Sandro is a software craftsman, author, and a renowned international speaker. During his 25 years in the industry he has worked for companies of all sizes and industries. Having spent most of his career working for consultancies, Sandro had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of projects and gained experience in multiple programming languages, technologies, methodologies, processes, and organisational structures.
Sandro is a pioneer and thought leader in Software Craftsmanship. Since 2008, he helped to shape and spread Software Craftsmanship values and mindset around the world. He founded the London Software Craftsmanship Community (LSCC) in 2010, wrote the The Software Craftsman in 2014, contributed to the creation of communities in many different countries, and is constantly invited to speak at many international events.
Combining his expertise in software design, architecture, test automation, Extreme Programming (XP), Agile methodologies, business processes, and technical strategies, Sandro has specialised in modernising strategic systems and processes in highly complex and regulated environments.
Mash is a pragmatic software craftsman always looking to improve his software creation skills and helping others do the same. He firmly believes that a well-rounded software craftsman must have a keen interest in all aspects of software creation, including; process, people, technology, user experience, development, operation, maintenance, and social impact. He relishes the daily challenges that Codurance brings to him–stretching his existing knowledge and expertise allowing him to constantly grow as a professional.
Mash is an advisor and a leader. During his diverse career, he has succeeded in invigorating large ailing software projects as well as creating highly effective software teams and departments. His broad and deep technical knowledge, organisational skills, craft focus, and empathy to people involved have been integral to his success. He has worked in many roles for charities, investment banks, consultancies, government, media and cloud providers. He prides himself at being a hands-on software developer and believes that software development skills are very hard to learn and the best way to maintain them is to apply them.
Steve is a Software Craftsman and author with over 20 years professional experience. He first discovered his passion for code at the age of seven, when his father brought home a Sinclair Spectrum and a portable black and white television. The countless hours spent typing in listings from Sinclair User magazine sparked an enthusiasm for programming that has stayed with him for life.
During his career, Steve has worked on projects in a wide variety of sectors including retail e-commerce, finance, education, media, government and healthcare, developing large-scale, resilient, distributed systems on an assortment of platforms. He currently specialises in solutions built on the Microsoft .Net stack, with a particular interest in cloud computing using the Microsoft Azure platform.
Steve is a pragmatic problem solver with a focus on the delivery of high-quality, robust and maintainable code. He is a passionate advocate of continuous improvement, both for software and software developers and believes that the future success of the software industry relies on the sharing of knowledge gained through experience.
He is a member of the Microsoft Azure Advisor's Group and the London Software Craftsmanship Community (LSCC).
Amelia discovered her love for technology and how it can enable business success during her university studies. This put her on a pathway to her dream career, working in software delivery, where she brings her energy and drive to help businesses innovate, grow and succeed through the effective delivery of technology solutions.
Working for both in-house technology teams and also various global consultancies, in roles such as Business Analyst, Delivery and Portfolio Manager, Amelia has delivered large scale, customer centric technology solutions for companies in a range of industries, including telecoms, retail, motor, public services and health. Building on her agile skill-set, she is a certified scrum master.
Joining Codurance as Regional Director for the Manchester office, Amelia is excited about connecting clients in the North with the excellent software craftsmanship the company provides. Having lived and worked in Manchester for the last 15 years, she believes that it is a very exciting time for business in the North, as companies continue to establish themselves in and around the city.
In her spare time Amelia enjoys a range of activities to keep her active and outside, such as running, cycling and the gym. The furthest she has run to date is a half-marathon, so a marathon is still on her bucket list of things to achieve, so watch this space for further updates!
Rob discovered his passion for software development at university. Shortly after landing his first job and being exposed to 'real world' projects, he discovered his passion for well crafted software.
Witnessing the frustration and inertia brought about by code that displayed the scars of corner-cutting and carelessness made him realise the importance of keeping the code clean. In his opinion, since software is eating the world, organisations that disregard the economics of flexible, robust software will ultimately fail.
To that end it's since been his goal to constantly improve himself as a software developer. Rob enjoys practising katas, working on open-source projects and being involved with the London Software Craftsmanship Community. He was a co-founder of the open-source Android MVVM framework 'Robobinding'.
David is responsible for Business Development, focusing on both our new and existing client projects. He started his career at Skills Matter, helping to grow their European community of technology professionals through organising and promoting user groups, conferences and expert-led training sessions on Agile, Open Source technologies and development practices.
With time also spent at Amazon Web Services, he has a passion for supporting and building technology communities, believing that cool things happen when smart people come together to learn and share ideas.
He spends his time outside of work attempting to keep on top of DIY projects, most of which are self-inflicted.
Chris is a front end developer with more than five years of experience working both in startup and enterprise environments, and is an active member of the Software Craftsmanship community.
Francesco started in Italy as a Software Developer and System Administrator and his career changed dramatically when he arrived in London. He embraced DevOps, Self Organisation, and Software Craftsmanship. He implemented systems using Event Sourcing and React. He attends Open Conferences like SoCraTes and DevOpsDays.
The two most important learnings, so far, have been the need for a Mutual Learning mindset for effective teamwork and the ubiquity of trade-offs.
Some things have remained the same: the desire to understand the behaviour of systems, the fearless crossing of system boundaries and responsibilities, and the love for good design and usable interfaces.
Liliana is the Office Manager in our Barcelona office. She is responsible for organising all administrative activities, HR, Marketing and events. Graduated in Law, she worked in law firms, government organisations and banks. She also worked in fashion for the music industry.
She is very enthusiastic, energetic and enjoys challenges.
On her spare time she practices Muay Thai and dives. Liliana also likes travelling and writing about it on her travel blog and newspapers.
Richard has been programming for his living since 1998, but he has loved the craft ever since teaching himself assembly language as a teenager on the family computer.
He apprenticed for many years grinding data on Oracle databases, picking up C, Java, C# and other languages along the way. At present he primarily programs in Java, but he is very interested in functional programming with Clojure.
Richard was switched on to Software Craftsmanship by some excellent agile coaches who taught XP, and through the association of some inspiring Software Craftspeople he has been fortunate to work with. In addition to honing his craft, he loves mentoring and teaching others how to practice TDD and how to write clean pragmatic code.
Aside from programming, Richard is a keen club runner with the Bedford Harriers, doing all distances from 5K to marathons. He also enjoys cycling, blogging and making music.
Christina has been working as a software developer and team leader in the .NET ecosystem for a number of years. She particularly enjoys process automation and generally making other peoples jobs easier.
Starting out playing with visual basic at the age of 16, she moved on to study software development at university and has been coding ever since.
Christina has a passion for self-improvement and is always looking for new learning opportunities, across a wide variety of subject matters.
Outside of work, Christina is an avid consumer of sci-fi and fantasy books as well as enjoying weightlifting and bouldering amongst other strength-based activities.
Sandro discovered his unmistakable passion for programming in 2016. From the onset, he became obsessed with doing things the right way. His hobby quickly became his addiction, as he spent any free time honing his skills.
In that year-long dojo, he learned to adopt and appreciate the values that constitute a successful craftsman. It felt wrong to write any code if its purpose wasn't meant to make a test pass.
Test-driven development, pair programming, humility, communication, collaboration, passion, continuous learning, pragmatism, pride, respect, professionalism - all these terms became inextricably woven with his perception of a Software Craftsman.
Above all, he aspires to be a true Craftsman, and looks forward to the lifelong journey.
In his spare time, Sandro enjoys spending time with his loved ones, cooking and playing video games, like Dota 2 and Path of Exile.
Keith has been a Business Analyst/Product Owner for over 6 years in the financial services sector and also has experience working in operational teams.
