Meet Huwel Phillips

November 17th, 2023

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We are delighted to welcome Huwel Phillips to the Solab team.

Welcome Huwel Phillips to Team Solab as our Head of Solution Architecture. With vast experience in the IT sector and a passion for technology ignited by early experiences, Huwel plays a pivotal role in crafting comprehensive IT solutions to address diverse business challenges.

Huwel has taken some time to answer a few questions to get to know him better.

What’s your career background?

I started off in Sales & Business Development before changing direction to IT at a later stage, I’ve always been interested in IT since a young age when my dad showed me how to change RAM in a computer, I ended up taking a different direction when leaving education, fundamentally one of my previous employers spotted my abilities and created a role for me in IT, something I will always be grateful for. Since my change in career path, I’ve worked in many different countries in Oil & Gas & latterly IT Services industries, progressing from 1st line helpdesk to Head of Infrastructure & Cloud before joining Solab as Head of Solution Architecture. I specialise in leadership & strategy with a technical focus on Infrastructure, Networking & Cloud Technologies

What were you most looking forward to in your new role?

I’m looking forward to working with the team on helping Solab to become an IT Services market leader and guiding our customers on how technology can work better for them.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

I was having a driving lesson many years ago and couldn’t nail reverse parking in a bay using points of reference; eventually my driving instructor said, “just reverse the damn thing in”. Whilst it’s not strictly a piece of advice, I’ve always got that saying in my mind when I may be working through something a bit more challenging and, yes… that piece of “advice” worked wonders ever since.

What has been your biggest challenge?

I fractured my face at the bottom of a mountain several years ago, fortunately I had some great friends from a mountaineering group with me on that day that saved my bacon, a helicopter ride later saw me in Hospital getting stitched back together. After some months of recovery, I got back on the saddle and climbed the Aonach Eagach. The picture I’ve used is of me at the edge of ‘The Chancellor’ whilst walking across the ridge.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Spending time with my family, watching our son wreak havoc at softplay and taking the dog on a long walk. I’m a motorcyclist and IAM member, you’ll often find me out on runs with the advanced group. I’m also a bloodbike rider and board member for our local bloodbike charity “North East Rider Volunteers”, if you ever see a bloodbike rider out and about, make sure to give them a wave!

When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A car designer or a teenage mutant ninja turtle; who says you can’t be both!

 

 

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