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Matthew Poole
Director - Public Sector

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Areas of responsibility within Forfusion

I’m responsible for all of Forfusion’s business within the public sector, ensuring that our strategy, culture and vision are applied to a variety of projects, spanning both local and central government.

Industry experience

I’ve immersed myself in technology since 1989 and gained significant project lifecycle experience throughout this time. I’m therefore well placed to understand my customers’ challenges and how to best utilise Forfusion’s experienced consultants and our strong vendor relationships to address these.

I’ve spent the vast majority of my career working within the public sector with the Ministry of Defence and Home Office; I also have valuable experience in the commercial sector - because of that, I’m able to benefit from lessons learnt from both verticals. 

I’ve worked extensively with technologies from the market-leading vendors, specialising in Cisco Routing and Switching for the last 15 years, as well as working with collaboration, data centres and security. To ensure I’m at the top of my game, I attained Cisco’s CCIE status and rounded off my technical skills with CISSP and APM qualifications.

Background

I accidentally fell into technology when I left school, joining the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a young and naive 17-year-old, thinking I’d joined up to change runway lights. As well as teaching me some important life lessons, the RAF gave me exposure to many communications technologies from HF radio through to deployable networks and satellite communications.

I spent the majority of my RAF career in Cornwall, and was fortunate in my last couple of years to have a role travelling at short notice to various sandy locations hoping that Kate Adie wasn’t there already as that was a sure sign we wouldn't get much sleep!

It was in my last couple of years in the RAF that I discovered the delights of a career in IT, since then I’ve had various fascinating (and often challenging) roles within the public and private sector industries including a number of years working within a vendors Advanced Services team.

Favourite quote

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want"

Zig Ziglar

For you to achieve you need to understand what your team, your family, your friends want to achieve and do everything you can to help them get it.

Other interests

I'm very lucky to have an incredibly patient family. I typically relax with either a round of golf or by training for an endurance event. I regularly get up on weekends for a run at 4:30 so I can play golf afterwards!

My team and customers are quite dispersed and as a result, I spend a lot of time travelling. To use the time productively I like to listen to podcasts, my favourites are Manager Tools (they have great tips on how to effectively manage a team), Packet Pushers (topical technical discussions) and We're Alive (I don't like zombie films, but this is awesome).