Originally from South Africa, Francis West has spent nearly 30 years delivering IT and cyber security solutions to businesses. In 1993, Francis launched FWCS Support, an IT support company providing solutions for the recruitment, estate agents and education sectors. Building the company into a £1.2 million business, during his time here, Francis was responsible for rolling out a cloud recruitment platform to users in Georgia, Pakistan, Dubai, India, Ireland, France and the UK and was instrumental in the design and launch of a remote desktop solution for Randstad with users across 23 sites. In 2010, Francis launched Westtek Solutions with the aim of redefining IT Support to the SME sector. Through hard work and innovation, he has formed strategic partnerships to provide comprehensive support and cutting edge cyber security solutions. In 2012, he won Innovator of the Year from the South African Chamber of Commerce. Westtek is a Preferred Supplier to TEAM and to APSCo where Francis is Co-Chair for the Technology Leadership Forum. He is a mentor for CompTIA, helping train the technology gurus of the future, as well as a trainer for Business Builders, a local initiative that aims to help smaller enterprises grow and thrive.