Meet The Team

Chris Sands

Chris Sands

Business Development Director

Engagement Manager

Chris has worked as a consultant for over 25 years in both private and public sectors. He has acted as a strategic consultant for large projects that have transformed the performance of processes from Sales, Production, Finance, HR, Logistics and Patient Care using a variety of products.

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Mark Whitney

Mark Whitney

Finance Director

Practice Lead - Close & Consolidate

Mark is a Chartered Accountant with a strong financial background achieved through 10 years of auditing, accounting and financial control. Coupled with an extensive knowledge of system migration, application design and implementation, Mark is attentive to detail, in particular the need for consolidation solutions to deliver reconciling results that customers can both own and easily maintain.

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Robert Howell

Robert Howell

Sales & Operations Director

Practice Lead – Budget, Plan & Forecast

Since 2002, Robert has worked as a consultant implementing reporting and planning solutions with IBM’s Cognos software. With a background in finance, Robert is CIMA qualified in the insurance industry, but has also worked on sizeable projects in the manufacturing sector, implementing ERP systems at business critical locations in the UK, Indonesia, India, Poland and China.

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Karen Cotton

Karen Cotton

Sales & Marketing Manager

Karen Joined Aramar in 2013 with a diverse background in accounts, IT, payroll, marketing, retail management, sailing instruction and local authority projects. As Aramar has grown, Karen’s role has developed to make best use of her skills and interest. Karen is enthusiastic about solving problems and improving processes for our customers by connecting people with experts in finance, IBM Cognos technology and project management.

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Lindsey O’Grady

Lindsey O’Grady

Report & Analyse Practice Lead

Lindsey is a Senior Consultant with 7 years’ experience of IBM Cognos software. Since joining Aramar, she has been developing solutions with TM1 & Business Intelligence. For 4 years, Lindsey developed Business Intelligence models and professional reports for Greene King, one of East Anglia’s largest Cognos environments. Lindsey conducts training on behalf of IBM for the official IBM Cognos Business Intelligence courses as well as developing Aramar’s own TM1 and Business Intelligence courses. She has trained a range of professionals from graduates to experienced consultants.

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Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly

Disclosure Practice Lead

Sean has a strong accountancy background and has delivered successful Business Intelligence projects for the last 15 years. Prior to this, Sean worked as Production Accountant within manufacturing.  He has extensive experience in both the Public and Private sectors at both home and abroad and has a reputation for clear headed understanding of the business needs of the clients.

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Jon Timmins

Jon Timmins

Support Manager

As Aramar’s Support Manager, Jon looks after the support desk and handles all support queries from everyday troubleshooting to more in depth defect analysis. Jon works with IBM on fault resolution and with our customers on Cognos Installations. With 15 years’ experience working as a Cognos Administrator in the Manufacturing industry, Jon has the tools to handle any challenge sent his way.

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Adam Bakhtiar

Adam Bakhtiar

Consultant

Adam joined Aramar in 2016 while working on his second postgraduate degree in Business and Management. With 6 years’ experience in corporate technical support, management and business development; Adam is now developing his knowledge of TM1 and the technical aspects of IBM Cognos.

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Alan Cartner

Alan Cartner

Principal Trainer

Alan delivers a range of Business Analytics and Technical Training courses. Having gained 15 years of experience implementing Business Intelligence solutions across a vast range of industries, Alan offers consultancy and technical training, both standard and bespoke training solutions.

With over a decade of experience in consultancy roles (implementing Business Intelligence solutions for both the Public and Private Sector) Alan has vast experience with the Cognos Toolset, during this time he has developed, updated and delivered courses to a wide range of clients. Bespoke materials as well as standard materials were developed and courses delivered. Alan regularly trains on the Cognos 10 Tool set; Report Studio, Query Studio, Cognos Connection, Analysis Studio, Workspace/Workspace Advanced and Framework Manager. He still retains training for legacy tools where requested including Cognos Impromptu for Users and Administrators, Using Powerplay, IWR Reporting, using Upfront, ReportNet.

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Bronyck Stokes Horrigan

Bronyck Stokes Horrigan

Practice Lead - Advanced Analytics

While studying at the University of Suffolk and working in marketing roles, Bronyck has developed an interest and understanding of the part data analytics plays in both increasing ROI for a marketing department and in decision making for the line of business. Her key Interests are in sentiment analysis and brand reputation management.

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Chetan Mistry

Chetan Mistry

Consultant

Since Joining Aramar as a Trainee Consultant in 2013 Chetan has developed a broad knowledge of TM1 development and administration.

His experience now includes:

  • Providing day-to-day TM1 support in a BAU environment for multinational companies
  • Building a Capex system for a FTSE 250 company
  • Workforce planning
  • Pay Models
  • Budgeting and forecasting models
  • Financial planning & analysis

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Claire Moore

Claire Moore

Finance & Office Manager

Claire joined Aramar in 2014 with a background in the insurance industry. Claire ensures the smooth running of the office. She takes care of our finance administration, alongside generally taking care of customers, suppliers, training sessions and the Aramar team.

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Graham Risebrow

Graham Risebrow

Consultant

Graham has a wealth of experience implementing solutions specialising in technical installations, ETL and systems integration. His TM1 project experience includes financial planning, sales analysis and Business Intelligence integration to TM1. Also consolidation & reporting solutions with integrated Controller, FAP, TM1, Business Intelligence.

Graham's ability to design and deliver robust, elegant solutions across TM1 and Controller is second to none. He is particularly skilled at integration of the Cognos FPM product suite, and has been an integral part of developing Aramar's integrated FPM solution delivery. He is also an important part of our technical team, due to his in-depth knowledge of Cognos software configuration and experience of Controller, TM1 and Business Intelligence software installation.

Previously to Aramar, Graham held senior IT positions in the printing industry, and brings that real world understanding of IT infrastructure, system development and programme management to his consultancy assignments.                                         

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Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas

Technical Consultant

Having worked in IT since the age of 16, Justin has a natural aptitude for understanding new developments that has allowed him to acquire a wealth of experience in a wide range of technologies.  Day-to-day activities include Cognos technical design, architecture & installation on Windows and Linux platforms.

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Sarah Dow

Sarah Dow

Consultant

Sarah is a CIMA qualified accountant, working with the Cognos Controller product in industry for over 18 years.  Sarah knows the department of Group Finance in depth. She has had considerable success with management and consolidation information; control of internal audit; hands-on understanding of management buyouts and initial public offering.  She brings considerable experience and expertise to her customers through consultancy and mentoring.

 

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William Patrick

William Patrick

Consultant

William first joined Aramar on an internship in 2013 while studying Business Management at University. This supporting role allowed William to develop an understanding of Aramar’s practices and how Aramar’s solutions best utilise the functionality within IBM Cognos technology.  

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Felicity French

Felicity French

Marketing Manager

Felicity joined Aramar in 2016 with over 10 years’ experience in broad based marketing, communications and graphic design.  Felicity looks after Aramar’s copy writing and graphic design needs, as well as helping with event planning and coordination. 

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Mun Mun Loi

Mun Mun Loi

Consultant

Mun Mun is an ACCA qualified Chartered Accountant with 6 years experience in a leading motor retail group. She has developed detailed understanding of how Group Finance function operates, financial accounting under IFRS and UK GAAP and internal controls.  Mun Mun has experience in building budget and forecast models including scenario analysis.

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