Panel Profile: Celtic Manor Resort IT Manager Chris Stanley

We get face-to-face with one of the IT Pro Panellists

We get face-to-face with one of the IT Pro Panellists

Welcome to the IT Pro Panel Profile, where we talk to the CIOs, experts and IT leaders that make up the IT Pro Panel, and discover their top tech, pet peeves and IT inspirations.

In organisations that don’t have a specific focus on technology, IT teams are often left to manage large deployments with a relatively small number of staff. Celtic Manor, for example, is a Welsh resort chain which includes four hotels, a convention centre and a 2,000-acre ground which has played host to events such as the Wales Open, the 2010 Ryder Cup and a NATO summit in 2014 - yet the IT staff consists of just eight people.

Chris Stanley, IT manager for Celtic Manor, is the man in charge of running this team, and the small headcount means he has to be creative in his approach to solving problems, making full use of labour-saving mechanics like automation and remote administration.

With the launch of a new international conference centre on the way, Chris will soon have even more on his plate, but he’s well-prepared to cope with the challenge.

Chris Stanley

IT Manager - Celtic Manor Resort

Describe your role in 20 words or fewer. 

I’m the IT manager for Celtic Manor Resort, Hotels and Conference Centres in Wales, driving the business IT strategy.

What was your first computer? 

My first computer was the Sinclair ZX Spectrum +3 - the one with the built-in floppy drive.

What do you like most about working in IT? 

The variety of technology and the constant variation; its the root of all business!

If you could magically get rid of one piece of technology forever, what would it be, and why? 

I’d bin fax technology. What’s the point in having it anymore?!

What future tech innovations are you most excited about? 

I see Machine learning helping us and many other businesses on an unprecedented level, the ability for Technologies like CCTV being able to recognise people and their habits can help us tailor experiences and offer them services that they actually have a legitimate interest in.

Who’s your biggest inspiration in the world of tech? 

Steve Jobs was and still is an inspiration to many; his tactic of hiring staff that don’t need to be told what to do is something I always do! Why employ someone who needs to be told what to do - I would have to think twice as much as I already do then! 

If you're a senior IT decision-maker and you'd like to apply to be part of the IT Pro Panel, please email panel@itpro.co.uk

Featured Resources

How to scale your organisation in the cloud

How to overcome common scaling challenges and choose the right scalable cloud service

Download now

The people factor: A critical ingredient for intelligent communications

How to improve communication within your business

Download now

Future of video conferencing

Optimising video conferencing features to achieve business goals

Download now

Improving cyber security for remote working

13 recommendations for security from any location

Download now

Most Popular

Star Alliance passenger data stolen in SITA data breach
data breaches

Star Alliance passenger data stolen in SITA data breach

5 Mar 2021
I went shopping at Amazon’s till-less supermarket so that you don’t have to
automation

I went shopping at Amazon’s till-less supermarket so that you don’t have to

5 Mar 2021
How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

26 Feb 2021