Raymond O’Hare, the former director of Microsoft Scotland, has joined the Kick ICT Group (Kick) board as a strategic advisor to help support the company’s ambitious growth plans.

Kick, the fast growing IT company launched by technology entrepreneur Tom O’Hara, acquired Castle Computer Services in April. Tom, alongside long term co-director Alan Turnbull and Talon Business Solutions founder David Chazan have grown Kick rapidly since acquiring Talon in 2015 with the acquisition of Roxapp, a specialist Microsoft Dynamics reseller in 2016 and Vozero, a boutique Microsoft Dynamics consultancy in 2017.

Commenting on the addition of Raymond to the Kick board, Tom O’Hara said: “Raymond brings a wealth of experience and has a successful track record working with a number of ambitious companies at board level. The Kick senior management team look forward to working together with him to support our growing business as we accelerate our plans to become Scotland’s largest IT professional services company across our core Infor, Microsoft and Technical divisions, with a target to support 1000 clients by 2020”.

Raymond was director of Microsoft in Scotland for five and a half years until 2010, and Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Scotland for four years until December 2011. He spent twelve and a half years working for the Microsoft Corporation in a variety of UK wide and Scotland focused roles.

In addition to these roles, he has held and continues to hold a number of high profile board positions in Scotland, including board member of the SQA and Young Scot, non-executive director of the Government’s Post 16 Education Reform Board, member of the government’s National Economic Forum and Skills Utilisation Leadership Group.

On joining, Raymond said: “I’m delighted to be able to support and advise on the ambitious growth plans of the Kick ICT Group and I am excited to be able to play a part in the future of the business.”