Our team

We bridge the gap between IT and business.

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Hamish Imrie

Founder

I am passionate about data literacy in an organisation and love seeing the results of a company that embraces the use of its data to drive efficiencies and ROI.

Over the past fifteen years I have worked across various industries and geographies. Prior to joining Pomerol Insight I was based in the United Kingdom, where for ten years I held the role of Principal Business Intelligence consultant at Pomerol Partners. I have also been involved in multiple SAP finance implementations in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and the USA. My global experience and network allows me to draw down on the expertise and knowledge required to solve complex data challenges.

I have a young family so when I am not in the office I enjoy spending time with them exploring the Garden Route in South Africa.

Upuli de Abrew

Founder

I ensure that the customer and consulting partnership is as seamless as possible, and that our solutions and service delivery maximise value to our customers.

When forming Pomerol Insight we recognised that Pomerol Partners and Insight Consulting have great synergies; they were founded by people with the same value systems and desire to excel in customer service and solution delivery. It is exciting to be part of an energetic team who are committed to delivering real value for our clients.

I am a graduate of Rhodes University and hold a Master of Commerce (Information Systems).  I am motivated to continually learn, and…

enjoy being exposed to a wide range of industry and functional areas where I have the opportunity to expand my knowledge, and use my experience to more effectively advise my customers.

I recognise that our consultants are our most valuable resource, and I am passionate about building their capabilities in order to improve their ability to engage and deliver in line with the Pomerol Insight ethos.

Outside of the office I try to spend as much time as possible with my young children. We love the beach and being outside, we are fortunate to live in a city with great weather so being on the beach is a regular occurrence.

Sean Taylor

CFO

I am focused on driving operational excellence with an emphasis on customer success. I am tasked with understanding customer challenges and developing solutions that ensure maximum value is derived from our product range. It is our ambition to guide organisations through every step of their data/information journey and I am committed to enabling this.

Pomerol Insight was founded to help organisations achieve maximum efficiency within their data refinement process. Through our joint venture, we bring together unrivalled multi-platform global experience from Pomerol Partners, together with Insight Consulting’s proven local insight and expertise.

I am driven to ‘make value happen’ because too often IT projects fail to yield the envisaged value. I believe this is achievable through aligning IT and Business Value. This ethos motivates the whole Pomerol Insight team.

I have deep Business Intelligence experience, and was previously the Business Intelligence (Information & Planning) Manager for a large FMCG Company. I hold a BCom (Information Systems) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Finding a balance between work and personal life is important to me, so when not in the office I spend my free time my wife and two sons.

Adam Barrie-Smith

Chief Technology Officer

In my capacity as CTO it is my responsibility to keep abreast of our vendor’s products as if I were a client CTO. This knowledge enables our team to address the challenges our clients face effectively.

Pomerol Insight was a natural next step for me; I was excited to have access to Pomerol Partners in the USA and UK, I believe this will enrich our knowledge and expertise.

The most fascinating aspect of my job is finding ways to ensure that our vendor’s solutions deliver value for our clients. I also enjoy the learning experience on these projects and take pleasure in seeing the value we bring to our client’s teams.

I graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) in 1986. In the 1990s I was…

 partner-owner of a software consultancy where we developed bespoke Line of Business applications.

In 2004, I established the Johannesburg office for the Qlik Master Reseller. During this time I worked with the largest Qlik clients in South Africa and I developed deep insights into the art of working with data.

When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and family. I relax by watching movies, listening to podcasts as well as hiking and gardening.

Charlene Smith

Chief Customer Officer

As the CCO I look after our customers, specifically focusing on new business, account management and customer satisfaction.

I joined Pomerol Insight because I enjoy working with like-minded, driven individuals who are equally passionate as I am about people, data and problem solving.

I have always been in the IT space and come from a technical background; for the past fifteen years I have specialised in Business Intelligence and discovered Qlik over nine years ago – I have come to love Qlik. Prior to this, in my role as Sales Director at Insight, I focused on new business development and account management.

I am a graduate of Nelson Mandela University, and hold a B.Com Computers Science…

 and Information Systems (Accounting major).

When I am not in the office you will find me outdoors; I love camping, mountain biking, adventure motor biking – anything that brings me closer to nature.

René McGregor

Head of Expert Services

As Head of Expert Services, my goal is to ensure our people are at the cutting edge of business and analytic trends, continually striving for excellence and focused on understanding our customer’s business challenges to drive next level value and return on investment.  Being the link between Customer Success and Service Delivery is a top priority.

Recognizing the work ethic, knowledge, experience and passion of the team, joining Pomerol Insight, was an easy decision.  The potential to collaborate and build a business while leveraging off the experience both locally and internationally, as well as the exposure to international opportunities was a natural next step for my career.


 I obtained my BTech in Information Technology at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and have worked in the IT industry for the last 20 years.  My career started as a Delphi developer in the Fruit export industry where the exposure to Business Intelligence led me to join the Qlik South African Master Reseller in 2008.

The past 11 years have seen my growth from consulting to driving the team in Data Literacy initiatives and finally leading the Services team country wide, while focusing on the People, Customer centricity and delivering growth in consultant utilisation and customer business value.  I love strategy, vision and leading people to achieve their potential.

When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.  My home is always open.  I appreciate a good cricket match and am passionate about helping young women and families discover their purpose and place in our church community.