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Management Team

Meet Our Management Team


Ravi Rayarel

Founding Director

Ravi is the Founding Director of 1st IT. His personal relationship with each client and organisation means that 1st IT has an understanding of the businesses they work with. This means that the responsibility of each company’s IT systems is of personal interest to Ravi and the team. As a result, all solutions are designed with the individual needs of each organisation in mind.


Ravi started his career as the head of technical operations in a large telecommunications company, followed by being the head of technology for a not-for-profit organisation. In November 2000 Ravi established 1st IT, which has since grown to a successful IT services provider with over 130 clients.


Janine Ainley

Business Development Manager

Janine joined 1st IT in 2018. Her responsibilities include strategic procurement and business development, identifying requirements for current and potential clients.


Janine started her career in IT in 1992, working for a UK-based computer supplies company. From there she moved to Bloomberg LP, where she spent 12 years in Marketing, Sales and Account Management, looking after clients across Europe. Janine then spent 6 years with Orc Software (Itiviti AB), where she managed the company’s key accounts. She qualified in PRINCE2 Project Management and worked alongside the Product Management and Engineering teams to deliver trading software. Janine believes in a consultative approach – understanding the client’s needs in order to find the best possible solutions.


Vishma Vissandjee

Head Project Manager

Vishma joined 1st IT in 2010 as Head Project Manager.


Vishma started her career as a Web developer whilst based in Paris. Prior to 1st IT she worked for a large Multi National in the UK for over 5 years as a lead project manager. She headed a team of project managers/coordinators for the EMEA web team. Projects were of all sizes from small 2-3 days expanding to a year across the EMEA region, dealing with several stakeholders and planning in detail. This expertise has helped ensure all our projects are planned meticulously and deliver in a smooth way with an outstanding communications.


Ravinder Mahi

Head of Technical Services

Ravinder joined 1st IT in 2008 and is the Head of Technical Services. He speaks English, not IT. He manages the technical team to ensure our quality is never compromised.


He has 12 years expertise in providing a complete range of IT solutions and working with a range of businesses. Having previously worked for large multi-site corporate structures down to small 3 person offices he has a range of experience. Ravinder is experienced in strategically planning and developing an infrastructure from the ground up. His skills and expertise will ensure that your infrastructure supports your needs, and will evolve with the organisation.


Riza Kaya

Head of Operations

Riza joined 1st IT in 2016 as Head of Operations.


Riza has experience heading large to small full life-cycle projects including CRM/CMS (Open Source and Commercial), Websites, VoIP Telephony System, IT Infrastructure and Social Media/Digital Marketing.

Riza has worked for Yahoo!, BBC, Salvation Army, and various other small to larger charities and Financial Institutions.

He is qualified in PRINCE2 project management, Agile Project Management, Google AdWords, Google Analytics, SEO, SQL 2005 and MCSE certified.

His 14 years technology experience will ensure 1st IT deliver projects on time and on budget working with clients and our internal team.