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 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.
Gary Beckett, Education Consultant
Gary joins us from East Kent College where he was a Teacher of Sport and Director of Football Development. Gary's previous experience was as an ICT and Business Teacher at Herne Bay High School and then as an Education Consultant for RM, SMART and Promethean. Gary has a keen interest in technology, in and out of schools, and also runs a football academy for East Kent College Football Club (despite obviously knowing nothing about football being a Leicester fan).
Gary will be delivering our training to teachers and managing our classroom portfolio, including tablets and interactive technologies.
Amanda Borrill, Copywriter/Customer Relations Officer
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 organises meetings and events, liaises with customers and utilises her copy writing and proofreading skills for a variety of projects
Outside of the office, Amanda is an active member of Histon and Impington Junior School PTA and founder of the Histon and Impington community Facebook Group, HI People, which now boasts a membership of around 1300.
Patrick Welche, Support and Development Engineer
Patrick started in computer support over 20 years ago working at the University of Cambridge's Computing Service Helpdesk. He installed networks in various Departments, e.g., the Faculty of History, and was Computer Officer in Newnham College for 14 years.
He joins Precedence from the Cavendish Laboratory's Inference Group, where he worked on applying information theory and machine learning to communication problems and accessibility in the context of the EU Commission funded project "AEGIS".
Originally a physicist, he still teaches physics and scientific computing in the University, and maintains an active interest in the thermal expansion of minerals and geometric algebra.
Dan Woodford, Customer Account Manager
Dan works alongside George in the sales department to help manage Precedence customers, develop new business and to provide a customer care representation. All whilst spending too much time on Twitter.
Immediately prior to this job, Dan worked part-time from home doing QA for EPOQ, an on-line legal company. He juggled this with being a stay-at-home father for his three children. This role began during a year in Florence where he confused the locals by (a) not working and (b) looking after the children.
Dan has previously worked in software product management and technical support, retail management, and was once a poor junior programmer. He also smoked fish.
He is vice chair of the governing body at St Luke's, a local primary school in Cambridge and is interested in the use of ICT in education. In his free time he makes bacon, runs, and tries to fix his bikes.
John Chambers, Demonstrator, Trainer and SIMS Master
John Chambers works as a consultant for Precedence Technologies after many years as a customer in the role of Network Manager at the Lord Grey School in Milton Keynes. He previously held senior management school roles such as a Deputy Headship. Due to John's experience with Precedence products and his long educational experience, he is an ideal person to deliver our training programmes to customers.
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.