Board

  • Jason Belcher

    Director & Co-founder

  • Andy Bell

    Director & Co-founder

Jason Belcher

Director & Co-founder

Jason founded Vanilla with Andy in 2009 after working on both the consultancy and industry sides of the fence. His vision for Vanilla was to provide a no-nonsense, cost effective service to users of IFS Applications and to make sure his customers get the best value from their investment.

His role now is making sure that the company grows but maintains the core principles it was founded on. He is determined that we continue to treat our customers as we did our first – like they are our only one.

Andy Bell

Director & Co-founder

Andy started Vanilla, along with Jason in 2009. Despite being something of an ERP ‘geek’ he is passionate about not complicating things and delivering what the client needs.  Andy likes to split his time between working with his customers on projects, running the business and supporting the Sales and Marketing functions with new business development and the occasional editorial piece.

Consulting

  • Paul Darwin

    Head of Consulting

  • James Powell

    Consultant

  • Maria Nikolaidou

    Consultant

  • Chris Wharton

    Business Consultant

  • Laura Boyd

    Business Consultant

  • Vathsala Gunawardena

    Consultant

  • Neil Broady

    Functional Consultant

  • Adam Wawrzynczyk

    Consultant

  • Tim Hughes

    Consultant

Paul Darwin

Head of Consulting

Paul is an energetic Supply Chain professional with experience working across different industry sectors including Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Distributed Power and Yellow Goods. He has significant Supply Chain and ERP experience, having worked as a Sales and Operations Planning manager including the responsibility for Supply Chain and Operational elements in a full ERP system implementation.

In 2018, Paul was promoted to Head of Consulting, taking charge of all the consulting staff within Vanilla.  He’s able to build relationships at all levels within an organisation and ensure our consulting team is working to the high standards we set.

James Powell

Consultant

James is a dedicated professional with a wide range of experience in systems implementation and business improvement.  He adopts a people focussed approach to business engagement to ensure that solutions and improvements deliver sustainable business change.   James’ excellent interpersonal skills come to the fore in customer/user facing delivery tasks. James has over 14 years’ experience, Analysing, Designing, Configuring and Project Managing business systems and process improvement projects.

Maria Nikolaidou

Consultant

With 13 years of international experience working within the manufacturing industry and 12 years IFS experience, Maria boasts a varied technical and manufacturing background. An IFS specialist who’s capable of handling complex assignments effectively whilst possessing the confidence to work independently or as part of a team. Maria has worked and lived across the globe and speaks five different languages.

Chris Wharton

Business Consultant

Chris joined Vanilla in 2017 as a business consultant after spending 10 years in the manufacturing industry as an application analyst.  He is enjoying the change in career direction which allows him to interact with clients, understand their issues and play a part in resolving them.

Laura Boyd

Business Consultant

Laura joined Vanilla in 2018 as a Consultant.  She has a passion for enhancing the Customer Experience and optimizing the use of new and existing technology to achieve this.

Vathsala Gunawardena

Consultant

An experienced and highly motivated business analyst who has worked on a wide range of projects in different industry sectors. Vat has worked in both system implementations and business transformation projects. A fluent communicator and team player with strong investigation and problem-solving skills. She’s highly accomplished with a verifiable track record.

Neil Broady

Functional Consultant

Neil has been active in the world of commercial systems world for the last 30 years spending a large proportion of his professional life overseas (Europe, East Asia, Middle East).  For the last 14 years he has worked on IFS implementations at business process level and especially enjoys the interaction with customers from end users to executives.

Adam Wawrzynczyk

Consultant

Adam joined us from Rolls Royce and prior to that was the Global Planning Manager at The Binding Site where he was the planning functional lead for an IFS roll out across 9 countries.

He has a wealth of supply chain knowledge having worked in a number of different industries. His key IFS skills include Demand Planner, Master Scheduling and MRP.

Tim Hughes

Consultant

Tim has 18 years’ experience of requirement capture, solutions design and implementation in a range of businesses. Very confident at leading workshops, analysing processes and recommending improvements. Tim quickly understands different business solutions and is comfortable building relationships across all levels of an organisation.

Delivery

  • Janine Procter

    Head of Delivery

  • Kieran Garry

    Project Manager

  • Dan Wright

    PMO

Janine Procter

Head of Delivery

Janine joined the Vanilla team in 2013 as a Senior Consultant with over ten years’ experience working with IFS Applications.  She has previous experience working in Export Logistics for an industrial and medical equipment supplier.

In 2018, Janine was promoted to Head of Delivery, responsible for the Project Management function within Vanilla and ensuring all projects are delivered on time and budget.

Kieran Garry

Project Manager

Kieran joined the Vanilla team in 2014 and in 2017 was promoted to Project Manager within the delivery term.  His role is to work closely with the customer and internal teams to manage projects through to successful completion.

