Léon Crisp – CEO and founder
Léon is regarded by the industry as a visionary and secureVirtual was born from his passion for technology. Léon first started programming computers in 1980 when he was 10 years old (using a Sinclair ZX80). His fascination with the world around him, and how things work, led him to study science at Cambridge University where he gained an MA.
After graduating, Léon spent the next 20 years designing and developing business software applications and network infrastructures, including the SVi private cloud hosting platform and the secureVirtual business.
Why did you go into IT?
Because I love designing, building and improving “machines” and systems. As a teenager, I would spend hours tuning my car engine to get maximum miles per gallon. (And discovered car analogies can be used for every situation!) I also built several boats. When I bought a house, I completely rebuilt it.
I now see IT as an area of amazingly exciting opportunity for creating and improving our future.
Who inspires you?
That’s a hard one as it is quite wide ranging, so a full answer would be very long. I feel inspired every day by people I interact with and things I read, or see. It might not always be “who”, as I am often inspired by nature, animals, plants, and the world around me. I am inspired by people that make a real effort to serve others.
Name a favourite book
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Currently reading several books, including An Intimate History of Humanity by Theodore Zeldin.
Léon lives with his wife in London. Driven by learning, Léon is always studying many things at once, including new technologies, science, Japanese, philosophy, psychology, health, anthropology. He also really enjoys travelling, exploring ideas through conversation, and learning about other cultures.
Choice of coffee would be a mint tea.
Adam Bradley – COO
Adam has a passion for building businesses through creating development opportunities and building strong client relationships. He is always keen to learn from his peers – customers and colleagues alike.
Before joining secureVirtual, Adam was a founding member of a Managed IT Services company which started from scratch with 3 guys in a small office in 2008. After growing this company for 5 years it was a leading provider in its field, employing 25+ staff with a turnover of £5M, at which point it was acquired and Adam moved to secureVirtual.
Why did you go into business?
Initially – to make money! However, I have since gained an understanding of how businesses are built and seen a number of different styles and approaches to this. I became less interested in the short term value of a monthly pay-cheque or salary, and far more interested in the bigger picture: to create a sustainable, meaningful business which values its customers and staff, and which is rewarding for all who engage with the business.
Who inspires you?
My children – I find myself constantly amazed by how they develop both physically and cognitively, and enjoy the challenge of helping them achieve. Much of my own inspiration is taken from people around me, both professionally and outside of the world of work. Seeing someone make a conscious decision to change something and, more importantly, then do something about it, is the most inspiring thing for me to see – regardless of the ultimate outcome of the change, so long as the energy and passion was there to try it.
Name a favourite book
I couldn’t name one easily, and in this digital age have become less of a book reader and particularly so since the children were born. However, I have recently discovered audio books and I am now finding the time to listen in the car or when travelling which is a very efficient use of time. Additionally I enjoy reading newspapers and/or articles specific to my world or my industry to keep up with current affairs and apply new thinking to work, and life.
Adam lives with his family in Epsom and enjoys spending time with the children when not working. He has a desire to understand how things work so can also often be found fixing things or attempting to build home improvements at weekends!
Choice of coffee would be a Latte.
Philip Anderson – Chairman
Philip is an energetic, insightful and widely experienced company director and advisor with a successful corporate and entrepreneurial track record. He has a deep interest in people dynamics and different cultures, and has extensive experience of mentoring and coaching senior executives and younger people.
He finds it difficult to answer the question ‘where do you come from?’, as he has spent much of his life either living or working overseas, and feels very much a citizen of the world with a particular affinity with SE Asia where he was CEO of an insurance joint venture. Among other initiatives, Philip has co-founded an award winning consulting and technology business, and chairs Global Business Partnership Alliance (GBPA).
What brought you into business?
I was lucky as I did a business degree which included a year’s commercial experience. I worked for a hosiery and knitwear supplier to Marks & Spencer where I was given the challenge of persuading people in the factories to try some innovations in process and machinery.
I learnt a huge amount about people, process, technology, collaborative working and innovation in a very short time and I have not stopped learning ever since. I also discovered how hard it is to develop effective customer/supplier relationships, which if anything, are a bigger challenge now because of the extended value chain that we all operate in.
What’s your favourite book?
Impossible question! As with music, without which I’d struggle to survive, I have a very eclectic taste. I don’t believe that there are good or bad books or music. If you like it, then it matters to you.
I am always on the lookout for something that I’ve not read or heard before, and will follow up on other people’s recommendations.
Learn more Philip lives in Surrey with his wife, who writes and advises on communications, and they have four daughters. He enjoys sport, the arts and exploring different cultures. He believes that the most important attributes for success are to be curious and to develop outstanding listening skills.