The identity and security experts

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Alex Simons

Alex Simons

Director of Program Management (Microsoft)

Alex has been Director of Program Management in Microsoft’s Identity Division since 2011. He is responsible for creating and evangelising the vision roadmap for Azure Active Directory, Windows Server Active Directory, Microsoft Identity Manager and Forefront Unified Access Gateway.

Alex and his team of 130+ are responsible for release planning, specification and project management for all Microsoft’s identity products and services.

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Dave Guest

Dave Guest

Technology Evangelist and Solution Architect

Dave’s identity expertise is panoramic. He has experience designing and implementing a broad range of identity solutions, adopting Novell, IBM, Oracle and Microsoft technologies.

As well as designing elegant infrastructure solutions, Dave is a gifted communicator. At OCG, he’s a frequent presenter at events and webinars, whilst our customers appreciate how he delivers technical expertise and business insight in simple to understand terms.

Dave has a talent for truly understanding individual business requirements, whilst building strategies and roadmaps that take advantage of the latest technologies.

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Mat Richards

Mat Richards

Head of Mobility and Security Solutions

Mathew Richards brings a wealth of experience of System Center and device management – and a real passion for technology. If there’s a new device, Mat will be wearing, testing or using it!

Mathew spent seven years with Microsoft as a consultant, providing support and consultancy services. His experience and capability has helped spearhead our successful move into mobility and device management. An evangelist and positive thinker, Mathew’s enthusiasm knows no bounds.

Mat has a BSc (hons) in Computer Science from the University of Glamorgan. He regularly presents webinars for OCG on subjects related to enterprise mobility management.

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Marcus Idle

Marcus Idle

Head of Customer Identity and Access Management

As service development manager at OCG, Marcus spends much of his time creating or learning about new technologies.  Combining that with a wealth of knowledge gained over 20 years in the IT industry, he is interested in bringing the most appropriate technology to bear on each customer’s problems.

Marcus started programming while at secondary school back in 1981 on the Sinclair ZX81. After university and a couple of years spent teaching in Argentina, his first programming job was with the original OCG back in 1996. At this time, he worked on projects such as Government Gateway in collaboration with Microsoft, and a mixture of CMS and CRM projects.

More recently Marcus has worked as a Technical Architect at Ciber UK, building transformative solutions for the public sector. Before that, he worked at Oxford Web, specifying systems and tools for retail, education and membership organisations.

Marcus has a talent for building bridges, both with people and software. He’s delighted to be back at OCG where he leads a team of intrepid consultants in the exciting world of Dynamics CRM.

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Simon Veale

Simon Veale

Senior architect

Simon fell into IT almost by accident in 1979. When he applied for his first role as a Computer Operator, he had no idea what a computer was! He’s gone on to hold a number of high-level technical positions with the likes of IBM and BT, and has been working with identity management technologies since 1986 (before the internet).

At OCG, Simon is highly valued for his ability to clearly communicate with stakeholders at all levels. He gains an intimate understanding of customer requirements which enables him to develop solutions that truly make a difference.

Before joining OCG, Simon was the pre-sales technical lead for identity management solutions at Microsoft UK.

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Geraint Jones

Geraint Jones

Head of Cyber Security

Geraint has 23 years of experience across a broad industry spectrum and understands the commercial, social and political challenges that shape secure technical solutions. 

An advocate of a holistic approach to information security, Geraint firmly believes that technology should be used as a tool to aid the delivery of robust processes and policies.

He considers that today’s greatest challenge in combatting cyber threat is awareness and education. This can only be addressed through a coordinated effort between public and private sectors, making the subject of ‘cyber’ accessible for all.

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Joe Liptrot

Joe Liptrot

Head of Identity

Joe has worked on numerous projects as an architect, strategist, technical design authority, trusted advisor, and trainer. An analytical approach and deep technical experience have resulted in extensive insight and a thorough understanding of business and IT processes.

Originally an electronics engineer designing military naval radar and sonar systems, Joe moved into IT when he was offered a job by his provider of software development systems (think 8-inch floppy disks and assembler language and you’ll be about right!).

Back in June 2003, as an MMS 2.2 consultant and trainer, Joe first ran into OCG at a Microsoft MIIS 2003 event. This led to the delivery of a MIIS 2003 training course (2731) at Microsoft Johannesburg in September 2003 – the first of many training and consulting engagements with OCG, before joining full time in March 2016.

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Ian Bassi

Ian Bassi

Senior consultant

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Jamie Vaughan

Jamie Vaughan

Senior consultant

Jamie is a senior consultant at OCG specialising in CIAM (Customer Identity and Access Management). 

He has an extensive background in the Identity field and has with many years’ experience analysing requirements and developing IAM solutions using Microsoft technologies.

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Keith Rigby

Keith Rigby

Consultant

Keith is a consultant in the Enterprise Mobility and Security practice at OCG.

His computer experience started when he was 7 years old with a Commodore Vic 20 that he learned to program using BASIC.

Keith has spent the last twenty years in various roles and has a passion for all thing Microsoft. He has delivered many technologies, including Intune, Advanced Threat Analytics, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, System Center Configuration Manager, Azure AD Connect, ADFS, Windows 10, Exchange Server 5.5 through to 2013, and managed migrations to Exchange Online.

He is involved in many different user groups and stays ahead of the curve by joining Microsoft preview programmes.

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Melanie Oldham

Melanie Oldham

Founder, Bob's Business

Melanie Oldham is the founder and driving force behind Bob’s Business, an award-winning and leading cyber security awareness training and phishing simulations provider.

Melanie has racked up over ten years’ experience in the cyber security sector, and has become a reputable and well-respected force within the industry.

Bob’s Business has delivered awareness campaigns to organisations of all shapes and sizes, from 10 users through to 70,000 users. Last year, they educated 210,000 users.

Melanie is also the founder of the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster, a collaborative group that works together to reduce cyber security within the region. The cluster brings together local businesses, academics, the police and experts to discuss, collaborate and educate on the key issues facing the region.

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