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The smarter team

We believe great people and great communications are the ‘essential’ ingredients that underpin the delivery of every successful programme,  We listen. We debate. We challenge. Delivering successful technology driven change is in our DNA. Our goal is to develop deep, trusted partnerships with all our clients and create truly collaborative relationships.

The KA2 executive management team are seasoned practitioners and successful entrepreneurs in their own right. Every team member brings a proven track record, having led a number of high profile projects across many of the world’s leading financial institutions and insurance firms. Our unique insight and experience enables us to very quickly identify the precise blend of skills and expertise required to create and deliver a customised portfolio of solutions and services, tailored just for you.

Our people are amongst the smartest in the industry. Whatever the task, we can very quickly pinpoint and fulfil the precise roles and responsibilities necessary to get to get the job done. We provide both strategic and tactical counsel and always lead by example. We encourage, cajole, train and mentor and are never afraid to roll up our sleeves and get down and dirty when the going gets tough.

Honesty and integrity are our core values. We confront issues head on and provide objective advice and guidance, even when it may not be what our clients want to hear. Our unique team management and proven motivational skills have helped to move many firms from being restrictive, risk adverse cultures into enlightened, forward thinking organisations.

KA2 Executive Board

Chriss Andrews - CEO

Founder and CEO of KA2. Leading all aspects of our change driven technology programmes. A passion for rugby and travelling, Chriss isn't afraid to 'try' new strategies on a mission to create winning teams - for KA2 and our clients.

Chriss Andrews

CEO

https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrissandrews/

My passions are people and business. I am very proud to have been responsible for creating a number of successful organisations, all of which  have revolved around helping others to achieve their own business and personal development goals.

With honesty and integrity central to everything I do, KA2 is another significant milestone on my own development journey. The company has an impressive track record, and over the years we have developed deep and solid relationships with all our clients. I am committed to creating a dynamic, collaborative environment for both my team and clients alike. A key goal is to always recognise and reward both individual and team contributions. Having fun is also high on my agenda, I enjoy a challenge and love learning. Every day is a new adventure and drawing on over 35 years experience gained from building and leading a number of successful entities. I continue to be very excited about the opportunities KA2 represents for everyone involved.

Change is in my DNA because as part of an RAF family, I moved around a lot during my early years, before going on to study modern languages in Aberdeen. In 1984, I launched my first company, Church International, which is now a very established and successful recruitment business. I love rugby and the arts. I am looking forward to visiting Japan to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup series.

Guido Mittica - COO

Guido, hailing from Siena in Italy, a self confessed geek with a passion for detail. Guido is dedicated to helping KA2 deliver a premium service to all of their clients.

Guido Mittica

COO

With many years of experience in sales and management consulting within the financial, technology and media sectors, Guido brings a deep knowledge and understanding of business dynamics & the financial markets. With a master’s degree in psychology he uses his expertise in human behaviour to design operational models, change initiatives and strategy plans. Guido has joined as COO and his role within KA2 is to support Chriss in developing every aspect of the business, from concept design to final implementation and the delivery of change.

A self confessed geek, his thirst for new information and his passion to challenge the status quo has enabled him to fast track his career and become a trusted advisor to Chriss and her group of associated businesses. Guido is an avid reader and an artist. His passion for art reflects in his manic attention to detail and the importance he places on achieving targeted results.

Guido has managed to pursue a high flier career whilst also being a typical Italian family man. Married with two children, Guido finds the time to dedicate himself to sports and family life, whilst never losing sight of his work objectives and, like Chriss, he is always striving to raise the bar.

Mark Preston - Strategic Board Advisor

His love of cooking to one side, Mark’s knowledge and experience of large scale cloud and digital transformation programmes means he is a key ingredient in the KA2 recipe for delivering smarter change.

Mark Preston

Strategic Board Advisor

https://www.linkedin.com/in/markrobertpreston/

Mark joins KA2 in an expert advisory capacity to the executive board. He brings a wealth of experience across a range of disciplines including Target Operating Models, IT as a Service as well as Cloud and Digital Transformation programmes. Successful delivery is in his DNA, having led large scale global projects, exceeding US$1 billion in value, across financial services, high profile telecommunications companies as well as cloud and consulting firms. Mark is a multifaceted individual switching seamlessly from trusted strategic advisor to an accomplished hands-on architect when needs must. His agile approach brings an inspiring new dynamic to the KA2 team, providing invaluable advice and guidance as they create and deliver real-world technology change solutions to its growing roster of blue-chip clients.

Clare Walsh - Advisor to the Board

Queen of playing Devil’s Advocate. Clare brings a wealth of Fintech knowledge and business acumen.

Clare Walsh

Advisor to the Board

https://www.linkedin.com/in/clare-walsh-5972143/

Clare joins Team KA2 as an advisor to the executive management team. She brings nearly 40 years experience of the financial technology/fintech industry. Clare is a marketing and business development specialist and co-founder of Metia and Finextra, both ground breaking businesses within the fintech arena. Based on her extensive knowledge of the financial services sector and the challenges in creating sustainable businesses, Clare has a bit of reputation for being a challenger herself, always questioning the validity of long held opinions and strategies. Her role within KA2 will be to provide objective, independent business growth and marketing advice to Chriss and the team, together with access to her extensive network of contacts throughout the industry. Clare enjoys writing, and, unlike Chriss, she is an avid football fan, supporting West Ham.

KA2 Subject Matter Experts

Kevin Warwick - Solutions Architect for Modern Workplace

Kevin is all about the end user experience, and I think that applies to when he is driving his beloved 1959 Triumph TR3 but most importantly when he is designing solutions on behalf of KA2!

