About Us

What we do

Virtue Technologies work in partnership with our customers, aiming towards a common goal of improving teaching and learning, ultimately supporting a school towards its ICT vision. We do this by providing a customised and local service that is both flexible and innovative.

Watch how we work with schools Technical and Senior Leadership Teams:

Meet our management team


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Phil Lawson - Managing Director
Phil has a wide range of experience focused on helping
his customers to improve their usage and enjoyment of
IT solutions. He has a passion for working with the
education sector and enjoys designing and developing
innovative and reliable IT platforms to facilitate learning
for our future generations. Phil is interested in
developing and growing all his business' interests and
he is always looking for new and challanging ways to
facilitate this. Phil is the winner of three Lancashire BIBA
awards, twice winning Entrepreneur of the Year and
New Business of the Year.

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Simon Steele - Technical Director
Simon has a broad range of experience spanning over
20 years in the IT industry of which the majority has been
spent within the education sector. He has a core
technical background which has been fundamental in
the design and development of customer focused IT
solutions since Virtue's inception and beyond. His
reputation is built upon hiss passion for customer and
quality focus which is reflected throughout the
company. Simon spends most of his spare time
outdoors and is a keen cyclist.

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Philip McNair - Sales Manager
Philip is a senior sales professional with a wide range of
experience in the Education ICT industry. He has
successfully led and managed a large number of
projects for schools, colleges and universities
throughout the UK. Philip stands up for what he believes
in and gives an honest opinion and ultimately, he is driven to do the right things for his customers. Philip has worked within the Education ICT industry for the past 25 years. Philip also works as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor in his free time.

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Will Stead - Head of Operations
Will has over 25 years of experience of delivering IT
solutions in global corporations. He has a passion for
excellence that has developed him a reputation for
delivering through effective leadership and stakeholder
engagement. Having worked in the ICT education
market for over 5 years, Will uses his management
background to add value to Virtue's customers and he
has established a great amount of respect from
customers and colleagues alike. Will is also a keen
photographer.
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Val Lowe - Scheduling and Office Manager
Val has over 28 years experience from Secretarial
Training to HR and prides herself on providing a high
level of Customer Service and is a highly organised
person. Joining Virtue in January 2014 she has helped
create standards within the office and supported any
new employees who have joined the company, whilst
acting as PA to the Directors. Since May 2016, she has
undertaken scheduling the Engineers which brings new
challanges. In her spare time Val enjoys dressmaking,
reading, cooking and catering for special occasions,
organising functions/trips/events and wine making. Val
is also known as the office Mum.

Partnerships with leading technology companies

To ensure that we continue to offer leading-edge solutions that benefit your school or college we have partnered with the world’s leading software and hardware manufacturers and have developed an excellent supply chain.

We have achieved ISO9001 quality standard as well as Microsoft Gold Partner status and our methodologies adhere to Prince2 and ITIL requirements. Our accreditations are your guarantee that we completely understand the complex solutions we are providing and know how to implement these to ensure you receive maximum return on investment.

Experienced and qualified staff

Our employees are integral to our approach. Our team understand the technology and know how to apply it in real-world situations. To ensure their knowledge is always up-to-date we invest heavily in training and development enabling our customers to gain rapid access to highly-skilled and experienced staff that would normally be out of reach.

Understanding educational requirements

Virtue knows that educational institutions have different requirements, it's why we have developed our services to meet the needs of each customer type:

  • Primary – we provide a reliable, safe and secure environment through our managed services that deliver: first line support, administration and development of all ICT resources
  • Secondary and FE – full or part-managed specialist services that complement existing in-house solutions and services
  • Academies and new build projects – we adapt to work as or with a lead integrator as part of a supply chain or in partnership to offer a mix of services

Innovative solutions to meet evolving needs

We are recognised for being at the forefront of innovation by ensuring the educational outcomes a school aspires to are complemented by and not driven by technology. Our approach comes from meeting the needs of our customers by delivering technology solutions that provide:

  • Cost optimisation
  • Consolidation
  • Green ICT
  • High performance and availability

We do this either through a new technology or a better use of an existing technology. This innovative approach to combining technologies not only meets functional need but maximises return on investment by using hardware and software for multiple purposes.

I have been very impressed with Virtue right from our very first meeting. They demonstrated an understanding of our requirements and budget from the outset.