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Richard Fennell, Engineering Director

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Richard began working in the IT industry in the late 1980s, where he was exposed to a wide variety of emergent technologies. He spent five years working for Azlan plc, the networking technology distributor, as a Network Specialist.

As Black Marble’s Engineering Director he is responsible for developing the underlying systems and processes that allows Black Marble to deliver high quality innovative solutions.

Richard has presented on behalf of the Microsoft Academic Group and regularly delivers tailored briefings on behalf of Black Marble. Richard regularly presents at national Developer events such as Developer! Developer! Developer!, including DDD, DDD North and DDD SW. Richard has also presented at TechEd Europe, the Norwegian Developer’s Conference and Microsoft UK TechDays.

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He is a fellow of the British Computer Society and is also a Chartered Engineer, a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and a Certified Scrum Master.

In 2008, he was awarded MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) status for Team System which he remained till 2010 when he was awarded MVP status for Visual Studio (ALM). Richard was re-awarded Visual Studio (ALM) MVP again in both 2011 and 2012. In December 2010 Richard was made an ALM Ranger. Visual Studio ALM Rangers deliver out of band solutions for missing features or guidance.

In 2011, Richard was invited by Microsoft to become a Virtual Technology Solutions Professional (V-TSP). The Microsoft V-TSP Programme is a select group from the elite in Microsoft partner community, whose focus is to augment Microsoft’s internal Technology Specialist team. Their primary role is to communicate the value of Microsoft Solutions and to provide architectural guidance.

You can follow Richard on his blog and on Twitter.



Black Marble’s extensive knowledge and experience with the Microsoft Platform is recognised by our Gold and Silver Competencies in the Partner Network:

  • Application Lifecycle Management (Visual Studio suite of products) – first UK partner to achieve Gold.
  • Collaboration and Content (SharePoint) – first UK partner to achieve Gold, previously Portals and Collaboration.
  • Application Development – Silver.
  • Application Integration – Silver.
  • Mobility – Silver


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