Kevin Warwick

Solutions Architect for Modern Workplace

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinwarwick/

A seasoned solutions architect specialising in the end user experience arena. His impressive career spanning over 26 years, started as an engineer before moving into project management running global desktop engineering teams. He has worked for many of the big names in investment banking including UBS, Deutsche Bank, Barclays and Credit Suisse leading their desktop architecture and deployment functions both in London, Zurich and New York.

Having lived in the US for six years, one of Kevin’s greatest passions is golf and he goes back to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina every year for the annual “War on the Shore” golf trip. Kevin has a private pilot’s licence and is the proud owner of a red 1959 TR3 called Doris.

John Reynolds - Programme Director

Our very own John Reynolds, leading by example and being the driving force behind KA2's project delivery. John is on the ground making sure KA2 deliver on their promise. Everyone needs a John.

John Reynolds

Programme Director

https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-reynolds-a918595/

John recently joined KA2 as Programme Director. His successful career spans over 30 years in a cross section of IT roles within the financial services sector. Primarily focused on infrastructure initiatives he originally worked within the network arena before moving into various management roles. His management roles expanded into trading floor support where he was responsible for infrastructure services at Bankers Trust, Chase Manhattan and JP Morgan. Each of these roles encompassed a multi-discipline team responsible for the business globally. In 2005, he joined Reuters and held portfolio management roles covering large, global shared infrastructure and real-time network divisions. In 2010, John returned to banking, working at Barclays for two years, running their digital infrastructure portfolio. This was followed by a five year stint at Lloyds where he held senior roles in portfolio programme management in the retail and consumer division.

Throughout his distinguished career, John has been involved in multiple technical disciplines in the addition to “management of change” in all its forms. He has extensive experience in business case formulation and programme utilisation moving through a project lifecycle to close. He is currently onsite at a leading financial institution, helping them formulate their five year technology transformation strategy and is responsible for exploring all the possibilities Cloud services could provide.

Outside of work John focuses his time on his family life. Having four grown-up children and two young grandsons weekends are always busy. He is interested in Motor Racing, Football, Rugby and loves great Blues and Soul music.

Simon Atkinson - Lead Voice Consultant

'Simon says' couldn't be more apt for our lead voice consultant. A wealth of experience across the telephony vendors working specifically in financial services. Simon is a keen blogger and can often be found on the speaking circuit!

Simon Atkinson

Lead Voice Consultant

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/contactcentrearchitect

Starting his career working for a number of telephony vendors including Avaya, Verint and AT&T, Simon has successfully utilised his broad and deep technical expertise covering contact centres, trader voice and unified communications working in the financial services sector. He is recognised as an accomplished strategy and architecture specialist defining bold strategies for voice technologies in investment banking with capabilities across multiple disciplines ranging from service improvement and implementation management to design and governance.

Simon is guest blogger for a number of technology firms. He is a regular on the speaker circuit on a range of industry related subjects, having recently presented on high profile subjects such as MiFiD, PCI-DSS and SIP.

Alex Magnay - Digital Workplace Technical Architect

Alex certainly does not have his 'head in the clouds' - despite his unrivalled knowledge and experience of successful cloud migration projects. A fresh approach and bundles of energy, Alex is a key member of the KA2 team.

Alex Magnay

Digital Workplace Technical Architect

https://www.linkedin.com/in/amagnay/

Alex has years of experience within infrastructure engineering teams, operating at scale in investment banking and at speed in agile hedge funds. “Deploying datacentres is interesting work the first couple of times, but then maintaining all that kit is a drag. I deployed a grid compute cluster on Amazon Web Services and very quickly it was clear that public cloud was the way forward.” Since then, as CTO at a managed services provider, Alex helped several asset managers migrate to cloud hosted trading environments. At KA2, he is bringing his experience to bear on a cloud migration project within a leading investment bank.

Andy Downs - Programme Manager for Modern Workplace

If you don't have a 'modern workplace' - quite frankly you're not living. A seasoned professional having worked with some of the world’s most demanding teams, Andy knows what it takes to deliver robust digital workspace transformations.

Andy Downs

Programme Manager for Modern Workplace

https://www.linkedin.com/in/andydowns/

Andy Downs, IT programme manager with over 25 years’ experience in the financial services arena working for leading global players including Fidelity International, UBS and JPMorganChase.

Specialising in the delivery of modern end user experiences such as Office 365, Mobility and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Andy brings a wealth of knowledge to Digital Workplace transformations.

In between the demands of work and family life, Andy is a keen motorcyclist and will often be found at various racetracks around the UK and Europe during the summer months.

Lewis Martin - Head of ITSM and ServiceNow

Not to be mistaken for Lewis Hamilton, our Lewis also has a need for speed - whether it be on foot when completing the London Marathon or on his beloved motorbike. However, Monday to Friday he applies his Formula 1 approach to IT Service Management.

Lewis Martin

Head of ITSM and ServiceNow

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lewis-martin-5078311/

Lewis brings a wealth of experience to the KA2 team. This includes managing a number of consulting practices within Europe and as an IT Service Manager for a City financial services firm. He has in-depth knowledge across a variety of IT Service Management platforms, most notably ServiceNow.com. Lewis is helping KA2 to shape and build our Service Management Practice and is also leading a number of our major ITSM client engagements.

We believe that a consulting partner should be vendor agnostic, able to offer direct and impartial advice and guidence across service management and the supporting tooling and platforms. His deep understanding of customer requirements enables him to drive and support technology transformation programmes into small or enterprise scale organisations, irrespective of whether they are just starting out or are already on a change journey

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