Educated at Manchester University and Cranfield Institute of Technology, Chris Gledhill gained a broad spectrum of experience in both systems and general management during the 1980's and early 90's as a business analyst, a line manager and a management consultant. During this time Chris developed a clear understanding of the value of the information assets of a business. This was complemented by the development of skills in formal Database design and project management.
In 1993 Chris co-founded PDMS on the premise that there was a market for business services and systems which focused on a company's information assets and business goals rather than on a particular software product. Chris has since seen the company grow from a two man consultancy into a mature multi million pound organisation, focusing on delivering business solutions through a project based approach to software development and consultancy.
Both in the development of PDMS and through ongoing consultancy projects for third parties, Chris has maintained an up to date knowledge of both technology and more importantly of the ways in which it can be exploited to improve the productivity of PDMS' clients.
PDMS have retained their independence and this is a vital factor in the experience Chris can bring to any consultancy project. His experience is based on the business benefits and the practical realities of implementing technology unconstrained by the limitations of any one product or supplier.
Chris provides a considerable depth of technical knowledge combined with a high degree of business awareness and a long track record of successful projects. This experience extends across the whole spectrum of activities associated with software development and the implementation of IT in general.
Combined with a pragmatic business oriented approach and over twenty years experience in the field Chris is able to provide relevant, reliable and creative answers to any issues to do with the design and application of information systems and associated hardware and communications networks to create real business benefits.
For many years Chris has been involved in a number of groups set up to provide advice on government policy in relation to IT, Communications and e-Commerce. He is a founder member of the Chamber of Commerce IT committee, and is also involved in the Isle of Man Employability Group, which is made up of people from industry, education and economic development, to align government policy and initiatives on education and training, with the needs of employers.
Similarly Chris takes a very active role in Junior Achievement (JA) on the Isle of Man - sitting on their Board and having served as a member of the JA Europe IT Management Board, which is involved in the implementation of systems across all of the European member nations. Chris is the former elected chair of the techUK Public Services Board for SMEs and continues to write extensively on both IT and general business issues. In 2012 Chris gained his Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.