With a passion for digital product development, Keith is a team player who strives to maximise business value whilst building great products.
Outside of work, Keith spends his time with his family, mostly chasing after his young daughter.
Before joining Codurance he worked for a major UK retailer on their website, from developing a front-end framework to help product teams to move faster, to APIs those teams would use.
He loves working with passionate individuals, and those that share a desire to better not just themselves and others, but the software they write.
Outside of work he enjoys keeping fit and walking in the outdoors.
Magda is doing office management, HR and bookkeeping. She studied economy and auditing and graduated from the University of Economics in Wroclaw.
Before she joined Codurance, she worked as a supply assistant and accountant where she melded her artistic nature with good organisational skills. Very cheerful and open to people. She believes that a good working atmosphere can improve your life.
After work she loves spending time crafting jewellery and discovering her artistic side.
Chris is a programmer, team leader and certified Scrum Master who helps teams write clean, well-crafted code, create great products and deliver them regularly and reliably.
His first programming experience was typing BASIC listings from various magazines into an Atari 800XL some time in the late 80’s or early 90’s. He has been developing software for money since 2002, primarily on Windows, progressing from Delphi to .NET and into the cloud with Azure.
Chris is an advocate of the principles of agile software development and believes that to be successful teams have to care about their craft and must constantly strive to improve it.
When he is not writing code, or reading about writing code, he enjoys travelling, history and cricket.
Mattsi is an ambitious software developer that loves to learn and believes in "doing it right the first time", putting quality software first.
Before joining Codurance he experienced a broad career across full-stack and back-end development roles in education, international e-commerce and financial technology, all focusing on the ASP.Net stack.
More recently he has worked extensively in NodeJS microservices with React front-ends and AWS infrastructure, in financial publishing.
Outside of work he enjoys weightlifting, Chess, music, festivals, and tabletop games, and takes an enthusiastic interest in science, technology and self-improvement.
Chris has a background in digital production and has helped a renowned research institute in Switzerland to communicate about their excellent science for a couple of years, primarily by developing web services and improving user experience. During this time he had a good sniff around more ambitious IT projects and that made him go back to university to learn more about information systems. Bursting with new knowledge, he was then feeding his potential into a new career as a software engineer.
Joining Codurance has propelled him forward on the journey towards mastery of delivering high-quality software. Applying the ideas of the Software Craftsmanship approach to development has been a great influence in growing his professional expertise. He is mostly developing on the JVM and he embraces test-driven development and the extreme programming methodology.
Chris didn’t get around too much as a youngster and so he’s on a mission to catch up with travelling the world that has so far brought him to a few distant places on nearly all of the continents. He enjoys the parklife, trips to the coast and exploring the urban jungle. He’s got a healthy video gaming habit and is a bit of a Trekkie.
Alfredo wrote his first website at the age of twelve and started playing with Visual Basic 5 at fourteen.
He loves learning and sharing and that's why he is been involved in different software communities since the start of his career. As a student, he skipped classes to attend the sessions of the first dotnet user group in Barcelona.
Jim is a Business Analyst/Product Owner who has over 20 years experience in software projects. He has an extensive background with the Financial Services industry, especially within the derivatives markets, where he took a sojourn from his IT career to work as a trader.
Jim loves to work in collaborative teams, and enjoys working as a conduit between the business stakeholders and the delivery team, helping the team to understand business requirements and devise solutions. He has been an active participant in the Software Craftsmanship movement since its early days, and also enjoys attending various community Meetups. He is passionate about continuously learning and finding new ways to develop his skills, relishing the challenge of adapting in a fast evolving industry and helping his colleagues to develop as software professionals.
Outside of Codurance, Jim loves to travel and is an avid reader of history. He also enjoys going to the theatre and watching as much rugby, cricket and football as time permits.
With a passion for lifelong learning, Solange is always seeking out opportunities to expand her knowledge across a wide variety of fields. She fell in love with software development in her university years, when she realised how computer science concepts could be applied and utilised to solve real world problems in so many other different industries, like education and healthcare particularly.
Although she has an extensive experience as a Java professional and team lead, her will to contribute to large-scale, well-crafted, open-source projects unearthed a strong desire for continuous betterment alongside the best Software Craftspeople and mentors. It is with a multicultural background, a creative drive and a commitment to learning that she joins Codurance as a craftswoman.
Outside of work, Solange is involved in initiatives that promote affordable education opportunities for all. She loves people, trees, coffee, books, music, travelling, and enjoys all kinds of sports activities.
Software craftsman and author Chris has over 25 years of experience working in the software development across a range of industries. He has worked in Defence, Banking, Insurance, Futures Trading, Betting and Digital Publishing.
Chris is a life long learner, keen on Agile and Lean processes and equaly at home talking to stakeholders and developers.
Chris enjoys reading, middle distance running and films.
Although relatively new to the professional world of software development, Alasdair has been developing as hobby since an early age. Initially, he was drawn to development in the C programming language after discovering an interest in penetration testing and exploit development. After a brief stint working as a penetration tester, Alasdair chose to adjust his career path to focus more specifically on becoming a developer. Since then, he has graduated university with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and worked for a software consultancy developing bespoke web applications.
As a Software Craftsman at Codurance Alasdair strives to be professional, honest and approachable. He believes strongly in the principles behind craftsmanship and mastery and seeks to apply those principles at every opportunity.
Outside of work Alasdair enjoys riding his motorbike, Thai boxing, travelling and hanging out with friends.
Anne-Marie manages the recruitment for our London and Manchester offices.
Anne-Marie enjoys her role in recruitment because it gives her the opportunity to engage with people so that she can understand their career aspirations and experience, which enables her to match their skills with a suitable role and environment.
She was inspired to join Codurance due to their culture of learning and flexible working environment for all staff, technical and non-technical.
In her spare time, Anne-Marie enjoys travelling, reading, and learning Spanish.
Jack is our commercial lead in Spain, creating new business opportunities and managing our key accounts. His outlook on sales has always been to incorporate the culture and core values of the business into the sales process, this helps align departments, creating a natural fit for new projects, smooth management of existing ones and allows him to create concepts like Software Craftsaleship.
With over 10 years of experience in a variety of commercial environments from international publishing in South America to agile digital agencies in Barcelona, Jack has always helped the strategic growth of the business and their clients. His passion for professional development led him to becoming a certified leadership coach and his natural curiosity in people has helped build lasting relationships to deliver successful projects.
Jack spends his free time growing his cultural compass and developing his communication skills through travel, reading and socialising, and hopes his son grows into a wise and compassionate little crafter.
Aurelija comes from Film and Television production background, until she rediscovered her passion for software development. Since then she has spent last few years in the financial industry working with .NET
Since starting to work as a developer, she decided that she wants to expand her knowledge in various other languages and become a better developer. After finding out about Codurance, she knew she had to join the Apprenticeship and work her way to become Craftswoman.
When not working Aurelija likes to blog about her travels, places she visits and books she reads, other things she enjoys is dancing and being outdoors.
Krzysztof has been a fan of clean code and TDD approach for more than nine years with experience in various industry types, including energy, banking, and insurance.
His main technology stack contains .NET, SQL Server, and Vue.js, which he mostly used for back end and full stack desktop and web applications.
He strives to develop his skills constantly trying to learn something new every day.
In his free time, he likes to swim, visit historic places and hang out with friends.
Zhiqiang has recently moved from Shanghai to London and started his new adventure here.
He was so lucky to find his love with computers and programming on an Apple II. Since then, he has never been tired of having tremendous fun in these things; to make life easier through coding, to enjoy the beauty in code, and to cooperate with and learn from great coders.
