Principal Consultant

Sandswood Limited was established in 2012 and is led by Stephen Howes MBCS CITP.

With over 30 years' experience in the IT industry holding both software development and IT Director leadership positions Stephen has a proven track record developing and managing enterprise grade infrastructures, products and software solutions. Stephen’s experience extends across many sectors including Pharmaceutical, Internet Services, E-commerce and IT Security.

During the Internet growth years, Steve worked as Director of Global Product Infrastructure Engineering at UUNET, the worlds largest 'Tier 1' Internet Service Provider designing and developing innovative, highly scalable business critical systems which were deployed across 65 countries.

In 2005 Stephen co-invented and patented GrIDsure, a groundbreaking method of authentication and pioneered the concept of 'Pattern Based Authentication'. GrIDsure was the subject of the BBC Money Programme "Britain's Brilliant Ideas Boom" and was awarded Gartner's 'Cool Vendor' in security. As company founder and Technical Director GrIDsure's customers included the world's fourth largest banking group as well as a broad range of commercial and public sector organisations across Europe, the US and the Middle East. GrIDsure is now being sold by Gemalto, a global provider of security products.

Stephen has worked as an IT management consultant since 2011 designing and developing a wide variety of solutions for companies large and small across many business sectors. He advises on IT strategy, has assisted in patent applications, helped overseas companies gain a foothold in the UK market and worked with them to obtain UK and EU technology innovation grants. 

A very approachable individual, Stephen is an excellent communicator at all levels, an innovative thinker who combines solid commercial and IT leadership skills.

Stephen is a member of the British Computer Society and is a Chartered IT Professional.
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Our Associates

Tim Brooks.

Tim Brooks

A pragmatic technologist who recognises that IT should be a business enabler, Tim brings experience from start-ups through to global multinationals. Having worked in all parts of business from sales to operations, Tim can “argue the strategy and then get on and implement it”, to quote one CEO. Having worked for both IT/Telecoms service providers (e.g. Logica CMG, BT,PIPEX-Verizon Business) and non-IT businesses (e.g. Furniture Distribution, Bullet Proof Car Manufacturer, Restaurateur), Tim has taken products from concept to market, implemented business systems/processes from requirements gathering to roll-out and led organisations through industry certification.  Any IT product/system or business process is only as good as the people who use/implement it so Tim also brings extensive change and people management experience to the team.

 We value our reputation so we only work with carefully selected associates who have a proven track record working with the company's principal IT consultant. By bringing together a range of expertise we can inject particular specialsms into an engagement and allow us to undertake projects of varying size and complexity.