Dan Wright

PMO

Dan joined Vanilla in 2018 as a PMO. He is looking forward to the challenge of developing processes and getting to meet Vanilla’s customers. Dan would like to become a Project Manager in the future once he has the correct skills for the job.

Sales

  • Debbie Harrison

    Sales Consultant - Microsoft

  • Lyn Crozier

    IFS Sales Consultant

  • Probal Nath

    Sales Consultant (Qlik)

Debbie Harrison

Sales Consultant - Microsoft

Debbie joined Vanilla in 2018 as a Sales Consultant for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.  Debbie has extensive experience in the small to mid-sized ERP market after 15 years working at Sage.  She is looking forward to new challenges in Vanilla as we expand into a new product market.

Lyn Crozier

IFS Sales Consultant

Lyn joined Vanilla to establish a telephone, email and online lead generation capability for IFS Applications. Her role is to use market research and social media to identify new contacts and make initial contact to establish a need for IFS solutions and products.

Probal Nath

Sales Consultant (Qlik)

Probal joined Vanilla in June 2018 as a Qliksense Sales Consultant. He has extensive experience of Business Development within the software industry across various sectors including Finance and Retail, and is looking forward to learning a new product in Qliksense and acquiring new clients.

Support

  • Claire Valentine

    Head of Support

  • Rachael Hinckley

    Support Analyst

  • Olivia Davies

    Support Analyst

  • Karol Pietrzak

    Support Analyst

Claire Valentine

Head of Support

Claire joined Vanilla in 2017 as Head of Support to bring together the Support Team and lead support activities for our customers.  She also found and set up our Technology and Support Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Rachael Hinckley

Support Analyst

Rachael has been with Vanilla since October 2018 and arrived with 15 years of experience in Supply Chain/Logistics and 6 years of IFS experience. As part of the support team, Rachael thrives on investigating issues and solving customer problems

Olivia Davies

Support Analyst

Olivia joined Vanilla in 2018 as a Support Analyst.  She also manages some small to medium sized projects. She has previous experience of being an IFS customer & managing a busy IT department with a support desk so knows what customers expect.

Karol Pietrzak

Support Analyst

Karol joins us from AMAG Technology where he was database analyst.   Prior to that, Karol was the finance lead for an IFS implementation.  He joins our support team as support analyst, with a focus on financials

Technology

  • Mike Hollifield

    Head of Technology

  • Lloyd Briggs

    Developer

  • Andrew Nicholls

    Developer

  • Paul Trownson

    Developer

  • Brandon Ellis-Cairns

    Developer

  • Neil Carter

    Developer

  • Rohan Forrester

    Qlik Consultant

  • Gary Warner

    Developer

Mike Hollifield

Head of Technology

Mike is an innovative technical consultant, coming from a dedicated industry background he joined the Vanilla consulting team in 2017.  Mike has advanced technical ability and fantastic communication skills, allowing him to express his ideas and opinions in a clear and constructive manner to both technical and non- technical members of the businesses we work with.

In 2018 Mike was promoted to Head of Technology, taking responsibility for the development team in Vanilla as well as leading our R&D activities into new technologies.

Lloyd Briggs

Developer

Lloyd is experienced in delivering technology designed for users. Lloyd is interested in developing new and interesting ways in improving his customers experiences with products and enjoy learning new skills.

Andrew Nicholls

Developer

Andrew joined the Vanilla team in 2013.  His primary role is technical, developing QlikView or IFS Quick Reports for clients. He is also a ‘go to’ guy for both data migration and mobile application development using Novacura Flow.

Paul Trownson

Developer

Paul joined the Vanilla team in 2013 and has a background in computing. He works across many of our clients as part of the delivery team and is heavily involved SQL reporting and producing training documentation.

Brandon Ellis-Cairns

Developer

Brandon joined Vanilla in 2014 as a trainee consultant.  He also helps to manage the support desk. He loves anything to do with technology and computers so this is a dream role for him as he is learning new technical and customer-facing skills.

Neil Carter

Developer

Neil joined Vanilla in 2017. He has a broad IFS application knowledge gained in the Manufacturing and Construction sectors in techno-functional roles. His Project Management background allows him to quickly understand customer requirements and interpret these to deliver user-focused technical solutions. He has a strong attention to detail and possesses an ability to learn new skills quickly.

Rohan Forrester

Qlik Consultant

Rohan is a dedicated Business Intelligence professional who joined Vanilla in 2017 as a Qlik consultant.  He has almost 20 years IT industry experience in software and information analysis. Rohan enjoys working with partners in bringing about meaningful and attractive solutions for improved business performance.

Gary Warner

Developer

Gary joined Vanilla in 2018 as a Developer.  Gary has come from an IFS technical background where he supported a global IFS implementation.  Gary likes to resolve problem issues and is keen to learn new skills along the way