Our people supporting your business

When it comes to protecting your company’s IT infrastructure there’s a lot of powerful technology available. But only when placed into the hands of people who know how to amplify its greatness does it become indispensable to your business.

The Equate Technologies team is made of security experts who know how to put a cross-section of great technology to work.

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Stephen Richards

Founder & Director

Founded Equate in: January 2013

Certifications & Skills: Long-term experience in the technology industry, holding roles in technical, sales and managerial capacities.

Enjoys working to: “Simplify the complex. The technologies we work with and the expertise we have on hand delivers benefits clients can feel within their organisation. I enjoy helping companies unpick the complexities of what they want, so we can deliver what’s needed.”

Clients should know: “Cyber security means understanding all of the risks your organisation faces — no matter how small. Our team assesses every detail, because sometimes even small changes can make a big difference to how you’re protected.”

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Colin Stubbs

Founder & Director

Founded Equate in: January 2013

Certifications & Skills: Full stack application development and delivery, primarily on service provider networks and for financial service organisations. RedHat Certified Engineer, F5 Security Solution Expert (401 certification), F5 Certified Technology Expert (LTM, APM, GTM, ASM), Bachelor of Information Technology.

Enjoys working with: “F5 Networks BIG-IP. It’s like a jumbo Swiss Army knife — it can solve almost any application delivery or application security challenge. Also, because it’s an open Linux system, getting under the hood to quickly understand what’s happening makes problem-solving easier.”

Clients should know: “We’re strongly vendor agnostic, choosing to provide the most appropriate solution to a customer, rather than being linked to a single technology. This gives our team the best tools to work with, so they can action what’s right for the client.”

Technical Team

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Michael Ebbels

Senior Application Delivery Engineer

Joined Equate in: May 2015

Certification & Skills: F5 Certified Solution Expert (CSE), F5 Security (401 certification), Masters of Computing Technology (Network and System Security), Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) and extensive IT exposure across tier 1 technology stacks since 2005.

Enjoys working with: “F5 provides a suite of varied software technologies which can solve almost any IT problem. The technology is pretty cool to work with, especially the powerful and flexible iRule features allowing for direct manipulation of IP application traffic in real time. Using iRules, I’ve been able to develop and code some pretty funky solutions to solve customer challenges.”

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Andrew Pack

Principal Security Consultant

Joined Equate in: September 2017

Certification & Skills:  F5 Security (401 certification), enterprise consulting, experience and certifications in application delivery controller and firewall vendors.

Enjoys working with: “F5 Networks BIG-IP. There’s no other network or security device that’s as powerful and flexible across the entire OSI model.”

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Rowan Eppelstun

Principal Consultant

Joined Equate in: August 2016

Certifications & Skills: OSCP, F5-ASM, F5-APM, CCNP and CISSP

Enjoys working with: “F5 Networks, because it utilises full proxy architecture. This provides flexibility and power to do what other platforms cannot.”

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Justin Grant

Principal Consultant

Joined Equate in: May 2014

Certifications & Skills: F5-CA, F5-CTS (APM, ASM, LTM, DNS), F5-CSE, Palo Alto Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE v8), Fortinet NSE5, ForgeRock AM Specialist

Enjoys working with: “Enterprises that move towards an automated, SecOps environment that’s built on a Zero Trust, modern edge cyber security architecture.”

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Fadly Tabrani

Senior Security Engineer

Joined Equate in: September 2016

Certifications & Skills: F5-LTM Specialist, F5-CA, Carbon Black Protection Administrator, extensive exposure across IT security platforms to deliver critical thinking and meticulous IT architecture planning.

Enjoys working with: “Infrastructure, security, automation and artificial intelligence solutions. In that order. Getting to work with multiple vendors offers flexibility, which means I can provide greater value to the client. They simply wouldn’t get this if implementing these solutions in silos.”

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Iain Keir

Senior Security Architect

Joined Equate in: February 2017

Certifications & Skills: CISSP, Check Point CCSE and CCSA.

Enjoys working with: “Check Point software technologies. As a security focussed individual, it’s great to work with a technology that’s defined and shaped the network security industry over the last 20 years.”

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Frazer Thompson

Senior Systems Engineer

Joined Equate in: October 2017

Certifications & Skills: Cisco CCNP/DCUFI, F5-CA, VMware, NetApp and Microsoft

Enjoys working with: “Networks, application delivery and virtualisation/abstraction, because I enjoy the completeness of delivering an end-to-end solution.”

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Colin Tucker

Senior Systems Engineer

Joined Equate in: July 2017

Certifications & Skills: Check Point CCSE, Cisco CCNA, F5-CA, experience in managed services and managed security services for businesses.

Enjoys working with: “The technology that clients use and making the most of it. That can be either fixing things or seamlessly implementing new parts to an existing set-up so they work even better.”

