If you are a Headteacher or a member of the SLT my colleague Keith is for you, I help IT Managers implement new technologies.

Hi my name is Chris, Chris Pickles and I am the Senior Microsoft Consultant for F1Group, your new shoulder to lean on when things go wrong and your assistant to help implement new Microsoft technology.

About me

I love technology, my whole life is dedicated to it, and I also like Skiing and the Prodigy.

You’re in safe hands

I help many IT Managers like you in lots of schools and have already experienced and resolved the pitfalls of implementing the technology in the unique secondary school environment.

I can help you fix problems quickly, because I fix problems like yours every day, its likely not unique and something I have fixed before for another secondary school.


Like you, I feel training is important and often bundle it into the migration, otherwise how can you be expected to support and implement the new technology in the most efficient and effective manner?

Im a little biased because I am also the Microsoft Certified Technical trainer here.

New Microsoft Technologies

As you know only too well, migrating to new Microsoft Technologies give you lots of benefits within your school, it often means you can do more with less, make your lives easier or reduce the cost to the school, but too often you are expected to migrate new technologies without any additional training or support.

I can help you with the migration and then hand it back to you fully working to your specification.

What can I help you with?

I can help you with literally any Microsoft technology, from System Centre Operations Manager, Exchange, Lync, Azure and Office 365 Hybrids to Microsoft HyperV with failover clustering.


Thank you very much for all of the help that you provided with our core services switchover. Thanks to you your experience, your skills and professionalism, the Switchover has gone extremely well and I am very happy with the results.

Gavin McIntosh
ICT Systems Manager Branston Community Academy

Our long term relationship with the F1 Group and their introduction of new technologies into our schools has enabled me to actually reduce our IT spend whilst increasing out availability and network speed, the partnership works, we are very pleased with the results and it has far exceeded our expectations

Adam Veater
IT Manager , Kisimul Schools Group

I just thought I'd let you know how super Tim from F1 has been in terms of sorting out two issues that i have had this term with my laptop. he's been very accommodating, efficient and also patient with me! I seriously think we'd be worse off without him.

Sophie Blewitt
Wollaston Secondary School