The people behind Black Velvet AssociatesA brief look at the directors and the company history
Jan and Terry Kiermasz are the Directors of Black Velvet Associates Ltd and between them have over 60 years working in IT. Both have a no nonsense approach to what they do.
Terry is a critical thinking individual with strong Digital strategic, business growth and transformation experience. He posesses a natural problem solving ability that hits issues head on and develops effective strategies for successful management/delivery. A confident manager who leads from the front, infecting those around him with enthusiasm and boundless energy.
Proven leadership ability, leading and motivating multi-skilled and disciplined teams in complex matrix structures/diverse business lines. Accomplished in creating, restructuring, and managing successful programme/project teams to deliver tactical and/or strategic initiatives.
All round IT systems knowledge (ERP, CRM, CMS etc.) covering full System Delivery Life Cycle (SDLC) in a waterfall, Agile or hybrid approach. Extensive knowledge and in-depth practical experience of digital change, transformation and delivery including, marketing methods (SEO, PPC etc.), User Experience (UX) review/optimisation, Accessibility, A/B and User testing.
Adept at troubleshooting projects/programmes to get things back on track and yield results/benefits. A confident Project Manager who is Agile trained (KANBAN/SCRUM/SAFe) and adept at working in both Technology and/or Business environments.
An entrepreneurial, commercially oriented individual with a successful track record of building, challenging and nurturing sustainable Stakeholder relationships with Leadership teams, Suppliers and Colleagues within SME and FTSE-250 corporate sectors.
Experience covering both small Business and large Corporate gives a unique insight into how both ends of the scale work/think giving advantages when formulating tactical and strategic approaches.
Jan is a critical thinking individual with strong strategic and business growth experience. Gifted with a natural problem solving ability that hits the issues head on and develops effective strategies for successful management/delivery. A confident Analyst and Trainer, whose friendly, informal approach infects those around her with enthusiasm.
Proven leadership ability, mentoring, coaching and motivating multi-skilled/disciplined groups of individuals across diverse business lines. Extensive knowledge and in-depth practical experience of Digital Marketing and Strategy including, marketing methods e.g. SEO, CRO, A/B User testing, insight assessment and Google Analytics.
An entrepreneurial, commercially oriented individual with a successful track record of building, challenging and nurturing sustainable Stakeholder relationships with Leaders, Suppliers and Colleagues within SME & FTSE-250 corporate sectors.
Experience covering both small Business and large Corporate gives a unique insight into how both ends of the scale work/think giving advantages when formulating strategic approaches.
You can take advantage of the skills of either Director but they work equally well as part of our team of Associates.
A brief History of the Company
The original named company, Galaxy Consulting Ltd, was formed in September 2003 absorbing JK Design services (which was established in March 2003). It provided both Consultancy and Development services. The Directors/consultants were highly experienced IT solutions experts at that time and have since developed their skills to encompass the Digital arena and all the associated services, such as Social Media and Email Marketing.
The company began by providing on-site, long term IT consultancy to many different large corporations including Project and Program Management and, later, Digital Delivery Management. They provide consultancy services on an as-needed basis to SMEs and smaller Corporate Businesses.
The JK Design brand provided full design and development services for websites, mostly in the SMEs and smaller corporate market. They fully managed each project, including liaison with the project owner/sponsor. The JK Design brand was separated from the main company and sold in April 2015.
The John Jelly (registered Trademark) Training brand became more of a focus and in time the brands for Blue Giraffe Websites and later Pink Gibbon were added.
The same 2 directors who established Galaxy Consulting in 2003 are still the only directors today.
In November 2019 Galaxy Consulting Ltd changed it’s name to Black Velvet Associates Ltd with the intention of expanding the services offered by engaging trusted Associates to bring a diverse range of skills to complete the Digital Transformation family.