The Founders of NextGen met in Finland on a large Data Centre build in 2014. We were working ‘on the tools’ as self employed cabling installation technicians.
We came up with this business name while we were working abroad while we were completing the first phase on a project in a Data Center. We had been cabling in the primary containment for the first phase and we firmly believed we would be the company going back for phase 2 to install the cabling on the ‘Generation 2 baskets’ – “NextGen”.
This 2nd phase was actually an influential factor in choosing the name of our business, it’s significance is to convey our values and how we work are new, different and immeasurably better, with significant advancements in specific capabilities.
From working abroad we all continued to work together in the industry back in the UK and were busy from day one. This is where we decided that we would form a new business together – NextGen Communications.
We fast began to see the potential for growth and started to employ junior subcontractors to assist us on the installations. Growing faster and bigger than we could imagine we were soon asked to go to the Netherlands to assist in the deployment of another Hyperscale Data Centre. We were also asked to train another firm on site to meet the high installation criteria set out by the end user. Something the NextGen founders knew inside out.
During this time in Holland, we also had one of the founders asked to travel as far as Singapore and Taiwan to assist in training of local teams in the efficient and superior quality installations we had implemented in the European deployments.
We left The Netherlands in late 2017 and it was a scary moment when we returned to London (our home), as work wasn’t so abundant. It was at this point that we decided to strategically invest our time in the UK and build relationships here. This is where we belonged and we were all about investing in partnerships and creating lasting relationships.
In July 2018 A new member joined the team, Damon Jenkins and brought with him a wealth of experience and commercial knowledge.
The team has grown from strength to strength since then and has resulted in the formation of a new business and exciting partnerships.
Ross spear heads the operations of the business and ensures the smooth running of day to day works. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry and coming from the tools he understands the constraints on sites as well as our clients and the engineers. He works well as a team and has been part of a huge personal and business development over the past few years with the completion of multiple courses – CNIDP, COPT CNCI, CTPM to name a few and also the competition of the Goldman Sachs 10k Small business Program in early 2020.
He is also an avid cricket fan and is proud to be part of his local community team. With this in mind he also is partial to camping in the english countryside with his beagle Barty.
Michael Chalmers manages projects on site and has over 15 years of experience in the Industry. Michael has got a strong background in training and has been a part of developing teams around the globe on the efficiency and correct installation practices in data centres.
As a Certified Telecommunications Project Manager and having completed the Site Management Safety Training Scheme Michael is responsible for the day to day management of all aspects on client sites including collaboration with the contractor, labour resources, Materials and Health and Safety essentially unchanged.
Ryan Fuller is the Financial Director, responsibilities include payroll and general account management for the company. Ryan has over 18 years of experience, working on-site in the construction industry.
He is a qualified Certified Network Cable Installer and Certified Network Infrastructure Technician.
Ryan is currently responsible for overseeing projects, liaising with the client and contractors on-site, coordinating labour and materials.
Damon has been in the industry for over 30 years which gives him a wealth of Construction and Project experience along with his commercial knowledge.
As CDCMP and The Defence (MoD) CIDA Installation, Design accreditations, Damon has a solid working knowledge of design requirements for Structured Cabling Systems
Damon also been a member of the company Health & Safety, Quality & Environmental and ISO team, approving & endorsing company processes and procedures.
Jason brings over 20 years’ Data Centre, software, networking engineering and sales experience. As Sales Director, He helped introduce EkkoSense to North America and other regions outside of the UK. Jason also worked for real-time physical asset management and environmental monitoring data centre solutions provider RF Code – where he served as Director – EMEA Technical Engineering, prior to becoming the company’s EMEA General Manager. He also previously worked in EMEA & APAC technical sales management roles for Uplogix.