Board

  • Vanilla Solutions Director Andy Bell

    Andy Bell

    Director & Co-founder

  • Vanilla Solutions Director Jason Belcher

    Jason Belcher

    Director & Co-founder

  • Vanilla Solutions Non-Executive Director Paul Massey

    Paul Massey

    Non-Executive Director

Vanilla Solutions Director Andy Bell

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.

News Articles

Bring Your Children to Work Day

Flatfish Partnership

Summer Party Success

Vanilla IFS Partner

IFS Support Contract for JSP

Largo IFS Upgrade

Dynamics 365 Business Central Partnership

Summer Party 2018

New Management Team

Charity Challenge 2018 – Yorkshire 3 Peaks Completed

Annual Results 2017-18

Merry Christmas 2017

Charity Challenge 2017: Tough Mudder

Vanilla Solutions Director Jason Belcher

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.

News Articles

Tharsus Partnership

Capital Orchestra Announcement 

MIND Donation

Bring Your Children to Work Day

Paul Massey Joins Board

Vanilla IFS Partner

Whitworths Upgrade to Qlik Sense

Dynamics 365 Business Central Partnership

New Management Team

Charity Challenge 2018 – Yorkshire 3 Peaks Completed

Annual Results 2017-18

Merry Christmas 2017

Charity Challenge 2017: Tough Mudder

Vanilla Solutions Non-Executive Director Paul Massey

Paul Massey

Non-Executive Director

Paul’s role is to guide Vanilla in creating rapid, but low-risk growth and long-term success. He is a pragmatic leader with a legacy of building thriving organisations on foundations of enjoyment and sustainability and believes that durable success begins with strong, motivated employees.  Paul brings a rich experience in people development, believing that strong and enthusiastic talent loyal to the company will always benefit a business through both growth and challenge.

 

He is also thoroughly seasoned in the ERP and business systems world, having spent the last twenty or more years showing how these tools can quickly optimise the potential and value of hundreds of organisations across a wide spread of different industries.

News Articles

Paul Massey Joins Board

Management Team

  • Vanilla Solutions Head of Consulting Paul Darwin

    Paul Darwin

    Head of Consulting

  • Vanilla Solutions Head of Operations Simon Ball

    Simon Ball

    Head of Operations

  • Vanilla Solutions Head of Technology Mike Hollifield

    Mike Hollifield

    Head of Technology

  • Vanilla Solutions Head of Sales Frazer Doe

    Frazer Doe

    Head of Sales

Vanilla Solutions Head of Consulting Paul Darwin

Paul Darwin

Head of Consulting

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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.

News Articles

Tree Planting Experience

Hands Around the World 2019

Fujichem Continuous Improvement

Hands Around the World 2018

New Management Team

Charity Challenge 2018 – Yorkshire 3 Peaks Completed

Vanilla Charity Challenge 2018

Merry Christmas 2017

Charity Challenge 2017: Tough Mudder

Vanilla Solutions Head of Operations Simon Ball

Simon Ball

Head of Operations

Simon has been working with IFS Applications since 1997, during which time he has established a strong service delivery track-record, with an emphasis on project and programme management.

As part of IFS’s consulting organisation for seventeen years, Simon experienced all aspects of project delivery and IFS implementation work; during the final eight years of that time, Simon was responsible for the consulting and support functions within the UK and Europe West as Consulting Services Director.

Having spent four years previously with Vanilla Solutions as Non-Executive Director, Simon returned to the business as Head of Operations, responsible for the Delivery and Support functions.  Simon’s real value for customers comes from his ability to provide leadership to those embarking on business implementation projects, his approach being to establish an appropriate and workable structure, whilst ensuring that plans and objectives are clearly communicated and simply measured, with a strong focus on risk assessment.

News Articles

New Additions For the Vanilla Management Team

New Management Team

Charity Challenge 2018 – Yorkshire 3 Peaks Completed

Vanilla Solutions Head of Technology Mike Hollifield

Mike Hollifield

Head of Technology

IFS Applications Specialist Certified

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.

Blog Posts

Interfacing with Vanilla

The Benefits of Interfacing

The Vanilla Archiving Approach

The Benefit of Scheduling Your Archiving

Reasons to Archive Your Data

Outcomes of Archiving

What is Data Archiving for IFS Applications™?

News Articles

ISO 27001 Certification

Oxford Biomedica – Vanilla MTD for IFS Case Study

HATW Infrastructure Support

Charity Challenge 2018 – Yorkshire 3 Peaks Completed

Merry Christmas 2017

Charity Challenge 2017: Tough Mudder

Vanilla Solutions Head of Sales Frazer Doe

Frazer Doe

Head of Sales

Frazer joined Vanilla in 2019 to fulfil a new role as Head of Sales. Prior to Vanilla Frazer has spent 15 years working in the IT Services and software industry, the past 6 years of which have been working exclusively with IFS ERP.

