Meet the team

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Stuart Bowen

Stuart 'Mr Bandicoot' Bowen

Managing Director

Stuart is Mr Bandicoot, the man who started it all, and our inspirational guru for all things IT-related. Stuart’s area of expertise is so wide-ranging that it’s more like a whole continent. He has over 25 years’ involvement in IT across different sectors, applying his professional skills, while building up a formidable wealth of knowledge and practical experience.

This includes Windows desktop and server support, networks, domains and DNS, email, databases, website hosting and developing specialist software.

He’s now added to his formidable experience by running both a successful IT company, and a business centre.

Stuart personifies Bandicoot’s can-do approach to helping SMEs. He knows his tech, but he also knows people and how to support them. He says he likes being the boss because he doesn’t have to answer to anyone – except his customers, his staff, his tenants, his suppliers, Companies House and HMRC.

When not working, Stuart likes to cook, then eat what he’s cooked, then work it all off on long walks through the Lake District.

He’s fond of the old techie joke: there are only 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary, and those who don’t.

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Tom Coley

Tom Coley

Design & Support Manager

Having joined the company in 2014 as an apprentice and completing his NVQ, Tom is now Design & Support Manager at Bandicoot.

While providing Bandicoot’s IT support and internet services, Tom also specialises in website design and development. In addition, he’s become a vital linchpin in developing the company’s server monitoring system – an essential part of the proactive IT support the company is proud to be able to offer to its clients.

Tom finds both website design and IT technology fascinating and absorbing, while staying on the right side of sociable – he shares this infectious sense of enthusiasm with his co-workers and the apprentice IT staff he supports.

Tom’s doing the job he loves, and you can clearly see this in his dedication to Bandicoot’s clients and the people he works with.

When Tom has a break from IT and web-related tasks he loves a bit of international travelling, while closer to home he can be found on the ice rink or playing video games.

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Matt Harding

Matt Harding

Web Developer

Matt’s from Bacup in Rossendale and has been with Bandicoot since March 2017. As a web developer, Matt works with Tom to provide stylish and functional website design services to Bandicoot’s clients. Matt is very meticulous in his work and strives for perfection.

He also enjoys working on the occasional support call and is always on hand to assist the support team.

Matt’s found his own kind of freedom at Bandicoot, where he’s been encouraged to develop his natural aptitude for all things IT.

This shows in his boundless enthusiasm for his work, and his willingness to keep developing his skills and know-how.

If he’s not in front of a computer screen, Matt likes nothing better than tinkering in his garage – until he’s unable to resist the lure of computer games, that is.

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Oliver

Oliver Powell

Apprentice IT Technician

Oliver joined the company in September 2018 and has hit the ground running, quickly becoming a valued member of the team.  He is currently studying a City and Guilds, Level 3 Diploma in ICT professional Competence at Burnley College.

At work, when Oliver isn't eating (or bulking as he terms it), he is busy answering IT support calls, fixing laptops, answering the door, installing PC’s and maintaining servers. Oliver has a passion for ensuring our problem count remains at 0 on our server monitoring system.

When he’s not working with the Bandicoot Team, Oliver enjoys mountain biking on different routes around Lancashire, socialising with friends, walking his dog and browsing Reddit.

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Anna Bowen

Anna Bowen

Director

Anna is CIPD qualified and runs Bandicoot’s administration and HR. She’s also increasingly involved in the company’s marketing and recruitment. She’s got a background in the NHS, so she knows a thing or two about infrastructure and organisation. As our business has expanded, she’s been there to provide essential insight and practical support.

Anna’s passion is for nurturing and developing individual team members and, in so doing, the business itself. She sees it as crucial that, alongside the outward-facing service Bandicoot provides its customers, is a parallel development of the company’s own culture and values, which help make it a great place to work for all the team.

Anna is originally from Bury, which is where she met Stuart. They now live in Cliviger, near Burnley, where she likes to ride her pony in her spare time.