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IMD Podcast Festive Special!

December 20, 2019

As we look towards the holiday season and bid farewell to 2019, join us as we spread a little festive cheer by sharing some of our merry (and some not so merry!) yuletide experiences in this Festive Special edition of the Podcast!

Listen here – enjoy!

The IMD Succeeding Together Podcast will be back in 2020 – do join us then and in the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at IMD Group!

EPISODE NOTES

Contributors:

Candice Tyler (Head of Sales)

Dean Taylor (CEO)

Jo Foreman (Office Manager / Course Coordinator)

John Wilson (Junior Consultant)

Jude Taylor (Operations Manager)

Sam Crowder (Principal Consultant)

Simon Harrison (Principal Consultant)

Steve Martinez (Senior Consultant)

Get in touch:

Tel: 01179 491500
Email: [email protected]

www.imd-group.co.uk
www.bmc.ac.uk

Music from https://freesound.org/s/341801/: “[PREVIEW] O Little Town of Bethlehem (Christmas Special) (featuring Kingsley GalaSpark)” by SgtPepperArc360

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

New Permanent Recruitment Lead for IMD

December 20, 2019

IMD are delighted to announce the appointment of Ben Williams as Permanent Recruitment Lead for the Group.

Ben has spent his career to date in sales and recruitment. In his most recent roles, he has worked as a recruiter for IT Infrastructure and Support Engineers. His experience in finding not just the right skills, but the right people for the companies he works for will be invaluable to IMD in their next phase of growth.

Ben said “I’ve joined IMD at an exciting time of growth and development and feel privileged to be part of an amazing team of people. I been given the opportunity to share my 4 years’ experience recruiting to help the company move onto bigger and better things and to learn from some truly talented individuals. I would summarise my time so far at IMD as collaborative, honest, open minded, motived and exciting!”

CEO Dean Taylor said, “I’m delighted that Ben has agreed to come on board at IMD – it will be great to have an experienced recruiter join the team to help us find talented people to join IMD as we continue our strong growth.”

IMD open new London Office

December 19, 2019

IMD Group are pleased to announce the opening of a new London office, as part of their ongoing expansion. The company first established a base in the capital in September this year, shortly after the completion of an MBO, which was achieved with the support of private equity backers, Chiltern Capital.

IMD have continued to grow their consultancy team and move into new markets, which has now resulted in a move to new premises. Their new London base is located at Lion Court, 25 Procter Street in the west end of London. Principal Consultant, Ryan Parry is heading up the London office and leading recruitment to grow the consultancy team based there.

CEO of IMD Group, Dean Taylor said, “Our London team continues to grow and we are delighted to be moving to a larger office to support our London based clients “

New Senior Consultant for IMD

December 19, 2019

IMD are delighted to announce that David Phillips has joined their growing team as a Senior Consultant.     

David is an accomplished IT Project Manager and Senior Solutions Manager. He has enjoyed a career spanning nearly 30 years leading and delivering business-critical Oracle E-business suite, Oracle application and ERP migration and upgrade projects into managed cloud services for clients across diverse sectors.

David is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner, with a consistent track record in overseeing the full project lifecycle. He brings to IMD a broad skill set encompassing project management, solutions development, ERP project execution, service design, services solutioning, project turnaround, sales support, BAU planning, project estimating and contract revision.

David has previously formed and led cross-functional and remote teams to achieve excellent results. He is widely recognised for his continuous success in building and maintaining collaborative relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders and clients.

David says “Just in my first few days I know that I have made the right decision in joining IMD Group. Everyone is welcoming and supportive and  I am looking forward to help IMD continuing its focus on customer success and company growth. It’s a good feeling to be excited about work again and I now realise that had been missing for a long time.”

When not working Dave helps coach a junior rugby team. He is also involved in developing Inclusive Rugby with Bristol Bears Community Foundation for families to play a sport together, older people looking for fun fitness and social activities, and for young adults with learning challenges.

CEO Dean Taylor said “As part of digital transformation, organisations are moving their IT services to the cloud. With his knowledge of managed cloud projects, David’s experience will be invaluable to our clients as they move towards new cloud based services. I am delighted to have David join our team and help our clients.”

Senior Consultant joins IMD

December 10, 2019

IMD are delighted to have welcomed Katie Holmes to join their growing team of consultants. Katie is an experienced consultant and joins IMD from a delivery management role at Techmodal, where she has been responsible for co-ordinating and releasing a large supply chain software solution into the Army. She started her career with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence as a software developer. Katie has been able to draw on this experience to provide technical consulting expertise across a range of projects in the defence sector, including collaborative projects at Army HQ, Navy Command HQ and Dstl.

Katie Holmes image

Katie has successfully managed project teams delivering software solutions into a variety of government and commercial clients, with a commitment to driving continuous improvement. She is passionate about communicating, coaching and delivering quality solutions, and is looking forward to applying this to projects at IMD.

Katie Holmes active image

Outside of work, Katie channels this in coaching both trampoline and triathlon as well as being a keen participant. She is one of the youngest national trampoline judges in the UK, and has her sights set on a couple of extreme triathlons in 2020 just to keep things interesting.

CEO Dean Taylor said, “Katie joins the IMD team during a period of strong growth and her technical and project management experience forms a key part of IMD’s drive to provide the best digital transformation advice into UK Government and Industry.”

Embracing Change – Part 2 The Winning Formula for Change is out now!

