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OUR PEOPLE

Meet the experienced team who make up Level8 logo

Having worked together when CODA employees, helping each other and delivering quality solutions, it was natural for us to come together once again as a team of independent consultants – these were the beginnings of LEVEL8 and our ethos has remained as we have grown. We support each other as a team in order to best support our clients.

This collaborative approach, with an emphasis on working closely together, also underpins our relationships with strategic partners like Unit4, Exact and FinancialForce. These global business software leaders need expert partners who they can trust to implement solutions which deliver maximum benefit to our mutual clients, show their products in the best light and demonstrate the true power of cutting-edge business technology.

This is why they partner with LEVEL8 and you can meet the team who make this happen below.

 

Our Directors 

Balal Ahmed

Balal Ahmed

Director of Business Development & Partner Relations

Having qualified as an accountant and gained FCCA. Balal started his career in 1984 before spending several years in the profession Balal moved in to reporting software and finance system implementation in the nineties. During this time he worked for Courtaulds, Welsh Water and British Rail Infrastructure Services.

Balal joined CODA in 1997, with his financial and systems capabilities He became principal consultant working with a loyal worldwide client base, many of whom he still maintains regular contact with.

Following time then spent with Cognos, IBM, Deloitte and a leading SAP partner, Balal came back to the CODA world when he established LEVEL8 as a Unit4 partner.

Nick Maiden

Nick Maiden

Director of Operations & Systems Education

Following qualifying as an accountant and gaining ACMA & CGMA, Nick began his career at United International Pictures as a marketing cost analysis in 1989.

In 1998, following time with Crown Agents and Aptos, Nick joined Baan before the buy-out of CODA. Transitioning to CODA from the Baan training department, Nick became, and still is, regarded as the “standard bearer” for training and education in CODA.

Becoming an independent consultant in 2004, Nick also built extensive experience in implementations, upgrades and migrations, before co-founding LEVEL8 in 2014 to provide training and education capabilities unique in the CODA market.

Dan Barton

Dan Barton

Director of Software Development & Integration

Dan began his career as part of the graduate intake for British Rail computing in 1989 and worked in Nottingham until 1994.

In 1994 he became employee number 25 at Science Systems where he was a developer and later team leader.

With the Science Systems takeover of CODA, Dan moved in to the role of Development Manager of the Bespoke software department within the new CODA (and later Unit4 Financials) organisation.

In 2015, after a few years as an independent Unit4 Financials developer, Dan joined LEVEL8 to establish a software division for bespoke Unit4 Financials solutions delivery, offering software development services unrivalled in the market.

Rupert Reader

Rupert Reader

Director of Technical & Managed Services

Rupert’s career working with CODA, the system that would become Unit4 Financials, began in 1995.

His time with Unit4 UK would go on to span a 21 year period during which he built up a huge breadth of technical experience working across implementation management and systems consultancy.

Since 2016 Rupert has been using this Unit4 Financials knowledge and technical expertise to continue supporting system users as a consultant and now as LEVEL8’s Director of Technical & Managed Services.

Our Associates 

Angela Head

Angela Head

Associate

Angela was a principal technical support consultant at Unit4 until October 2017 when she joined LEVEL8. Angela came to us with a reputation as one of the most trusted support consultants at Unit4 (as well as an IBM Iseries and MS SQL Server expert) and brings a wealth of expertise to our support function.
Sharon Watkins

Sharon Watkins

Associate

Having worked at Unit4, CODA and Science Systems it’s fair to say Sharon knows the system that is now Unit4 Financials. An approachable, proactive, commercially oriented BA (Hons) qualified individual with 20 years’ experience of working with Blue Chip companies, implementing and supporting Business Systems on a global basis.
Brian Westbury

Brian Westbury

Associate

Brian is a hugely experienced Technical Consultant and has spent the majority of his working life dealing with CODA products. He has over 30 years’ experience in technology consultancy, of which over 25 years have been with (what are now) Unit4 Financials products. Brian was principal Technical Consultant at Unit4 before leaving to Join LEVEL8 in the middle of 2017 and his consultancy services are highly sought after.
David Hill

David Hill

Associate

David joined British Rail Computing in 1989 as a Mainframe Developer and since then his expertise in software development has taken him to roles within several large international organisations including Experian and CapGemini. David’s development skillset and his deep knowledge of financial systems is something he now applies to his work with the Unit4 Financials system as part of the LEVEL8 software development team.
Scott Watkins

Scott Watkins

Associate

Having gained a Computer Science degree from Staffordshire University Scott moved in to his first Software Developer role in 1993. Joining Science Systems in 1996, Scott first began development work on the CODA system which would become Unit4 Financials. With the Unit4 takeover Scott moved to a software development role within Unit4 UK and went on to spend 15 years with the business, establishing himself as a system expert and a key part of Unit4’s internal development team, before joining LEVEL8 in 2015.
Desiree Marshall

Desiree Marshall

Associate

Desiree is an Application Support Analyst with a background in business finance and more than 10 years’ experience providing first class support at Unit4. Prior to her time at Unit4, Desiree was a CODA Application Manager at a Swedish-based technology business.
Lorraine Harber

Lorraine Harber

Associate

Lorraine was a solutions architect at Unit4 until March 2018 when she joined the team at LEVEL8. She is a highly experienced systems implementation and business consultant with over14 years of customer facing roles across multiple sectors. Lorraine is highly respected within the Unit4 world and is a subject matter expect in Procurement, Invoice Matching, Workflow and Billing as well as being a Financials expert. She worked for Unit4 for 10 years and held roles as Principal Consultant and Solutions Architect before joining LEVEL8.
Eric Jackson

Eric Jackson

Associate

Eric joined LEVEL8 in 2017 after spending over 18 years with Unit4 UK. Now working as part of our software development team, Eric moved in to this area with Unit4 Financials having worked across support analyst and technical consultancy roles. Eric’s varied roles within Unit4 provides him with a unique understanding of the Financials system and the requirements of the businesses that use it, an understanding he now applies to his development work with LEVEL8.

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