Gradient – The independent business system specialists
Choosing the correct partner for your ERP project is an important consideration. You need to be confident that they have the correct blend of ERP product knowledge, industry experience and people skills that can prove vital to the success of your project.
At Gradient we have those skills, underpinned by professional qualifications. We are flexible yet focussed and always put the Client at the centre of everything we do. Working closely with your team a Gradient consultant can add real value.
Stephanie Snaith – Managing Director
Originally a trained CIMA accountant working in industry Stephanie formed Gradient in 1997 after running various projects which identified the need for ERP project expertise. During that time she has enjoyed working with a broad cross-section of companies selecting and implementing systems that have resulted in real business benefit and that experience has helped Gradient grow to become one of the UK’s leading ERP consultancies. When she gets any free time she enjoys being with her family, traveling and landscape photography.
Mike Smith – Director
Having started his working life in the City Michael has subsequently spent over 25 years running performance and profitability improvement projects, mainly within the manufacturing and logistics sectors. Mike also has a wealth of experience in warehousing (both 3PL and Manufacturing) having been involved at a senior level in developing WMS systems. Mike sings with the RSNO and Paisley Abbey, bakes bread and would like to play Golf again (although by his own admittance hasn’t had time to lift a club for a few years).
Margaret Madden – Business Development Manager
Began her working life as a junior Secretary for a light-engineering company engaged in the manufacture of domestic appliances, eventually ending up as PA to the Group MD. She joined Gradient in 2007 as Office Administrator and because of her ability to communicate and a natural talent for establishing and maintaining business relationships became Business Development Manager shortly after. In her spare time she enjoys house renovation projects and as an avid reader has a penchant for old bookshops.
David Murray – Operations Manager
David has over 17 years’ experience within the construction industry; introducing new quality management systems and best practice policies/procedures to improve operations. He has extensive experience of managing substantial contracts, budgets and staff within a fast paced and technically detailed business sector. His wealth of IT knowledge has been utilised in the past to manage an on-premise server with over 20 user interfaces and implement solutions such as bespoke CRM software. In his spare time he enjoys watching football, spending time with the family and keeping-fit.
Ian Shorrock – Consultant
Ian joined Gradient in 2005 after working in industry for over 20 years starting in textiles and latterly in operations and logistics roles with a global medical devices company – so he feels right at home on the shop floor and can quickly get to know what makes a business tick. Combined with his extensive knowledge of the ERP market place this can be invaluable in system selection projects. Outside of work he can usually be found up a mountain or playing a guitar (badly).
Dina Beer – Consultant
As a 20 years veteran of the IT industry Dina has local and global experience in a variety of systems (ERP, CRM, BI, proprietary) and technologies (OS, DW, cyber security) but her real forte is in people and business processes and finding ways to harness IT to support them. Dina has delivered dozens of projects on time and to budget, but most importantly with smiling clients. In her free time Dina enjoys cooking, horse-riding and her family.
Iwona Malicka-Shepherd – Consultant
A maths graduate, Iwona, followed her heart and in 2001 left Poland for the UK, where she settled with her English husband in the North East. Iwona started working for CAV Aerospace where she was heavily involved in their ERP implementation and met Stephanie who managed the project. Following a move to Lancashire Iwona was invited to work for Gradient. Since then, she has been learning new skills as an ERP consultant. In her spare time she likes to learn new languages and combines her love of art and nature with walking and taking photos.
Billy Warren – Consultant
A recent graduate of Lancaster University Management School, Billy joined Gradient Consulting as the company’s first ever intern. Having previously worked for a large multinational vehicle solutions company, he moved to Gradient Consulting to develop his knowledge of the ERP sector as well as building project management and consulting skills. After a successful internship, Billy is now a permanent member of the team, and works supporting Gradient Consulting’s senior consultants and associates, with a view to become a senior consultant himself in the next few years. As an outgoing individual Billy can often be found either boxing, cycling or travelling.
Andrew Barnett – Consultant
Qualified with BSc / MSc degrees in Manufacturing Technology and Management, Andrew career has involved 20 years in various Operations and Manufacturing Management roles and 10 years in IT Management. He has been an Associate with Gradient Consulting since 2008 undertaking ERP specification and selection projects and Project Managing ERP implementations for manufacturing companies. Andrew plays Squash and enjoys Mountain Biking, Fell Walking and Backpacking
Pete Doyle – Consultant
Pete has a broad career of over 30 years in a variety of IT roles, from Software Development through to Programme Management. Having a BSc in Maths and an MBA, Pete has been an Associate with Gradient Consulting since 2006 and specialises in ERP and CRM system selections and implementations. He has also worked extensively across the world as a Microsoft Certified Trainer. In his spare time Pete enjoys music and when actually ever fit, long distance running.