Meet the Team

Choosing the correct partner to work with you on your CSI/Syteline implementation, upgrade or project is an important consideration. You need to be confident that they have the right blend of business background and knowledge, industry experience and most importantly, people skills.

These qualities are vital to the success of your project. Of course, the team also need to have the in depth knowledge of the CSI ‘Lego set’.

At Gradient, we have those skills. Underpinned by professional qualifications. We are flexible, agile and yet focused whilst always putting the client at the centre of everything we do. Working closely with your team, the Gradient consultants will add real value.

Stephanie Snaith
Stephanie SnaithDirector
A qualified CIMA accountant with a passion for troubleshooting, Stephanie created Gradient Consulting 23 years ago, when told she was unemployable!

Experienced in all aspects of delivery, including specification, selection, project management and gap analysis, Stephanie is now more focused on Gradient’s strategic direction & growing the business for the future, but still gets involved with projects that involved complex global financials & her particular favourite – costing!

Stephanie now divides her time between the UK & Spain, where she has recently purchased a large farmhouse & land, that requires a lot of renovation.  So, when not working, she focuses on plans for the house, learning Spanish, travel & photography.

Mike Smith
Mike SmithDirector
Graduating in Economics and then Psychology many years ago, Mike started his career in finance in the City.  This was at the time of the start of the universal use of electronic-based systems to bring efficiencies into the workplace and create competitive advantage, interest in manufacturing created the opportunity to switch into this world.

Over the years work brought opportunities to be part of the creation of and education in using the concepts of reliability centred maintenance as a force to increase availability on the shop floor.  During this period also involved in the creation and running of a company writing specialist warehouse management software.  (Also took the opportunity to study for an MBA).

Subsequently started working with Stephanie and Gradient and over the past five years been working together to create a process and methodology (APEX©) to help companies (particularly manufacturing) to use the implementations of ERP as a catalyst for change and business transformation.

Over the past three years has also bought into and is also growing a small (but growing) MSP in Doncaster – Twenty Four IT Services.

He enjoys music of all types, singing (Bass), and used to play golf when he had time.

Lesley Gardner
Lesley GardnerDirector
Lesley started her life within ERP Consultancy over twenty years ago, she has worked within a variety of software houses in an array of positions, including Consultant, Project Manager, Programme Manager and Consulting Manager.

As well as a wealth of experience within the consultancy world, Lesley has also worked within a wide range of industries, such as timber, distribution, manufacturing and aerospace, leading her to be full of knowledge to the gain of our consultants and clients.

In her spare time Lesley enjoys travelling, sailing in the ocean and finding new white water areas she can go canoeing in, she also practices yoga every week.

David Murray
David MurrayOperations Manager
Working in a commercial environment for over 20 years with substantial project management experience, making a significant contribution to increased company turnover from £6 million to £12 million. Introducing new quality management systems and best practice policies/procedures to improve operations. Extensive experience in managing substantial contracts, budgets and staff within a fast-paced and technically detailed business sector.

With a wealth of IT knowledge which enabled him to develop company websites and improve its reputation and branding. Implementations of business systems include bespoke Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software to establish sales leads and ultimately provide opportunities for new business. The implementation of Sage 50 cloud accounts, cleansing historical data from a previous legacy system and the interfacing of the accounts package with a bespoke PSA system optimised to suit the company’s specific requirements for time and expense management.

My experience, knowledge and proven track record demonstrate a diverse skillset and adaptability to all business processes; making me a valuable asset to any team, but also with the ability to lead teams to achieve success.

In his spare time, David likes to spend most of his time with family and friends, he is a keen sportsman, enjoys building computers, exploring new cultures and tasting new cuisines.

Sharon Gurney
Sharon GurneyOperations Administrator
Sharon has 20 years of experience working in frontline customer service. More recent experience includes ten years within the construction industry in roles such as Project Administrator and Business Administrator.

Sharon is excited to be taking the next step in her career, working to introduce new policies and procedures to help streamline office administration and HR activities throughout the business, Sharon has recently begun the process of completing her CIPD Level 3 Diploma.

When not in the office, Sharon likes to spend time with friends. Owning Siamese cats, for which she is a registered breeder, this allows her to travel around the country showing them, she also reluctantly spends time on house renovations.

Zara Towne
Zara TowneMarketing Executive
Graduating with a degree in Football Business and Marketing, Zara started her career in marketing working within the sporting industry, gaining experience which has helped with the switch to the ever-changing sector of ERP and systems, the new enjoyable challenge!

Working within marketing, her favourite aspect is social media and SEO, with the aims of helping the outreach from Gradient Consulting to the wide range of companies that would benefit from working alongside the UK’s industry-leading ERP consultancy.