He started his professional career in 2007 after graduation. He worked as a software developer and project architect in projects to deliver business software from scratch for various automotive OEM and suppliers. He had experiences in requirement analysis, backend and frontend development, integration, and maintenance.
For now, he is focused on learning how to design software to better adapted to changes.
He loves a lot of things in life. Cycling, trekking, kayaking, fixing things, or just doing anything with his wife. He started learning classical guitar two years ago and still keeps working on that. Good luck to that!
By the way, his first name (志强) is pronounced as [t͡siː][kʰœːŋ] in Chinese. And you are welcomed to call his nickname “Sherlock”, as it’s much easier LOL.
Andrei discovered his passion for programming and software engineering while studying publishing in London.
While not being a stranger to the world of computers and IT, he worked for quite a while in creative industries as a graphic designer, photographer, and video editor for a post-production company. The revelation about his next career move came to him while he was working on a project not directly related to programming in which he discovered his passion for the field. After gaining his degree in publishing, he enrolled for an undergraduate Computing course at the University of London.
Andrei likes to create high-quality software by writing code that is clean, simple and bug-free. He is pleased to have the opportunity to learn the best of TDD and Extreme Programming practices from the software craftspeople at Codurance.
When not coding in Java or tweaking JVM knobs, he likes to spend time with his family and take pictures of his cat.
Ivan’s background starts with a degree in Economics, however, this was never his passion. Of all Economics subjects, he enjoyed Behavioural Economics where working with people was essential. Luckily, his path led him to a second degree in Software Development where he was finally able to fully dedicate his time to what he is most passionate about.
His professional career started in the utility sector where he learned about the full software lifecycle. He was involved in customer interaction, requirements gathering, software deployment, configuration, Linux administration and security, and in writing small pieces of software to support internal processes.
Ivan loves learning about and implementing new technologies and software engineering paradigms. He strongly believes that technology should not be created or used just for the sake of the technology itself. While picking up and learning about new software is extremely exciting, the aim of the engineer should be to improve people’s lives and him or herself through his craft. Improvement is more beneficial, fun and easier when done with other people, teamwork is key.
In his free time, Ivan enjoys sports (especially basketball) and trying new types of food. He is also a big fan of anime and fantasy books.
Back in 2018 Matt decided to make the move into software development, from teaching and leading computer science departments in secondary schools. In 2019 he was lucky enough to be accepted onto the Codurance academy programme and since then he has gained a wealth of knowledge, far beyond anything he could have imagined possible in such a short space of time.
Matt loves his job, loves Codurance as a company and is very passionate about developing his skills as a craftsperson; striving to develop software that stands the test of time, is a pleasure to work with and delights its customers and users.
In his spare time Matt loves reading; creating, playing and listening to music; mountain biking, walking and generally spending time in nature, travelling and experiencing new places; and above all spending time with his son.
Daniel has worked within the creative industry for over six years and is an advocate for clean, modern and usable designs that perform well to business goals. Due to his consistent curiosity and desire to learn, he has acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to produce creative and engaging digital solutions.
He discovered a compelling interest in development early in his career when he was exposed to developing emails. From there he has moved on to discover the world of web development and front end technologies. He realised that with his interests, there was no better place to be than surrounded by like-minded people at the top of their game.
In his spare time, he is either; striving towards fluency in another language, getting together with friends, reading / educating himself, or consuming murder podcasts and documentaries.
Alex is a result-oriented DevOps Consultant with more than 5 years experience in IT infrastructure.
He likes to promote agnostic, cloud-native solution approaches. His goal is to constantly improve himself as a software developer.
Since experiments on a ZX Spectrum in 1988, Laurence has learnt to build websites, Node applications, web architectures and digital teams. After studying Visual Communications Laurence collaborated with individuals, small teams and large corporate clients in creative, financial and eCommerce businesses – always focusing on who the end user is, what we want to say to them and how we want them to feel.
Imaginative and pragmatic, Laurence is a web engineer with a solid understanding of why writing high quality code is a good idea. He loves to make complicated things seem simple – and therefore easy to iterate upon – and came to Codurance to be surrounded by like minded, passionate people.
When not exploring the value of excellent software Laurence loves time with his wife, surfing, exploring beautiful places and putting ink to paper to create surreal fine art.
Angus is a multiskilled graphic and digital designer with a keen interest in code and technology. He has over 15 years of industry experience working for start-ups, well-established brands and agencies.
A sucker for a tight grid system and 'Swiss Style' typography, Angus believes that effective visual communication relies on a clean, uncluttered aesthetic underpinned by a strong concept.
When taking a break from the world of visual design you will find Angus wandering around the Barbican or retreating to his garden studio to immerse himself in curating DJ sets for his monthly radio show and producing records for his label, Bokhari.
I lead and support a team of exceptional people whose purpose is to accelerate organizations and to help them reach their goals.
Together we help organizations tackle the challenges they face, guiding and mentoring them as they evolve by improving how they work.
Sid recruits for our London and Manchester offices.
Sid has been recruiting in technology for the last 5 years and really enjoys listening to people's stories. He takes immense pleasure in identifying people's career aspirations and finding the right role and work culture for them.
In his spare time he enjoys watching Star Trek (the original series), travelling and eating ramen.
Mark is fascinated by mathematics, programming and science in general. He is the founder of FSharp.TV and the organiser of the F# Meetup in Cambridge, where the language was invented. He is also the organiser of the general functional meetup group in Cambridge.
Mark loves astronomy and can quite literally talk for hours about the stars and space.
Arnaud started to work in a big IT company but quickly got tired of the lack of quality in his projects.
He then tried to find new ways of working and met a lot of passioned people across meetups.
When looking for his post-graduation job, Software Craftsmanship began the most important keyword to filter the offers, this is why he eventually ended up at Codurance.
During his freetime, he likes to listen to classical music, (try to) do some sports and explore the city.
Helena is Head of Communications and Marketing at Codurance Spain. She is an educational and psychologist and journalist, and for more than 18 years has been exclusively dedicated to working in communications and marketing.
She expanded her studies with a Postgraduate Digital Media and Online Content degree at the Ramón Llull University. With the rise of the internet she decided to devote herself to digital communication and then became interested in branded content and content marketing and trained in this discipline. Later she completed her studies with a specialization in Applied Neuromarketing from the University of Barcelona.
She has worked for both brand and agency. The experience of working as the client and also as a service provider has given her a holistic vision regarding the expectations that need to be met in marketing and communication.
She likes to live and work as a scout: "Scouts leave the world better than how they found it". She believes that the best way to do her best is to be part of a team that aspires to exceed customer expectations, grows in their abilities, are cohesive and maintain healthy relationships.
She loves the summer, the beach, restoring old furniture, airplanes and a winter afternoon of reading or watching a movie in front of the fireplace.
Edward has come from a large enterprise company, having worked on a complex cloud-based micro-service application for a number of years. This environment taught him a lot about these kinds of distibuted applications as well as how to develop enterprise projects.
However, as is not un-common for companies such as these, he soon found that the environment he was working in was frustrating in a number of ways. Whether it was due to the demands of documentation and other obstacles, or the lack of drive and aptitude from some of his colleagues, he needed to find a role that fit better with his outlook on learning and personal development. So after discovering Codurance and finding out about their ethos of craftsmanship, the idea of working for Codurance really appealed to him. And now he has come through the apprenticeship program, which was one of the most valuable learning experiences of his life
In his free time, Edward goes rock-climbing, plays chess and plays some video games, one of them being a sim racing game, in which he participates in competitive races every Sunday. He also plays Dungeons and Dragons at the pub some evenings, likes to read and watch videos about physics and astronomy, cycles regularly, and plays the bass guitar.
