ShapeBlue Management Team


Giles Sirett – CEO

Giles SirettGiles is CEO and founder of ShapeBlue and is responsible for overall company strategy, strategic relationships,  finance and sales.

He is also a committer and PMC member of the Apache CloudStack project and Chairman of the European Cloudstack User Group, actively helping promote brand awareness of the technology.

Giles can regularly be heard speaking at events around the globe, delivering visionary talks on cloud computing adoption and more specifically on Cloudstack technologies.

Before ShapeBlue, Giles held C-Level technology positions for 15 years including being founder and CEO of Octavia Information Systems, a leading UK Managed Service Provider 

Outside work, Giles is married with two young children. He coaches children’s rugby, is a competitive masters swimmer and can regularly be seen crying when his beloved Tottenham Hotspur lose.

Geoff Higginbottom – CTO & Cloud Architect

Geoff HigginbottomGeoff is CTO of ShapeBlue and is responsible for technical strategy and direction.

He is a leading global authority on the design of Cloud infrastructures based on CloudStack and CloudPlatform. He is a committer in the Apache Cloudstack project and has designed many global clouds for both public and private cloud use-cases. He combines his deep CloudStack knowledge with extensive experience in a range of network, storage and compute technologies.

Geoff is the author of ShapeBlue’s successful CloudStack Bootcamp training courses and has written and presented on many CloudStack related subjects at conferences and user groups.

Prior to ShapeBlue, Geoff was Technical Director of a Managed Service provider, an infrastructure Manager and a network and infrastructure consultant for Logica CMG.

When not building clouds (and not talking about building clouds), Geoff is married with a baby daughter and enjoys sailing and DIY.

Steve Roles – VP Service Delivery

Steve RolesSteve is VP of Service Delivery and is responsible for the delivery of the Consulting, Programme Management, Engineering and support functions at ShapeBlue globally.  Steve also oversees direct Project Management for large customer engagements and had led a number of major public and private cloud implementations.

Prior to ShapeBlue, Steve held a number of  senior project and account management roles in enterprise IT outsourcing companies where he gained domain experience in the finance, professional services and defence markets.

Away from work, Steve is a music lover and semi-professional musician. Although he doesn’t speak at many technology conferences, he can sometimes be heard providing the evening entertainment.

Marco Sinhoreli – Managing Consultant – ShapeBlue Brazil

Marco SinhoreliMarco is responsible for all in-country operations at ShapeBlue Brazil, including market development, operations and localised technical delivery. As well as his management role, Marco acts as Lead Consultant for client engagements in Latin America. Marco is based in our Rio De Janerio office.

Marco is a results-orientated technology executive with very strong Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Network, Data Center and Linux skills. He is well known in Brazil as a Director of the Cloud Security Alliance Chairman of the Xen Server user community. He regularly speaks at events on cloud computing and security topics. Marco is a contributer to the Apache Cloudstack project, having recently completed the UI translation to Portuguese.

Prior to ShapeBlue Marco was a Technology Specialist at where he led many projects including the research, design and implementation of their private cloud infrastructure.

Away from work, Marco is a lover of music (playing a mean guitar) and politics.

Dan Crowe – Managing Consultant – ShapeBlue South Africa

Dan crowe

Dan is Managing Consultant for ShapeBlue South Africa. Based in our office in Cape Town, Dan is responsible for establishing ShapeBlue’s sub-saharan African presence and building out local capability and customer awareness of the benefits of cloud computing models, and associated technologies, as well as the local go-to-market strategy. 

Dan has 17 years experience in the IT sector, with commercial and leadership roles in the telco sector, system integration, and vendor communities. Prior to joining ShapeBlue in 2013, Dan was a specialist within Citrix Systems Cloud and Datacentre practice in the UK, responsible for cloud networking and orchestration solutions.

Outside work, Dan is married with two young children. He enjoys fitness including cycling and running has completed in a number of triathlons.  He enjoys life in South Africa and likes to finish his workouts with a cold beer and a braai.

Shanker Balan – Managing Consultant – ShapeBlue India

shanker balanShanker is responsible for all in-country operations at ShapeBlue India, including market development, operations and localised technical delivery. As well as his management role, Shanker acts as Lead Consultant for client engagements in India and is based in our Bangalore  office.

Shanker is a committer and highly active contributor to the Apache CloudStack projec He comes from an Infrastructure Architecture background, having previously been Lead Operations Architect for Inmobi.  Prior to that, Shanker spent four years at Yahoo where he managed production and service engineering activities.