In her free time, Zara likes to travel the world, creating her own adventures, attend football with her family and spend quality time with friends.

Bob Corless
Bob CorlessBusiness Analysis Manager
Although it’s been many years since graduating in Engineering Science and Management at Durham, Bob still considers himself an ‘engineer’ at heart. Following graduation, he trained as a manufacturing engineer in a large UK-based manufacturing group, and then moved to South Africa to train as a section engineer in the gold mines. Whilst in South Africa he also ran the engineering department of a mining equipment company who built underground loaders and drilling equipment.

On his return to the UK, he had his first experience of working with what was at the time an MRPII system. This was further expanded when running the planning and engineering departments in a luxury coach builder in Blackpool.

A change in direction enabled Bob to move into ERP consulting with a focus on manufacturing systems. This also included the project management of a number of ERP implementations before moving over to the ‘dark side’ and becoming a sales and account manager in a $6bn international software company.

Having had much experience across many industries, Bob is able to take onboard the challenges that businesses face and detail issues around people and processes, quickly, and understands how ERP systems may or may not support the changes that need to take place to add value to a company. Having joined Gradient in 2018, Bob still enjoys grappling with all things ‘ERP’, especially helping companies find the best solution for their needs.

Kathryn Ditchfield
Kathryn Ditchfield Product Specialist
Kath started her career in the financial services sector before leaving to have her children. Whilst on maternity, Kath graduated with a degree in Business Studies before returning to work in 2004, then spent the next 16 years working within a large window furnishing company gaining experience in various roles around the business.

During this time, Kath gained experience as an ERP user and also spent time researching different ERP systems as possible replacements for the future, which is where her interest in ERP stemmed from. Kath now works on the opposite side of the fence helping to find ERP solutions for the daily issues faced by many companies in all industries.

Now Kath’s daughters have flown the nest, she is enjoying spending her free time having ballroom and Latin dancing lessons with her husband and is also learning to ski.

Pete Doyle
Pete DoyleSenior Project Manager
Pete graduated with a degree in Mathematics and then undertook part-time study in order to also gain an MBA.  Having started his IT career over 30 years ago in ERP software design and development, he has since enjoyed a wide variety of roles in ERP and CRM Sales, Customer and Technical Services and more recently Project and Programme Management.

Pete has worked with Gradient Consulting since 2006 and his focus now is on successful ERP implementations through effective project and change management.  He recently qualified as a Change Management Practitioner and is looking forward to all this brings.

In his free time, Pete enjoys music, reading, running and cycling.

Adrian Craig
Adrian CraigProject Manager
After studying Computer Programming & Software Methodology, Adrian’s first exposure in the workforce was within Payroll processing for a recruitment agency. Adrian’s IT knowledge helped him be lucky enough to be involved in a project converting from manual to computerised payroll processing via a bureau system.

Adrian remained in HR & Payroll for another few years before his first management role a Purchasing Manager for a Warehouse & Distribution company. A move into the ERP arena would follow, Adrian has been working on both sides of the fence as a customer and consultant for more than 20 years.

The experiences gained from local and global assignments within various business sectors covering Consumer Goods Industry, ERP and IT Outsourcing, have proved to be valuable when working with new clients, enabling to adapt to new environments and quickly understand the customers’ needs and requirements, having walked in their shoes at some stage.

Adrians free time has always been dominated by sports and music. An ex-sprinter and played a bit of football, moving into coaching and training in both sports when age and fitness rapidly declined.  This extended to his 2 daughters, one who is a footballer and the youngest one is a sprinter.

Adrain also holds an interest in DJ’ing as music is one of his passions, but now focused on learning to play the bass guitar.

Erika Di Santillo
Erika Di SantilloJunior Project Manager
Erika moved to the UK from Italy in 2015, looking for an opportunity. Her IT background helped her find a place as Project Coordinator for International Car Wash Group. She was heavily involved in their ERP implementation and worked closely with Gradient Consulting, who managed the project.

Since joining Gradient Consulting in 2019, Erika has gained experience in managing resources and information, assisting and planning project activities. She is currently working on obtaining a Project Management qualification.

Outside of work, Erika enjoys travelling and exploring new places with her friends and family. She also loves to go to the cinema and watch the latest movie.

Matthew Norris
Matthew NorrisCSI Lead Consultant
Matthew has spent the last 10 years consulting for INFOR, and its customers. He has led and supported around 50 ERP implementations of Syteline/CSI throughout the UK, specialising in Manufacturing and Planning.

