Ron Parkes - Project Manager & Data Centre Professional

Technical Director - Data Centre Consultant at Parkes' Office & Event Solutions Ltd



Work category

IT and Technology



Profile Activity

I am a qualified Project Manager and Data Centre Professional with recent hands-on practical experience covering all aspects of data centre design, build and commissioning processes. This experience covers both large and small scale new builds, refurbishments and renovations and moves additions and changes to the data centre infrastructure for both public and private organisations. I have excellent report writing, documentation and communication skills well used to working both as a team member and team leader/manager.

Project management
Data centre management
Data centre and server room design
Data centre refurbishment
Design and installation of monitoring systems
Change, configuration & incident management in an ITIL managed service environment
Data centre moves,additions & changes
CDM Health & Safety
Managing 3rd party contractors

Ron Parkes's Professional Experience

2011 - Present
Key Skills
2012 - 2013

Gap Inc. - Data Centre Implementation Lead/ Project Manager

Project management and implementation of Data Centre resilience improvements at Gap’s European Operations Centre installing a new inert gas fire suppression system, electrical, efficiency and resilience improvements. I managed a full outage to the data centre working with teams based in the UK, USA, Brazil and India to ensure zero impact to Gap’s UK retail operations.
At Gap’s corporate HQ I managed replacement file and print services with a resilient VMware system, NetApp storage and data migration for over 500 end users.
Project manager for the deployment of a new Axper traffic counter solution to Gap’s Top 40 stores in the UK, France and Italy managing technical teams based in the USA, UK, Italy and France.

Key Skills
data Electrical Project Management project manager retail Vmware
2011 - 2011

Workspace Technology Ltd - Data Centre Project Engineer

Data Centre and Comms Room design and project management.

Key Skills
data Project Management
2006 - 2010

Severn Trent Water - Data Centre/Physical Environment Manager

Management of Data Centre M & E, HVAC, BMS, Layout and design,

Key Skills
2000 - 2006

Severn Trent Water - IT Manager

Team manager of Severn Trent Water's IT Field support team with 12 staff across over 200 remote sites.

1990 - 1997

Matthew Boulton College - IT Manager

Instrumental in the provision of IT facilities being made available for all curriculum areas. Day to day responsibility for all academic hardware and software issues and management of a large open access IT facility.

1986 - 1990

Matthew Boulton College - IT Consultant/Lecturer

Curriculum development and lecturing on a range of traditional Further and Higher educational courses and commercial short courses for local SMEs and other public organizations.

Ron Parkes's Education and Qualifications


Bachelor/Degree - B Ed (Hons), Education

The University of Wolverhampton


Bachelor/Degree - BA, Computing, Science and Maths

The Open University

Ron Parkes's Additional Information