About me

I’m Gary Crawford – welcome to my site! I’m a polyglot (I don’t subscribe to the Ivory Tower leadership type) director, architect and technical lead, conference speaker and strategic thinker with a focus on innovation, software excellence and maximising client value.

I currently work for AKQA as Group Technical Director for Scandinavia where I provide technical leadership and strategy with a focus on utilising state-of-the-art techniques and technological innovation. AKQA design and deliver iconic digital products and services that improve people’s lives. They have been involved in some of the most groundbreaking and award winning projects across multiple industries. AKQA collaborate with sophisticated clients to deliver a cohesive blueprint that satisfy audience needs and surpass business goals.

I am a former Tech Principal and Tech Lead at the fantastic ThoughtWorks – “A community of passionate individuals whose purpose is to revolutionise software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change.”

I was lucky enough to spend time at Aridhia Informatics, a company leading the management of chronic diseases, stratified medicine and biomedical research through the use of biomedical informatics and analytics. In short, they apply Big Data principles and techniques in the healthcare environment.

I was also lucky enough to spend time as a senior consultant in the Advanced Microsoft Consultancy wing of Charteris Plc., a UK based Microsoft Gold Partner. Charteris is a full stack Microsoft systems integrator for UK-based Enterprise and Mid-market clients – which means I got to spend my days developing solutions with cool technologies!

Prior to Charteris I worked with Clevermed Ltd, a medical IT software house which focused on the specialist areas of maternity, neonatology, paediatrics and adult intensive care. I started there as a developer, and later was responsible for interfacing – getting Clevermed systems to communicate with the disparate other hospital IT systems.

I live between the UK and Scandinavia (mostly Sweden) with my wife Karen and daughter Erin.