Rich has worked at Camelot for 17 years and his favourite place in the world is The Dordogne in the South West of France. Rich reveals what happens in the world of Architecture at Camelot.
Tell us a little about your role and what your team does.
I have a team of five architects focused on Gaming, Infrastructure and Data. My responsibility is to ensure that Architecture provides the glue that binds together the wider business and Technology.
Describe what you do in a sentence or two.
We help Camelot make the right decisions when planning future changes to the running of the National Lottery systems. We do this by ensuring that changes are designed with everything duly considered so as to avoid impact to existing services whilst delivering on the company strategy.
Tell us about your Camelot journey so far.
I spent over nine years as an IT consultant and then over seven years as a manager of technical teams. The first half of my time at Camelot was as a technical specialist in Linux and Unix systems. Eventually, I became Head of Infrastructure, managing the five teams that support all of Camelot’s IT infrastructure. In January 2018, I took on my current role.
What's the best thing about working at Camelot?
Camelot is a unique organisation, not only because of our role in running the National Lottery but also in our operational qualities. Camelot is a near £7 billion business that is sized below 1,000 employees. This means that we look after some unique systems (our website is one of the busiest e-commerce sites in the UK) and, as such, we get the chance to work with many exciting technologies!
What has been your Camelot highlight?
My career highlight to date was the launch of the current National Lottery website. It was a very complex change that was delivered with the cooperation of numerous teams. The cutover to the new systems was done with minimal impact to our players and gave great satisfaction to all involved.
What do you do outside of work?
Outside of work I enjoy watching and participating in sport. I’m also an enthusiast of the arts - particularly film and music but also the wider World of artistic endeavour. A Sunday afternoon in the Barbican is a good way to stimulate the mind and eye whilst also being somewhere to find space for calm consideration.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
The Dordogne in the South West of France holds a special place in my heart. It’s a uniquely forgotten part of the world steeped in Neanderthal history which gives it an air of surreal mystery. It’s also the place where my wife and I got married which has helped cement its unique place in my life!