John Steele

Summary of Qualifications

John Steele is a retired Information Technology Specialist who has in-depth skills across the IT industry. This has knowledge has been acquired through working for over 50 years in the industry.

Recent work has been mainly in the defence sector where his broad knowledge base enables a unique insight into security issues, especially at the network and security layers. He has experience in both hardware and software design and implementation as well as working with security accreditors to achieve an accreditable design in systems that carry a high protective marking.

The level of detail about projects and clients below is constrained by confidentiality considerations due to the nature of the work undertaken.

Professional Qualifications

Current Certifications Year
BSc Hons Electrical Engineering 1963
Member of British Computer Society (MBCS) 1991
Chartered Engineer (CEng) 1998
Chartered IT Professional (CITP) 2003

Technical Expertise

Area Years
Hardware design 25
Operating system kernel design/implementation 5
Network Architecture/implementation 40+
Software design and implementation 40+
System Architectures 20+
Computer manufacturer 14
Financial market (Trading room) system architecture 7
Defence Sector systems design 20
Software/systems/security consultancy 20+


Where When
Manchester Grammar School 1954 to 1960
Manchester University 1960 to 1963

Specific Technical Skills

Area Years
Familiar with the Cabinet office Security Policy Framework and particularly with the related topic of Auditing and Protective Monitoring 10
Expertise with TEMPEST threats and related protective measures 20
Networking, including secure design for LAN, WAN, and satellite communications for commercial and military applications, and problem investigation 40+
Visualisation of both Server and Desktop using mainly VMWare 8
Automation of VMWare environment deployment using PowerShell 3
Windows Operating Systems from Windows 1 onward 30
Software development tools e.g. Visual Studio 20
Familiarity with most of the current programming languages including C, C++, C#, Python, Java etc. 25
Knowledge of XML/XLST technology 10
Relevant Project Expertise Years
Large Defence system project delivery 20
Finance sector project delivery 10
Relevant Industry Expertise Years
Computer manufacturer 15
Special hardware and software design 10
Defence contracts 20
Finance sector 7

Relevant Project Experience

Contract with HP from June 2014 to retirement at end of 2018

Role = Network/Security Architect

The system was operated as a managed service to the government department. The design contract was via a managed service provider.

Contract with HP from Jan 2014 to Feb 2014

Role = Network/Security Architect

Network design enhancement for a proposed major expansion to a current IL4 Government system

HP internal project from Sep 2012 to Oct 2013

Role = Technical/Security Architect

Technical consultancy on Security for an internal IT IL3 system accredited for connection to government networks

HP for government contract from Oct 2011 to Aug 2012

Role = Technical/Security Architect

Thin client/VDI Desktop system for a sensitive government system

HP for government contract from Feb 2011 to Oct 2011

Role = Technical/System implementation

Automation of AppV sequencing for applications that support “silent install” using a standard installer. This process also requires programmatic interaction with VMWare ESX to control virtual machines and was implemented using PowerShell.

HP as consultant to government client from Dec 2009 to Feb 2011

Role = Technical/Security Architect

Prototype/proof of concept of a design using thin client solution to deliver streaming video/web access from remote resources with varying security/reputation challenges across a common network

EDS/ATLAS consortium at Reading and then Hook from Dec 2008 to Dec 2009

Role: System and Network Architect


EDS member of bid team to government department from Dec 2007 to May 2008

Role: network/security lead


EDS - Delivery of urgent operational requirement for MoD from Nov 2006 to May 2008

Role: Technical Architect


Operational system comprising initially three resilient interconnected sites supporting initially 700 rugged workstations and fully integrated into the NATO HQ was fully installed in "Theatre" in under 5 months and received commendation from UK government department as an "exemplar project"

Prior to EDS

BT Syntegra From 1992 to 2005 (2003-2005 as contractor)

Bid for SCOPE project

Role: Technical Leadership


Bid and Implementation for Land Systems Reference Centre at Blandford

Role: Technical Leadership


Soroban Systems Ltd From 1990 to 1992 and 2003 to 2005

Role: Principal Consultant

Consultancy services to a number of clients including BT, DrumGrange, Berkshire County Council including security documentation, implementation of software for a prototype for a bid etc.

Data Logic From 1976 to 1990

Role: Chief Engineer of Engineering division, consultant to sales team for delaing room nids to financial institutions and then Resident Technical Support Manager based in Tokyo


>Computer Technology from 1970 to 1976

Role: Initially joined as a hardware desing engineer but became Team Lead and design authority for the Operating System Kernel team


Ferranti from 1963 to 1970

Role: Initially a junior engineer (first job) then a more senior engineer with responsibilty for most standard peripherals (printers, punches, card and paper tape readers and the Magnetic Tape controller. Our division in Ferranti provided Industrial Process Control computers building on their success in the Bloodhound military system