Team | Novosco

Fearless Champions of Better
As a highly motivated team of experts in cloud technologies and IT integration, we’re building the best managed cloud provider in the UK and Ireland. Our people have an unrivalled level of consultancy and technical ability, because our investment in delivery and support staff is more than double the industry average for training and development.

Training and certification is an on-going process at Novosco, and we focus our expertise ensuring we reach the highest possible levels of accreditation on the technologies we recommend.


As a testament to our continuous striving for better and achievements with our customers, we’re the only company in Ireland to have been ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 every year since 2000. We have also been awarded in 2016 the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For and the Deloitte Best Managed Companies, in addition to the Belfast Telegraph Business of the Year 2015 and UTV Employer of the Year 2014.

We Give Back
We are committed to our clients and our people, but also to our community, as we are an integral part of the social fabric. So we spontaneously participate in actions that support causes that serve less advantaged people than ourselves, like a cyclathon to raise funds to fight bowel cancer, or a fun day for Comic Relief.

Our Leadership Team

Patrick McAliskey, Managing Director

Patrick started out as an electronics technician in the Royal Air Force. After six years, he returned to Northern Ireland where he was employed in various ICT positions including FG Wilson (Engineering) Limited. In 1994 he left FG Wilson to form Real Time Systems Limited (RTSL), delivering high-end infrastructure solutions for customers in the public and private sectors across Ireland. In 2007 RTSL merged with 4sol to create Novosco, and as Managing Director, Patrick focuses on the strategic direction of the company, building the business across all offices in Belfast, Manchester, Dublin and Cork.

John Lennon, Sales Director

John’s IT career started out in Gateway2000’s support in their European headquarters in Dublin. In 1998 he left Ireland to work as an infrastructure consultant in London for FTSE100 organisations. Returning to Belfast in 2002, he formed 4sol, which merged with RTSL in 2007 to create Novosco.  As Sales Director, John is focused on building a solution selling practice, which continually adds value to our customers.

Karen Shearer, Financial Director

A Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, Karen joined the business as Finance Director in 2007. Previously she worked in a group finance role with a plc in the textiles sector and was Finance Director with a multi-site manufacturing group. She is responsible for providing the financial focus for Novosco and, along with the rest of the Board, for developing the overall business strategy. She works closely with the senior management team on the internal operations of the business.

Gary Parkinson, Director Of Services

Gary started out as an IT consultant and project manager for a large automotive software company, working with a variety of customers. He joined Isaac Agnew in 2001 as the Group IS Manager and became IT Director in 2006. Gary joined Novosco in February 2013. As Director of Services, he focuses on developing our services division and is passionate about ensuring that our customers are delighted with the delivery of projects and our support services.