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Steve Shallcross

IT Consultant / Interim CTO / Transformation

Can work in or around Newton-le-Willows, Liverpool, Chester, Warrington, Manchester

  • 53.45
  • -2.6
  • Suggested rate €750 / day
  • Experience 7+ years
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Location and workplace preferences

Newton-le-Willows, England, United Kingdom
Can work onsite in your office in
  • around Newton-le-Willows and 50km
  • Around Liverpool and 20km
  • Around Chester and 10km
  • Around Warrington and 20km
  • Around Manchester and 20km


Project length
  • ≤ 1 week
  • ≤ 1 month
  • Between 1-3 months
  • Between 3-6 months
  • ≥ 6 months
Business sector
  • Agriculture
  • Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Automobile
  • Aviation & Aerospace
+46 other
Company size
  • 1 person
  • 2-10 people
  • 11 - 49 people
  • 50 - 249 people
  • 250 - 999 people
+2 other


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  • English

    Native or bilingual


Skills (49)

Steve in a few words

Experienced, hands-on, with a history of working in the financial services, retail, and automation industries.

Can work remotely (within GMT +/- 8), or hybrid anywhere in the UK (depending on site visit frequency).

Strategic and innovative technology leader with 20+ years of experience driving digital transformation and delivering business value through technology solutions. Proven ability to align technology with business goals and bring technology-enabled change to organizations of all sizes. Expert in leveraging cutting-edge technology to improve efficiency, productivity, and customer satisfaction.

Key Skills & Competencies:
- Strategic planning and implementation
- Digital transformation and innovation
- Cyber Security
- Technology solutions architecture
- Business process improvement
- IT governance and risk management
- Team management and leadership
- Budget management and cost optimization
- Vendor management and negotiation
- Up to date hands on experience with database and development tools


Deepbridge Capital

Chief Information & Technology Officer

January 2021 - February 2023 (2 years and 1 month)

Leading the Digital Strategy and Transformation of Deepbridge.
-Hands on (where required) with Azure Architecture, Dynamics365, M365, SQL Server, Azure Data Factory, Agile, SharePoint, Teams, Architecture, PowerBI, Cyber Security
-Worked with service providers to establish a first class IT infrastructure
-Maximised the efficiency of internal and external business processes, creating new procedures where required, to deliver a modern, scalable architecture
-Oversight of the design of new processes and use of technology to deliver new products to our clients
-Championed the adoption of Agile methodologies in projects across the business
-Created a Business Intelligence platform that brings together data from various sources into a cohesive dataset to drive management reports
-Trained and empowered colleagues to embrace new technologies and security best practice
-Day to day management of the Projects team
-Established digital relationships with our external partners to improve data flow and accuracy
-Provided technical evaluation and screening of tech heavy venture capital applications
-Passed on my experiences of IT and development in start-ups with similar sized portfolio companies

Afin Technologies

Senior Vice President of Technology & Innovation

January 2020 - December 2020 (11 months)

Immediately responsible for the architecture of the Afin products such as Buxbo, SurveyMe, Entertainment, and Entertainment's Rewards & Incentives platforms.
-Prototyped / experimented / simulated new technology to try out ideas / theories and create new products.
-Decided how specific technologies would be deployed, accessed, utilised, and maintained within the application lifecycle across multiple environments.
-Contributed in-depth technical knowledge to lead the design of core systems development. My role combined strong technical architecture expertise, a solid understanding of core business functions, and a broad knowledge of hardware/software products/platforms to deliver and maintain application solutions to meet business needs.
-Created deliverables used to provide direction for managing the organisation's portfolio of solutions
-including systems (meaning not just applications, but also processes and information), shared infrastructure services, and shared application services and components to better match targeted business outcome objectives.
-Monitored the wider IT world to gain a detailed understanding of all major related technology initiatives as they related to our products and used this information to lead development projects. Additionally, I applied appropriate levels of architecture governance and architecture enablement in close concert with multiple business unit leaders and development teams.
-Varied duties included conducting technology assessments, developing technology strategies, providing the groundwork technology for application/system development patterns, internal consulting, and creation of requirement documents, reference architecture artefacts, design documents and presentations.
-The ability to identify challenges and create solutions was critical, and specific duties included developing business proposals to resolve critical challenges.


Chief Technology Officer

June 2018 - January 2020 (1 year and 7 months) I was responsible for taking our new product, Buxbo, from inception to the v1.0 release.
-Designed the Azure Cloud architecture for the new product, while keeping costs as low as possible.
-AppServicePlans, Traffic Managers, Azure SQL Database with failover, WebApps, Functions, Storage Containers & Queues, Microsoft Flow used to report hourly statistics to Slack, Azure Monitor, Virtual Machines (for Data Science / AI / ML)
-Technical presentation to our investors during the pitch. This included timescales and budget and staffing requirements for product development and the ongoing Azure Cloud infrastructure costs for DEV / UAT / PROD
-Built a team consisting of existing staff members combined with new recruitment for the development of the product, managed using Agile
-Working closely with the Marketing department to implement their designs
-Project plan rework to accommodate feedback from focus groups
-Regular updates to the board and investors on progress
-Following the v1.0 release, day to day running was handed to the Buxbo Product Manager.


