Wil Cunningham

Award winning IT Consultant

WilPower IT Consulting Ltd is the personal website of Wil Cunningham - award winning IT consultant.

Wil was the winner of the "Outstanding Contribution to the Industry by an Individual" category in the FST awards 2010, which held its 10th anniversay on the 25th March at the Lancaster London Hotel, Bayswater.

This was a highly prestigious event in which the FST recognised excellence and innovation in the field of Information Technology within the UK and the EMEA financial sector.

Wil is renowned for his ability to deliver projects and meet technical challenges, and has long experience in the industry.

In 2015 Wil completed an assignment in Manchester City Council.

May 2015 to Sep 2015 Wil reported to the CIO of Manchester City Council, and ran ITC Service Operations and Applications during their exit from their previous Data Centre to a new location, driving the inevitable recoveries, and teething problems associated with any major transformation.

Wil also established industry standard ITIL processes (Transformation CAB, technical change reviews, service huddles, Major Incident acceleration, Implementation Planning, PIR etc) , to support and accelerate the exit , whilst maintaining operational stability.

He scoped and launched a 2 year funded Service Improvement Plan that will take MCC to their Target Operating Model, and drove the recruitment and role profiling for the Service portion of that TOM.

Wil established clear accountabilities for service including financials and continuous improvement in the TOM.

This was Wil's first time outside Financial Services, and it was a great experience with very professional people.

As of 21st March 2016 Wil is available for new contracts.

Wil Cunningham IT Consultant London
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Wil's Key Skill Areas

From 2010 - 2012 - Lead of building and supporting an End to End proving environment for the LBG and HBOS technology integration.

Group IT Lead Command & Control and Execution at LBG, defining approach, 2 level planning , planning methodology and tools. Planning and logistics for all events (Proving Cycles, Rehearsals and LIVE events).

Lead the team that created all plans, C & C documentation ran all walkthroughs and interface to BAU ITIL.

Lead Business Interface for Interim Business Process support, Post Go Live Support, IT support and dependencies to Business plans.

Within RBS 2009 - Programme Director for the Datacentre Optimisation Programme - deferring data centre expansion spend for 3 years and the build for 5 years.

In 2009 we delivered almost a mW power savings across the Data Centres (saving a 7 figures £ per annum), over 50% server estate virtualised, thousands of servers decommissioned and thousands of network ports freed up. Also delivering 7% of the Group's committed Power Savings saving on Carbon Tax.

From 2003 - 2006 - Head of RBS Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity - Set up professional team / processses that improved RBS recovery and made it three times faster, making it world class - same for Insurance services such as DL / Greenflag and Churchill and globally ABN AMRO.

RBS now in top world rankings for DR. Permanently moved data centre in 2005 using these FSA audited processes and technologies in a world class time.

For details of Wil's recent assignment at Nationwide click here.

From 2006 - 2007 - Set up project and programme delivery factories (9) to expedite technology project delivery throughout RBS.

2009 worked directly for Director of Distributed Infrastructure for 3 months from January to March - to plan the Techology Services elements of the Strategic Review and set-up the supporting programme and PMO and confirming benefits.

2008-2009 - Constructed the governance models and business alignment process along side AAB colleagues. Created the PR and communication elements to launch this new programme as of January. Dealt with audit, legal and compliance and assisted with the implementation models.

2000-2002 - Ran a Business led programme's programme office / programme to ensure that RBS payments systems PROPAY was ready for the NatWest Integration. Was seconded for 6 weeks during this period back to RBS IT to plan and implement the migration of RBS technology systems to the new RBS2GSI (end game target platform).

Nat West - 2002 Ran a technology planning team that constructed the implementation migration approach, the plans, the schedules of events and coordinated and executed the rehearsal weekends and live weekends - including a major DR failover in the 2nd last rehearsal.

1997 - Williams and Glynns - developed the move approach , the plans, created and ran the rehearsals as part of a team of implementation specialists.

1997 - 2000 - Y2K Testing and Compiance manager - Drove the technology testing plan, created the testing schedule, ran the build factory, ran the rehearsals and live weekends.

Seconded to various project and incidents, from Payments programmes, critical applications to full data centre recovery.

Within Disaster Recovery - I have failed over data-centres, 4-6 times a year, multiple brands. Moved data centres, changed business models, ran trials, 'dirty recoveries', lift and shifts etc.


FST Awards 2010

Click below to read about Wil's FST award for Outstanding Individual 2010

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FST Live 2010

Click below to read an extract from Wil's keynote speech at the FST Live Data Centre Conference

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Wil's CV

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