15/01/2024, Telford – Last year, we marked a significant moment in our company’s history – our Managing Director, Ryan James’ 15th years of dedicated service. Ryan has been instrumental in shaping our company’s growth and success. He is a great example of how nFocus nurtures and develops their staff, having started as a graduate 15 years ago to now running the company – these are the opportunities that await you when you join nFocus. We gather not only to celebrate a remarkable milestone but to also reflect on the incredible journey Ryan has been on. He shared his thoughts on this special milestone below.
In His Own Words
“Having joined the company all those years ago as a fresh-faced graduate, I’m not sure I could have imagined the years that would follow or just how much I would enjoy them.
Of course, over those 15 years, there has been a whole host of notable moments but I can’t help but reflect on the more recent history. I am beyond proud to see that in just 18 months, our Test Automation Academy has successfully hired, trained and deployed 34 incredible people at the start of their IT careers. I’m also so thankful to our senior testing practice who continue to successfully support complex projects and programmes, year after year; doing it in such a way that achieves such pleasing client feedback.
I wanted to take a moment to thank nFocus’ founders for all of the opportunities they’ve given me. I really do value your support and trust. My brilliant colleagues (then and now) who have made the journey an awful lot of fun and not forgetting our wonderful clients who I genuinely love working with. I’m honoured to have this opportunity to work with you all and look forward to seeing where we all go from here.”
From Colleagues to Friends
To celebrate this occasion, we have invited some of our esteemed team members to share their thoughts and experiences working alongside Ryan. Let’s hear from our team members as they express their gratitude and best wishes:
CEO & Founder, Ross Lister: “Ryan is an inspiration. His good humour and positive outlook have always been infectious. An exemplar of ‘cool, calm and collected’. Fifteen years have raced by. I welcome the chance to congratulate him and thank him for the commitment he has demonstrated to the company that we have built.”
Founder & Technical Director, Danny Crone: “Where does 15 years go? I remember this kid fresh out of university joining the company. It only seems like yesterday and look at him now, running the company! I could not be more happy or proud, we are so lucky to have him at our helm. Congratulations JamesRyan! (inside joke: As often people call him James!)”
Financial Director, Chris Edge: “Ryan started working for nFocus as a Graduate 15 years ago. He has worked his way up through hard work and dedication from a Sales & Marketing Assistant to Managing Director, a fantastic achievement over his career and for someone at such a young age.
As Managing Director, he brings out the best in people and gives them a belief in themselves to achieve their goals and this is shown in amongst other things, the fantastic results of nFocus’ own graduate programme of which he is one of the pioneers.
His leadership and determination have brought about further unprecedented success to the company, it now stands bigger and better than it ever did with record numbers of employees and customers.
A pleasure to work with and I wish him continuing success over the next 15 years.”
Talent Manager, Gary Kingsmill: “Ryan is a fantastic leader, who believes in nFocus’ mission wholeheartedly and works tirelessly to achieve it, whilst still being a cracking bloke, who I am proud to call a friend too. Congratulations on hitting the 15 year mark, and here’s to the next 15!”
Test Consultant, Jane Kelly: “After eight years of knowing Ryan, it’s safe to say that Ryan is a pleasure to work with. Always positive, genuine and demonstrates transparency & integrity. Ryan in his own words, ‘tries to do right by people’. Ryan is very popular with peers and clients using sincerity, humour with a big smile and a spring in his step. I’m delighted, but far from surprised, at how well he has developed and excelled in nFocus as well as in his personal life. A positive leader and role model, devoted husband to Caroline and a super dad to young toddler, Jake!”
Test Consultant, Jessica Ward: “I‘ve known Ryan for 9 years now. From day one of starting at nFocus, he has always been welcoming, friendly and someone I could go to if I ever needed help with anything. Congratulations Ryan on your 15th Anniversary!”
Client Engagement Lead, Amy Corcoran: “nFocus under Ryan’s leadership as MD is already a completely different organisation to the one I joined almost 5 years ago. He embodies our company values, is a true servant leader and I can’t wait to see where he takes us as an organisation in 2024 and beyond!”
Graduate SDET Consultant, George Calvey: “Ryan is one of the kindest and warmest people I’ve met. Ryan always shown genuine compassion and support to everyone he works with. Congratulations on this milestone, Ryan – you are amazing.”
Many congratulations Ryan! Here’s to many more years of success and shared accomplishments.