Who is behind Precedence Technologies Ltd?
Dr. Stephen Borrill, Director and Systems Architect
Stephen is the Managing Director of PTL. Prior to Precedence, he was responsible for the development of the successful Xemplar Matrix Network Computer solution which led the way in thin-client computing for schools. Stephen was a founder member of the Xemplar Technical Support team, joining Xemplar from Acorn Computers.
Stephen is a NetBSD developer meaning that he has commit access to the NetBSD and pkgsrc CVS repositories and has excellent links with the other developers. So unlike other companies who just re-sell operating systems and are unable to fix problems, Stephen helps develop the operating system used by Precedence and personally knows the people who wrote each bit of code.
Stephen also developed MelIDI, the leading MIDI sequencing package for Acorn RISC OS computers. In his spare time, he runs a Ceilidh band and plays various musical instruments. He is also a member of CAMRA and likes to help out at the Cambridge Beer Festival. To work off the fat, Stephen enjoys Orienteering and runs for WAOC, his local club.
Stephen is a member of the CAST.IRON executive. CAST.IRON promoted re-opening and extending the disused Cambridge-St. Ives railway as the UK's first privately-run commuter railway.
Phil Reeves, Senior Support and Development Engineer
Phil has worked installing and supporting IT systems into UK education for over 15 years. Phil joined Precedence in 2001 following on from supporting Precedence thin-clients for his previous company, Reflex Electronics. He has vast experience of Active Directory, virtualisation environments and most Citrix thin-client and VDI technologies. He is also involved in developing various custom software solutions that Precedence offer.
Phil is predominantly based in the office and will be happy to help you with any query or support issue you may have.
George Hannah, Sales and Marketing Manager
George used to project manage the highly successful Tesco Computers for Schools and then NGfL Projects for Xemplar Education (including working with Stephen on the pioneering use of thin-clients in UK education). From there he worked for an American company servicing the HE/FE markets with resource scheduling and management tools. George then moved to RM as the account Manager for the South East for almost four years before joining Precedence Technologies.
George lives in Deal, Kent and is a member of the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory and the New Deal Theatre Group.
George is the contact for bids, marketing and sales related projects.
Morgan Willcock, Support and Development Engineer (Desktop specialist)
Morgan worked as a secondary school Network Manager before joining Precedence. He brings with him a strong background in desktop delivery, virtualisation and troubleshooting as well as a keen appreciation of day-to-day issues in schools. We are pleased to welcome him to the IT powerhouse of Cambridge from his previous home in Cornwall, but he says he does miss the sea air.
In his spare time, Morgan writes and records electronic music. He also enjoys car maintenance and getting his hands oily.
Liam J. Foy, Software Engineer
Liam, like Stephen, is a NetBSD Developer who worked on CARP (Common Address Redundancy Protocol) and wrote IPv6 Fast Forward both contained in the NetBSD TCP/IP stack. Like Stephen, he has worked in the NetBSD release engineering team and was team leader for the NetBSD 4.0 release.
Liam comes from a background in the development of financial systems for large financial entities and joined Precedence in 2012. Liam has absolutely no hobbies other than playing pigeon tosh.
Amanda Borrill, Project Administrator
Amanda is married to Stephen. She joined Precedence after five years at DANTE as Personal Assistant to its General Manager, Mr Dai Davies. Whilst at DANTE she organised, and participated in, many international meetings and, in her spare time, introduced her foreign co-workers to the delights of British beer!
At Precedence, she project-manages installations, organises meetings and utilises her writing and proofreading skills for a variety of projects
John Chambers, Demonstrator, Trainer and SIMS Master
John Chambers works as a consultant for Precedence Technologies after many years as a customer at the Lord Grey School in Milton Keynes. Due to John's experience with Precedence and his life at school, this makes him an ideal to deliver our training programmes to customers. In his long educational career he has worked as a deputy-head and network manager. Please feel to email John on email@example.com if you need any advice or wish to learn of his experiences.
Stuart Gibbs, Sales Consultant
Stuart is our youngest member of staff. He has just finished his A-Levels at Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge where he studied Business, Politics, ICT and Photography. He enjoys watching Formula 1 and has a keen interest in business and technology. In the future he hopes to continue on to University to complete a degree in Business Management at UEA or UWE.
Stuart will be working on customer care and will ensure we are down with the kids in our approach to sales and support.
Russell McDonnell, Secretary and Design Engineer
Russell used to work for Acorn Computers as a Hardware Production Manager and was involved in the development of the Acorn Network Computer on which one of Precedence's first products was based. He also remembers stress-testing cardboard boxes for the BBC Model B by throwing them down the stairs.
He also worked for Xemplar developing the documentation and software testing of the Network Computer solution that was the precursor to many of our products. Russell's expertise with CAD technologies has proved useful for exhibition stand design.
Apprentice Work at Precedence Technologies
Charlie King, Junior Technician
Charlie joined Precedence straight from sixth-form as part of our programme to train up the next generation of network support professionals.
He spends the majority of his week on-site at The Manor School in Cambridge as an ICT Network Assistant. He received training from Precedence weekly as well as attending Cambridge Regional College on day-release to further his qualifications and experience in ICT.
Charlie has now been transferred to The Manor School (and its parent trust) as a full-time employee.