Blog Posts

Outgrowing Your ERP?

News Articles

Christmas Party & Awards 2019

New Additions For the Vanilla Management Team  

Consulting

  • Vanilla Solutions Lead Consultant Tim Hughes

    Tim Hughes

    Lead Consultant

  • Vanilla Solutions Lead Consultant Piotr Swierszcz

    Piotr Swierszcz

    Lead Consultant

  • Andrew Worlmald

    Andrew Wormald

    Lead Consultant

  • Vanilla Solutions Senior Consultant Janine Proctor

    Janine Procter

    Senior Consultant

  • Vanilla Solutions Senior Consultant Maria Nikolaidou

    Maria Nikolaidou

    Senior Consultant

  • Vanilla Solutions Consultant Chris Wharton

    Chris Wharton

    Senior Consultant

  • Vanilla Solutions Senior Consultant Tim Boulton

    Tim Boulton

    Senior Consultant

  • Vanilla Solutions Consultant Kelly Breakwell

    Kelly Breakwell

    Consultant

  • Vanilla Solutions Consult Kelvin Robinson

    Kelvin Robinson

    Consultant

  • Vanilla Solutions Solution Analyst Karol Pietrzak

    Karol Pietrzak

    Consultant

  • Nicola Burling

    Consultant

  • Vanilla Solutions Consultant Lewis Moore

    Lewis Moore

    Graduate Consultant

  • Vanilla Solutions Consultant George Armstrong

    George Armstrong

    Graduate Consultant

Vanilla Solutions Lead Consultant Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes

Lead Consultant

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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.

News Articles

Tree Planting Experience

Christmas Party & Awards 2019

Vanilla Solutions Lead Consultant Piotr Swierszcz

Piotr Swierszcz

Lead Consultant

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Piotr is a dedicated professional with a wide range of experience in systems implementation and business improvement. He adopts a people focussed approach to project engagements to ensure that solutions and improvements deliver sustainable business change. Piotr’s key strength is in developing operational and strategic finance solutions using IFS Applications. Piotr has 24 years’ experience, analysing, designing, configuring and project managing business systems.

Andrew Worlmald

Andrew Wormald

Lead Consultant

Andy joined Vanilla from Pukka Pies, where he was Business Systems and Process Manager.

An experienced IT professional, Andy is experienced with managing IT projects.  With strong functional and technical skills, he combines his experience of day to day operations with his IFS knowledge around supply chain planning, manufacturing, operational performance recording and monitoring and business analysis.

He is looking forward to the opportunity to interact with Vanilla’s client base to work cooperatively to improve business effectiveness

Vanilla Solutions Senior Consultant Janine Proctor

Janine Procter

Senior Consultant

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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.

News Articles

Summer Party 2018

New Management Team

Vanilla Solutions Senior Consultant Maria Nikolaidou

Maria Nikolaidou

Senior Consultant

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With 13 years of international experience working within the manufacturing industry and 12 years of 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.

News Articles

Company Day 2019

Charity Challenge 2018 – Yorkshire 3 Peaks Completed

Vanilla Solutions Consultant Chris Wharton

Chris Wharton

Senior Consultant

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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.

News Articles

Charity Challenge 2018 – Yorkshire 3 Peaks Completed

Vanilla Solutions Senior Consultant Tim Boulton

Tim Boulton

Senior Consultant

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An enthusiastic consultant with a broad range of functional knowledge and a solid background in managing IFS full implementation and enhancement projects. Tim has 7 years’ experience managing complex ERP projects; overseeing requirement capture, solution design, testing and business change. Confident in analysing the needs of a business and understanding quickly how they operate, Tim can recommend solutions and improvements at all levels of an organisation.

Vanilla Solutions Consultant Kelly Breakwell

Kelly Breakwell

Consultant

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Kelly joined Vanilla in 2019 after spending 5 years in the Scientific Research and Development Industry. She is a passionate and enthusiastic Consultant with experience of Implementations, End-User Training and Functional ERP knowledge in the following sectors; Pharmaceuticals, R&D, Food Industry, Aerospace and Engineering, Plastic Extrusion and Furniture Manufacturing. She is enjoying the change in career as this allows her to be involved in the process mapping, continuous improvement, and interactions with people entwined with business change.

Vanilla Solutions Consult Kelvin Robinson

Kelvin Robinson

Consultant

Kelvin previously worked in the Automotive Industry for 10 years in a Customer Service and Sales Capacity dealing with global leaders in the OEM Off and On-Road industry.

