Thomas Rochford   

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About Me

  • An experienced manager with a track record of successful change management and innovative ideas in a range of environments;
  • An innovative problem solver across a range of disciplines and technologies;
  • Financially adept and able to negotiate and work under pressure;
  • A fluent and knowledgeable communicator with a wealth of ideas & experience;
  • A team player who can share new technologies to support Learning & Teaching.

The image above is taken from a BBC News 24 interview I gave on Flood mitigation in November 2005.
  • Developed stand-alone version of Xerte OnLine Toolkits (MAXOS); Used extensively for development of Learning Objects.
  • Pioneered hydroponics for houseplants in UK & established successful interior landscaping company to market this.
  • Pioneered use of Linear Programming and computerised batch processing for horticultural crops.
  • New product research, introduction & commercialisation (flowering Cacti, ‘Endurance’ strain of African violets).
  • Led consortium which successfully bid for Government (JISC) funds to setup and manage a Regional Support Centre for e-learning in East Anglia.
  • Proposed & managed the rollout of Regional video-conferencing network for University.
  • Created authoritative & extensively used educational website on Islamic Architecture.
  • Managed growth of IT Department by acquisition & merger through discussion & negotiation.
  • Managing Director of Industry leader in Horticulture (10 years, 350 employees).
  • University IT Director (20 years, 86 employees).
  • Financial & Capital forecasting & budgeting (approx £4m p.a.).
  • Bidding for, obtaining & managing externally funded resources.
  • Good understanding of Financial & OM procedures and techniques.
  • As seller with major supermarket chains (e.g. M&S).
  • As buyer with major IT suppliers, (e.g. ORACLE).
  • With Governments as Chair of Lea Valley Growers’ Association.
  • With Staff & Trade Unions over performance, redundancy & merger issues.
  • Books - Cacti & Succulents (Collingridge ~150,000), African Violets (Company 250,000).
  • Lectures {sample} - Holden Centenary Lecture (Nottingham University), Hydroponics (Royal Horticultural Society). Programming (Anglia Ruskin University), Hildegard v. Bingen (Guild of Pastoral Psychology), Islamic Architecture (Manchester University), Linear Programming (MoA).
  • Media - Gardeners’ World (Cacti & other Pot Plants), BBC & ITV News & Mail on Sunday (Horticultural matters & Flood prevention), Tomorrows’ World (Hydroponics).
  • Web - Islamic Architecture:
  • Human - German (conversational), فارسی (Farsi - basic written and spoken), French (reading), Latin (written), some Greek and Italian.
  • Computer - ADA, BASIC, C, Pascal, Perl, SQL, HTML and other SGML derivatives.
2007-NowSelf Employed (e:Learning Advisor)
1987-2007Director of IT Anglia Ruskin University
1986-1987Lecturer Anglia Ruskin University
1974-1984Managing Director – Rochfords House Plants (Business sold profitably after re-zoning of land for housing)
1970-1974Business Development Director – Rochfords House Plants

1966-1969BA Law, Cambridge University, Trinity Hall
1971Diploma in Management Studies, Polytechnic of Central London
1984-1986HND Computing (Anglia Ruskin University)

  • Change Management, Performance Management, ITIL, PRINCE-2.
  • Fair & Effective Recruiting, Chairing Selection Panels.
  • e:Learning (JISC & ALT).
  • Health & Safety (Fire Marshall, Stress Awareness).
  • Chair – Lea Valley Growers’ Association, EastNET Management Committee.
  • President – Aspenden Cricket Club.
  • Governor – Glasshouse Crops Research Institute, Littlehampton.
  • Treasurer – Guild of Pastoral Psychology.
  • Member – Royal Horticultural Society, Floral Committee C.
  • Date of Birth: May 1947.
  • Nationality: British.
  • Status: Married with two adult children.
  • Mobility: Ability & resources to drive.
  • Contact: eml:, tel: 07500 669002, skype: cambridge.serendipity.
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