Mike MacKechnie B.Sc.          Curriculum Vitae            last updated 14/09/05

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Personal Information

Marital status: Married, 2 children
Nationality: British
Date and Place of Birth: 16/06/1961, Croydon, England.
Languages Spoken - English (native), French (basic), Spanish (Principiante)


Sept 79 to July 83 Birmingham University, Bristol Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham.
B.Sc. In Civil Engineering with lower second-class honours.

Sept 68 to June 78 Bedford School, Glebe Road, Bedford
4 'A' Levels Oxford & Cambridge JEB - 1 @ Grade A, 3 @ Grade D
13 'O' Levels Oxford & Cambridge JEB - 3 @ Grade A, 6 @ Grade B, 4 @ Grade C

Key Technical Skills

Unix (Sun Solaris) and Windows (9x/2000/NT5/XP) System Build and Admin experience
Web Design and Build (Microsoft IIS, Abyss and Apache Web Servers)
Web based application development using ASP and PHP
Web page design using FrontPage 2000, Image Composer, PaintShop Pro
MS-Access and MySQL Database Administration
Microsoft Office

Career History

Duration & Location Duties References
29 April - 26 August 2005 
HR Recruitment, County Hall, Bedford
  • Designed and built an MS-Access database to store details of CRB Clearance Checks
  • IT Support to HR Department
  • HR Administration
Fiona Fiander,
HR Recruitment,
County Hall, Bedford
25 December 2004 - now Self employed technical consultant and web designer (e.g. http://www.moreblackthanpurple.co.uk/)  
13 24 December 2004 Warehouse Assistant at amazon.co.uk (on behalf of People People Recruitment Ltd.)  
January & May October 2004  
February - April 2004 Social Services, County Hall, Bedford
  • SAP Application Support
  • IT Admin
  • Providing MS Office and Windows XP training to Social Workers
Sarah Rayner, 
Bedfordshire Social Services, Kingsway
Email: Sarah.Rayner@bedscc.gov.uk
September December 2003 Exchequer Services, County Hall, Bedford
  • Invoice Processing for Bedfordshire County Council using SAP R3
Debbie Bartell,
Recruit PLC,
44 Allhallows,
Bedford MK40 1LN
Email: bedford@recruitgroup.co.uk
1997 - 2003 BT Group PLC Technical Implementation Manager
  • Project Manager for IT-related projects
  • Provided technical and troubleshooting support to Programme Managers
  • Performed system design and build activities where necessary (e.g. Unix system builds, database and web server builds, authoring of procedures, etc.)
  • I worked on a variety of projects. The main ones are listed in detail here. I also designed and built web pages for internal use throughout this role.
Reference Team, 
Accenture HR Services, 
PP KG06, Kestrel House, Timbold Drive, Kents Hill Park,
Milton Keynes MK7 6TT


1988 - 1997 BT Group PLC IBM OS/390 System Software Support
  • Technical Support Manager for IBM O/S Software (e.g. MVS, CICS, VTAM, NCP etc.)
  • Responsible for Network software maintenance and performance
  • First line support for system software related problems
1987 1988 BT Group PLC
System Data Conversion Manager
  • Responsible for converting data from legacy systems into new customer management system.

  • Performed system testing of conversion software

  • Wrote Easytrieve and COBOL software programs to convert "bad" data.

1985 - 1987 Granada Computer Services     Programmer

Wrote programs in PL/I, COBOL and MANTIS (a 4th GL)

Performed System Testing for Point of Sale project

1984 - 1985 Granada TV Rental Ltd. Distribution & Purchasing

Mainly clerical and office admin work

Designed and built a spreadsheet based system for monitoring sales trials

1983 - 1984 No steady employment. Spent 3 months travelling across America.

You can see my training records here.