Jocelyn started to get curious about programming at the age of 13 whilst using IRC clients, which was running a quiz game and allowed him to explore the scripts behind the game. It was only during his University studies that he discovered how facinating programming was which lead him to graduate with a Masters degree in Distributed Systems.
Coming from a musical background in parallel, he knows the importance of continous practice and how rewarding it is in the long run.
He first heard about eXtreme Programming during his studies and after a few years he discovered how to use the practice of TDD which was a revelation of what programming means for him. Having understood the power of fundamental principles in software development, he started to fill up his e-book reader library.
He's always looking for developing high quality software in order to make developers and users life easier.
Outside of work he enjoys the vast variety of craft beers, going out in nice weather to cycle around the city, playing a bit of table tennis and learning new languages, human and programming.
José started his development career in Chile where he worked in an advertisement start-up doing administration jobs, after this he joined the development team on this company, to help with the management of SQL servers. He worked with Centos servers and squid3, python and SQL.
After a while working in this company, and not having formal education, he decided to get into the university, where he studied at nights learning languages like java and C#. whilst doing this he stopped working in a development environment and started working in a market research company, where he stayed for 2 years. On a business trip, he found out about SoCraTes and Codurance.
He's very interested in best practices and tiding up code, he's always willing to learn and help others that might need his help.
In his free time, you can find him playing videogames, dungeons and dragons, watching anime, or just having a beer with some friends.
Sylvester started programming by learning Turbo Pascal in the late 90's. He moved to Borland Delphi 5 in the early 2000s where he programmed (for fun) two games, Snake (as per Nokia) and Space Invaders. Around this time, Sylvester was exposed to LAMP and the .Net suite where he learned Visual Basic, Visual C++ (Direct X), C# and ASP.Net.
Since 2012, Sylvester has been developing Web and Ops Enterprise solutions in multi-disciplined teams, working closely with the business.
Sylvester has engaged across the entire product lifecycle from defining the requirements with Product Owners all the way to maintaining them in production.
In his free time, Sylvester learns and shares knowledge around multiple areas including martial arts and anything self-improvement related.
Giulio had his first contact with programming thanks to World of Warcraft, where he tried to contribute to private servers and played with C# and MySQL on his machine. He would later start learning PHP to understand how web applications worked back then, serving as a catalyst for experimenting with other languages and frameworks.
Having been exposed to different work environments ranging from commercial boards to NGOs, he has sharpened his skills and developed a passion for Software Craftmanship, which he now advocates vigorously.
In his free time, you'll find him exploring the city, trying to convert everyone to Python and fighting invisible ninjas in gymnastics gyms.
Zabih is our Financial Controller with a First-Class honour’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the Birkbeck University of London and AAT advance Diploma qualification. Zabih has over 7 years of experience in financial and management accounts. Previously, he worked for a Media Firm where he was Head of Finance for 4 years. Prior to that Zabih was with the United Nations and Norwegian Embassy as a programme officer in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Zabih is a hard-working, enthusiastic team player. And whether it’s matching the day books with the ledger control accounts, resolving client queries or processing payments, he likes to think the oil he adds to Codurance financial cogs help keep the company moving on up.
When he is not super busy balancing the books, Zabih can be found playing snooker or watching documentary movies. He also loves to spend time with his family, especially his newest addition (baby girl) to the family!
Emily joined Codurance in sunny Barcelona and takes care of People Operations.
She loves her job, basically spreading the word about Codurance and Software Craftmanship and finding new crafters to join us! She really identifies with the culture of continuous learning and the team of passionate, curious and humble craftspeople she works with every day!
We could write another paragraph here but if you want to find out more, just ask her directly! (answers available in French, English, Spanish and hopefully soon in Catalan).
She will probably ask a lot of questions in return so do tell her if it feels too much like an interview!
Other than that she loves reading books about everything and anything, outdoor activities (like hiking) and board games.
Kristian started his career working on hardware and network industry but soon he realised that this was not his role and started learning software development.
He found out what he really liked and has been working as a backend developer since then.
He has experience with PHP but if you ask him he will tell you the great things about Kotlin.
In his free time he likes to do CrossFit and outdoor sports, astronomy, reading books and Netflix, for sure.
Ewan started his software career by studying at Makers Academy, and has since spent three years working as an engineer with a small tech startup, developing a number of products including cloud-based WiFi management dashboards and venue booking platforms for food traders.
He is eager to learn from good people around him to improve his technical and professional skills.
In his spare time, he enjoys films, cryptic crosswords and baking, and is a big Arsenal fan.
After completing his degree in Computer Science, Matt joined a medium-sized online travel company as a Systems Developer. During his time there he got the opportunity to work with a team of consultants from ThoughtWorks on building the first Service-Oriented-Architecture within the company. That was Matt’s first experience working in an Agile manner and following XP practices. From there, his passion for Agile practices and software craftsmanship grew and a year later he joined ThoughtWorks.
During 8 years with ThoughtWorks, Matt worked with a large number of clients across many locations, tech stacks, languages and technical architectures. He played numerous roles during his time from Software Developer to Technical Lead. Matt is passionate about helping Organisations improve their software delivery capabilities, whether it be through embedding good technical practices or establishing a clear technical vision.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys travelling, playing the guitar and keeping fit. He also currently learning Vietnamese.
Having discovered code on a friend's ZX81 at the age of 10, pair programming started early for Dmitri.
He still believes that coding, at its most rewarding, is a social activity and that there's nothing better than the appreciation of our colleagues and the people who benefit from our software.
When he isn't coding he likes to travel, meet new people and discover new ways of thinking. Ideally while swimming, mountain biking or skiing in beautiful parts of the world.
After graduating from Makers Academy in 2017, Tom has completed two years as an engineer in an SME, building a front end smoke test presenter and working as a full stack developer. He appreciates the opportunity to work with world class colleagues at Codurance and values the knowledge sharing opportunities that pair programming provides.
Tom has a serious approach to problem solving taking circumstances and context into account. He has natural language skills from his work as a teacher of Latin, Classical Greek and French and is deepening his understanding of computer languages. His current interest is functional programming and how this can contribute to OOP Languages such as Java.
He plays jazz trumpet and piano and enjoys a game of tennis.
He is passionate about building well-crafted software, deliver value to the business, and he always strives for better quality.
When he is not coding, he enjoys spending his time improving his craft by reading technical books, attending local meetups, or learning a new programming language. He is a coffee geek, he likes traveling and practicing his boxing skills.
Javier joined the Software Craftsmanship community in Chile, back in 2016, where along with other friends and colleagues, ran the first Latin American Socrates the same year and one more time 2017.
Mainly identified as a backend developer, he has played other roles including Lead developer, Head of Engineering, Mentor, DevOps engineer, tea drinker, etc. since 2009.
The last couple of years, he spent his time working as a remote freelance developer and consultant for companies from Chile, Indonesia and China.
When not working, he likes to play videogames (mainly RPGs), take long walks, watch documentaries, read blog entries and explore Quora.
Sebastian took his first steps into professional software development by attending Software Crafters meetups when he experienced XP Programming for first time and got hooked.
Previously working for a digital marketing agency, focused on social media, as a backend developer in PHP he got experience in solving problems.
He wants to share experiences and support others in achieving their goals while developing his programming skills. In his free time he enjoys hiking, playing guitar and climbing occasionally.
As he started in our industry, Florian was an idealist. He believed that because software was human-made it would be possible to do away with the inherent complexity of natural things and build it clear, understandable, maintainable. When he found out not everyone shared the same perspective, Software Craft, and the Software Craft Community, came to the rescue.
