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Kurt Beaumont-Jones
Director
Kurt still clearly remembers receiving his first computer in 1982 (aged 8), a Sinclair ZX81 with a massive 16kb of memory. He was forced to learn about the inner workings of computers because that was the only way he could play computer games successfully and troubleshoot them! Despite trying to palm off the task of learning how to fix the computer to his younger brother he eventually ended up having to do it himself. With over 20 years in the industry he isn’t that fascinated by computers anymore, how he’s stayed in the industry this long is anyone’s guess. Some speak of dark pacts whilst others say he just realises he can’t do anything else! Kurt’s philosophy is that IT contributes to the success of a business and needs to align with the business goals in order to do so. IT isn’t cool or a trend, it’s a tool to help your business. He also hates unnecessary business jargon of any type, please use plain English when speaking to him.

Favourite food: curry (hot)

Dislikes: excessive noise and wasps

Star sign: Pisces

Friends would say he’s: relaxed and friendly

Mike Lewis
Director
Mike was born in Wrexham in 1983. He’s always had a keen interest in how things work and spent much of his childhood and formative years tinkering with (and mostly breaking) computers – it’s the best way to learn he informs us! Due to his passion for business and computers he studied for a degree in Business & Computing, where, he not only achieved his honours degree but also a first class in pub studies, mostly due to his part-time job at the Pant-yr-Ochain in Gresford. Shortly after graduating an opportunity came along to join Scottish Power as a graduate IT Engineer and he leapt at the chance, it was upon joining the team at Scottish Power Mike and Kurt first worked together. It didn’t take long before they were putting ideas together for setting out on their own and by mid-2008 they formed Vigo. From a technical point of view he assures us that anything is possible, if you give him enough time… and a blank cheque. We have yet to test this theory…

Favourite food: Sunday Roast or crispy chilli beef from the Chinese takeaway

Dislikes: warm beer and bad driving

Star sign: Sagittarius

Friends would say he’s: confident, driven, nothing fazes him

Tom Barbat
IT Operations Manager
Tom has been working on computers for as long as he can remember. He looks back fondly on his memories of building his first computer with his Dad. Since joining Vigo 5 years ago in 2011, Tom has progressed from an apprentice to IT Operations Manager, he is now looking after the day to day running of the Vigo service desk and running projects. When Tom is not in work he enjoys running and keeping fit, he completed his first Marathon in 2015 in Las Vegas in 3 hours and 58 minutes and hopes do another one soon. During his time at Vigo, Tom has worked on many different aspects of the business from new systems deployment to sales and growing the services offered by Vigo including telecoms and broadband.

Favourite food: mussels

Dislikes: early mornings

Star sign: Gemini

Friends would say he’s: hardworking and driven

Michael Watson
Service Desk Team Leader
Michael is the latest young technician to take the IT world by storm, quite possibly the greatest legend in his own mind. Since joining Vigo his IT skills have advanced at a rapid rate, now he can take on a wide variety of IT tasks. Whilst still a young member of staff Michael has learnt from the best and been trained thoroughly in the art of Vigo. Michael is never afraid to tackle any task placed before him and tries to carry out all tasks with as much dedication as possible. Michael is quite possibly one the most laid back human beings on the planet, his pulse rate is so low it simply doesn’t register. This coupled with his unusual diet does at times lead his colleagues to question whether he could be classed as human. Regardless, Michael is a well-loved and highly regarded member of the team and can probably repair a laptop screen faster than anybody else at Vigo. His only weakness is sharing the same first name as one of our Directors!

Favourite food: everything?!

Dislikes: early mornings

Star sign: Capricorn

Friends would say he: sings to himself while he works

Dan McDonagh
Technical Lead
Daniel has had an interest in technology since a young age, taking on work experience in 2010 was just the start of his journey with Vigo, continuing with the work experience in school holidays throughout the next few years led to the opportunity to become a member of the team! Having been taught from the ground up by the best, Daniel’s IT skills have come on a long way since then. When he isn’t in work he is often out on his bike, cycling through as many miles as the British weather will allow. He also spends a lot of time listening to music or going out with friends.

Favourite food: not fussy

Dislikes: cinemas and anything that is slow

Star sign: Capricorn

Friends would say he’s: dedicated and helpful

Thomas Finch
Field Service Engineer
Thomas has always been interested in computers, taking them apart at a very young age. Building his first with the aid of his dad at the age of 8, since then he has developed his skills through personal research and dedication to the learning of new changes in technology. Ask him anything and he will probably know something about it! Currently developing his role as a IT Engineer, learning and becoming a great asset to the Vigo Team.

Favourite food: sausage, mash and gravy

Dislikes: bad cable management

Star sign: Leo

Friends would say he’s: what friends?!

Simon Richardson
Service Desk Analyst
Simon has been tinkering with electronics for as long as he can remember. His insatiable desire to learn has served him well with computers, spurring him to build a knowledge base sufficient to launch his career in IT. He spent two years roaming the Wirral fixing people’s computers before being tamed and set to use at Vigo. In his off time he plays video games, reads more than is probably healthy and spends far too much time helping his family with computer problems. Simon will happily talk to people about almost anything, although don’t ask him about keyboards unless you’re willing to sit through a lecture!

Favourite food: pizza

Dislikes: bad arguments and spiders

Star sign: Gemini

Friends would say he’s: friendly and loyal

Carl Mercer
Service Desk Analyst
Carl has always had a keen interest in technology ever since he was first introduced to a computer back in his early days. With some time and determination Carl built his first computer with some help from a few friends, since then he has never left its side. At the age of 18 Carl left Secondary School after finishing his A-levels and went straight into starting his apprenticeship at Vigo as a Junior IT Engineer. While he isn’t tinkering with electronic or helping his family solve IT issues, Carl enjoys playing poker with friends, whether it be on a competitive level or friendly. Although he can be a pretty big risk taker occasionally, he will always find some way to come out on top.

Favourite food: anything chicken

Dislikes: hot drinks

Star sign: Aries

Friends would say he’s: very competitive

Rasheed Saeed
Service Desk Analyst
Rasheed began his interest in computers at 14 when he received his first laptop. Since then has enjoyed learning many different technologies in IT, from programming to spreadsheets! In his spare time, he enjoys spending time gaming, improving his overall skills and knowledge, and learning many “useful” facts.

Favourite food: Anything hot

Dislikes: Getting out of bed, low quality coffee

Star sign: Leo

Friends would say he: Enjoys having a laugh and is very competitive