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Granite House: Head Office

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Catalyst Computer Systems Ltd.
Granite House,
58 Loughborough Road,
Mountsorrel,
Leicestershire,
LE12 7AT.
 Telephone +44(0)116 230 1500
 Fax +44(0)116 230 1522
 Sales sales@catalyst-uk.com
 Software support@catalyst-uk.com
 Hardware ITServices@catalyst-uk.com
 FAQ's, Guides, Hints, Tips, Advice and more Knowledge Base
Office hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday (for emergency out of hours support see 'Out of Hours' below).

Out of Hours See here for details.
Urgent Weekend Hotline:  +44(0)781 804 4086
Emergency Out of Hours:  emergency@catalyst-uk.com

The likes, dislikes and views expressed on this web page are those of the team members listed and don't necessarily reflect those of Catalyst Computer Systems.

Jeff Kingsbury-Smith

Managing, Sales & Marketing Director

Jeff Kingsbury-Smith
  • likes: People, great conversation and new ideas; the great 'outdoors', especially Scotland; Acoustic Music; Old things mostly mostly made by 'Triumph', cars and bikes; anything in water, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, frogs, fish and pond life.
  • dislikes: Hypocrisy, prejudice, political correctness, narrow minded people, short term thinking, the endless quest for cheap at the expense of quality, anything with 'celebrity' in the title and waste of any kind.

Charles Allison

Company Secretary, Customer Services & Financial Director

Charles Allison
  • likes: Problem solving; Music; Books; Good hifi; Cars and driving; Mowing lawns; Good food and drink; My job.
  • dislikes: Talent wasted; Skivers; Smartphones; Weeding; Most politicians.

Les Ward

Technical & Software Development Director

Les Ward
  • likes: Being with my wife; Catalyst Computer Systems; Automating boring stuff; Technical problems; Computers; Technology (iPhones, iPads); Photography (Canon EOS 5D and Hipstamatic's); XBOX ONE (Fallout Four, Halo, Destiny...); Cats; Music (Trance, A&B, Underworld); Italy; Italy; Italy; Whitby; North West Scotland (Proposed on top of AnTeallach - she accepted - I had the map to get down...)
  • dislikes: Coffee Shops or Houses (irrespective of franchise); Bad Customer Service; Shopping; Rudeness; Coffee Shops; Cities; Political Correctness; Coffee Shops; Freeloaders; People on the phone while driving; Coffee Shops; People who check their phone for 'messages' mid-conversation (cherry on the cake is when they then proceed to reply!!); Stuff that doesn't work; 'amazon.com'; oh yes, I am not keen on Coffee Shops (it's the unique combination of too many choices, bad service, bad coffee and high prices)

Marc Nolan

IT Product Sales Manager

Marc Nolan
  • likes: Family time - love a good day out, with the wife and kids; Football - Anything - Manchester United; Playing my PS3 - FIFA & Need For Speed; Cars/Driving-I love anything fast with 4 wheels
  • dislikes: Slow drivers & people that don't indicate (they make my blood boil); Taxmen (they are just legal thieves in my eyes); Mushrooms; The government and how out of touch they are with the real world.

Mike Cameron

Systems Sales Manager

Mike Cameron
  • likes:Track days, Trail Riding, Sailing & Powerboats, Good food & good friends, Treating people as I would have them treat me.
  • dislikes:Short-termism & lack of true strategic investment in our country’s transport infrastructure.

Sarah Lissaman

Sales

Sarah Lissaman
  • likes: Live music upfront and sweaty - Most music but please no Jazz (unless in New Orleans), Horses - nothing better than getting out into the countryside riding, Interior decor - planning my new house at present, Food - pretty much anything, usually choose the most obscure thing on the menu, Motorbikes - going too fast!
  • dislikes: Mobile Phones - can't live with them can't live without them!, People that park on double yellow lines - selfish and dangerous!, Junk mail - sends me mad!, Banks - Customer service stinks!, Mobility Scooters - half the users are out of control and rude!

Alex Gamble

Marketing Specialist

Alex Gamble
  • likes: Sports, my favourites are Football, Cricket and Horse Racing; Socialising with friends (usually means playing XBOX); Spending time with family; Being able to drive.
  • dislikes: Politics; Mushrooms; People with a negative outlook; TV Adverts.

