First Lead

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Programme and project management services for a connected world


First Lead is directedbyDr.KeriBillen. His unique skill is turning the vaguest idea into a defined product concept with a structured implementation and effective cross-functional teams. He has a very strong track record with 'cradle to grave’ projects and programmes, from product definition to profitable reality. 

With a natural curiosity and ability to understand how things work, Keri can apply himself to many types of high-tech products, and is very keen to take on leading-edge ideas and revolutionary concepts. The products he works on are always state-of-the-art and networked, including internet-of-things (IoT) devices.

Keri is PRINCE2-certified, has a diploma in management, and has a Ph.D in physics.

Having travelled to nearly 40 countries, worked with many nationalities for decades, and lived overseas, Keri is adept at international stakeholder management and multi-cultural projects and programmes. Most of First Lead’s contracts to date were for clients outside the UK.


End-to-end programme and project management, covering software, hardware, back-end systems, operations, line management of project managers, and end-user support.

Enthusiastic communicator who fosters positive relationships, and can bring together disparate stakeholder groups in complex multi-cultural and international organisations. This includes cross-functional teams, suppliers and customers (from engineering to CxO level) and internal management. Can do this consummately even when located remotely.

Able to kick-start a new concept/opportunity, even a nebulous one, by purposeful technical leadership and brainstorming the use cases.

Always striving to be a constructive, approachable, purposeful and trustworthy example to others.

Ability to describe how an activity relates to a strategy; thus maximising motivation and sense of belonging for all team members.

Comfortable with uncertainty, and have a track record of bringing order to situations where clarity and objectives are lacking.

Can move with pace to handle multiple assignments of challenging priorities.

Advanced knowledge of agile and waterfall methodologies, including their strengths and weaknesses when delivering product innovation, combined with an eagerness to seek out and experiment with new techniques, tools and processes.

Quality-focused: all products and projects I managed have exceeded their quality targets, and I was consulted several times in efforts to rescue other products with failing quality.

Total risk management: regular brainstorming, prioritising, reviewing, and defining mitigating actions with stakeholders.



  • Reference product implementation for Eutelsat’s CIRRUS platform.
  • Video recording and major online apps added to Saorview Connect.
  • Launch of high-volume internet set-top-box for MTS in Russia.
  • Saorview Connect wins top award at the IBC Show.


  • Saorview Connect implementation with RTÉ (at CTO level).
  • Consultancy for funding and development of a novel IoT bicycle lock.


  • Advanced hybrid set-top-box implemented for Vion in Germany.
  • Upgrades to the products of Orange and Telefonica / O2 (see below). 


  • High-volume leading-edge internet set-top-box implemented for O2 in the Czech Republic.


  • High-volume internet set-top-box developed for Telefonica in Spain and Latin-American subsidiaries.


  • Eurostars project for OBS (top 25 funding application out of 450).
  • Internet set-top-box implemented for O2 in the Czech Republic.


  • Implementation of novel automated online bicycle-hire system
  • Hybrid set-top-box implemented for Orange in Slovakia.


  • Internet set-top-box implemented for Videoweb, a popular video-on-demand portal in Germany.


  • Leading-edge hybrid set-top-box implemented for 1&1 and Maxdome (the biggest video-on-demand portal in Germany).


  • First Lead incorporated 8th July.
  • First project started 12th July.



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   First Lead Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 6955608

Registered address: Hillview House, Leylands Farm, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1TH, United Kingdom

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