Meet the team

We’re human – get closer to our staff

Stephen Bell, Director
Stephen Bell
Co-Founder and Director

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Stephen has over 30 years of experience in commercial IT, working with Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics and IBM, before he embarked on his journey with 1st Easy in 1999.

Stephen’s message: “Customers that move to 1st Easy know they have made the right decision, they see the difference almost instantly and promote 1st Easy to others. We don’t fill our web site and Google with marketing claims and garbage, such as being ‘one of the only UK owned hosting providers left in the industry’, choosing instead to invest our time, money and effort in new innovations and our important life blood, our clients.”

Talk with Stephen:

Unlike some companies that claim to ‘love Manchester’, you can actually pick up the phone and speak to Stephen. Alternatively, you can email him directly: sbell@1steasy.com.


 

Viv Bell, Director
Vivien Bell
Co-Founder and Director of Quality

Prior to life at 1st Easy, Vivien built up 20 years of experience in recruitment and purchasing, where she was responsible for managing multi-million pound budgets for the Employment Department HQ.

Vivien’s message: “Viv puts this practical knowledge to good use in her role as Director of Quality at 1st Easy, where she uses her invaluable organisational skills to manage the office, maintains our ISO certifications and keep the rest of the team in shape. Vivien wouldn’t be proud of recommendation rates in the 70% region, she aims for perfection and achieves it – 100% in 2013’s ISO survey.”

Talk with Viv:

Unless you’ve been good, Viv will probably contact you to help you pay your invoice before you get the chance to call her. If you’d like to get into her good books, send an email to: vbell@1steasy.com.


 

Fred Stone, Chairman
Fred Stone
Non-Executive Chairman

Fred brings considerable value and energy to 1st Easy by providing strategic insight and continually challenging our team to look for new ways of improving our business.

Fred has a stellar reputation as a business coach and mentor, and uses his commercial acumen and enviable network of business contacts to improve the financial outlook of organisations and formulate successful future business strategies.

Talk to Fred:

You can contact Fred directly via fred.stone@fredstone.co.uk.

 
 


 

James Burns, Marketing Manager
James Burns
Marketing Manager

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James joined 1st Easy as their first employee in 2000, when he decided to put his Geography degree to excellent practical use by becoming a web designer and technical support trainee.

He now works as Marketing Manager, where he uses his first-hand experience of customer requirements and business needs to put across the values and benefits of 1st Easy hosting. James also works with customers to find out how and where the company can improve.

Talk with James:

You can contact James via his direct email address: james@1steasy.com.


 

Peter Newton, Finance Manager
Peter Newton
Finance Manager

Since he joined 1st Easy in 2004, Peter’s responsibilities have included the management of billing and maintaining the financial health of 1st Easy.

Such is his mastery of Microsoft PowerPoint, Peter’s annual business performance review presentations are an eagerly anticipated office highlight.

Talk with Pete:

If you have a billing enquiry, email peter via peter@1steasy.com. He also maintains our Twitter, or call 0808 222 2221 and press 2 for Accounts.


 

Dan Smith, Technical Support
Dan Smith
Technical Support Engineer

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Dan works alongside Steve G, Dean and Chris in our technical support team. His main responsibility is to work with our customers to resolve support issues, and carry out installation and maintenance at our data centres.

Apart from being known for his addiction to the local delicacy of oatcakes, Dan is often the leading (i.e. the only) scorer for the so-called 7-a-side football team that several of the 1st Easy staff play for.

Talk with Dan:

You can reach Dan by opening a ticket on our support board, by sending an email to support@1steasy.com, or by calling 0808 222 2221 and pressing 3 for Support.


 

Steve Goossens, Technical Support
Steve Goossens
Technical Support Engineer (VMware CP 5)

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The eyes and ears of our technical team, Steve G spends a lot of his days (and late nights/extremely early mornings) on-site at our data centres, installing and maintaining equipment.

The mysterious and athletic Steve G. What an awesome sight his majestic bowling action is to behold. And with it, he is a potential challenger to Steve B’s previously inimitable dominance on 1st Easy ten-pin bowling nights (best not to actually beat the boss though Steve).

Talk with Steve G:

Steve G monitors the support system as well, so you can contact him by opening a ticket on our support board. You can also send him an email via support@1steasy.com, or by calling 0808 222 2221 and pressing 3 for Support.


 

Dean Hassell
Dean Hassell
Cloud Support Engineer (VMware CP 5)

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The office feels a much safer place since Dean joined us, as he has achieved the highest award possible as a Cadet with St John Ambulance — recognition that led to a brush with Royalty at Buckingham palace!

Aside from his exemplary first aid skills, Dean is a dab hand with applied network management, and works with the team to keep things running smoothly for our customers. He’s also got the most cloud badges (which amply qualifies him to conduct our free cloud data centre tutorials).

Talk with Dean:

You’ve guessed it — like the rest of the support team, Dean is ready and waiting for your ticket, email, or call (0808 222 2221 and pressing 3 for Support).


 

Chris Underhill
Chris Underhill
Technical Support Engineer

Although Chris is new to our team, he’s settling in quickly — wisely and instantly ingratiating himself to our ranks by taking it upon himself to slot into the brew rota with the rest of us.

Notably, Chris enjoys a good Starbar, preferably while watching a vintage episode of Red Dwarf, or perhaps Arrow or maybe even Constantine. Did we mention he likes Starbars?

Talk with Chris:

You can find out where to send Starbars (or check the exact wording of Space Corps Directive 196156) by opening a ticket, sending an email, or calling 0808 222 2221 (3 for Support).