KEITH CRAIG

Head of Information Technology and Virtual Learning Environment Systems

Keith is Head of Information Technology and Virtual Learning Environment Systems, which makes him responsible for the support teams running almost all of the conservatoire’s technical systems.

Keith qualified with a degree in Computer Science from Lancaster University and took up a role in their Information Systems Services working extensively on the deployment of the Windows and Apple systems and becoming one of the first people in the UK to qualify as a Microsoft Certified Professional in Windows workstation and server systems. 

In his next role as a Principal LAN Technician with the Post Office IT service, Keith became a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, specialising in Software Release and Networking, as well as obtaining qualifications in server hardware and ITIL. 

He then became Head of Global Release at the French bank Paribas, running the team responsible for software release, expanding their small scale system to 15000 machines worldwide and releasing over 1,000,000 application instances to trading floor and back office staff.  The success of his team secured Keith the bank’s prestigious “mission critical staff” status. 

After the merger between Banque Nationale de Paris and Paribas, forming BNP Paribas, Keith was appointed to the principal design team responsible for all aspects of PC systems.  He worked on a variety of critical projects including trading floor deployments and disaster recovery systems.

Keith joined Leeds College of Music during the building of Joseph Stones House and was responsible for the design and implementation of the conservatoire’s IT infrastructure to integrate the new building into the old one.  Since that time Keith has helped transform the IT platform here including the creation of services for student e-mail, printing, resilient file store, backup, computer laboratories, wireless, texting, timetabling, electronic registers and room booking.
He continues to work on a number of innovative technological solutions to further enhance the student experience.

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