Matthew Harris

Marketing Assistant

Matthew Harris
  • likes: Watching and playing football; Driving cars; Socialising with friends and family
  • dislikes: Nottingham Forest; Slow drivers; Losing (especially fifa!)

Nigel Smith

Customer Support Manager

Nigel Smith
  • likes: Trail riding on my WR250F; Crisp winter mornings; Family; Delegation; PS3; Birds of Prey; Dogs; Turning my surround sound up louder than I should; TV & Films; Speed; Danger;
  • dislikes: Political correctness; Tasks I cannot delegate; Rules for the sake of Rules; Lorries being restricted to 40MPH on A roads; Health and Safety, I am an adult if I wont to take a risk I will take responsibility for what happens; The claim culture, if you trip on a paving slab then you should have been looking where you were going; Automated phone systems. Press one for ??  I just want to speak to a real person!

Katy Kitchen

Customer Support Manager Assistant

Katy Kitchen
  • likes: My children; Chocolate; Reading crime stories; Singing in a choir; Being organised and writing lists; Animals – particularly horses and guinea pigs.
  • dislikes: Having my photo taken; Spiders; Coffee; Being woken every night by one of my four children and Being disorganised.

Tim Laundon

Customer Support Specialist

Tim Laundon
  • likes: Music, quite varied really, although at heart I'm an 80's Pop Tart!; Going to concerts - Love live music; Gin; Travelling (good job really!); Experimenting in the Kitchen!; Toddington Services!; Meeting new people; City Breaks; Beach Holidays
  • dislikes: Being mistaken for a certain TV celeb (no I'm not telling you who......you're going to have to guess!); Ignorant people/drivers; Weekends that go by way too fast; Roadworks on the M1 between J10 and J13!; Reaching for an empty coffee cup when you were sure there was some left in it; Quorn (that's the sausage not the village!); Jeremy Clarkson!; The Daily Mail

Nick Eden

Customer Support Assistant

Nick Eden
  • likes: Spending time with family; Movies; Eating out; All Sports (Playing and Watching); Travelling; Anything Sweet (Cake); White Chocolate; Walking the dog.
  • dislikes: Mushrooms; Bad Drivers; Rudeness; Traffic wardens; Politics; Slow traffic caused by Rubber Necker's.

Perry Stewart

Customer Support Assistant

Perry Stewart
  • likes: Formula 1 and many other racing categories; Track days; Food that’s really bad for youf Ciders on a hot day; Maintaining my vehicles and house; Mountain biking around the country (been a while!)
  • dislikes: The endless march against time; Unrealistic requests; Bad manners; Finding fruit in a cake.. ew; People who don’t take the racing line with their shopping trolley.

Paul Alexander

IT Services Manager

Paul Alexander
  • likes: Spending time with the family (Most of the time ;-)); Any motor sport, Love F1; Nights down the pub; Most film’s (Apart from chick flicks!); Camping; Driving; PC Gaming (anything with a gun or wheels); Most types of modern music
  • dislikes: Early mornings; Sunday drivers!; Road works; People that cannot follow instructions!; Hangovers (The older I get the longer they last!); Computer virus’s ( Why can’t the people that write them just get a proper job!)

Marc Stocker

IT Services Specialist

Marc Stocker
  • likes: Spending time with the family, watching films, Playstation (cant beat Pro Evo with a few mates round and a couple of cans); Take Away’s; F1; Problem solving
  • dislikes: Traffic jams; The cost of living; Marmite - Hate It; Shopping (pretty much a traffic jam on foot at weekends); Having so many TV channels and nothing to watch.

Matthew Bott

IT Services Assistant

Matthew Bott
  • likes: Spending time with my girlfriend and family; Song-writing and playing guitar; Keeping fit and healthy by going to the gym, running and playing football. Fixing computers and installing components; Gaming on my PS3 (I love FIFA!); Supporting Nottingham Forest (U reds!); Surfing the web; Visiting air-shows; Paranormal stuff; Microsoft flight simulator and Photography.
  • dislikes: Unwanted cats in the garden; Derby County; Selfish people; Queue jumpers; Sleepless nights.