Fast forward a couple of years, after having practiced TDD daily, turned many pieces of legacy code into prose, and converted originally reluctant people to the wonderful world of maintainable code, he realized that technical fluency was only one piece of the puzzle. Just as important, if not more, is the ability for a group of people to work together and collaborate constructively on a shared objective. He found great value in the practice of mindfulness, empathy and transparent communication.
Lately, he is interested in figuring out how to best combine the technical and human sides of our work to deliver continuous business value and grow our engagement with the client.
If you’re interested in knowing more, he is very approachable and always happy to have a quick chat.
Natalie is responsible for building deep and lasting relationships with Codurance’s clients and partners. She has more than 20 years experience in the tech industry, having played pivotal roles at a variety of tech companies spanning business development, partner management, product development and community building.
Natalie believes that collaboration is the best way to drive business, project and product success and loves connecting people with shared interests to create greater value. Codurance therefore was a natural fit for her next career step as an organization that shares and supports these values both within the team and its wider clients and community ecosystem.
Natalie is an advocate for driving greater inclusion and diversity within UK tech. She is an Ambassador for the Tech Talent Charter, D&I Lead for the AWS UK User Group and Mentor for Global Diversity CFP Day.
Outside of work, Natalie enjoys trying new things; she has recently hosted a podcast, built a website and gave her first ‘proper’ talk in public. In her spare time, you will find Natalie chasing around after her 2 children and Chester the cockapoo or on vacation in Andalucia, Spain where she lived and ran a guesthouse in a former life!
Harish enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, writing blogs, playing video games, good wine, and cooking.
Maciej began coding at the age of 16 in Pascal and C++. During his university years, he stumbled upon Java, and it has been his main programming language ever since.
Adopting early on the practices of TDD and XP in his professional career, he is an avid advocate of automated testing and cannot really imagine developing code without a comprehensive suite of tests.
Maciej has also been a team lead on some of his previous projects and leading software teams to victory is one of his greatest passions as well.
In his spare time he likes to train olympic weightlifting, play guitar, read a classic book or listen to some good music.
Ignacio started working in 2014 as a software developer while studying at university. He has developed Web applications ever since for product and consultancy companies, startups, and as a freelancer. He moved to Barcelona in pursuit of new challenges for his career.
He is passionate about learning new technologies to be up to date with the best tools available for his job. He is also keen on sharing his thoughts and experiences with his peers.
In his spare time he likes playing guitar and listening to music, swimming and having long walks and conversations.
Born and raised in Italy, Fabio started using computers when Windows 95 first came out.
During his studies, he stumbled upon networks and became so fascinated that started to work part-time for two different companies in the field.
The first professional programming experience came along in a small software house driven by agile methodologies and quality. During his career, Fabio has worked across Italy and The Netherlands for various industries (automotive, e-commerce, telco, media, government, legal) developing distributed systems based on JVM stack using Spring Framework and hosted in AWS/Azure platform.
He's been always in love with all the processes around software, especially continuous integration/delivery/deployments and all the tools around them. Fabio embraces the DevOps mindset and firmly believe that "How it is done is as important as getting it done".
He moved to London to join Codurance having the possibility through an apprenticeship to sharpen and boost his skills and become a Software Craftsman.
He's a passionate drummer and he loves playing volleyball and climbing walls.
Martin stumbled upon programming when he decided to create his first web app in 2015. After completing his studies in Software Development, he decided to go to Barcelona and start his career as a developer. Before his time at Codurance, Martin worked for a company that specialized in single-page applications with React.
He is passionate about discovering and learning new technologies that later he applies to start new well-crafted projects.
Outside of work, Martin enjoys doing sport like basketball or riding a bike. He also likes to hang out with friends to play tabletop games.
Maciej comes from a scientific background, with formal qualifications in Psychology and Computer Science.
His preference to solve problems by creating software evolved naturally over the course years spent in academia and work in healthcare. Over that time, he applied his knowledge to write software which utilised eye-tracking, delivered psychometric tests or was a bioinformatics pipeline for the whole genome sequencing data. In the commercially focused domains, he developed software supporting cinema chain back office and built e-commerce pages.
His (always open for discussion) belief in the rightfulness software craftsmanship practices stems from the perception of the ever-increasing amount of mission-critical and omnipresent software.
In his spare time, he carefully oversees the growth of his bonsai trees.
Pablo fell in love with development in his teenage years. Since then, he has worked in many projects including desktop, web and mobile.
He is passionate about craftmanship values, XP practices and self improvment. He learns a new programming language a year (at least).
When he is not working, he likes to go out with friends. He loves music. He plays guitar (not to well). He loves reading a good book as well as going to watch a masterpiece movie in the cinema.
Khoovi has a BSc and MSc in Computer Science, with 12 years professional experience in the field of software development working as grad, senior, lead dev and engineering manager. He has built Java mobile apps, single page web apps, and native Android Kotlin apps during his career.
He believes in having a growth mindset, non violent communication practices, sharing knowledge and the values of software craftmanship.
His hobbies are reading books, watching software development talks, watching or preferably playing football games. He also spends time outdoor with his family where they explore nature parks and coastal areas around the North of England & Scotland.
Lucy studied Art & Design before pursuing a degree in Business Law. Following her studies, she discovered a passion for UX design.
She loves being able to combine her creativity and analytical skills into creating better products and delightful customer experiences.
When she’s not working, Lucy likes going for long walks and scooter rides, tending to her balcony garden and exploring Barcelona's events and venues.
Kirsten has over 10 years’ experience leading strategic business change and operational service improvement.
This has involved a combination of service redesign, business process re-engineering and technical delivery. Recent projects have included implementing a new Azure/PowerBI data warehouse platform for Manchester Met University, and leading a customer experience transformation programme at Trafford Council.
Kirsten is also studying for an MBA as part of a senior leader apprenticeship at Manchester Met.
In her spare time she enjoys road cycling, jazz swing dancing and going to tech meet-ups.
Lesmes is an Agile Delivery Manager who pursues always the finding of the right balance between business, UX and technology with the best value/cost ratio possible. He has education in computer science, UX, design, marketing, project management and Agile.
He has more than 14 years of experience developing digital products in all parts of the life cycle, from start-ups to mature products. He's been working several years in domains and hosting sector and consultancy with cross-functional teams. Playing a diversity of roles, from execution to strategic planning.
He's always looking to learn something new, looking for new insights in any subject to help teams to improve the value given to organizations. In his free time he likes to do DIY, learning new matters in tech, reading psychology, cooking and hiking.
Matthew has a Bsc in Computer Science and has been coding since he was 17. He has created software within a variety of industries including finance, e-commerce and digital. Primary specialisms include backend web technologies, and has mainly worked with .NET Core, .NET and NodeJs.
He believes in customer collaboration, working together to solve problems and deliver value. He also has a strong emphasis on metrics and measuring the success of a product.
In his spare time Matthew likes to bake (mainly breads and cakes), enjoys reading and loves all things Lego.
Laura is an award-winning international marketer with more than 18 years’ experience driving digital marketing and transformation across a range of industries. After a move to the UK in 2009, Laura headed marketing for Econsultancy and ClickZ, delivering best practice intelligence and consultancy to the global digital marketing community.
During this time Laura was also instrumental in launching the Festival of Marketing, the UK’s largest marketing event. In 2016 Laura began to focus on the burgeoning London Start-Up industry, building multichannel marketing strategies and operations for a variety of healthtech businesses.
Outside of the office Laura enjoys knitting, watching horror, sci-fi and fantasy films, updating her cat’s Instagram (@lifeofsuzieq), scrolling eBay and Reddit, practicing yoga, making pies and singing karaoke.
After reading Business Studies at The University of Manchester, Nick’s first marketing opportunity came when an internal digital marketing position opened at the company he was working at. He decided to apply, got the job, loved it and 8 years later is still doing the same thing!
