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Ben Wilding

Managing Director at Cameron & Wilding

Location
London, United Kingdom
Industry
Information Technology and Services
Previous
  1. Cameron and Wilding Ltd,
  2. Business Extra,
  3. City Hand Tool Ltd
Education
  1. School of Oriental and African Studies, U. of London
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School of Oriental and African Studies, U. of London

School of Oriental and African Studies, U. of London

Thai and Korean

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Background

Summary

With several years business and digital experience and an academic background in management and finance I now run Cameron & Wilding Ltd with Neil Cameron.

My professional introduction to digital was setting up and running an online community for language learners in 2006. Since then I have loved to watch the rapid and constantly changing face of online technology.

I have managed dispersed sales teams, dealt with international purchasing, marketing compaigns and worked on multiple technology based projects. I enjoy business process analysis and consulting firms on the best ways that technology can improve their business.

I started Cameron and Wilding Ltd in order to work with some of the best people, clients and projects around. Since launching in 2009 we've been fortunate enough to succeed in each of these.

Specialties:business analysis, technology solution definition, operations management, financial planning, drupal CMS business integration, user experience, design, online strategy

Experience

Managing Director

Cameron & Wilding
– Present (6 months)London, United Kingdom

As MD of Cameron and Wilding Ltd I work to ensure we win the right projects, with great clients to deliver real value through our fantastic team of open source technologists and delivery specialists.

My focus is on client consultancy, Agile delivery, key account management, HR, sales and finance. It is my responsibility to ensure all these things align so we are the most effective, highly trained and best performing organisation we can be.

Our aim is to deliver enterprise level, open source technology that makes a real difference to our clients and their customers. We have a particular specialism in publishing and media but considerable experience in other sectors too. We've delivered projects from intranets, ecommerce, content and app development to Agile, programme management, training, and support.

Director of Operations

Cameron and Wilding Ltd
(4 years 6 months)London, United Kingdom

Co-founder of Cameron and Wilding Ltd. We launched in 2009 focusing on the development of complex websites using the Drupal content management system.

We work on all aspects of designing, developing and maintaining large scale web systems. This includes CMSs, CRM, mobile, design and systems integration.

My focus is on the real needs of our clients and ensuring our projects meet the requirements.

Board Member

Business Extra
(2 years)London, United Kingdom

Following a search for volunteer work in which my passion for business and technology could be used to good effect I have accepted a position on the Board for Business Extra.

Business Extra is a not for profit organisation, which helps people in the early days of setting up and running a business to improve their chances of success. My role with them will be to help guide the future strategy and direction of the organisation.

This role will also give me great insight into the running of a not for profit organisation and the experiences that a number of our clients at Cameron and Wilding have.

General Manager

City Hand Tool Ltd
(1 year)Gatwick

As General Manager it was my responsibility to manage all of the operations for this national wholesaler. This involved stock control and purchasing for a range of over 1000 items, mostly manufactured in China and India, working with a dispersed sales team of staff and agents, negotiating with suppliers and sales.

Postgraduate Administrator

University of Brighton
(1 year)Brighton

Assisting the Course Leaders and working as part of the administrative team it was my job to assist with a number of duties. Helping with the marketing, enrolement, exams and graduations.

Following my work on Huitalk.com this is where my passion for business grew and developed.

Founder

Huitalk.com
(1 year)Global

Myself and Neil Cameron worked to develop an online community for language learners. Both coming from a language background at university we were aware of the value of language exchange partners and the difficulties of finding a good partner. In response to this we built Huitalk.com and created a community of 3,000 members.

Languages

  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. Thai

    Limited working proficiency
  3. Korean

    Limited working proficiency

Skills

  • Online strategy
  • Web Design
  • Web Development
  • Web Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Financial Planning
  • Market Planning
  • Business Analysis
  • CMS
  • CRM software
  • Intranet
  • Extranet
  • New Business Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Web Strategy
  • Drupal
  • Strategy
  • Management
  • CRM
  • Strategic Financial...
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Start-ups
  • Operations Management
  • Leadership
  • E-commerce
  • Web Content Management
  • HTML 5
  • Marketing
  • Integration
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Education

School of Oriental and African Studies, U. of London

BA hons, Thai and Korean, First

This degree covered everything from literature, history, politics and language. With a heavy weighting on language learning I was able to develop fluency in both Thai and Korean. It also offered me the opportunity to live and study in South Korea for a year, which was a fantastic learning experience.

Activities and Societies: President of the Korea Society, Full scholarship for summer program in Korea

University of Brighton

Chartered Management Institute Diploma in Management, Management, Pass

In action learning set based study we progressed through this 1 year course, which I undertook part time while working at the University of Brighton's Business School.

Topics including: Legal, HR, Finance, Coaching/Mentoring, Planning, Delegation and Leadership

ACCA

Diploma in Financial Management, Finance, Pass

This was a course I undertook in order to prepare for running my own business. It was all based on self study, which I undertook and also engaged a private tutor in order to achieve the best possible results.

Activities and Societies: This course covered everything from puts and shorts to budgeting, cashflow, stock control and financial reporting and ethics.

British Library - Innovating 4 Growth

Business innovation and development for stable growth

During the annual program I was able to engage with a number of like minded businesses and explore ways to improve our business.

Through one on one coaching sessions and workshops I was encourage to review our company from a different perspective and questions assumptions and our ways of doing things.

Grow to Greatness

Coursera MOOC, Business Growth

This program from Edward D. Hess at the University of Virginia deals specifically with established businesses that desire to manage their next phase of growth.

Using online video tutorials, reading and forums I engaged with a program that assisted in my strategic planning for the business as we move into our next growth phase.

Growth Accelerator

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Director / Co-founder

Drupalcamp London
Education

As part of a small core team I assisted in the development of the first London Drupalcamp, which was a huge success with over 350 attendees.

In 2014 we had over 650 people attend and this is set to grow. With the Drupalcamp conferences I have been able to assist the Drupal community in sharing and developing its knowledge at a critical time with Drupal 8 due for release in the near future.

Volunteer Teacher

Project Trust
Education

During this year abroad I worked as a volunteer English language teacher in a small Thai two, Chumphon. This involved planning and running lessons with classes of up to 60 pupils with age ranges from 11 to 18.

In addition I volunteered with a charity during the summer to provide support to traditional hill tribes around the Thai boards.

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Organizations

MD HUB 250, Federation of Small Business

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