Kevin Monk

Kevin is both managing director of SARD JV and Mango Swiss; the software company responsible for building the SARD system. Prior to forming Mango Swiss in 2007, he was Technical Director for an international sports animation company.

Having graduated as an electronic engineer in 2001, he started his career as a principal engineer at the Defense Science and Technology Laboratories before moving into private industry. He built his first website at the age of 14, before Google even existed, and has never looked back.

Blog posts for Kevin

Let's Talk About Spex, Baby

Kevin Monk Apr 18, 2019

Let's talk about spex, baby. Let's talk about all the good things; and the bad things, that may be. Read More

Leaning in to 2019

Kevin Monk Dec 19, 2018

This year had its ups and downs. A lot of ups and a very big down in losing Jonathan. But I think we did something that's really important to do whatever life is throwing at you. The wise old wizard and chess master Adam Robinson put it well at the... Read More

Remembering Jonathan Wood

Kevin Monk Aug 31, 2018

It saddens me to report the death of our Chairman, Jonathan Wood. He was fighting a 2 year battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with his wife Linda and their two children, William and Arthur. Read More

Canterbury Office

Kevin Monk Jul 30, 2018

SARD have opened a second office in Canterbury, Kent. Read More

S1Lly P4$$words

Kevin Monk May 31, 2018

It might be worth reconsidering the password policy of your organisation. If you want a strong password try combining four common words. Read More

Migrating to SARD

Kevin Monk Mar 28, 2018

We're regularly migrating clients from our competitors. We have built sophisticated technology to upload information from them. It's now a painless process to transfer over to SARD. Read More

We're Hiring!

Kevin Monk Mar 26, 2018

We are recruiting for a new support team member in our Crystal Palace office. Read More

Board Changes

Kevin Monk Mar 21, 2018

We are sad to say goodbye to Ben Travis as Board Director at SARD following his move from his role as Chief Executive of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust to become Chief Executive at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Read More

AI and doctors

Kevin Monk Feb 28, 2018

I believe Artifical Intelligence is going to fundamentally change our world. Over the course of a year, I meet hundreds of doctors who are using our system to input their appraisal information and it surprises me how few anticipate AI to play a role in their future career. Read More

My Annualisation Horribulus

Kevin Monk Dec 21, 2017

Actually, it's been an annus mirabilis for us at SARD. We've welcomed new clients; UCL Hospitals, Public Health England, Oxford University Hospitals, South London and Maudsley, and a few more we're not allowed to tell you about, yet. Read More

Software and deadlines

Kevin Monk Jul 19, 2017

We have a rule that we don't give deadlines for software changes. This may sound evasive and non-commital but we don't believe it serves us or our clients to attempt the impossible. We're not alone in thinking this way many software companies have a similar no-deadlines policy. Read More

NHS IT and ransomware

Kevin Monk May 16, 2017

This is possible, cheap and simple. You'll need no prior technology knowledge and I'll explain by example. You'll have safe data and operational resilience if you follow this simple principle - separate your data from your tools. Read More

Don't bring me solutions

Kevin Monk Sep 12, 2016

Organisations define a majority of their procurement requirements with a presupposed solution. As a result, the winning bid is not as cheap or effective as possible. They can fix this by making the problem, and not the solution, the backbone of the document. Read More

Customer service begets all

Kevin Monk Sep 8, 2016

An obsession for the last 3 years has been customer service. I love it! I read and watch countless books and videos on the subject. My perception of it has completely changed. Read More

Turning off the targeting computer

Kevin Monk Dec 3, 2015

When Apollo 11 took the first men to the moon, NASA intended that a computer would guide the landing. The site selection team had picked a smooth patch of ground. But the guidance system was taking the Lunar Module into a field of boulders the size of a football pitch.... Read More

AOA and QIT Reports

Kevin Monk Jun 26, 2014

Revalidation professionals will be aware of Annual Organisational Audits and Quarterly Information Templates. Designated bodies use them to feed data back to NHS England. SARD eases the process by generating AOAs and QITs at the touch of a button. Read More