He has worked in a variety of sectors including print, utilities, insurance and SaaS doing everything from affiliate marketing to direct mail but has a particular passion for automation and loves to produce data-driven insight and reporting.
Outside of work, he’s a long-suffering supporter of Blackpool FC and enjoys watching horror series on Netflix and Prime as well as spending time with his dog, Chester.
Robert is responsible for overseeing and expanding new business opportunities at Codurance for the South UK region. Throughout his career in technology consultancy he has supported organisations on software modernisation, cloud adaptation as well as the design and development of critical business applications for a number of the UK’s leading brands.
Alongside an exciting career at Codurance, Robert is a Father, Husband, a somewhat consistent runner and a thrill-seeking mountain climber.
Akbar started working in the software industry in the early 90s, in the software division of a large aerospace engineering company. He can remember using the Internet in the days before the web (but tries not to). He has since worked in a small software product company, a medium-sized software house and a global digital consultancy.
He has many years of experience leading cross-functional teams to deliver solutions for and with clients across various sectors, including healthcare, public, finance and market research.
When not working, Akbar spends time trying to learn German (aber sehr langsam). In a pre-pandemic age, he enjoyed going to the cinema and theatre - and hopes to do so again.
Cameron first got involved in basic web development by making websites for friends and family. Since then, he has been spending much of his free time attending courses in development, best practices etc. to learn as much as possible about as many relevant technologies as possible.
Previously, Cameron worked in a marketing agency with a focus on social media, where he used his skills to better analyse the performance of social media profiles on platforms such as Instagram and LinkedIn - whilst maintaining internal applications to help streamline the workflows of his colleagues.
In his free time, Cameron enjoys playing guitar, stand up comedy and working on his personal projects.
George fell into a career in technology through a happy accident having come from a linguistics background. Although he started working as an automation tester he has experience with web development, working to improve UX and engagement with public services for local government, as well as .NET backend systems for a larger enterprise company. He is very keen to hone his skills and loves sharing knowledge and ideas.
He loves cooking and languages and can easily talk your ear off about etymology. When he’s not cooking George likes to spend his time playing board games and D&D.
Rodrigo Nascimento is an experienced consultant with 30+ years of experience in IT. He has been working across different industries from the strategy definition down to the technical implementation, ensuring that deliverables can be traced to the promised business values.
The combination of his passion for technology (which started when he was 10 years old with his first ZX Spectrum) and his strong academic business background (bachelor's degree in Marketing and MBA) have been used in many organisations to optimise the utilisation of IT resources and capabilities to leverage competitive advantage.
Outside work, Rodrigo enjoys spending time with his family and has few hobbies, including cycling, tennis, guitar and building gadgets.
Sophie discovered coding at 15 when falling in love with creating a game of python Tic Tac Toe. She then switched her course track from Philosophy to a Computer Science degree.
Sophie believes that coding is an ethical endeavour that requires thought and attention to detail to ensure its longevity. She loves coding in the same way she loves cracking many types of puzzles from machine learning algorithms to killer sudokus.
Hannah has been in Recruitment for nearly 6 years, she started off in Agency recruitment, and after a few roles, she decided to make a move across to Internal Recruitment, and she has never looked back since. She has experience recruiting in Insurance, Science, Financial Services, Software, and her last 2 roles were for Engineering companies.
In her spare time, Hannah loves to work out and practice yoga. She always tries to hit her daily step target of 10,000 steps (except on a Sunday!)
She loves to travel, her plan was to visit 30 countries before she was 30, she got to 28.. so now the new plan is 40 before she is 40!
People say she is a very approachable, friendly and sociable person, so she would be the first one to suggest the pub or say yes to social events with work.
With a background in Advertising and PR, Rodrigo found out in 2017 that being able to create websites and apps was a career change he had to make into Frontend development.
He likes anything related to visual communication and how its execution, such as graphic design and video animation. He’s also keen on learning new things every day, even if it’s not technology related.
Out of work, you might find him rollerblading around Barcelona, at the beach doing exercise or at any new exhibit in the city.
Ursula is a multidisciplinary graphic designer with an extensive background in editorial design and branding, now deepening her knowledge of UI/UX and animation. She studied classical Graphic Design in Vienna, finished a Master’s for web and app design in Barcelona and is always eager to learn new skills. You can talk to her in German, English and Spanish, have basic small talk in French or hear her ordering coffee in Norwegian.
Away from work she spends her free time with ceramics, running, practising yoga, photography, cooking for friends, travelling or whatever beautiful Barcelona has to offer at the time.
Alistair has been working in software development for over 18 years in industries that include Construction, Broadcasting and most recently, Finance.
He has worked in C# and .NET for the majority of his career, and recently he has been enjoying discovering how Docker can improve the developer experience.
Continual improvement is important to Alistair, and he is happiest when learning from and sharing knowledge with others.
Outside of work, Alistair plays the drums and has performed on stage for various charity gigs in the past. He also enjoys playing 5-a-side and the occasional spot of baking.
Mat is a software developer that has had varied development experience. This has rated from Data Warehousing all the way up to UI/UX design and everything between.
He has developed full e-commerce systems from the ground up and re-engineered existing solution to be more efficient for developers and users.
When no designed system Mat enjoys travelling the world, trying to find new vinyl for his record collection and video games.
Marabesi is addicted to software development in general, due to that, two books came out as a passion for sharing. As a hobby he likes to play with Raspberry PI and to dive into the IoT world.
Besides that he’s an aspiring researcher focused on software testing and gamification, so far he developed Testable, a gamified tool that aims to improve the unit test teaching approach, trying to change the boring perception that developers have in learning how to test their code.
Alex has started his career back in 2008 as a web developer in a small internet provider and then joined the biggest consultancy in Belarus as a tester, where he has spent almost 7 years working mostly in the test automation area. At some point, Alex came to the conclusion that traditional ways of testing and test automation simply do not work anymore and if he really wanted to improve software quality he had to start developing himself.
With more than 10 years of experience in IT, Alex has worked in development, testing and management, and was lucky enough to work with different technology stacks, including PHP, Java, .Net, and Python. Alex worked on many different projects, but he enjoys back-end and data processing software the most.
Despite the varied background, Alex decided to focus on little things which help to deliver high-quality software, starting from the project inception and all the way to the operation. Alex prefers to consider himself as a full-stack engineer, and his passions are quality and efficiency.
Daniel started out his working life in the British Army, where he served 5 years in Germany, Canada as well as two operational tours of duty in the middle east.
He has always had a keen interest in technology which led him to start working in IT, which he has been doing for the last 8 years. Daniel has helped customers and indirect partners with large scale digital transformation projects, cloud adoption and cloud economics projects using Microsoft and AWS technology.
Outside of work, you can find him training in the gym, eating in restaurants, training his dog Indigo and most recently investing in Cryptocurrency.
Catherine has a degree in Marketing and Business Studies and worked for several years in the Irish Civil Service in areas such as marketing and recruitment.
Wanting to experience living in a new country, she decided to move to Canada (Saskatchewan, where the minus 30 winters proved to be too much, and then onto Nova Scotia). In Canada, Catherine worked as a Centre Coordinator for University departments.
The opportunity to move to Oslo, Norway arose and she decided she wanted another adventure. In Oslo, Catherine worked as a Recruitment Coordinator for an aviation company.
Catherine will bring her experience in recruitment and coordination to help Codurance achieve its recruitment goals.
Now, residing in Madrid, Catherine likes spending time hiking, swimming, practicing yoga, learning Spanish, and reading fiction. She is a tea addict, loves Eurovision and dogs give her life (especially her Golden Retriever).