He has gained a wealth of knowledge of IFS 7.5 and the Sales and Marketing (CRM) module during his career. End-User Training and Functional ERP delivery are one of his key areas, coupled with excellent Customer Service skills allow him to build strong relationships at all levels.

Vanilla Solutions Solution Analyst Karol Pietrzak

Karol Pietrzak

Consultant

Karol joined us from AMAG Technology where he was database analyst.   After initially joining our support team as support analyst, Karol has recently been promoted to Consultant specialising on Finance

Nicola Burling

Consultant

Nicola joined Vanilla after working on IFS implementations with both Borr Drilling and Songa Offshore.

Confident in leading workshops, documenting customer processes and gathering requirements, Nicola has over 20 years experience with Service and Maintenance solutions

 

Vanilla Solutions Consultant Lewis Moore

Lewis Moore

Graduate Consultant

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Lewis is a recent graduate consultant who is currently developing his skills in IFS to be an integral member of the consulting team.

News Articles

Building for the Future

Graduate Skills Day

Vanilla Solutions Consultant George Armstrong

George Armstrong

Graduate Consultant

IFS Associate Certified logo.

George is a recent business graduate that is developing his skills in the IFS industry, allowing him to become an effective and established IFS Consultant in the future.

News Articles

Building for the Future

Graduate Skills Day

Delivery

  • Vanilla Solutions Project Manager Kieran Garry

    Kieran Garry

    Project Manager

  • David Robb

    Project Manager

  • Vanilla Solutions Project Administrator Olivia Davies

    Olivia Davies

    Project Administrator

Vanilla Solutions Project Manager Kieran Garry

Kieran Garry

Project Manager

IFS Applications Specialist Certified

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.

News Articles

Largo IFS Upgrade

Charity Challenge 2018 – Yorkshire 3 Peaks Completed

Merry Christmas 2017

Charity Challenge 2017: Tough Mudder 

David Robb

Project Manager

David’s previous experience was predominantly within the retail industry, where for the past 6 years he worked as a Project Manager on a large business transformation programme.  During this time David was accountable for a range of strategic IT and business change projects, with notable projects including the implementation of a new HR system, implementing new cloud based learning and recruitment systems and subsequently rolling these out to 20,000 users and harmonising delivery schedules throughout the retail and supply chain side of the business.

 David is looking forward to taking on a customer facing project management role, utilising his varied skill set in order to help Vanilla and its customers to deliver successful and value-added projects.

Vanilla Solutions Project Administrator Olivia Davies

Olivia Davies

Project Administrator

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.

News Articles

Summer Party 2018

Support

  • Vanilla Solutions Senior Support Analyst Claire Valentine

    Claire Valentine

    Senior Support Analyst

  • Vanilla Solutions Support Analyst Rachael Hinkley

    Rachael Hinckley

    Support Analyst

  • Vanilla Solutions Support Analyst Rachel Clifford

    Rachel Clifford

    Support Analyst

  • Vanilla Solutions Technical support Analyst Gary Warner

    Gary Warner

    Technical Support Analyst

Vanilla Solutions Senior Support Analyst Claire Valentine

Claire Valentine

Senior Support Analyst

Claire joined Vanilla’s Support Team in 2017 and as a Senior Support Analyst, enjoys solving the more complex issues that are presented to our support. She has previous experience in the Oil & Gas, Food Packaging and Pharmaceutical industries.

Claire also found and set up our Newcastle office.

News Articles

New Management Team

Vanilla Solutions Support Analyst Rachael Hinkley

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

Vanilla Solutions Support Analyst Rachel Clifford

Rachel Clifford

Support Analyst

Rachel joined the Support Team at Vanilla in 2020, coming from one of our old customers Thompson and Morgan. There she worked with IFS Applications for several years, particularly focusing on Finance and Manufacturing.

News Articles

New Addition to the Support Team

Vanilla Solutions Technical support Analyst Gary Warner

Gary Warner

Technical Support Analyst

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

Technology

  • Vanilla Solutions Technical Consultant Steve Bagwell

    Steve Bagwell

    Technical Consultant

  • Vanilla Solutions Senior Developer Neil Carter

    Neil Carter

    Senior Developer

  • Vanilla Solutions Developer Paul Trownson

    Paul Trownson

    Developer

  • Vanilla Solutions Developer Andrew Nicholls

    Andrew Nicholls

    Developer

  • Vanilla Solutions Developer Chris Elliston

    Chris Elliston

    Developer

  • Vanilla Solutions Developer Brandon Ellis-Cairns

    Brandon Ellis-Cairns

    Developer

  • Vanilla Solutions Developer Adedoyin Boluwarin

    Boluwarin Adedoyin

    Graduate Developer

  • Vanilla Solutions Developer Ian Hannaford

    Ian Hannaford

    Graduate Developer

Vanilla Solutions Technical Consultant Steve Bagwell

Steve Bagwell

Technical Consultant

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Steve joined Vanilla in October 2019 as a Technical Consultant. He has a proven record of delivering practical business value and competitive advantage from business systems in manufacturing environments. His executive level, business leadership experience, coupled with a hands-on approach drives the transformation of business processes, data capture and delivery of business intelligence. He is a strong advocate of Lean Manufacturing principles and has the vision to surface the true value that IFS can offer to help businesses achieve world-class standards.