November 26, 2019

Join IMD Senior Consultant, Steve Martinez, for the second episode of this two-part series about change management. If you missed part one of this mini-series, catch up here! In this second part, “The Winning Formula for Change”, Steve will provide some simple techniques to help you improve the implementation of change within your team or organisation and start reaping its benefits.

embracing change part 2

Whatever the size of your organisation and whether your organisation is about to undergo small scale process changes or embarking on wholesale business transformation, success in implementing that change depends on some key factors, which Steve explores in this episode.

For example, communication is a crucial part of the planning stage – get this right and the path to change will be a great deal more straightforward. Get it wrong and you could find yourself struggling or at best delayed by a quagmire of individual attitudes and influence. Steve examines what is often behind these attitudes – fear and uncertainty – and gives top tips on how to tackle these issues head on.

Head over to the podcast now and listen!

EPISODE NOTES

Get in touch:

Tel: 01179 491500
Email: [email protected]

www.imd-group.co.uk
www.bmc.ac.uk

Music from https://filmmusic.io: “Daily Beetle” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Embracing Change – IMD Podcast Episode 6 is out now!

November 12, 2019

Join Steve Martinez, Senior Consultant with IMD, in this first episode of a two-part series about Embracing Change. In Part 1, to kick off the series, Steve looks at why change can be hard to implement and raises some useful points for consideration around the ‘what and why’ of change management, including posing the question “Why don’t teams just accept changes?”

Embracing Change by Steve Martinez

Steve also considers some of the pitfalls of change management with focus on the principle reasons for change not going according to plan, including looking at why some people are not so good at embracing change. Identifying the general phases of a change plan and the effect different types of people will have on the progress of change, Steve provides some insights into how to get past the crucial tipping point to ensure the desired change is carried through.

Listen to the Podcast here and look out for Part 2 of the Embracing Change series coming soon in which we’ll be considering “The Winning Formula for Change”!

EPISODE NOTES

Get in touch:
Tel: 01179 491500
Email: [email protected]

www.imd-group.co.uk
www.bmc.ac.uk

Music from https://filmmusic.io: “Daily Beetle” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

IMD welcomes Junior Consultant

November 7, 2019

The days are getting shorter but the IMD team continues to grow and this week we are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Junior Consultant, John Wilson.

John Wilson

John joins us from one of Bristol’s leading art’s organisations, Spike Island Artspace. At Spike Island John led a number of key estate transformation projects. These included a major capital development project, the implementation of an electronic access system and various building developments and refurbishments. John credits these experiences with the realisation that he relishes taking on complex projects. John consolidated this project management experience with a Prince2 qualification and is really looking forward to developing his skills further with IMD Group.

John says “I am thrilled to be joining IMD at this juncture. It is an exciting time for the company and I’m looking forward to working with and learning from the exceptional team here. There is a wealth of talent and experience here and I hope I can add to that as the company continues to grow.”

John also has experience working in telecommunications, having worked for Bath based SME Gradwell Communications as Provisioning Lead, a position that developed his ability to build strong client relationships. Prior to that, various customer facing positions have given him the ability to deliver first class customer service. In his spare time, you will find John on a tennis court, golf course, football pitch, or any number of sporting locations.

Dean Taylor, CEO of IMD Group commented “Fantastic to have John join the team during our next phase of growth. His project management experience in IT and construction will be a real asset to IMD’s P3M capability.”

The Forgotten Complexity of the Concorde Project – Episode 5 of the IMD Podcast now available!

October 30, 2019

In Episode 5 of the IMD Succeeding Together Podcast, join Samuel Crowder, IMD Principal Consultant, as he explains how the concept of the mighty Concorde got off the ground.

The supersonic airliner, one of which now forms the centrepiece of the Aerospace Bristol museum at Filton, remains a remarkable feat of engineering and a global style icon. Capable of crossing the Atlantic in under three hours, Concorde is remembered for its capacity to cruise at over twice the speed of sound and reach an altitude of 60,000ft.

Sam reflects upon the development phase of the project and ultimately, whether it was a success or a failure. Watch out for later episodes in which we consider key lessons from the project!

Listen to the podcast here

EPISODE NOTES

Get in touch:

Tel: 01179 491500
Email: [email protected]

www.imd-group.co.uk
www.bmc.ac.uk

Music from https://filmmusic.io: “Daily Beetle” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Intro from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8qrze_gEyo (British Pathé)

IMD appoints Director of Business Development

October 16, 2019

IMD are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Chris Mountain to the role of Director of Business Development. Chris is a senior business development and sales executive with a depth of knowledge and experience in both public and private sectors. He has led the development of strategy and key campaign plans for a number of businesses from tier 1 suppliers to SME and managed some very successful sales teams.

Chris comes from a military background having served a full and successful career with the Royal Corps of Signals. He is driven by finding the best possible solution for customers through open and honest dialogue. He has delivered success for companies in key customers including the Met Police, Ministry of Justice, UK Home Office and ISS Corsham.

When not at work Chris enjoys playing golf to a reasonable level and following Chelsea, Bath and England Rugby.

On his appointment, Chris said “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Dean Taylor and IMD Group , renewing some old relationships and developing new, in a company that is full of talent and ambition. I look forward to making a real difference for both IMD and our customers.”

CEO of IMD Group, Dean Taylor commented, “We are all delighted to have Chris join the team. In particular, I am very pleased to be working with such a talented professional again. Welcome Chris.”