Niall is a software developer with almost a decade of experience and has worked everywhere, from a small web development start-up to a global software consultancy. He's a polyglot programmer who has written production code in Java, Python, .NET, Coldfusion and most recently React.
He believes that inclusive teams deliver and wants to keep coding great software alongside great people.
Outside of work, he enjoys powerlifting, cooking and trying to remember London tube station names for his local pub quiz.
Dani is an eclectic individual who started his career in tech in 2008 focusing on quality assurance and managing teams. He has since managed teams in different capacities with a focus on fostering bonding and strong work relationships between people. He enjoys learning on the job and facilitating growth. He thrives in multicultural, cross- functional, diverse environments.
Other valuable experiences that have influenced his growth include time in the army, volunteering in South America and working for an environmental NGO.
Dani continues to volunteer for a local conservation organisation, is a martial arts practitioner, plays modern board games and has a few other hobbies as well. He also possesses four, yes four, nationalities.
Fran is all about change. He obtained a History Degree but then moved to Software Development. He has been a software developer, trainer, engineering manager, software architect, agilist... He has worked in media, telco, learning, military, gaming, retailing, hospitality, maps, company transformation... He has lived in Granada, Madrid, London, and back to the lovely Granada again.
Is all about software and the people who create it and their culture.
And he loves helping others to change and sharing his experiences. He enjoys the ride, with heart and passion for making things better.
He loves to play tabletop RPG games, board games, discover new music, gigs, movies, travel, party, and take tapas in Granada ...
After +17 years he has realized "the only constant thing is change".
Javier is passionate about technology and how it serves with purpose to business and society. This interest pushed him to study engineering and at the university was where he found a deep joy developing software applications that solve problems, from algebraic problems to communication systems. That was also the reason why for a period of his life he went into academia for researching applied machine learning and brain functionalities.
Despite this joy in technical activities, his experience showed him that one of the key parts for creating spaces of growth is communication. Many of the issues we encounter as professionals are in the different ways we express ideas or how we translate these ideas to other people. So his current focus is on translating technical ideas into channels of communication that can be easily understood by different types of audiences.
Peter is a Software Craftsperson and father of a young daughter who has been coding since he was 6 years old, starting with a BBC Micro-B and copies of computer magazines to type in the code listings from with his father. This sparked a desire to improve. His father was a major influence, with one tale that stuck in his mind. When working on a project, for instance, a kitchen, his father would take the time to understand how the customer moved around in their space, and therefore was able to give them a layout that worked within their requirements - if they had arthritis or back pain, putting cupboards at different heights to accommodate that. Moved to provide that same service, Peter has always worked to do the best possible - often asking lots of questions before starting to ensure that the actual reasons for doing the work were understood, not just the direct problem at hand.
Peter has worked with the .NET stack from beta days, moving to .NET Core when the beta of that became available. He's worked extensively with Dynamics CRM throughout his career, through many varied industries - from railways to housing, to pharmaceutical, to media and telecoms, to identity validation and verification. He's delivered small, medium and large-scale projects, including being part of the team that developed a full DevSecOps pipeline and automation system for a new microservices infrastructure for a global enterprise, which was originally engineered as a cross-cloud exercise.
He's always learning, with a massive Feedly RSS list of development blogs that he tries to keep up with in his spare time. Over the years, he's constantly driven himself to relearn and rework his own approaches to code, constantly improving and progressing, and enjoys sharing that with others - a highlight of his career has been working with apprentices and mentoring them through their learning challenges.
Alan is an experienced Agile Delivery Manager with a 20-year career in technology spanning the public sector, varying size of consultancies and large corporates. He started out by breaking the family PC on a regular basis, then moved onto software development and in the last 10 years, he’s been helping teams achieve value for their customers as a delivery manager. He recently achieved a qualification in Management of Portfolios which gave him a new appreciation of how to effectively manage change at an organisational level as well.
He has worked on a huge range of projects, including finance data warehouses, secure government systems and various public-facing web platforms. Alan's technical knowledge covers the MS .NET stack, Azure, the world of Java and AWS, but his real passion lies in delivering software projects using Agile techniques and helping teams achieve their full potential through collaborative working practices.
All this adds up to him being an advocate for delivering high-quality software solutions to the customers that he works with. He firmly believes that a pragmatic approach to quality delivers the best results for all and pays for itself in the end.
Sabrina has been working in IT for almost 4 years now, mainly in the automotive industry, both on the client and supplier side.
During her last experience, she daily managed challenging clients and worked with dev teams based across Europe.
Before starting working, she enjoys a short workout session before her first cup of coffee.
Sabrina loves travelling regardless of the number of hours of flight but also love staying in London to enjoy its markets, restaurants, cultural activities (out of Covid times) and after work, drinks!
Sophia started her content marketing career just over 5 years ago in the financial technology industry. During this time, she specialised in digital content and social media. She was responsible for creating a top-ranking business podcast that gained recognition from some of the largest organisations in the UK.
Outside of the office, Sophia enjoys the chaos created by her young Labrador, Bobby. As well as hand-making soaps with natural ingredients.
Antony has been a focused data-driven BA & product owner for over 8 years, mostly within consumer finance and an interesting couple of years working on mobile iPlayer for the BBC.
Antony is a passionate business-analyst, and enjoys nothing more than mapping out (both existing and new) processes, working together with close-knit teams to find the best way through a problem, and facilitating communication with stakeholders. He also loves getting his head into the data and finding insights, allowing the business to make the best decisions moving forward.
Away from work, Antony will be found spending his free time with his wife and two beagles, hiking around the Cheshire hillside and beyond. He is also a fervent American football fan, supporting the Arizona Cardinals and involved in a UK fantasy NFL league, which allows him to combine his love of data insights with the sport.
Jesus showed interest in computers from a very young age, his brother won a drawing contest for Nocilla (a famous Spanish chocolate spread) and the award was a ZX Spectrum. So you could say his first command was Load.
Once the poison was inside of him, he then continued hacking DOS Games with his father's 486. Later he built his own computer from scratch and at 16 he started playing with a Red Hat dixtro to learn how to break Windows computers through the internet. After dedicating his energy for more constructive things, he started coding in COBOL and PASCAL. Later at University he started with C++ and after launching his IT career he moved to web based apps (mostly backends coded in Java)
He is very interested in Agile/Lean mindsets, was a mentor in TDD and SOLID principles, and he has a lot of TDD examples on his GitHub account. In addition to this, he is a proactive member of SVQ JUG (Java Users Group, Seville) and AgileSur
However, as this is not only about Tech, he also loves extreme sports like Skateboarding and Boxing, animals, Punk Rock Music, travelling and his kid Eric.
Following her studies of Business and Marketing, Emily secured a marketing role in the Technology industry and never looked back.
Priding herself on having an eye for detail, Emily specialises in multi-channel campaigning to various B2B verticals, joining the dots between unique industry pain points and the right technology solutions to answer real business problems. Always on the search to improve, Emily loves to analyse data-driven findings to optimise her work and engage in self-learning to expand her skills.
Emily spends her free time with friends and family, enjoying (or rather enduring) spin classes, hosting gatherings, and adding character to her new-build home.
Alejandro started with computers in college, and though it was ok it never stuck with him.
He started working monitoring systems and diving into J2E application containers, but it wasn't until his first contact with containers, orchestrators and cloud systems that he saw this as what he wanted to do for living: build stable platforms, help teams to fulfill their objectives and have fun learning about an endless and constantly changing world. He saw this as an opportunity to apply in work environments the two things he likes to do most: solve problems and help people.
