This week’s blog comes from the Network Nook, as we take a look at a day in the life of our Head of Network & Security, Adrian Portway!
Adrian likes to kick off most days with a round of Kali Filipino martial arts and general fitness training in his garage. He is an associate instructor in JKD and Kali and a trainer in Combatives (aka self-defense). Adrian’s bucket list includes visiting Japan, the Philippines and San Francisco where he’d like to visit Bruce and Brandon Lee’s graves and have a chance to train with Taky Kimura. (One of Bruce’s original students and great friend as well as being a world-renowned Japanese American martial artist). He would also like to train with top level Kali instructors Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee’s best-known student, and Doug Marcaida.
Once Adrian finishes off his training, he starts his working day, by running checks on all of the different computers in the network, and the servers, to ensure that they’re in-sync.
Adrian has been with Team TutorPro for about 2 years, originally from Coggeshall, and brings along 20 years of related experience.
Adrian carries a significant responsibility of ensuring that every aspect of the TutorPro network is both well-protected from threats, but also to ensure it is optimized for the highest degree of functionality. Even when there doesn’t appear to be any irregularities that are negatively impacting the network, subtle performance analytics or peculiar patterns can often silently tell an administrator a different story. It’s Adrian’s responsibility to reveal those mysteries and see if any actions need to be taken.
His role also includes product and network upgrades, and internal system rollouts. Adrian is also responsible for overseeing the setup and implementation of new Learning Management System (LMS) instances, for our Client Family. His 2019 business goal is to move our infrastructure to Microsoft Azure enabling more flexibility.
Adrian is a true jack-of-all trades. When asked about his biggest personal achievement he said “Being awarded my instructor certification in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino martial art. I now teach a small group once a week.”
His biggest professional accomplishment was being Technical Director of his own company, one of only a dozen or so at that time, that had BACS certified software outside of the national banks!
Adrian’s hobbies include Martial arts, obviously, photography, music, DC & Marvel movies and he is a big fan of comic books. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Jo and daughter Zoe.
Adrian appreciates the band width he is given in his role and enjoys that Claire Revell, our CEO, allows him a lot of scope to work outside the box and pursue different technical avenues to improve processes.
Adrian was posed the question: What do you like the most about working here? He quickly exclaimed “The atmosphere here is brilliant! We all work well as a team, it’s a great working environment.”
One more item on the bucket list for our terrific Head of Network & Security… he wants to make his own Kris sword (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris). Not only does he protect the TutorPro network, but he will be well armed in the event that a sword fight occurs!