Meet Pendragon Solutions
Phil & Kirsty Duncan moved from the Southwest of England to Red Deer, Alberta in 2014. Phil and Kirsty have been together since 2003 and met playing Judo! They got married in 2008.
They created their company; Pendragon Solutions Ltd in 2017, giving them the ability to bring their business skills and international experience to the Central Alberta market. Since then, the business has grown and taken the opportunity to work with local companies across a wide variety of sectors including; nutrition, massage, real estate, hairdressing, food services, dry cleaning, construction & renovation, non-profits, IT, home inspection services, driver training schools and international networking groups.
So where does the name “Pendragon Solutions” come from? Pendragon is the traditional last name given to the legendary King Arthur. Phil has loved the Arthurian myth since he was a little boy. He has visited all the sites in Britain, wrote his history degree thesis on him and even proposed to Kirsty in Avalon! You can see his sword Excalibur proudly mounted on his office wall! Given Phil’s passion; that part of the company name wrote itself! Kirsty, however being ever practical, insisted on including Solutions to the name; highlighting our desire to solve our clients’ business goals and objectives.
And finally; for those of you who know your Arthurian history, the company tagline should come as no surprise being that Arthur himself is known as the “The Once and Future King”.
Meet Phil Duncan
Phil is our Owner & Director. He currently works as a business consultant to small businesses and charities in Red Deer and the surrounding area. One of his last major business development projects until August 2019 was a role as the Senior Business Developer at Alair Homes, actively building relationships and marketing strategies with local community Arts groups; including the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra and Lacombe Performing Arts Association.
He is the leading performer in the BNI (Business Networking International) Red Deer Corridor Chapter; recently achieving the Chapter Notable Networker Award following the BNI Regional Credibility Award in 2018 for Southern Alberta. Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Modern Languages, Post Graduate Diplomas in European Enterprise Management from Bournemouth University in England and Poitiers University in France, a private pilot’s license, Diplomas in Carpentry and Advanced Driving and is a Master Scuba Diver!
Phil spent 8 years working for Moët Hennessy UK primarily as their Trade Development Manager, his position of Sales and Marketing Director of Driving Force UK for almost 10 years and his 2 years as the Business Development Director of Black Rock Therapies, here in Red Deer has given Phil the perfect blend of experience to make a real difference to the small companies he now works with.
Phil is able to provide creative business solutions, advice, guidance or lead business development projects and can tap into his extensive network of other business owners and contacts to help move your business to the next level.
In his spare time Phil loves rugby, enjoys clay pigeon shooting and has a strong sporting background. Phil has a passion for learning and was a French and History teacher at a school in England for 11 years and a Deputy Head teacher of Sixth Form before moving to Red Deer.
Meet Kirsty Duncan
Kirsty is our Owner, Director & Secretary Treasurer. She currently works as a Global Quality Manager for Baker Hughes. With over 12 years’ experience in Quality Assurance and Management. She has led or joined trade teams across North and Central America, Europe and Asia. Kirsty holds a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester and a Charted Quality Institute Diploma. She also attended a Leadership course at Harvard!
She specializes in writing policies, procedures, employee handbooks and operations guides for small to medium sized businesses within Red Deer and the surrounding area. This hugely important task helps business owners structure their operations and reduce training time for new (or current) employees. Kirsty’s advanced operations management skills also include statistical process improvement, through Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma applications.
Kirsty is a dedicated Yogi. She loves to practice several times a week at a local studio here in Red Deer. At other times, you will likely see her cooking plant-based meals to support her vegan diet!
Our personal project this year – to develop our golf games!