VIMA Group are delighted to welcome Sam Crowder as a Managing Consultant. Sam joins VIMA with a wealth of management experience from across the defence, justice, infrastructure and professional service sectors. Starting his career at Thales as a Systems Engineer, Sam has taken on many roles over the last 10 years including Training Lead, CLS Manager, Engineering Manager, Data Director and even Head of Marketing.
This varied experience confirmed to Sam that what he really enjoys is getting stuck in and supporting different teams as a managing consultant, as he has since 2016. One of his recent roles was leading the End of Concession programme for the Severn Crossings Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Concessionaire . This saw the two iconic Severn Bridges transfer ownership and operations back to the public sector. Sam says “I really enjoyed leading the EOC programme, I am immensely proud of what we achieved both in terms of the transfer of an IT and payment system used to handle millions of pounds worth of payments and the handover of the complex maintenance operations required to keep the two bridges open year-round. And we did it all with a small team, a few Kanban boards and some agile project management.”
Sam has had the chance to work on some land mark projects, programmes and portfolios over the years including the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA – now Air Tanker), Team Complex Weapons (Portfolio), UK VLF and LF Communication System Refresh, New eLoran Navigation System, Handover of the Severn River Crossings and the Metropolitan Police Transformation Directorate Portfolio.
On joining VIMA Group, Sam commented “ I am really excited about joining the VIMA team. It is such an exciting time for the company as it looks to consolidate existing markets and grow into new ones. The proactive can-do attitude of the business and my new colleagues matches my ethos exactly and I cannot wait to get working with the team in order to make a real difference for our clients.” Managing Director, Dean Taylor added “ We are delighted that Sam has joined VIMA Group. His skills and experience gained across both the private and public sector will complement the exceptional team we have in the Group and help VIMA achieve its fast, but sustainable growth aspirations. We are delighted to be able to attract and offer great career opportunities to highly experienced consultants such as Sam”