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

With over 25 years in the HPC and Visualisation industry I have seen many novel solutions come and go and this has kept me passionate and excited for the future. Embracing these new hardware, software and cloud technologies is what OCF do best and I firmly believe we are second to none in our complete portfolio of services and offerings to our customers. The devil is in the detail and having been involved in all aspects of solution design and technical delivery over the years I continue to instill into our team that it’s critical to oversee every single element of our customer installations to ensure that the best solution is provided to meet very precise specifications.

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Julian Fielden
Julian Fielden, Chairman

It’s 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 in such a wide range of sectors from automobile and aerospace to pharmaceutical and oil, so our work is always diverse and interesting. But perhaps most rewarding of all is that the work we do contributes to making a real difference to people’s lives. Recently we provided a solution to The University of Birmingham, which is working on ground-breaking research that will help to facilitate the treatment of cancer patients in the UK. This is just one example of some of the amazing work we contribute to.

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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 so expect to see OCF regular announcements these fields over the coming months and years.

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Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds, Alliance Director

Coming from a Royal Air Force background I’m trained to rise to a challenge. I get a real buzz from mixing my technology know-how with creativity and sales experience to bring the very best to our customers, whether current or new. Relationships are a crucial part of my role and I enjoy developing and maintaining relationships with our public and private sector organisations as well as our global technology partners. There’s never a dull moment at OCF

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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 team. My background is in delivering OCF's solution successfully to the customer requirements and aim to ensure that we are providing the best service in the industry.

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