Senior Sales Executive in BT, Brian led the successful development and integration of several new data centres into the BT portfolio, while creating successful computer solutions for BT's customers. He brings a network of worldwide contacts, as well as a deep and wide set of contacts within BT, to his work to deliver valuable solutions to his clients' needs and priorities. He has deep experience with data centre customers in the Financial Services, Legal, and Charities sectors.

Based in the US, Karl Lewis is a respected and versatile IT professional with 25 years of experience leading and enabling technology strategy. He has broad experience in Oil and Gas, Sales & Marketing, and Corporate Functions having worked in the US, UK, Europe and Canada.

Certified in ITIL V3 Service Operations, Karl is known for his ability to assess businesses conditions and execute against strategic IT imperatives. In previous roles he:

  • Oversaw business portfolios with major focus on cost management and utilization in Tier 2 & 3 data centers
  • Oversaw consolidation and virtualization of servers in remote operations
  • Delivered and supported cloud transition projects focusing on Software as a Service

Most recently, Karl worked with a private equity firm to transition IT services resulting from business consolidation and acquisitions. Prior to the consultant assignment, he was Regional Integration Manager accountable for service delivery at the BP Americas Headquarters in Houston, Texas. His scope included the service integration and support of multiple businesses totaling over $100MM in IT spend. As a part of this remit he also served as the Head of the Americas Transition program delivering a major service desk conversion and returning millions in 1st year savings to the firm.

Karl has a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston. He is a member of the Society for Information Management and Serves as Treasurer for Cub Scout Pack 281.