Foundry4

Harnessing technology and new ways of working to help organisations solve the complex challenges of today

141-143 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE

Technology Transformation AI & Automation Data Analytics

Foundry4 brings together specialist technology services businesses to offer a complete solution to private and public sector institutions looking to deliver innovative digital services

Team Size 30 - 40
Established 2017

Foundry4 brings together specialist technology services businesses to offer a complete solution to private and public sector institutions looking to deliver innovative digital services

We provide teams of experts to solve complex problems for our clients. We handpick members of these squads ensuring they contain the right blend of skills and expertise to meet our clients’ technology needs. We co-create an outcome-based specification for the squad to deliver within a 3 month period. We work in quarterly cycles as it provides flexibility and enough commitment for the squad to effectively deliver.

With a strong focus on delivering rapid value, working in the open and effectively transferring knowledge back in-house. We co-create an outcome-based specification for the squad to deliver within a 3 month period. We work in quarterly cycles as it provides flexibility and enough commitment for the squad to effectively deliver.

Our squads are far more than just a team of individuals. They offer clients:

  • A fully managed team that doesn’t add an additional resource management overhead
  • Peace of mind that we have ‘skin in the game’ to ensure their outcomes are met
  • Access to high-end skills that may not be feasible in their location or sector
  • Assurance that if resources are not the right fit, they will be quickly replaced to maintain momentum
  • To maintain full ownership and IP of the products and services that are built
  • Left with a legacy of internally upskilled staff with fully transferred knowledge
  • Delivery and commercial assurance and oversight driven from our collective years of experience in running large-scale software engineering teams
  • Access to our cloud partner connections and network (Including AWS, Microsoft and Google Cloud)

We partner with organisations across the private, public and health sectors to help them think differently and deliver more

Founders & Leaders

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James Herbert

Chief Executive Officer

James is a leading technology strategist and award-winning entrepreneur with a track record in delivering innovative but pragmatic approaches to digital services. He has worked with Cabinet Office teams designing the G-Cloud procurement framework, the foundations of the Digital Marketplace and the world’s first government Cloud-First technology strategy. James has held leadership roles in some of the most significant public-sector technology-led transformation programmes over the last 10 years, establishing the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the Identity Cards programme and the development of Government Shared Service centres.

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Sacha Rook

Chairperson

Sacha is the Chairperson of Foundry4. Sacha is a digital technology innovator with strong leadership and delivery skills. His background is in local government cloud-services and enterprise architecture; uniquely he combines insightful business acumen with in-depth knowledge of technology and the disruptive power of cloud computing. As co-founder and CTO of Methods Digital, Sacha set the organisation’s digital strategy. This spanned both open source and commercial cloud platforms, ensuring innovation, resilience and business outcomes were balanced to enable client success. In 2017 Sacha co-founded Notbinary.

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Natalie Taylor

Managing Director, Public Sector

Natalie has fifteen years experience in Digital Transformation, including key roles in the transformation of UK government, NHS.UK, GDS, and london.gov.uk. She is a senior leader who is passionate about delivering digital transformation to help organisations become more agile, efficient and open. She is happiest when she is solving problems and coaching people in their work and careers. She ensures that her teams are agile, focused on user needs, failing fast and working collaboratively.

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Stuart Arthur

CTO

Stuart is a strategic and innovative CTO with strong leadership, technical, and delivery skills with broad and deep experience across a range of different sectors and cloud technology platforms. Stuart has delivered successful large-scale transformations for the likes of World Vision US, Wales and West Utilities, and Investec Asset Management. Stuart’s current focus is on untangling enterprise technology challenges for clients and helping them to achieve greater agility, data insights, and faster delivery of value.

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Sarah Finch

Research and Insights Manager

Sarah is renowned for her ability to communicate complex concepts with clarity. She plays a central role in managing the insights programme at Foundry4. Sarah is renowned for her ability to break down and communicate complex concepts with clarity. Over the past few years, the incisiveness of her thought leadership has helped to shape the decisions of senior business leaders navigating the challenges of digital disruption and transformation. As Editor, Sarah's insights were pivotal to the success of media platform Foundry4, and she now plays a central role in managing the insights programme at Foundry4. She has a particular interest in the ethical implications of emerging technologies, and outside of work enjoys badminton, cricket and cycling, and Bollywood.

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Liam McDowell

Managing Director, Private Sector

As Managing Director for our Private Sector, Liam works closely with our capability leads to define and deliver propositions that solve industry challenges. He is a visionary entrepreneur with 10+ years experience within technology services and consultancy. Liam has been involved in a number of start ups and scale ups; most notably he led a DevOps engineering consultancy through its growth and the eventual acquisition by one of the largest technology organisations in the world. With the unique ability to apply both an analytical and high level view on a challenge, Liam loves interacting with clients to solve their most desirable needs or wants, where he is able to 'connect the dots' in order to find the best approach to solving a problem or developing an opportunity.

John Straw - If There’s No Friction, Where’s The Profit? #Disruption Summit 2017
John Straw Co Founder of D/SRUPTION

Values

  • Agility - each business challenge is unique
  • Clarity - key to unlocking technology is the ability to use natural language, share knowledge, and create common understanding
  • Precision - Foundry4 is made up of highly motivated teams who truly take pride in their craft, led by the involvement and passion of our entrepreneurial founders
  • People - inspiring and motivating people is what we have built our business on, creating a generous culture of experts that learn and share
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