About us

Fordway has 27 years’ experience helping leading organisations across all market sectors get the best from their IT infrastructure. Our solutions are robust, secure, future proof and cost-effective.

We begin by understanding your strategy and business objectives. Using best practice processes, technologies and security standards we will design a tailored solution for your company. We find the most cost effective combination of products and services, reusing existing products and licenses where appropriate. Our team will work with you to deliver the project on time and on budget. And we’ll work closely with your in-house team, transferring skills throughout the project.

We’re proud of our team. Fordway succeeds through the skills, integrity and hard work of our staff. Our Consultancy and Service Desk teams excel at what they do. We hire talented people who are willing to go the extra mile to deliver on our promises. The team has a breadth and depth of knowledge which is rare in an organisation of our size.

Fordway provide both cloud and managed services from two UK data centres across the public and private sectors. All our cloud services are available through the Government’s G-Cloud framework.

Find out more about Fordway’s experience in the following sectors:

Our technology partners

We work with a wide range of partners, from market leaders to innovative technology companies, to find the best solution for each customer’s business requirements. This enables us to maintain a truly independent approach.

Microsoft Partner

Fordway are a Microsoft Gold Datacenter and Silver Cloud Platform partner. Find out more about Fordway’s Microsoft partnership.

Senior Management Team

Richard Blanford

Richard Blanford, Chief Executive

Richard founded Fordway in 1991 and over twenty-five years has built it into one of the UK’s most respected managed cloud and infrastructure transformation companies. Richard’s IT career began in the late 1980s at Ruby Computers, where he identified a need to provide hands-on skills and support. He set up Fordway to sell and install IT infrastructure and grew the company through winning and successfully delivering increasingly larger contracts. Six years ago he led a major investment in infrastructure, staff and training to enable Fordway to provide managed cloud services, which now provide approximately half the company’s total revenues. In his spare time Richard is an RFU level 2 coach and Surrey RFU referee, drums in a rock band and is a keen sailor.

Aftab Ahmed

Aftab Ahmed, Head of Sales and Marketing

Aftab Ahmed is head of sales and marketing at Fordway. During his 13 years at the company he has built up extensive experience in implementing both cloud and other large scale Infrastructure projects, advising customers on the best solution to meet their business needs and budget. He has a deep technical appreciation of a broad spectrum of data centre technologies and services.

Paul McCann

Paul McCann, Head of Operations

Paul joined Fordway in October 2018 and is responsible for all the company’s service operations and support, ensuring that every customer receives the highest quality of service at all times. He brings some 15 years’ experience in operational management, most recently at Barclaycard, where he led the department managing the organisation’s payment gateways. These handle millions of transactions each year, with clients that include many of the largest high street retailers, grocers and financial institutions. Prior to this Paul was responsible for operation support at two managed service companies. He began his career in the Royal Navy as a submariner, working in communications. In his spare time Paul enjoys sailing and regularly takes part in competitions such as the annual Round the Island race.

Amanda Mival

Amanda Mival, Head of Business Support

Amanda Mival joined Fordway’s management team in 2014 to bring additional commercial expertise to support company growth. Her role combines commercial and financial management for the business, and she is also responsible for HR, with a focus on developing Fordway’s employee engagement strategy. Amanda has more than 20 years’ experience managing business across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, consultancy and hospitality, and is AAT qualified. Outside the office she supports her local school and has previously been Vice-Chair of Governors. She is also an advocate for better understanding of Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia.

Jason Prior

Jason Prior, Chief Operating Officer

Jason joined Fordway almost four years ago as a contractor and was appointed to a permanent position as the Head of Strategy and Architecture soon after. In summer 2017 he moved into the role of Head of Operations with responsibility for Fordway’s service desk, service operations, project management and professional services. As Chief Operating officer Jason now oversees business operations at Fordway. Prior to joining Fordway Jason spent 15 years with a number of leading IT consultancies including Cap Gemini and Fujitsu, as well as four years with Lloyds Register. This included several years in Australia as the Lead Architect on Fujitsu’s largest outsourced account. In his spare time Jason enjoys spending time with his young family, cycling and travel.

Fordway Vision, Mission and Values

Vision, Mission and Values

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