About KCS...

A brief history...

Keswick Computer Services (KCS) started trading over 14 years ago when the two Directors realized that there was a gap in the market for the provision of IT services in and around the North of Cumbria.

Keswick Computer Services now employs 11 members of staff. With a great deal of experience dealing with local businesses large and small, as well as domestic customers, Keswick Computer Services are sure to be able to accommodate all your IT and Website needs.

Meet the team

Peter Thurrell - Managing Director

Originally from London and following a few years being a demonstration pilot in the South of France, Peter decided to settle in the Lake District. He started Keswick Computer Services over 14 years ago from his home in Keswick. He has directed the growth of Keswick Computer Services and built a team of highly qualified engineers and web developers. Peter is responsible for the development of new business opportunities and the growth of KCS as a company whilst ensuring all our customers receive the quality of service Keswick Computer Services prides itself on.

Tom Mellodew - Support/Helpdesk Manager

After leaving college in his home town of Blackpool Tom lived and worked throughout France from Brittany to St Tropez after returning home and a short stint selling holidays he arrived in Keswick in search of the outdoor life. Working in the catering trade and self employment doing corporate events and team building he decided it was time to get a trade. Starting out in the shop at Keswick Computer Services Tom quickly found a permanent position in the workshop helping to build and repair PCs. Gaining his Microsoft MCP MCDST in 2006 Tom now manages the workshop and attempts to manage the rabble that are the Keswick Computer Services engineering team.

Dominic Clarke - Network Engineer

Dom grew up in Stamford, Lincolnshire and read Classics at McGill and Nottingham. Pursuing his interest in electronics he worked as a professional musician and subsequently specialized in IT support, obtaining an MCSE in 2000. He prefers mountains to other forms of topography and moved to Keswick from somewhere too flat in 2001. Dom's duties at Keswick Computer Services are split evenly between customer callouts and workshop fixes.

Jack Forrester BEng Hons CENT - Network Engineer

Jack Came to Cumbria in 1985 with his parents. He has always built things from meccano to a restored car. He completed a degree in software engineering at the University of Sheffield in 2006.

He has since worked for two other companies and provided a mixture of support and infrastructure design. The design projects he has worked on have varied from large multibillion pound, complex systems to detailed studies on essential subsystems.

Ciso Barbosa - Network Engineer

Ciso arrived in Keswick from Portugal in 2007 for an extended holiday. Safe to say he’s never looked back. Following a degree in IT and Economics from the University of Minho, Ciso indulged in his passion for computers and coffee by running his own internet café in Portugal. However, he quickly discovered that both interests could be pursued quite successfully in Cumbria. Several years and one baby boy later, Ciso provides business IT support at KCS and local economic support to Keswick cafes – and with a name that means ‘daffodil’, surely he’s found his spiritual home?

Vince Peet - Technical Engineer & Procurement

An important member of the Keswick Computer Services team who keeps the retail stock and daily cash-flow running smoothly, Vince obviously has a natural ability with money, as when he is not hard at work in the main Keswick Computer Services offices, Vince can be found playing poker both on and off line.

Jan Balfe - Project/Business Development Manager

Jan’s previous role as Global Head of IT for one of the top ten worldwide ERP solution providers brings skills and a proven track record in operational global IT leadership and innovation. Jan has provided technical pre sales consultancy to major Blue chip clients, such as Bentley Motors, Nestle, Cap Gemini, NHS Trusts, educational establishments and local government. Experienced in all aspects of the daily management of IT operations including Service support helpdesk, service delivery, full project lifecycle management including, formulation of detailed analysis and change requirements, as well as many Microsoft and Cisco qualifications Jan is also a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Melissa Grocock BA (Hons) - Web Designer

Melissa grew up in Nottingham and studied Fine Art at Norwich School of Art & Design. After completing her degree Melissa pursued her interest in anything creative and was given the opportunity to work within a design agency that quickly taught her to design and build her first website, she's been hooked ever since. When not in the office, Melissa is a Keen photographer and can be found trekking the Lake District to find that perfect shot.

Luke Antins

Luke's interest with computers initially flourished with the family Commodore 64, where he first got a taste of programming. Since then his skills and experience has developed across an extensive spectrum of the computing world. This has taken Luke as far afield as South Korea, involving projects with giants such as Hyundai, Lubrizol and The Technology Strategy Board. Luke's love for climbing, walking, canoeing and other outdoor activities has drawn him back to KCS and the mountains surrounding Keswick.

Clive Green - Front Line Customer Support

Born and bred in Keswick Clive has always had an interest in computing. After working in different retail environments Clive has found a job that combines his customer service skills with his interest. A keen PS3 & PSVita player and family man when not at work, Clive can either be found having far too much fun playing PS3 online or having a kick around playing football with his kids.

Anneliese Woodcock - Accountant

With superior knowledge in tea drinking and chocolate eating, Anneliese is a dab-hand with numbers. Living the jet-setter's lifestyle, Anneliese has visited more countries around the world than you've had hot dinners.

Sue Severs - Accountant

Relocating from the Scottish Borders in 2012, Sue now provides office & accounts services at KCS. She loves exploring the fells, hoping to do so from the back of her fell ponies in the future.