Paul began his career as a draughtsman/architectural technician, working for Macintosh, Haines & Kennedy in Croydon. He used to work on all aspects of building projects from planning & detailed drawings, to tendering and running the building sites.
Paul then worked for Vistec Business Systems who supplied and supported CAD systems. It was here that he learnt about peripherals and networks.
Paul then moved on to work for the property department at the London Stock Exchange. he helped combine different CAD systems and different drawing styles into a single system and a single professional drawing style. The Exchange's LAN couldn't cope with the huge file sizes that CAD creates, so he helped the property department build it's own LAN. As the property department also had natural links with the engineering department, the LAN soon turned onto a WAN covering several buildings in the City of London. The LAN was then connected to the Exchange's main network so as e-mail could be exchanged with other departments. In 1998 he joined the newly created IT department at the Exchange. Together with IBM and Andersons, they replaced the existing Novell network with Windows NT 4.0 and Lotus Notes. This involved changes to the network, installation of new Compaq servers and rolling out over 600 new PC's.
Paul then moved to a Firm of City solicitors as their IT manager. His role covered all aspects of computers, networks, telephones & photocopiers. Paul carried out a number of upgrade projects:
- Upgrade from Windows XP & Office 2003 to Windows 7 & Office 2013
- Replace the Firm's Paractice Management System with SOS Connect from Solicitors Own Software
- Move all software to a hosted environment with Nasstar
- Move the Computer Room during an Office Refurb
Paul now concentrates on web design for small businesses and supporting home users with keystroke Associates. he has diversified into picture framing which was a natural extension to Paul's love of photography.