founded Revell Research Systems in 1985; graduating from
University of Birmingham
with an honours degree in Mathematics in 1988. He
has worked extensively with computers and networks ever since.
He is a Chartered IT Professional (CITP), which is awarded on the basis of
peer assessment by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. The institute is the only
chartered IT body in the UK empowered to grant chartered status to IT professionals under its 1984 Royal Charter.
He occasionally delivers Higher Education courses in subjects such as Systems
Analysis, Software Development, Networking and Database Methods, which lead to
The University of Plymouth
. He has also prepared chartered accountants (CIMA
) for their final examinations.
He has recently taken a major role in developing a new foundation degree programme
in Internet Technology with Business, which will be awarded by Plymouth University
from 2006 onwards.
He is a former Devon Vice-Chairman and East Devon Chairman of
The Prince's Trust
, an organisation actively led by
HRH The Prince
, which helps disadvantaged young people in a variety of ways.
Alastair Revell was born and initially educated in Exeter, before reading
Mathematics at the University of Birmingham.
He actually established Revell Research Systems in 1985 before going up to Birmingham.
As an undergraduate, he worked on client projects during the vacations and academic
assignments during term-time. He graduated with honours in 1988 and immediately
set about establishing himself more firmly as a freelance consultant.
He worked extensively for The Prince's Trust in a voluntary capacity at a senior
level during the 1990s while continuing to practice as a freelance IT consultant.
He served as the East Devon Chairman and Devon Vice-Chairman for much of the decade
and contributed to the Trust's national IT policy as well as helping to establish
The Prince's Trust Volunteers programme in Devon.
Towards the end of the 1990s, Alastair Revell started to lay the foundations for
establishing Revell Research Systems as a solid consulting practice - something
more than just a name under which to practice as a freelance consultant.
The practice has grown considerably since the start of the Millennium and now
employs a number of support staff and associate consultants.
Alastair Revell BSc(Hons) CEng MBCS
CITP FRSA FIAP has wide ranging skills in management, computing
He currently programs in both VB.Net and C#; and has used previous versions of
Visual Basic and Pascal in various guises commercially. He has delivered training
in these languages as well as C and C++ and is an avid evangelist for object orientation
and, in particular, the .NET framework. He has worked extensively with a variety
of database technologies, including Microsoft Access, SQL Server, ADO.NET and
He is also a skilled systems analyst and designer, having developed numerous small
and medium size systems. He has designed, delivered and led modules in Systems
Analysis for undergraduates for over ten years and is well-versed in the SSADM
He has extensive knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system family as
well as Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server, both as a software developer and as
a systems engineer.
He has strong network engineering skills and an in-depth knowledge of the TCP/IP
protocol suite. He has delivered commercial and academic programmes on networking
as well as working with a variety of network technologies on a daily basis.
Outside of computing, Alastair Revell enjoys a range of other interests.
These include a strong interest in English history, particularly in the period
from 1066 to 1475. He undertakes a large amount of research each year in this
field, working extensively with primary source documents at various archives around
the country on a regular basis. He reads Medieval Latin and is reasonably skilled
He also enjoys digital photography, which has moved from just an interest into
a passion with the advent of digital SLR technology. He combines this with his
love of walking, which often takes him on to both Dartmoor and Exmoor, as well
as the coastal paths around the South West. He also ventures into the Pyrenees
and Alps when the opportunities present themselves.
He used to cycle competitively at club level, specialising as a hill climber,
but has not done so for some time, although he still yearns to get back on his
There just isn't enough time...!
Alastair Revell maintains a web log (a 'Blog') in which he keeps a journal of
his thoughts on the IT Profession and various technical issues.
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