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18 June 2021

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UK Connect welcomes nine new members to the team

UK Connect has just rounded up the biggest recruitment campaign to date and has welcomed nine new members to the team. Each new-starter is armed with expertise in their field and are raring to go, having just completed our onboarding academy. As the business and our client base continues to grow, the requirement to expand the team has risen to ensure we maintain our high level of customer service and experience. 

The Onboarding Academy  

Every new starter is enrolled on our Onboarding Academy as a standard at UK Connect. Recruits are grouped together to kickstart their journeys on the same day and learn all there is to know about UK Connect together, from Managing Directors PJ Farr’s inspiring startup story to the ins and outs of every department. This enables new starters to hit the ground running and develop a deeper understanding of every aspect of the business from the core and throughout, together as a team.

The Academy within UK Connect focuses on the objectives and the priorities of the organisation. We use it as a vehicle for creating and safeguarding the organisational culture, as well as to encourage development of the core workplace skills such as departmental understanding, creative thinking skills and innovation, not just the skills which correspond with the execution of work. It is wonderful to see all the new employees embrace the company intent and understand the objectives which kick starts them into a structured career within UK Connect and helps us all aim for the same goal, developing together.

Jeanette Ward

HR Manager

UK Connect

 

Meet the team 

Every recruit has been carefully selected based not only on their talent and professional experience but their enthusiasm and amazing personalities. We are confident that they’ll make fantastic additions to the UK Connect team. 

Brett Dorman – Network Solutions Engineer  

Brett has joined our team of technical professionals and has brought with him experience in designing and implementing connectivity solutions all the way out in South Africa to challenging sites, both geographically and logistically. He will design, plan and implement secure and scalable network solutions for exciting projects.  

“I am really excited to join the UK Connect Team because I am passionate about the technology we use and the impact that it can have, all while working with amazing people who share this passion.” – Brett Dorman, Network Solutions Engineer at UK Connect. 

A surprising fact about Brett is that he represented South Africa in canoeing and surf ski. He also has a passion for technology, cars and nature. 

Cory Sheldon – Service Desk Manager 

Cory will oversee the Service Desk function, ensuring our customers get the industry-leading experience that UK Connect has to offer. Cory has nine years of experience working at Barratt Developments PLC, the UK’s largest housebuilder, leading a team of technical analysts in implementing, deploying and managing the company’s remote sales and site offices. 

Having been a customer of UK Connect for many years this role was the perfect opportunity to join an organisation with such strong ties to innovation which fuels its products and services. UK Connect has an unparalleled approach to the way it values its people which creates a strong customer-centric ethos, one which is genuinely exciting to contribute towards.” – Cory Sheldon, Service Desk Manager at UK Connect. 

In his spare time, Cory enjoys flying planes but has quite literally landed himself in tricky situations on multiple occasions after having to execute numerous aborted and emergency landings. 

Left : Brett Dorman Right: Cory Sheldon

Jules Kinge – Assets Co-ordinator 

Jules will be overseeing all stock, assets and inventory, making sure all equipment is available when needed for installations and call-outs. She has almost ten years of experience within Supply Chain and Inventory which she will bring to UK Connect.  

“I am really excited to join the UK Connect Team because I know it is an environment where I can utilise my current skillset whilst at the same time, allowing me the opportunity to learn and develop, both personally and professionally.” – Jules Kinge, Assets Co-Ordinator at UK Connect.  

Outside of work, Jules loves spending time with her granddaughter, attending concerts and has an impressive collection of over 100 red lipsticks. 

Joe Budnar-Hunt – Network Solutions Engineer  

Joe will be turning customer challenges into success stories by designing innovative network solutions as a Network Solutions Engineer. Having spent the last six years as a wireless technology specialist, he has wealth of experience in designing connectivity solutions that deliver business-critical applications to the end-user.  

