22 Jan Simon Tonks Bio
I have been extremely fortunate in my life to have had some really interesting roles. All of which have prepared me excellently for running my own business.
In my younger days I worked for the Birmingham Post and Mail managing advertising accounts for the Evening Mail. This gave me really good understanding of how to look after clients, and ensure the products being sold to them were exactly what they needed to improve their business.
Time for IT
In my mid 20s I decided a life of Sales was not for me – and I was really interested in the emerging technologies we now know as IT. So I left my job, and enrolled in an IT College to study for a year. Probably one of the better decisions in my life.
After passing my exams I was lucky enough to land a role managing an IT Helpdesk for a major software company. This was a role I really enjoyed – talking to people all day on the Helpdesk, and helping them resolve issues they had with the software – or IT in general. It really developed my love of being in a Helpdesk role.
My next role was at a FE College in Birmingham where I started as the Network Manager at a time when networks were only just evolving (1997). The time of this was extremely beneficial to me personally as it allowed me to learn new technologies as they were involving. I was lucky enough to have the chance of many training courses which gave me an outstanding level of knowledge in these emerging technologies.
By the time I left the college, I had become the IT Director of what was now one of the largest FE colleges in the UK. I was personally responsible for growing the IT infrastructure at the college from a very small (25 PCs) network to one with over 3000 computers, 90 servers, 10 sites and an extremely complex but highly efficient network.
Time for Synium IT
In 2010 I had the opportunity to leave the college and to setup a business of my own – and Synium was born. Initially I focused on Project Consultancy for some major organisations throughout the Midlands. It was not long until we realised providing small and medium size business (SMBs) with IT Support services was what we really enjoyed – and also was what we were best at.
In 2012, Andy Woods joined me, and soon after, so did Stuart Kingscote – my right hand men from the College.
Since then we have grown the team further, and continue to grow the business. We really enjoy what we do, and are very lucky to work with some great clients who value the services and support we provide.
We have developed our spectrum of IT Services so we can now provide our clients with the full range of IT services to enhance their business.
How do I like to spend my time
Working for myself is something I absolutely love, and love growing a business that does great things for great clients.
Whilst there is still a Work/Life balance to bear in mind, I really am very lucky to have the flexibility to work when I want (which luckily is quite a lot). I love being with my family, as we are really close and love spending time together. We all love being out walking – especially as we have the best dog in the whole world – our massive Labradoodle, Marley.
As for hobbies, cycling is my main pastime. Primarily Mountain Biking with my son: where we go all over finding the best trails and bike parks. I also enjoy Road cycling with my mates – especially as it frequently ends up with a beer or two in a pub.
Recent years has also seen me fall in love with skiing, and whilst I am not very good, I still love the feeling of being in the big mountains and enjoying the thrill of being (almost) out of control 🙂
Travelling and holidays are also a big part of my life – and try and aim to have a number of ‘breaks’ every year, even if it is only for a few days. In the coming years, I hope to increase the amount of travelling we do.