Ian Patten BSc MBCS CEng
Ian has 34 years IT industry experience encompassing portfolio management, programme and project delivery, and business consulting.
Ian helped to establish, mature, and support, a Corporate Portfolio Management capability for the investment board of a client organisation. This involved a budget of around £750M p.a. distributed across the work of around a dozen new capability programmes and the ongoing support requirements for existing capabilities.
Delivery expertise has been acquired through the execution of large and complex technology integration and business change programmes, most notably for UK Central Government and for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group. Ian has extensive experience of the full programme lifecycle from requirements gathering through to post-implementation support. Recent assignments have included considerable work on business cases, benefits realisation, and external collaboration. Ian has proven stamina for long and challenging assignments should that be required.
Ian has also undertaken a number of shorter business consulting assignments notably with Reuters and the Isle of Man Government, where he has produced strategy reports and recommendations for senior management within the client organisations. His strategic insights and clear, focused reports and presentations have been well received.
Ian gained much in his personal development from his 2 years as a Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) volunteer in Zimbabwe, including the ability to share skills and communicate effectively with colleagues from a different culture. This was accomplished with little backup or support from home.
Ian has consistently shown himself to be an effective worker with strong technical, motivational and communication skills. His reputation for getting things done additionally owes much to his pragmatism, good humour and tenacity.
Ian has been continuously involved in IT since graduating in 1983, spending 13 years at Logica, 2 years in Zimbabwe with VSO, and 12 years at Charteris, before joining X-Net as a partner in 2011.