Stephen Howells

  

Director, Moscow First Ltd

Location: Solihull, UK

07870 907469

Biography

Stephen Howells

A confident project leader and senior interim manager with over twenty years experience. My background as a network and technical architect, developer, analyst and agile project manager allows me to lead and understand technical staff and suppliers, whilst my senior management experience within several international organisations gives me a clear, balanced and focused commercial outlook. I have a knack for both turning around and building successful projects and teams, hitting the ground running, applying the right balance of best practice techniques with pragmatic real-world experience and delivering strong commercial results

Specialties

Agile project and technology management; Helping turnaround failing projects and teams; Establishing Agile/SCRUM across an organisation; Technical architecture and solutions; Web applications and software development; Virtual private cloud infrastructures; CRM and ERP integration; diverse industries ( Insurance, Retail Finance, Not-For-Profit, Publishing, Membership, Housing, Regulation, Psychometric Assessment )


Work experience

Sector Group, Associate Consultant
July 2011 - Present, London, United Kingdom
IT/IS project consultancy and CxO Management Consultancy

Moscow First Ltd, Director
October 2009 - Present, , United Kingdom
Interim project, programme and technology management through agencies and associated consultancies

OPP Ltd, Agile Consultant and Interim CTO
October 2011 - March 2012, Oxford, United Kingdom
Provider of online personality assessment and psychometric tools, professional services, consultancy and training. Sole supplier of Myers Briggs in Europe and 16PF globally, with over 10,000 customers in 25 countries including more than half of the FTSE 100. As a member of the management team I provide product and agile project leadership during a difficult board transition - coached team to adopt SCRUM and successfully delivered multiple sprints

The Guinness Partnership, Project Director and Interim CIO
January 2010 - September 2011, Manchester & London, United Kingdom
Leading independent affordable housing and social care group, managing over 60,000 properties in the UK. Growing through merger and acquisition, it has 27 companies, 2500 staff and a turnover of over £250m. As a member of the group’s leadership team I worked with the executive team, boards and staff to establish an Agile IS shared service using SCRUM, Prince2 and ITIL

Tribal Group Plc, Associate Consultant
November 2009 - June 2011, London, United Kingdom
IT/IS project consultancy and CxO Management Consultancy

RICS, Director of Programme Management and Technology
August 2005 - November 2009, London, United Kingdom
Leading professional membership and regulatory organisation in property and land management, with over 140,000 members in 146 countries and a £50m+ turnover funded through commercial products, services and subscriptions. As a member of the management team I had responsibility for the planning and delivery of its key projects and programmes: Introduction of RICS’s first PMO with DSDM/SCRUM, Prince2 and MSP techniques; using ‘just enough’ process and governance to increase business productivity

Equifax Payment Services (Certegy and Fidelity), IT and Projects Director, Technical Architect, Development Manager, Senior Developer
November 1993 - July 2005, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Supplier of financial services, software products and consultancy to the card processing, insurance, underwriting and retail finance sectors, with a turnover of over $1bn. As part of the management teams in Europe, Australia and New Zealand I was responsible for software product development, project management, information management and technical consultancy: introduction and management of PMO using Prince2 and elements of SCRUM allowing rapid response and prioritisation of new commercial opportunities and increased reputation through CMM (Capability Maturity Model) accreditation;

Paradigm UK (Oracle Consultancy), Oracle Consultant
July 1991 - October 1993, Coventry, United Kingdom
Paradigm provided consultancy and software products to the food, process and publishing industries. Key accounts I consulted with included Allied Mills, Rank Hovis, Kellogg’s and the Elsevier Scientific Publishing Group.