Curriculum Vitæ - Business Version

Personal Information

Name:John Cyril Bruce (Revd)
Address:15 Holland Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1UL, United Kingdom
Telephone:+44 (0)1775 725648
Mobile:+44 (0)7947 156933
Date of Birth:23rd December 1941
Marital status:Married 25th March 1963 to Ruth Christine (DeCamps), one daughter Frances Clare born 30th June 1974. Remain happily married.
Home:Own property, mortgaged with national building society.

Employment History

3/9/1990 - date: Estate Computer Systems Limited (Sleaford, Lincolnshire)
Was invited to re-join this company during August 1990. Commenced employment here on 3rd September. Almost immediately continued where I had left off 18 months previously, but as the company had grown in this period, my role had changed slightly away from support to more of a systems development role as far as ECS systems are concerned. Training and support on other applications has continued (WordPerfect and Lotus, and Microsoft Products), as has training users on our own specialist Report Writer program. Appointed Programming Administration Manager in December 1991 to control a team of 8 programmers and testers (team then numbered 17). In January 1993 additionally appointed Company Quality Manager (initially to introduce and implement British Standards 5750 into the company - now BS EN ISO 9001:1994, but working towards BS EN ISO 9001:2000). January 2000 - appointed sole responsibility for the Company Quality System with no additional company management responsibilities.
3/1989 to 7/1990: CTT Limited (Spalding, Lincolnshire)
Was invited to join this local recruitment and training company as Finance and Computer manager, responsible for day to day management of the computerized Purchase, Sales, Invoicing and Payroll ledgers (using Pegasus Senior Accounts programs), production of management information and monthly management accounts. Also responsible for a 10 station computer network system, six other PC's together with the various applications in use, and two computer based interactive video training systems. Involved in the training of both young people and Management level personnel in the use of computers including Operating Systems, Word Processing, Accounts, Spreadsheets and Database work. Company ceased trading 20th July 1990.
1983 - 1989: Anglia Telecommunications (Peterborough) Limited
Originally a telephone systems and computer salesman. Experience with computers listed on separate sheet. Selling developed into support and training as the company grew. My role changed and additional sales staff were employed. At the beginning of 1987 the computer section of Anglia Telecommunications was merged with the Sleaford based computer company -
1987: Estate Computer Systems Limited (Sleaford, Lincolnshire)
Company specialising in database software for the Property market. Mainly involved in specialist report writing, Pegasus accounts, WP and Spreadsheet training and support, also training and support using their own specialist software.
1982 - 1983: Dabbs Office Equipment Company (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)
Salesman selling office equipment, typewriters, photocopiers, office furniture etc... (Whilst here attended the Rank Xerox Sales Course). Won inter-branch selling competition beating five other offices' contestants. Moved to computer selling towards end of time here. Was offered another selling position by an ex-manager of this company, who had previously left to set up his own computer and telecommunications company. Moved there in 1983.
1980 - 1982: Speedprint Design (Spalding, Lincolnshire)
Self-employed. Was instrumental, with a partner, in setting up a small printing company in Spalding. Differences between the two partners on future plans for the company resulted in my deciding to 'sell-out'.
1973 - 1980: East of England Agricultural Society (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)
Responsibilities included (in no particular order) - Production of the Society's main Show catalogue from receiving the entries to placing the print order; all the show's publicity as secretary of the publicity committee; secretary also to the Safety and Conservation committees; staff responsibilities included three secretaries and a full time printing department which was created and run by myself. At the point of my leaving this print department was responsible for all of the society's internal print requirements (entry forms, committee minutes, posters, leaflets, brochures etc...) Left because of a desire to become self-employed in the printing industry.
1969 - 1973: Beesons (London) Limited (Spalding, Lincolnshire)
Started as trainee office manager responsible for day to day operations of this Potato Merchant's office in Long Sutton until the office closed down and the Head Office moved to Spalding. Was made Office Manager with responsibility for accounts to Trial Balance stage. Then sent to London office (Covent Garden) to learn various office routines (for nine months) before being sent to various other branch offices to audit and otherwise check accounts and procedures.
1966 - 1969: Berrills of Spalding (Spalding, Lincolnshire)
Bought Ledger accounts manager.
1962 - 1966: George Adams & Sons Ltd (Spalding, Lincolnshire)
Accounts and (eventually) office manager. Was involved in setting up a mechanical accounting system on an NCR accounting machine.
1958 - 1962: Levertons of Spalding (Spalding, Lincolnshire)
Costings clerk, Bought Ledger work.