Vanilla Solutions Senior Developer Neil Carter

Neil Carter

Senior Developer

IFS Applications Specialist Certified

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 strong attention to detail and possesses the ability to learn new skills quickly.

Vanilla Solutions Developer Paul Trownson

Paul Trownson

Developer

IFS Applications Specialist Certified

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 in SQL reporting and producing training documentation.

News Articles

Christmas Party & Awards 2019

An Experience of a Lifetime

Hands Around the World 2019

Summer Party 2018

Charity Challenge 2018 – Yorkshire 3 Peaks Completed

Charity Challenge 2017: Tough Mudder

Vanilla Solutions Developer Andrew Nicholls

Andrew Nicholls

Developer

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Andrew is a dedicated professional with a wide range of experience in the technical side of IFS ranging from Data Migrations to PL/SQL. Working within a team, Andrew has excellent communication skills at all levels, using his initiative. His role includes using third party products, NovaCura Flow allowing customers to have a more productive ERP system. Andrew has over 5 years’ technical experience configuring business systems and process improvements.

News Articles

Summer Party 2018

Charity Challenge 2017: Tough Mudder

Vanilla Solutions Developer Chris Elliston

Chris Elliston

Developer

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Chris joined the technology team as a Developer in July 2019, coming from one of our old customers Thompson & Morgan, who have recently chosen to move away from IFS. He has been working with IFS since 2012 and brings a wealth of experience with him.

Vanilla Solutions Developer Brandon Ellis-Cairns

Brandon Ellis-Cairns

Developer

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Brandon joined Vanilla in 2014 as a Trainee Consultant and is now a fully-fledged Developer. He has a strong background in technology and wrote Vanilla’s Making Tax Digital software. Away from the Office Brandon has a keen interest in motorsport, gaming and snowboarding.

In 2019, he won the Hull and Humber Young Person in Tech Award.

Blog Posts

Reflections on Zambia

 

News Articles

Tech Awards Win

Bring Your Children to Work Day

Charity Challenge 2017: Tough Mudder

Vanilla Solutions Developer Adedoyin Boluwarin

Boluwarin Adedoyin

Graduate Developer

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Bolu graduated in 2018 from the University of Abertay, Dundee with a degree in Computing and has joined us as a graduate developer. He has a keen interest in knowing how things work and can usually be found learning about new technology be it software or gadgets

News Articles

Building for the Future

Graduate Skills Day

Vanilla Solutions Developer Ian Hannaford

Ian Hannaford

Graduate Developer

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Ian graduated in 2019 form De Montfort University with a degree in Cyber Security and has joined us as a graduate developer. He looks forward to learning new skills and developing his understanding of IFS Applications.

News Articles

Building for the Future

Graduate Skills Day

HR & Accounts

  • Vanilla Solutions HR & Accounts Rachel Belcher

    Rachel Belcher

    HR

  • Sarah Bartram Royston Vanilla Solutions Accounts Clerk

    Sarah Bartram-Royston

    Accounts

  • Vanilla Solutions HR & Recruitment Manager Kirstyn Brown

    Kirstyn Brown

    HR & Recruitment Manager

Vanilla Solutions HR & Accounts Rachel Belcher

Rachel Belcher

HR

Rachel joined Vanilla in 2012 as Payroll Clerk and is now our HR Manager and Mental Health First Aider.

News Articles

Charity Challenge 2018

Charity Challenge 2017

Sarah Bartram Royston Vanilla Solutions Accounts Clerk

Sarah Bartram-Royston

Accounts

Sarah joined Vanilla in April 2019 as an Accounts Administrator.  She previously worked for a Finance company as an IT Service Desk Coordinator for 20 years and is enjoying her change in career.

Vanilla Solutions HR & Recruitment Manager Kirstyn Brown

Kirstyn Brown

HR & Recruitment Manager

Previously worked within the hospitality industry as an Events and Revenue Manager, then took a career change to become HR and office manager for a small housebuilder which then allowed her to complete a qualification in Human resources in 2019 when she became an associate member of the CIPD.

News Articles

Two New Additions