OCF Management Team

Consisting of the original founders and long-standing employees, the OCF management team intimately understands our industry and our customers' requirements. Get to know the team here

Management Team

OCF's management team is introduced below, however, we acknowledge that delivering a successful High Performance Computing project isn't down to one person - OCF's whole team from sales & marketing  through to technical architects, ordering, project management, solutions delivery and support all contribute to each and every successful OCF project.

Russell Slack
Russell Slack, Managing Director

After 25 years managing large-scale data challenges, I relish the opportunity to guide the HPC market and provide consultancy on emerging technologies that will transform their industries.

Our heritage has typically centred on higher education research but as the need for HPC filters into newer markets, such as life sciences and engineering, we are excited to help these customers adopt innovative HPC systems too. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are becoming the technologies to really make the most impact and it’s rewarding to be able to make these a reality.

OCF really is the only HPC, storage, cloud and AI specialist with the breadth of partners and technical capabilities in this market and my mission, as managing director, is to continue to deliver best in class solutions, technical expertise and managed service support to our valued customers.

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Julian Fielden
Julian Fielden, Chairman

As chairman, it is an absolute privilege to oversee the tremendous work we do for all our customers and to nurture such positive relationships with our long-standing partners.

We work with a wide range of industry sectors from aerospace to pharmaceutical to automotive, as well as nearly all of the main research based universities in the UK, so our work is always diverse and interesting.

It is immensely satisfying to watch our employees rise to the challenging times in which we live to continue to provide our customers and partners with the highest levels of consultancy, implementation service and support.

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Andrew Dean
Andrew Dean, Sales Director

As part of the new management team, my aim is to modernise the business and ensure we are the most knowledgeable and professional organisation in our field. My responsibility is managing the pre-sales, sales and marketing teams and helping them to achieve the most out of their territories. My goal is to continue the successes we’ve had with our core customer base in higher education and research but also build on that with a renewed focus on commercial organisations.

Cloud and AI are going to be game changers and the technologies that will drive the market forward.

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Laurence Horrocks-Barlow
Laurence Horrocks-Barlow, Technical Director

Prior to joining OCF I had a background in computing and internet technologies with an unquenchable thirst for all thing’s technology related. After University I initially worked in the computer gaming industry providing distributed gaming platforms, so scalable fast and performant computing power was something I was well aware of. I joined OCF initially as part of the Service Delivery Team and quickly became responsible for the creation and management of OCF’s storage team as well as the architecting of OCF’s storage solutions.

As Technical Director I'm now responsible for OCF’s research and development activities including its technology portfolio and absolutely love spending time with customers discussing and defining innovative solutions that fit their unique needs, its a fantastic industry to work in and the ever evolving technologies ensure I'm always learning and sharing my knowledge with others.

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Faye Exton
Faye Exton, Head of Operations

Having worked at OCF for over 20 years, I am extremely passionate about the business and the people who make us such an incredible success.

My role is to oversee internal and external procedures from procurement to project management and to streamline these processes to make efficiencies within the business. The goal is to ensure that OCF is the best in service delivery and customer experience.

It’s paramount that OCF maintains its market position as best in class for consultancy, project management and managed services, so I love the daily challenge of aligning OCF’s strategies with the market for today and tomorrow.

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