Meet the Team
Kurt Beaumont-Jones – Director
Kurt still clearly remembers receiving his first computer in 1982 (aged 8), a Sinclair ZX81 with a massive 16kb of memory. He was forced to learn about the inner workings of computers because that was the only way he could play computer games successfully and troubleshoot them!
Despite trying to palm off the task of learning how to fix the computer to his younger brother he eventually ended up having to do it himself. With over 20 years in the industry he isn’t that fascinated by computers anymore, how he’s stayed in the industry this long is anyone’s guess. Some speak of dark pacts whilst others say he just realises he can’t do anything else!
Kurt’s philosophy is that IT contributes to the success of a business and needs to align with the business goals in order to do so. IT isn’t cool or a trend, it’s a tool to help your business. He also hates unnecessary business jargon of any type, please use plain English when speaking to him.
Favourite food : curry (hot)
Dislikes : excessive noise and wasps
Star sign : Pisces
Friends would say he’s : relaxed and friendly
Mike Lewis – Director
Mike was born in Wrexham in 1983. He’s always had a keen interest in how things work and spent much of his childhood and formative years tinkering with (and mostly breaking) computers – it’s the best way to learn he informs us! Due to his passion for business and computers he studied for a degree in Business & Computing, where, he not only achieved his honours degree but also a first class in pub studies, mostly due to his part-time job at the Pant-yr-Ochain in Gresford.
Shortly after graduating an opportunity came along to join Scottish Power as a graduate IT Engineer and he leapt at the chance, it was upon joining the team at Scottish Power Mike and Kurt first worked together. It didn’t take long before they were putting ideas together for setting out on their own and by mid-2008 they formed Vigo. After three short years continuing his career at PH Jones and Brother he made the final leap of faith and joined Kurt on a full-time basis, and the rest – as they say – is history.
Mike enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially his young nieces, who get up to all sorts of mischief! Mike is a keen supporter of both Wrexham and Liverpool Football Clubs and a self-confessed Formula1 nut.
Mike is the technical lead at Vigo and as such his primary job is to make sure that “everything just works”. From a technical point of view he assures us that anything is possible, if you give him enough time… and a blank cheque. We have yet to test this theory…
Star sign : Sagittarius
Favourite food : Sunday Roast or crispy chilli beef from the Chinese takeaway
Dislikes : warm beer and bad driving
Friends would say he’s : Confident, driven, nothing fazes him
Thomas Barbat – IT Operations Manager
Tom has been working on computers for as long as he can remember. He looks back fondly on his memories of building his first computer with his Dad.
Since joining Vigo 5 years ago in 2011 Tom has progressed from an apprentice to IT Operations Manager, he is now looking after the day to day running of the Vigo service desk and running projects.
When Tom is not in work he enjoys running and keeping fit, he completed his first Marathon in 2015 in Las Vegas in 3 hours and 58 minutes and hopes do another one soon.
During his time at Vigo, Tom has worked on many different aspects of the business from new systems deployment to sales and growing the services offered by Vigo including telecoms and broadband.
Favourite food : Mussels
Dislikes : early mornings
Star sign : Gemini
Friends would say he’s : hardworking and driven
Michael Watson – Senior Systems Engineer
Michael is the latest young technician to take the IT world by storm, quite possibly the greatest legend in his own mind. Since joining Vigo his IT skills have advanced at a rapid rate, now he can take on a wide variety of IT tasks. Whilst still a young member of staff Michael has learnt from the best, and been trained thoroughly in the art of Vigo. Michael is never afraid to tackle any task placed before him and tries to carry out all tasks with as much dedication as possible.
Michael is quite possibly one the most laid back human beings on the planet, his pulse rate is so low it simply doesn’t register. This coupled with his unusual diet does at times lead his colleagues to question whether he could be classed as human.
Regardless, Michael is a well-loved and highly regarded member of the team and can probably repair a laptop screen faster than anybody else at Vigo. His only weakness is sharing the same first name as our Director which means almost half of our team are called ‘Michael’. Pop any suggestions for name changes for Michael on an email to us.
Favourite food : everything?!
Dislikes : early mornings
Star sign : Capricorn
Friends would say he’s : sings to himself while he works
Daniel McDonagh – Senior Systems Engineer
Daniel has had an interest in technology since a young age, taking on work experience in 2010 was just the start of his journey with Vigo, continuing with the work experience in school holidays throughout the next few years led to the opportunity to become a member of the team! Having been taught from the ground up by the best, Daniel’s IT skills have come on a long way since then.
When he isn’t in work he is often out on his bike, cycling through as many miles as the British weather will allow. He also spends a lot of time listening to music or going out with friends.
Favourite food : Not Fussy
Dislikes : Cinemas and anything that is slow
Star sign : Capricorn
Friends would say he’s : Dedicated and helpful
Thomas Finch – Systems Engineer
Thomas has always been interested in computers, taking them apart at a very young age. Building his first with the aid of his dad at the age of 8, since then he has developed his skills through personal research and dedication to the learning of new changes in technology.
Ask him anything and he will probably know something about it!
Currently developing his role as a junior IT Engineer, learning and becoming a great asset to the Vigo Team.
Favourite food : Sausage, mash and gravy
Dislikes : Bad cable management
Star sign : Leo
Friends would say he’s : What friends?
Simon Richardson – Systems Engineer
Simon has been tinkering with electronics for as long as he can remember. His insatiable desire to learn has served him well with computers, spurring him to build a knowledge base sufficient to launch his career in IT. He spent two years roaming the Wirral fixing people’s computers before being tamed and set to use at Vigo.
In his off time he plays video games and reads more than is probably healthy, and spends far too much time helping his family with computer problems. Simon will happily talk to people about almost anything, although don’t ask him about keyboards unless you’re willing to sit through a lecture!
Favourite food : Pizza.
Dislikes : Bad arguments. Spiders.
Star sign : Gemini.
Friends would say he’s : Friendly and Loyal.
Carl Mercer – Junior IT Engineer
Carl has always had a keen interest in technology ever since he was first introduced to a computer back in his early days. With some time and determination Carl built his first computer with some help from a few friends, since then he has never left its side. At the age of 18 Carl left Secondary School after finishing his A-levels and went straight into starting his apprenticeship at Vigo as a junior IT Engineer.
While he isn’t tinkering with electronic or helping his family solve IT issues, Carl enjoys playing poker with friends whether it be on a competitive level or friendly. Although he can be a pretty big risk taker occasionally he will always find some way to come out on top.
Favourite food : Anything chicken
Dislikes : Hot drinks
Star sign : Aries
Friends would say he’s : Very competitive
Albie – Sales Mascot
Albie is our latest recruit to the team. He specialises in dressing up and generally looking good.
He worked previously running his own online dating agency but decided to change career and become a marketing mascot.
He’s fitted in well since starting and is always willing to dress up for any new marketing campaign.
Albie is always popular with our female clients and gets far too much attention at the expense of our other engineers.
Favourite food : lasagne
Dislikes : karaoke
Star sign : Scorpio
Friends would say he’s : a fan of the ladies