Chief Technology Officer for hire

The outsourced, flexible, cost-effective solution

My name is Chris Jelley, and I’m a high-level technology strategist with 25 years’ experience of helping companies of all sizes harness the incredible power of digital technology to drive their business.

I’m based in Durham in the North East of England, and focus on the B2B sector.

Chris Jelley, Cheif Technology Officer for hire

I can help you get the most out of your technology investment, avoid expensive mistakes and ensure your business is future-proofed. When technology is the key to gaining a competitive edge, I’ll make sure you’re in the strongest possible position.

From conducting an IT audit to developing a comprehensive digital strategy, from looking at new products, technologies and infrastructure to negotiating contracts, I can handle it all.

I speak plain English, not high-tech jargon. And I always tell it like it is, so you’ll get honest feedback and have realistic expectations.

Tell me where you want to take your business, and I’ll make sure you have the technology in place to get you there –  in the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way.


Your initial consultation is FREE and carries no obligation whatsoever.

Meet your new chief technology officer (CTO)

I’m Chris Jelley, a 25-year technology veteran with experience across the board. I’ve been involved in software development, project management, IT strategy, audits and deployments, as well as M&A technology due diligence. I’ve worked with startups, large corporates and everything in between. I’ve seen technology from both sides of the table: as a small business owner, and as CTO for Wilmington plc. In a world of endless hype and overblown promises, I think realism is not an optional extra. Which is why I’ll tell you what you need to hear, not what I think would go down well. I stay up to date with the latest technology, trends and best practices so you don’t have to. You simply get on with what you’re good at while the technology takes care of itself. I can help get projects back on track, recruit top-calibre technical staff, and design a long-term digital strategy that supports your business, helps you grow and gives you a competitive edge. You can use me as much or as little as you like, for a one-off project or for ongoing technology advice, strategy and management. I don’t offer a one-size-fits-all service, but design a solution that’s completely tailored to your needs, goals and budget.
Your initial consultation is FREE and carries no obligation whatsoever.

Why hire an interim CTO?

Let’s face it – we’re all in the technology business nowadays. Whatever sector you operate in, digital plays a critical role: enabling your business, powering your sales and helping you grow. Getting it right could mean the difference between success and failure. Between scaling up smoothly and struggling to cope. Even between being a solid, robust concern that attracts investors and partners, and one that simply doesn’t make the grade. The trouble is, when you’re focusing on your business, it’s easy to lose sight of the technology big picture. Which is where I come in. My service is entirely tailored to your needs, so tell me where you want to be, and I’ll get you there.
Here are the Top 10 things I can do for you:
  1. Take a practical approach that’s focused on ROI. If you’re developing a product or service, I can coordinate everything in the early stages and help you move forward quickly with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), so you reap the rewards as early as possible.
  2. Take your business to the next level by putting systems in place that will help you cope with rapid growth in a planned, structured way.
  3. Cut through the technical confusion to make sure your current technology is fit for purpose, and that you make the right choices for the future to support your business.
  4. Connect you with a powerful network of highly skilled digital professionals for all your software and service needs.
  5. Keep your costs down by rationalising and integrating your systems, using outsourced infrastructure and services when it makes sound financial and business sense.
  6. Ensure organisational continuity by providing an effective, affordable transition as you recruit a full-time CTO.
  7. Build up your technical team, hand-picking staff with the skills and profile best suited to your company culture, setup and needs.
  8. Negotiate contracts to ensure you get the best deal on technology and services, and avoid over- or under-provisioning for future requirements.
  9. Give you long-term strategic direction, moving away from an ad-hoc technology setup that’s evolved organically and that’s often tactical, short-term and unintegrated.
  10. Carry out detailed technical due diligence on your business or one you’re looking to aquire to make sure it’s in the best possible shape.
Your initial consultation is FREE and carries no obligation whatsoever.

Get in touch today

If you want to get the most out of your digital technology now and in the future, I’m here to help and I’m just a phone call or an email away. Let’s get together for a coffee and a chat and see where it takes us. Your initial consultation is FREE, and entirely without obligation. And that’s a guarantee. Call me now on (0191) 687 2162 and let’s get the ball rolling. Or if you prefer, just fill in the form below, or email me at and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
A pleasure to do business with
A pleasure to do business with
“I would recommend Chris wholeheartedly. He’s a pleasure to work with and he’s good with people. Level-headed and intelligent, he’s also the person that gets the job done.”

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