Michael Houghton – Technical Director
Born in Northampton, I am one of four brothers who all grew up in Milton Keynes. I went to local primary and comprehensive schools and was by far the most accident prone of the four of us, so was always in an out of the local A&E department.
Growing up, my parents (especially my Dad) were really into technology and always had to have the latest ‘gadgets,’ from Atari’s to Sodastreams! So I was exposed to Technology at an early age. When I was 14 my Dad brought home our first computer, which I took apart and rebuilt with him to make it faster. Since then I have always loved anything to do with computers and finding out how things work, so once I finished school a career in I.T seemed like the obvious choice for me.
I started working for a local cabling company which was pretty hard work as it was pretty manual! I then moved to an IT support company and I worked my way up to becoming a field Engineer, this gave me not only great technical experience but also experience in dealing with clients. At 18 I passed my MSCE qualifications and was one of the youngest people at the time to pass them.
My brothers had all taken similar career paths, with us all working for the same company at one point! So in 2006 we decided to form Aztech. It was pretty tough at the beginning with all four of us working out of my brother garage but we were soon able to afford premises and from that moment on, I’ve never looked back. I’m so lucky to be able to do something I love with my brothers in tow, although family meals can often be all about work!
Personally, I enjoy playing golf and attempting to stay fit which contradicts my love of food! I am happily married to Karen and we have two beautiful children, Finlay, 3 and Polly, 1, who keep me pretty busy!