Things clients, colleagues, team members and partners have published about Oscar
Gareth Thomas, Managing Director at Calls2Account:
Calls2Account are a fast growing company and in the last year we have won pan-European contracts with a number of car manufacturers. This has meant a step-change in our approach to business and in particular our security procedures as our clients demand ISO27001 compliance. We had a number of things already in place but Oscar came in and pulled together all the various parts of our organisation to create a consolidated central policy and process which delivered against our customers requirements.
He understood from the outset that like all small companies we are a busy organisation and we do not have a lot of free resource to spend time on this activity. He worked well with myself, the Head of IT and the HR Director to deliver the results. He was highly practical and showed an excellent working knowledge his subject area and how it applied to us and what we do.
He also took the time to simplify the process for us. We understood what we had to do and why and equally importantly, what we didn’t have to do. All this took place over a short period of time, Oscar did a lot of the work himself and always to the timescales he had promised. The results were that in our ISO 27001 audit we achieved an excellent result and were praised by the auditor as having one of the most comprehensive approaches to security that they has seen in a company of our size.
Greg Collins, Operations Director at Sightsavers:
Oscar understands the tension inherent in trying to run a business well whilst maintaining or implementing information security standards and is able to make a cogent case that doing the latter enables the former.
Alexandre Bykov, Team Leader at British Standards Institution
Oscar O’Connor was one of the leaders in development of PAS 77 project; he was involved in initiation and implementation stages. Oscar’s contributions were extremely valuable in development of a new standard.
Phil Jones, Director at Hawk IA Consultants
Oscar has a very broad and comprehensive knowledge of the diverse discipline that captures Information Assurance. This knowledge, coupled with his natural ability to identify skills and then draw draw down effectively on the abilities of his staff, makes Oscar a very successful senior manager. He is an ambitious, aspirational and intuitive thinker who has the extraordinary talent of being able to measure the art of the possible against the technical and physical constraints that define the overall ability of delivering against demanding targets. Oscar is an impressive performer as a senior manager in the ever changing environment of Cyber Security and articulates his case particularly well. Amongst IA professionals and IT Security specialists, Oscar is a well respected senior manager who has the ability to ‘trail blaze’ new ideas and bring them to fruition, I can recommend his technical and management skills, his determination and resourceful abilities unreservedly.
David Livingstone, Associate Fellow at Chatham House
Oscar is a highly motivated results-oriented manager with an exceptionally refined business acumen. He sees the bigger picture, and identifies how individual talents embedded within is delivery organisation can be assembled to provide discriminating output. His measured analysis of how to integrate capabilities with the needs of business economics is a rare skill that underpins his value to the organisations he serves
Stuart Compton, Principal Security Consultant at Info-Assure
Oscar is a highly experienced Manager with a solid understanding of Information Security and business processes. He always works to a very high standard, is very articulate and an excellent communicator. He has considerable experience of Professional Services and impressed me with his understanding of client security requirements and the need for introducing new service lines to meet the requirements of the changing markets and grow the practice.
Vince McLaughlin, Business Development Manager at Adam Continuity
Oscar’s professional approach to each of the projects he was involved with was inspiring to those around him. He brought a high degree of business process knowledge and commercial experience with him, and ultimately we, as an organisation, benefited from his time with us. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Doug Craig, Programme Manager at Dell
Oscar provided inspiring leadership to us whilst Head of Dell professional Services. Intelligent, supportive, immensely knowledgeable and tough, but always fair, with a limitless appetite to take challenging situations head on with guaranteed delivery of great results. Leading from the front and by example, Oscar has had a significant and lasting impact on the service delivery and support at Dell. It has been an absolute privilege to work for Oscar.
Julian Murray, Global Account Manager at Dell
Having worked with Oscar for the past twelve months I have been extremely impressed by the insight and innovation that he brings to the role. He has driven significant changes in both the engagement process and delivery of professional services and is highly regarded within the business.
Kevin Moir, Client at Dell
Oscar’s strength of character, responsiveness, strong positive can do attitude and extensive experience in professional services combines with providing the best possible service to continually grow our relationship. He is an individual always open and available to provide advice and support.
Bob Devall, Head of Programme Management at Computacenter (line manager)
Oscar’s incisive mind, allied to his wide range of experience, enables him to bring both scientific and practical viewpoints to any assignment he is faced with. This is without doubt a valuable combination of skills, which is still rare in today’s IT Services Marketplace.