Chief Technology Officer

September 2015 - January 2020 (4 years and 4 months) SurveyMe was our only product at the time I joined. Initially fully hands on while I built a team, I combined the CTO role with programming, database admin and DevOps.
-Designed a new Azure Architecture to entirely host the product
-Used App Service Plans, WebApps, Azure SQL Database, Virtual Machines, Traffic Manager, various monitors to route alerts through an Azure Function to output to Slack / SMS
-Migrated the backend from node.js to .NET Core
-Migrated the front end Dashboard from ASP Webforms to Angular2
-Created the Enterprise Dashboard for Survey analysis
-Migrated the mobile app from Cordova to Xamarin (C#)
-Worked with current and potential clients to develop new features, culminating in our presence on the Coca-Cola stand at CinemaCon in Las Vegas showcasing our image recognition feature that allows a Survey to be found and start by taking a picture of a real world object (eg, a can of Coke).
-Backend software for Survey / Reward is currently patent pending in the USA

Afin Technologies

Chief Technology Officer

September 2015 - January 2020 (4 years and 4 months)

This period encompasses the CTO roles at SurveyMe and 'buxbo'. During this time, the company rebranded from SurveyMe to AFIN Technologies. SurveyMe became a product, and then we launched 'buxbo' as separate entity.

The Sports Office

Web Developer  - As a freelancer

August 2012 - August 2015 (3 years)

Developing large scale web based sports performance management system for major football and rugby clubs hosted on Windows Azure
-6 renewals
-ASP C# .NET 4 / SQL Server 2008 R2, 2012 & 2014 / Windows Azure platform
-HTML, jQuery, CSS, Javascript, Web Services (asmx, WCF)
-NUnit testing, MVC pattern, Agile development process, GIT, SVN

AutoCoding Systems Ltd

Device Driver Developer  - As a freelancer

February 2012 - July 2012 (5 months)

.NET & VB6 driver development for industrial printers
-1 renewal
-See previous AutoCoding Systems contract for details and recommendations

AutoCoding Systems Ltd

Device Driver Developer  - As a freelancer

July 2011 - December 2011 (5 months)

.NET & VB6 driver development for industrial printers.
-1 renewal
-Development of software drivers for industrial printers
-Establish 2 way communication between devices
-Translate XML files containing print layouts into native commands
-Working alongside international partners of AutoCoding during development of new drivers


Programmer  - As a freelancer

August 2010 - June 2011 (10 months)

- 2 renewals
-Development and re-development of existing warehouse and logistics system written in C# Winforms
-Working with business specialists to create and implement functional specifications
-Converted existing .Net 2 / MSDE solution to .Net 4 / SQL Server 2008
-Rework of parts of the application to take advantage of the .Net 4 framework - use of WPF to provide better visual feedback to operators
-Tuning and optimisation of the upgraded database to improve efficiency and application response
-Reporting using Crystal Reports with a Visual Basic test application to simulate data
-Changes to existing ASP.Net Forms to reflect new business practices

Target Group

Programmer  - As a freelancer

November 2009 - August 2010 (9 months)

- 2 renewals
-Visual C# & Visual Basic .NET - Winforms; ASP.NET
-SQL Server
-Visual Basic 6
-XML Imports and Exports
-Development and support of business systems for the financial sector
-Adaptation of existing software for a new client
-80-20 split between adding new functionality, and converting existing Visual Basic 6 code to the .NET framework
-Working with the in house business analyst to produce functional specifications
-Working directly with their clients to fine tune the application to their requirements

Industrial Technology Systems Ltd (ITS Ltd)

Analyst Programmer / Project Engineer  - As a freelancer

October 2008 - July 2009 (9 months)

Visual C# & Visual Basic .NET; Winforms; ASP.NET Visual Basic 6 Oracle 10g; SQL Server Aspen IP21; GCS Graphical Control System
-Development and support of control / reporting systems for the manufacturing industry
-Creating ASP.Net Forms to report on manufacturing process data
-Creating C# .Net Winforms applications to replace legacy systems
-Working with .Net 3.5, Oracle 10g and SQL Server 2005
-Configuration of AspenOne v2006.5 data logging
-GCS (Graphical Control System)

Booker Group

Senior Analyst Programmer

January 2001 - October 2008 (7 years and 9 months)

- C; Pro*C ; Visual Basic 6; ASP; VBA
-AIX Unix; Microsoft Windows
-Device / Comms Programming (Serial & TCP/IP)
-Oracle; SQL Server;
-Wavelink 3.7; Delphi;
-Development and enhancement of a large in-house system coordinating data between 33 stores, 9 warehouses and the head office operation
-Large code base of around 200 C programs, 150 Oracle Forms and many PL/SQL packages
-Responsible for training and coaching new members of the development team



June 2000 - January 2001 (7 months)

- Visual Basic 4 & 6; SQL Server