“UK Connect has an excitable atmosphere and the projects that the company is involved in are technically challenging and ambitious, giving me a great opportunity to hone my skills and keep me on my toes!” – Joe Budnar-Hunt, Network Solutions Engineer at UK Connect. 

In his free time, Joe is a passionate Manchester United fan, he loves his family, wife and kids and keeps fit by running almost every day. 

Left : Jules Kinge Right: Joe Budnar-Hunt

Neil Taylor – Service Delivery Manager 

Neil is responsible primarily for ensuring the service deployment team are well catered for, are adding value to the business and its customers and are safe and happy in their work as Service Delivery Manager. He’s bringing his experience in Project Deployment Management to the table having worked in a similar previous role focused on providing In-Building 4G voice services.  

“I joined UK Connect as I was excited about the prospect of working for a business which was growing fast and had such an enthusiastic team. Joining UK Connect during such a complicated year is a step in my life that is making so much sense. I hope I can keep up the same standards of the rest of the team.” – Neil Taylor, Service Delivery Manager at UK Connect.  

In his personal life, Neil has three daughters and almost six grandchildren and enjoys it when all four generations converge for a BBQ or family event.  

Kate Dixon – Key Account Manager 

Kate will be strengthening and growing relationships with our clients, providing them with communication solutions as a Key Account Manager. She has years of experience in customer service and always works hard to put any wrongs to right, keeping her customers happy.  

“I feel privileged to work for such a caring, fun and innovative company. It’s not often you come across a company who really cares about both their staff and customers.” – Kate Dixon, Key Account Manager at UK Connect. 

Outside of work, Kate loves weight training, her children and holidays to as many Greek islands as she possibly can. 

Lisa Baffa – Finance Assistant 

Lisa will support the Finance Manager with day to day tasks in the financial department. She has seven years experience in a similar role overseeing credit control, performing reconciliation of bills and account systems as well as processing invoices, which she will utilise in her new role at UK Connect.  

“I am really excited to join the UK Connect Team because the company culture is inclusive and innovative. I’m looking forward to being a part of this team and playing a part in helping UK Connect grow.” – Lisa Baffa, Finance Assistant at UK Connect. 

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys baking, reading and hiking. She also loves music and used to star in an ABBA tribute band. 

Left : Lisa Baffa Right: Kate Dixon

Dean George –  2nd Line Support Engineer 

Dean will be supporting internal and external users using a multitude of systems across UK Connect. Throughout his career, Dean has built up experience in a multitude of areas from building and developing networks to implementing ITSM tools. He also has experience as an infrastructure engineer supporting Cisco hardware which will come in handy in his new role. 

 “I am really excited to join the UK Connect Team and be a part of the family because I’ll be part of a team where everyone has the same goals as me.” – Dean George, 2nd Line Support Engineer at UK Connect. 

Outside of work, Dean enjoys driving to explore new places around the UK and has completed the North Coast 500 road trip. He’s also an avid fan of technology including electric vehicles and green infrastructure.  

Rajan Kang – Apprentice 1st Line Support Analyst 

Rajan will the be first port of call for anyone experiencing technical difficulties both internally and externally. He comes from a computing background having just completed a degree in Computer Science, Rajan will be using the skills he learnt at university to come up with a solution for any problem thrown his way. 

“I am really excited to join the UK Connect Team because it seems like a really friendly environment to work in with a lot of opportunities to grow and expand in the future.” – Rajan Kang, Apprentice First Line Support Analyst at UK Connect. 

In his spare time Rajan enjoys travelling to different destinations across the world as it gives him the opportunity to experience a wide variety of cultures and meet new people. He also loves video games and it is what started his passion for IT and computing.  

Left : Rajan Kang Right: Dean George

The introduction of new talent is always an exciting prospect at UK Connect, we have been blown away with the new recruits efforts so far and wish them the best of luck on their journey with us. 

UK Connect has a role for you

At UK Connect we are always looking for Super Heroes to join our team. Find out more about careers at UK Connect, the specialists in construction site broadband.

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