Meet our board of advisors

The KITC is supported by an advisory board, who make sure that we offer services that are relevant, valuable, and delivered to a high quality.


Rodric Yates, IBM

I am currently CTO and Global Technical Director at IBM for one of IBM’s largest customers. After starting my career as a pharmacologist working on drug interaction on cell ion channels in the brain I moved into IT and Technology and has been there ever since in UK, European and Global roles as a software engineering manager, technical consultant, Sales leader for Apple and running the CTO office for Public Sector engagement across Europe.

I was born in Cardiff and grew up all over the UK, settling to do my GCSE and A levels in Rochester, Kent at the Rochester Mathematical School.
I am married and have 2 children (one boy about to choose which uni to go to, grades pending, which is scary stuff) and a daughter about to sit her GCSE next year. I live in Bristol where I did a BSc and MSc in Neuropharmacology at the University of Bristol.


Ben Fitter, Dodgems & Floss

I co-founded CardBoardFish, an SMS messaging technology company and carrier, in 2000 and completed a successful exit to the market leader in 2014. Since then I have applied my skills in a number of different ways, including local government as a Canterbury City Councillor and as Studio Director at Dodgems and Floss, a creative design studio on Canterbury high street.


Sean Hale, Senior Consultant at Socitm Advisory

Sean is a Senior Consultant at Socitm Advisory. Socitm is the professional network for digital leaders in the transformation of public services. And the membership association for these professionals and currently represents over 700 public and private sector organisations. Prior to this Sean was the CIO for an East Kent shared service organisation.

Sean has over 25 years experience of leading and managing diverse technology teams and services within large public sector, private and third sector organisations. His leadership portfolio covers a wide repertoire including advising and coaching board level stakeholders and C Suite clients, business partnering, information governance, IT and Digital Strategy, contract management and procurement.

Sean is a futurist at heart and passionate about digital people, digital practice, new technologies, and how they align to transform business and humanity. Qualified to post graduate level and recently achieved an Executive Diploma in Digital Business Leadership.

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John Costello, Insurance Services

I spent the first 14 years of my computing industry career in a multinational IT and management consultancy company, working on a multitude of  projects for clients in various industry sectors.  During this time my  project responsibility included roles of  Analyst Programmer, Database Designer, System Designer, Business Analyst, Team Leader and Project Manager.

The next 11 years found me in the Finance industry, initially as a Project Manager and then as a Development Manager responsible for a 24 hour, 7 days a week application and infrastructure outsourced managed service with a guaranteed contingency and disaster recovery facility for a group of international commercial clients.

During the most recent 8 years, I have found plenty to keep me occupied as the IT Director of a company providing specialist insurance services for shipowners, architects and brokers.

Along the way I have acquired a BSc in Physics at Warwick University, an MEng in System Engineering at Cardiff University and achieved CITP recognition at the BCS.


Simon Wilson, Founder of Red Bullet

Having started Red Bullet, a full service agency, back in 2006, Simon led the creation of a dedicated web development arm of the business back in 2004 alongside Andy and Tim. With experience in the digital sector spanning 20 years Simon has worked with clients from small SME’s to household names such as Santander, NASA, BT, Expedia and many more.

Simon is able to understand complex processes and evolve them into simple digital tasks, always speaking in plain english.

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Amanda Ollier, School of Computing Administration Manager, University of Kent

Head of the professional services team in the School of Computing at the University of Kent I have a background in HE administration and customer service management. A passionate proponent for a rounded education in all areas of life, I think the KITC is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain real-world experience to compliment their academic study, whilst serving the wider community they are part of - a real win-win in my eyes

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Simon Thompson, Professor of Logic and Computation, School of Computing, University of Kent

Researcher, author and teacher, based at the University of Kent. My research has covered many aspects of functional programming, including verification, tool building and testing for Erlang, Haskell and OCaml. I’m author of books on type theory, Haskell and Erlang, and run a MOOC on Erlang for FutureLearn. Around the KITC from the start - I wrote the bid to HEIF that got the whole thing going, and have experienced all the highs and lows along the way since then.

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Richard Jones, Head of the School of Computing, University of Kent

Researcher, author and teacher, and head of the School of Computing at the University of Kent. My research has focussed on the implementation of programming languages. I am the author of two books on automatic dynamic memory management ('garbage collection'). and editor of the journal Software Practice and Experience. I'm a big fan of the KITC, both as a way for our students to get real consulting experience, and as a service for local companies and organisations.

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Jason Marshall, KITC Business Manager, University of Kent

I started my career as a Biologist working for a global pharmaceutical company, where I completed a higher apprenticeship, gaining a BSc in Biological Sciences. I moved from biology, to bioinformatics and finally into software development, working in a range of industries from sport's science, to finance, to psychology research (when I came to the University). I now lead the day-to-day operations of the KITC, and have just seen my fifth cohort of student consultants graduate into industry!