Personal Details

Other Personal and Academic details Born in Spalding on 23rd December 1941, educated at Spalding Parish Church Day School 1946 to 1952, then at Spalding Grammar School until 1958. Left school with two GCE 'O' levels in English Language and Mathematics. Continued education at evening classes studying Book-keeping, gained RSA certificate in this subject. Attended several residential training courses amongst them one in Youth Leadership at Sheffield, and one in Selling Skills at Rank Xerox H.Q. at Newport Pagnall.
Considerable self study in computer technologies, mainly operating systems, applications and internet mark-up language (HTML), over several years. Applied for and gained a place in August 1995 at the 'East Midlands Ministry Training Course' (a non-residential training course) affiliated with Nottingham University, studying Theology and Pastoral Studies. Gained Nottingham University's Diploma in 'Theology and Pastoral Studies' in July 1998.
Hobbies and Interests I am a Christian and prior to ordination as Deacon (1998) and then Priest (1999) I was an active member of Spalding Parish Church. I was involved in the life of the Church in Spalding (but see separate section on ordained ministry). Other interests include music, singing, walking, and photography. Have been at various times chairman, treasurer and secretary of a number of committees (though not all at the same time!). At one time Commanding Officer of the local company of Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade (also having been a member of the National Brigade Council for 3 years), retired from active work within the Brigade in 1983 after 27 years service.
Very interested in all aspects of computer work, especially in application fields (Word Processing, Design, Imaging, Internet, WWW, etc.) Felt called by God in April 1993 to serve Him in ordained ministry. Undertook considerable pre-selection training with personal tutor in preparation for formal training when accepted.
Took part in Advisory Board of Ministry Bishop's Selection Conference in June 1995 and was recommended for training, with the possibility of being ordained to non-stipendiary ministry.
Completed a three year diploma course in Theology and Pastoral Studies with the East Midlands Ministry Training Course based at Nottingham University. Ordained Deacon in the Church of England on 4 October 1998, and ordained Priest on 3 October 1999. Serve as a Non Stipendiary Curate in the parish of St Mary & St Nicolas Spalding. See separate ministry section (page 7) for fuller details. Myers Briggs temperament type - ISFJ, (last tested summer of 1996)

Computer Based Knowledge

Systems used: IBM and IBM compatible systems - beginning with the first IBM personal computers through to PII hardware, including Scanning and imaging (camera) products and Hand held Palm and Pocket PCs.
Philips 3500 and 3800 multi-user systems. Olympia (IBM Compatible) systems. Philips 3100 (IBM Compatible) systems. Apricot single user systems. Epson (IBM Compatible) systems. Apple MAC DTP system. Northstar.
Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 3.x, 9x*, NT, 2000, ME, and XP. Turbodos multi-user, CP/M, Apricot MS-DOS, Standard MS-DOS (*), IBM DOS (*), Apple DOS, Novell Netware & Novell 286 Advanced Netware (*), and the P-System (for Pascal based systems). PalmOS and WinCE.
Applications used: Microsoft Office XP, 2000, 97, 95, and Word 6*, (including Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, Money, Exchange & Outlook)

Internet and World Wide Web products and Browsers
HTML markup language, CSS and Java (minimal) - using Allaire Homesite*, Macromedia Dreamweaver and MS Frontpage.

Barious Other Application Software
Borland DELPHI (very basic level) WordPerfect (*) - through to version 6.0 (at advanced level). WordStar (*) - from the original version through to Version 4, (including the Amstrad version). WordCraft (*) - from version 2.00 through to the version 4. Word 7 - PSystem word processor. Microsoft Word on the Apple Computer.

SUPERCALC (*) - from version 2 through to version 4, including a reasonable look at version 5. QUATTRO PRO, LOTUS 123 - from version 2.00 (*) to 3.1 (*), brief experience with 123 for Windows. SYMPHONY (*), VIP and CALC 7.

PEGASUS - Single (*) and Multi (*) user versions through to the latest versions released in 1991, all modules. Sold, installed, trained and supported over 30 systems locally. Attended and passed a certificated PEGASUS Senior Update course in March 1990. SAGE (*) accounts.

DELTA 2, DELTA 4 (*), DELTA 5 Database software. About fifteen specialist systems written including membership systems and stock control systems. Investigated PARADOX 3, FOXBASE, R:BASE, and other less well known Database systems.

Mapping products, plus numerous other products for desktop and handheld computers. Ventura DTP, Pagemaker DTP, WordPerfect Office 2.0, DrawPerfect 1.1, Newsmaster (*), Fleet Street Editor, Timeworks DTP, PC Tools Deluxe (*), Framework, Multimate (*), Auditman (*), Menu Systems, Bible software, Paint Shop Pro to Version 7, various other graphics packages, etc, etc...

(*) Also trained end users in these applications.

For Voluntary Work and Church Ministry - see separate Ministry CV

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