Introducing the Guardians

Your school's first line of defence in online safety. 

Founded by a highly experienced team

Coconnect was spun out from Novatech, a business with over 30 years experience as a highly rated technology supplier. With over 200 years combined experience working within the tech idustry, there isn't anything the Coconnect team doesn't know about keeping children safe online. So, let's meet the Guardians...

  • David Furby

    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 their 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 able 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 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 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 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.
  • TJ Yates

    Sales Support Executive
    Having worked in Phone and Broadband for the past 8 years, TJ brings a wealth of experience to team Coconnect. Bridging the gap between Shayne and Sammie, TJ is your go to for all things renewals. At home TJ has two boys and plays amputee football for Portsmouth and England. He's also a huge marvel fan and loves to collect lego and funko pops.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Abraham Andemariam

    Technical Support Analyst
    Alongisde Mike, Abraham is your go to support for all your technical concerns. Having recently moved to the area, outside of work Abraham enjoys travelling, socialising with friends and hiking. A true adventure bud!
  • Tom Russell

    Network Infrastructure Engineer
    Working closely beside Matt, Tom is responsible for assitising the design, deployment and support of our solutions. Outside of work Tom's social calender is jampacked! He's a member of a Table Tennis club, is an avid gardener, having an allotment, LOVES anime, is a keen runner and can also play the piano.
  • Sammie Clark

    Service Delivery Coordinator
    Sammie has worked as a key member of customer focused teams over a wide range of industries and specifically within the IT sector since 2020, she is very passionate about providing the best service possible whilst keeping well organised and maintaining a fine attention to detail. Outside of the office she has a keen interest in gardening, nature and the great outdoors and can generally be found out enjoying walks with her dogs. Outside of work she enjoys sewing, watching films and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
  • Jessica Cornwall

    Marketing Executive
    Jessica has been working in Marketing since 2021, after graduating from university where she studied Fashion Marketing and Branding. She loves copywriting, social media and all things digital, and believes good content is key! Outside of work Jessica enjoys playing tennis, learning to ski and renovating her home... pink dungarees at the ready.