His passion at work is being able to help businesses realise their potential by transforming and improving their processes with ERP. He loves training and coaching users and witnessing those light-bulb moments when everything starts to make sense!

Matthew’s main interest outside of work is singing and songwriting, he also enjoys spending his time studying the different languages of the world and travelling.

Eva Maniega de la Torre
Eva Maniega de la TorreCSI Lead Consultant
Eva came to the UK in 2000 from Spain after qualifying to become a solicitor. She aimed to learn English and gain business experience in the UK. Since migrating, Eva has worked in various roles at companies such as Boots, General Motors, Kellogg’s and James Walker Group in roles such as Business Analyst and IT Solutions Consultant. Eva has also been involved in numerous implementations concerning Infor Syteline ERP software.

Eva has excellent soft skills in helping users to change the way they work during implementations, excellent troubleshooting skills and a good understanding of business processes.

Outside work, Eva enjoys her time with her family, especially when being a taxi driver for their little daughter. She also loves going back to Spain and South Africa to visit family every time she can. And she is always looking forward to her next Safari trip!

Guy Wyn-Jones
Guy Wyn-JonesConsultant
Having initially been educated linguistically, a shortage of suitable positions resulted in Guy’s main career being over 30 years within the aviation/aerospace sector covering a wide range of roles, including management, customer-facing, complaints resolution, project management (APMP Qual) and operational.

Most recently in this industry, focusing on manufacturing within aerospace and all surrounding this regarding compliance, an opening was presented to Guy which presented the world of ERP systems.  Four years later and this sector continues to offer a steep but rewarding learning curve as things move very dynamically. Working knowledge of the aerospace sector and its ‘subtle idiosyncrasies’ have also allowed for previous experience here to be put to good use.

Having been customer-focused, Guy has always tried to put the customer first where there has been a shortfall in service, quality or process and this is no different in the ERP sector.  Gradient’s ethos of working with and for the customer has been easy to adopt and Guy hopes to be able to continue to assist customers in finding the right system for their business.

Outside of work, Guy has been blessed with 3 children who take up the majority of his time!  Having been sporty all of his life (all racquet sports, golf, cricket, American Football) when possible Guy likes to watch NFL – and other sports – and still tries to partake in sports where his knees allow.

A good film is also enjoyed, and the odd glass of wine once the ‘Dad’s Taxi’ gloves have been taken off for the night.

Garth Beckwith
Garth BeckwithApplications Consultant
Garth has over 8 years of experience implementing ERP and MIS software solutions, he has been involved on projects from both sides of the fence, working as a customer on internal implementations as well as a consultant juggling multiple supplier implementations.

He started his career working for a large medical outfit where his enthusiasm for all things technical landed him a role on the implementations team. This opportunity helped develop his skills which have meant he has been able to make the transition between multiple software solutions very easily.

Within the role of Implementations Garth’s favourite aspect is helping the customer to achieve their vision. Setting their goals and helping them become a reality is such a great feeling.

When he is not at work Garth likes to spend his time on the golf course (including the 19th hole). If he is not out trying to find his golf ball you can usually find him out walking his two dogs Ronnie and Rupert.

Iwona Malicka-Shepherd
Iwona Malicka-ShepherdHelpdesk Consultant
A maths graduate, Iwona followed her heart and future husband and in 2001 left Poland for the UK. While working for CAV Aerospace in Procurement, Iwona got 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 involved in a few CSI implementations and has been studying towards AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting, to better understand the financial side of ERP. Her patience and attention to detail make her a good problem solver. Recently she has also been involved in the implementation of Gradient’s Help Desk.

In her spare time Iwona ‘tries’ to learn the piano and combines her love of art and nature with walking and photography.

Alison Barnes
Alison BarnesConsultant
During a career spanning more than 30 years, Alison has worked on numerous systems and consultancy projects for a wide range of companies.  Before joining Gradient, Alison ran her own independent ERP consultancy and previously worked for several blue-chip companies as an IT Project Manager, and prior to that as a Business Analyst.

Alison, a Prince2 Practitioner, specialises in ‘Spec and Select’ projects and enjoys enabling companies to achieve their goals.  Alison has undertaken a comprehensive and rigorous ERP system specification and selection process for many clients, in a variety of sectors, helping them to identify a system capable of supporting their current operation and future plans.

In her spare time, Alison enjoys going on long walks with the dog (and anyone who will join her), listening to music and relaxing with friends over a glass of wine or two.

Our Affiliates

To support our clients throughout their ERP journey, we occasionally rely on the trusted expertise of other colleagues. Although not a part of our team, they are a part of the Gradient family. We choose to work with our affiliates to further enhance our support offering to you.

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