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Luke Akrigg

Senior Systems Engineer

Joined Equate in: March 2019

Certifications & Skills: Cisco CCNA, high-level experience with Cisco ASA and Palo Alto firewalls, Microsoft (Active Directory, Exchange, Sharepoint, Office 365 migrations), Citrix and F5 design and deployments.

Enjoys working with: “Networking and security have always been my favourite field. It’s always changing, so keeps you on your toes. And working across several product vendors to deliver secure, efficient, robust environments for clients is very satisfying.”

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Doug Walton

Senior Security Engineer

Joined Equate in: March 2018

Certifications & Skills: Cisco CCNP Security/Sourcefire, Check Point CCSE, Palo Alto PCNSE, Fortigate NSE3 and F5-CA

Enjoys working with: “Firewalling. The technology between the major contenders varies (Cisco, Palo Alto, Checkpoint, Fortigate, Juniper) and as someone who’s very analytical I enjoy the care of attention needed to work with their subtle differences.”

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Andrew Theron

Systems Engineer

Joined Equate in: March 2018

Certifications & Skills: Microsoft (MCSE – Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Private Cloud, Server and Desktop Infrastructure), ForeScout-CA and F5-CA.

Enjoys working with: “F5 Networks because it is at the top of its game providing Application Delivery Networks (ADN) that enhance security, availability and performance for servers, data storage, enterprise networks and cloud.”

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Michael Pearson

Security Analyst

Joined Equate in: October 2018

Certifications & Skills: ITIL, KepnerandFourie™ Root Cause Analysis Certification, IT Managed Services and Level 2 support for industries including state government, emergency services, finance and telecommunications.

Enjoys working with: “Being fairly new to the IT security field, I’m enjoying getting my hands on all security-based technologies, taking my 15-year IT career in a new direction and working towards certifications in F5, Carbon Black, Check Point, Forcepoint and Forescout.”

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Kyle Dutton

Security Systems Analyst

Joined Equate in: April 2019

Certifications & Skills: Diploma of IT, Carbon Black Defence Associate Analyst, Cisco CCENT and Microsoft (Active Directory, Group Policy and Office 365).

Enjoys working with: “So far, F5. It’s got endless capabilities which is challenging, but also really rewarding. The fact it can be used in a range of IT environments means it’s an extremely effective solution for large and small companies.”

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James Tucker

Client Services Director

Joined Equate in: February 2019

Certifications & Skills: Extensive experience building and leading global technical operations and support teams within highly regulated environments, using best practice methodologies.  Architecting, designing and delivering PCI-DSS compliant SAAS and infrastructure offerings for a global tier 1 customer base.

Enjoys working with: “Automation, orchestration and monitoring, and machine learning technologies. I enjoy working with their ability to deliver improved reliability whilst minimising risk.”

Project Management

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Tate Culley

Senior Project Manager

Joined Equate in: September 2016

Skills & Background: Over 20 years management experience delivering medium to large scale IT infrastructure and EPC engineering projects across telecoms, utilities, finance, and oil and gas industries.

Sales Team

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Phil Lennon

Sales Manager

Joined Equate in: August 2018

Skills & Background: Management experience at senior and executive levels in a number of global technology companies. Ensuring high standards of professionalism and accountability continue to be delivered and excelled by the Equate team.

Clients should know: “Equate really are a team of specialists who knuckle-down and focus on the protection of the most important assets within any business: their data.”

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Ben Butler

Account Director

Joined Equate in: March 2017

Skills & Background: Experienced account director, working specifically in IT network and security industry since 2011.

Clients should know: “Getting clients to understand just how flexible and agile we are, is hard. Often, it’s not until they’ve seen us roll our sleeves up and do the work that they understand we are unlike any other cyber security company.”

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Jackson Smith

Account Director

Joined Equate in: January 2019

Skills & Background: Working in commerce sales and customer relationship management since 2014 which supports a developing focus on cyber security sales.   

Clients should know: “Equate’s got a really strong sense of ‘let’s get stuff done’. As a result, our customers know their cyber security needs are taken care of, which lets them focus on pushing their core business goals forward.”

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Mark Crompton

Account Director

Joined Equate in: January 2019

Skills & Background: Working in IT operations and strategy since 2000, with a focus on cyber security sales and cloud development.

Clients should know: “Providing clients with the best security set up whilst minimising complexities, is something our tech team always aim for. As a result, our clients feel confident, at ease and supported at all times.”

Finance

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Rebecca Kitcherside

Finance Manager

Joined Equate in: May 2018

Skills & Background: Qualified accountant, ensuring financial compliance for company and clients alike. Organised and methodical. Cross-industry knowledge of best practice of policies, procedures for higher education institutions and NFPs.

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Geraldine Galang

Finance & Administration Assistant

Joined Equate in: July 2017

Skills & Background: Broad experience in financial accounting and management information systems in areas of accounting, telecoms and ICT. Achieved senior-level positions, including regional branch Senior Treasury Analyst for an ICT and broadcast company.

Clients

Our Technologies