About us

Our purpose is to provide scalable, secure and supported broadband, safeguarding and remote learning solutions using a best in class Cloud architecture

Founded by a highly experienced team

Coconnect was spun out from Novatech, a business with over 33 years experience as a highly rated technology supplier. Coconnect understands that schools have time and budget restraints which challenge their school broadband suppliers.

We tailor practical packages that can be simply managed; but also grown to take advantage of other Cloud technologies such as VoIP telephony, Cloud storage, and virtual desktops.

David Furby

CEO

David Furby

CEO

David has been in the schools IT sector for over 30 years. He founded Novatech, one of the UKs largest IT suppliers to schools, in 1987 when he was a student studying for an Engineering Degree at Portsmouth. He remains it’s CEO today alongside his role as CEO of Coconnect.

David has always had a passion for education and spent many years as a Trustee for a local secondary school, and wants every child to be to take full advantage of the rich resources the internet has to offer whilst be kept safe from its many threats at all times.

Jamie Wilson

Technical Director

Jamie Wilson

Technical Director

Jamie has been in the IT industry more than 25 years and is still loving it all; from classics like the CBM 64 and 48k Sinclair Spectrum (remember those?) to the super powerful gaming machines of today.

His work as a secondary school governor brings a keen appreciation of the challenges facing schools plus the opportunities brought to education by the online and digital worlds.

Outside work Jamie is either playing a guitar or retro gaming.

Alex Puttock

Finance Director

Alex Puttock

Finance Director

Alex has a lifetime passion for numbers, numbers that deliver insight and better outcomes for all, customers, suppliers and Coconnect. With 2 children in early years education during the lockdowns, he has a keen interest in remote education and the technology to enable it. Outside the office he lives and breathes all forms of cycling.

Shayne Grove

Director Customer Engagement

Shayne Grove

Director of Education Services

Shayne has decades of experience working with schools to support their IT and broadband requirements, he has an excellent understanding of how to match the technology to genuine educational needs. A specialist in filtering and safeguarding he has led Coconnect to be one of the most effective and complete providers of school broadband. Outside of work Shayne continues his personal commitment to education as a school governor and is an keen Lego builder.

Matt KP

Technical Director

Matt Kirkpatrick

Technical Manager

Matt has decades of experience of working in the IT sector, designing and implementing infrastructure solutions for public and private sector. He is the  architect and chief implementer of the Coconnect school broadband and Cloud systems and a fully paid up member of the Red Bull fan club. He says it’s  a great help with very complex implementations!

James Lancaster

Service Engineer

James Lancaster

Service Engineer

James started working in IT in 2016 and is a key member of our support team. He has a keen interest indie game development, programming and network protocols. James really embrasses diving into complex problems, that’s why he enjoys working for Coconnect; which provides him the opportunity to  problem solve, learn and expand his knowledge to help schools and education.

Mike Davies

Service Engineer

Mike Davies

Service Engineer

Mike has been working in the IT field since 1999, he is passionate about providing fast and accurate service to all every school he speaks to, and regularly solves awkward problems for Coconnect customers. Outside work he maintains an interest in hobby-level electronics, designing PCBs and in particular single board computers for a wide variety of uses.

 

 

Andy Banister

Service Engineer

Andy Banister

Service Engineer

Andy has worked in the IT industry since 2006. Everything about Coconnect appeals to him. As he says, there are lots of new opportunities to be involved with plus plenty of scope for learning, growth and personal development.

For Andy it’s working with schools makes Coconnect an enjoyable, energetic, fun and great place to work!

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