Rob Thorpe

IT Services Assistant

Rob Thorpe
  • likes: PC gaming; Going to see live music; Playing guitar; The walking dead or anything with zombies in; Crystal palace football club as I grew up near there.
  • dislikes: Cats & Coldplay; Cold weather and dark nights/mornings; Winter generally; Track suit wearing none gym goers.

Jacob Storrs

IT Services Assistant

Jacob Storrs
  • likes: Driving, Puzzles, Playing football, xBox
  • dislikes: Eco-driving, Horror films

Dave Laundon

Systems Software Development Specialist

Dave Laundon
  • likes: Cycling to socialise, cycling to get from A to B, and cycling to get fit (in that order!), Learning about new ideas and new technology, Killing myself for 90 minutes so that I can live for 90 years!, Driving (too fast...), Having full control over a dumb animal (i.e. programming a computer!)
  • dislikes: Indecision, Duplicity (not the film...), The dumb animal not doing what I tell it..., Spending money on new ideas and new technology

Steve Jeffery

Applications Software Development Specialist

Steve Jeffery
  • likes: Rock music, folk music, most types of music in fact so long as it's got a beat and a heart to it. Real ale. Music festivals and camping, preferably in nice weather. Computer games. Reading, fantasy and sci-fi, the usual suspects.
  • dislikes: Rudeness under the guise of 'honesty', and a disregard for simple courtesy in general. Camping in the rain.

Jamie Kingsbury-Smith

Applications Software Development Specialist

Jamie Kingsbury-Smith
  • likes: Formula1; Futurama; Halloumi; Icecream; Long days playing frisbee on the beach; Losing my balance on a snowboard but regaining control at the last second
  • dislikes: Marzipan; Windy days; Getting up before 7am; Celebrity TV; Losing my balance on a snowboard and landing on my face

Matt Cant

Web Development Programmer

Matt Cant
  • likes: Technology; computers; innovation; gadgets; music (most genres as long as it has a beat!); good speakers; films; portable computing & smartphones; going on holiday; Bill Bailey; intuitive software
  • dislikes: Anything that has been badly designed; things that don't work like they should; lack of manners; TV adverts; Starbucks; but mostly sweet potato

Lorraine Gibbons

Administration Manager

Lorraine Gibbons
  • likes: Being a mum, Playing in the snow (when we get it), Short breaks away in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. Especially the £9.50 deals with The SUN, Eating out (My Favourite is Pizza Express), Spending time with family at Christmas (it’s a big family), Fast rides, Reading a good book, People that make me laugh, there’s nothing better than a good laugh
  • dislikes: Cooking, cleaning, anything domestic, Bad Drivers i.e. people who sit in the fast lane doing 50mph when it’s the national speed limit (arrgh), Rudeness, Dishonest people

Sarah Lissaman

Financial Controller

Sarah Lissaman
  • likes: Live music upfront and sweaty - Most music but please no Jazz (unless in New Orleans), Horses - nothing better than getting out into the countryside riding, Interior decor - planning my new house at present, Food - pretty much anything, usually choose the most obscure thing on the menu, Motorbikes - going too fast!
  • dislikes: Mobile Phones - can't live with them can't live without them!, People that park on double yellow lines - selfish and dangerous!, Junk mail - sends me mad!, Banks - Customer service stinks!, Mobility Scooters - half the users are out of control and rude!

Joanne Stafford

Receptionist

Joanne Stafford
  • likes: Spending time with family and friends; eating out especially Italian food; taking my dog for walks to Bradgate Park;  Favourite film  - Dirty Dancing and has  lost count how many times I have watched it!;  Summer – love chilling in the garden and lighting up the BBQ, weather permitting of course!;Finally I adore my ironing lady!
  • dislikes: My last vet bill and would advise anyone who is thinking of getting dog to get it insured immediately;  Winter – hate the cold dark evenings and not being able to spend time in the garden;  Queues of any sort whether on foot or in the car; Finding a dent in your car when some idiot has parked too close; Finally I seriously hate ironing!!

Chelsey Barker

Administration Assistant

Chelsey Barker
  • likes: Spending time with friends and family; Chinese food; Going out and going on holiday abroad.
  • dislikes: Things that fly (bugs), Being woken up and Loud eaters.