On a personal level, he is now focused on his two canine daughters: Kira and Zelda. Besides spending time with them and with his wife, he loves playing video games, boardgames, tabletop rpgs, 3d printing, watching tv shows and anime, traveling, cooking... basically he loves doing any hands-on project (the last of them being making natural soaps and gardening).
One of his favourite quotes: "I miss another 24h in my day"
Sam is a skilled Platform Engineer who loves building high performing teams to deliver robust, reliable and scalable systems in the cloud. He fell into technology after completing a Geography degree at University and hasn’t looked back.
Sam has gained a wide variety of experience with different sized enterprises, meaning that he is able to identify appropriate solutions for the task in hand, with a mixture of pragmatism and informed decisions. He particularly enjoys the design and build process, to enable applications and services to run at scale. He has primarily been involved with AWS solutions in the past, however is able to turn his hand to any tech (as Platform Engineers we don’t have much choice!).
Outside of work, Sam is currently training for a half-marathon - time will tell if this is successful! He enjoys rambling around the Yorkshire Dales, photography and attempting to cook nice food.
Jayne is a Certified Scrum Product Owner and BCS Certified Business Analyst with over 4 years of experience across multiple industries, including Finance, Healthcare and Sports. She has been the Product Manager for a range of products, from an Archery iOS and Android application to an Equity Release product sourcing engine in the form of a Progressive Web app. Her product roadmaps are designed to accommodate continuous innovation and evolve to meet growing user needs and behaviours to ensure we are building the right thing at the right time.
Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, brewing her own sloe gin, spending time with loved ones and not forgetting her beloved cocker spaniel, Olive.
Rob is responsible for Business Development with new customers across Manchester and the UK North. He began his career at a healthcare communications agency working with global pharmaceutical organisations. Since then, Rob’s passion for tech and digital lead him to work for a US-based IT services and software development company in which he was leading sales and growth in the higher education sector. Taking an advisory and consultative approach to business development, Rob works with customers to uncover meaningful business solutions through forming long term partnerships.
Rob enjoys exploring all things tech in his spare time, including experimenting with smart home automation – sometimes successfully, other times not!
Alex first took an interest in software development through his hobby and former career in Scuba Diving co-creating a simple "dive planner". Since then he has gone on to gain experience with desktop development using .NET, WPF and Winforms along with Mongo and SQL database technologies.
As a developer Alex aims to be approachable and professional in the way that he works and remains focused on what is best for the development project with a flexible approach to his co-worker's ways of working.
Alex is currently in the process of expanding into new languages such as Java and Rust as well as software development techniques including outside-in/ inside-out test-driven development, behavioural-driven development and domain-driven development.
Hobbies include guitar-playing, scuba diving as well as walks in the countryside and cycling.
Isabel studied architectural technology and urbanism, and used to work on construction / engineering projects. 3D software, and how it's developed, awoke her interest and so she started learning programming. She decided to do a change of career later on, and become a software craftperson, as she wanted to collaborate with inclusive organizations with social interests. She works with Java & Spring, and the MERN stack, and aims to provide high quality software.
She enjoys travelling, she spent some time in Germany and UK, knowing new cultures, people and cuisines, and being active, going swimming or hiking.
Darío discovered programming by chance after studying law and cinema, and it was love at first sight. He started learning in a self-taught way and after doing a web development bootcamp in Barcelona he started working for a startup, where he learned and applied technologies that were new to him and gained experience in full-stack development. Now Dario enjoys learning new software engineering concepts that make his code more solid and robust and give him a deeper understanding of software development. He also loves learning mathematics applied to computer science.
Outside of work, Dario is passionate about movies and TV series, video games, science and Formula 1
Mike worked his way up through magazine publishing (Middle East business, computers and the Internet - sub-editing, editing and writing) in the UK just as the Internet began to take hold. Fascinated by the potential, he got online, taught himself HTML and build some of the first websites and digital services for Emap/Bauer in London.
Spells with the BBC, AOL and an attempt at a digital music service with Universal Music (steamrollered by iTunes) followed and led him to focus on UX and digital product management, having emigrated to New Zealand in 2009, for Vodafone (website, self-service and chatbots), Stuff (content management and authoring tools) and IAG (sales, marketing and websites) before returning to the UK in August 2021 to join Codurance.
Work blends with personal interests when talking about UX, design, chatbots and AI applications in general.
Personal time is focused on his wife, his dog (Ruff), music, football, reading, movies and photography. An initial unsuccessful attempt to surf in NZ will be revived in the UK!
Aman graduated from Kingston University having studied Information Systems. After graduating in 2018, he gained commercial experience in the Ed Tech industry as a front end developer. Aman has also taken out time to broaden his technological skills by developing applications across the stack ranging from backend systems to deployment.
Aman’s interest in software design and architecture has led him to pursue a career as a software craftsman to deliver high quality applications.
In his free time, Aman is a keen percussionist and sound engineer. He has performed with live bands in the Asian wedding industry. Aman is also developing his athleticism in powerlifting.
Jordan first started his Software Craftsman journey when he was given a copy of “Clean Code” as an intern at his first company. Since then, he has been an advocate for craftsmanship and helping others.
In his spare time, he is training to be a barbell coach with the goal to use resistance training as dosable medicine to help the sick aging phenotype - the elderly, the frail, and the terminally ill. He is a year into the long educational journey, good coaches aren’t made at a couple of weekend seminars.
When he isn’t coding, Simon enjoys exploring new places at home or abroad, getting out into nature and reading.
Before transitioning to software development Sam worked within the property and education sectors. Since discovering his programming passion, he has worked on a variety of projects utilising technologies ranging from React to PHP. A firm believer of how code quality impacts an organisation, Sam has joined Codurance to further his technical skills. He is also a certified Scrum Master and a keen advocate for agile methodologies.
In his spare time, Sam enjoys sports such as rugby and squash, cooking, quizzes and travelling. He is also partial to a dad joke.
Toni is a Video editor and a Motion Graphics Designer with a diverse background working in television production, advertising agencies, and creating video for social networks. He studied audiovisual post production in Barcelona in 2004 and has worked in Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, and Tarragona. Toni speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, and Euskera. He spends some of his personal time improving his video and animation skills and trying new things, such as developing teasers for podcasts and video events. Toni also likes to keep up to date with his peers´ work as he believes this is a good way to grow as a professional.
Toni’s hobbies are listening to and playing music, photography, cats, cinema, retro video games, cooking, and being with family and friends. He watched ´Back To The Future´ at least 300 times. And if you are wondering if we are alone in the universe, you’ll be able to have a long conversation about this topic with Toni!
Chris first got interested in computers and programming thanks to gaming - initially building fansites for Runescape and Habbo Hotel in PHP before learning how to create modifications for early Java Minecraft, contributing heavily to the Bukkit server ecosystem. He progressed onto C# and XNA Game Studio before starting his study in Computer Games Development.
He's been a Software Engineer for over 6 years and during that time, he's experienced many different industries and environments; from a self-hosted FinTech to one of Europe's largest AWS estates and everything in-between.
When he's not tinkering with new technology or methodologies, you'll usually find him hanging out on Discord and playing a game or two.
Nick has worked his way up and down the software stack both in terms of technology and role. He started his career many years ago as a developer and worked his way up to Technical Architect before working his way back down to UK Managing Director at a medium-sized London consultancy.
He's been lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time for the PC revolution, Windows, the Internet and the all-consuming rise of the mobile device. Having obtained a Physics degree and worked with embedded software for scientific instruments early in his career, Nick moved to business systems and was dismayed at the relatively low standard of development rigour. He believes that as an industry we are still only just achieving true Software Engineering, as the continued litany of failed and cancelled projects attests.
Nick has long been a proponent of Agile methods, especially Extreme Programming. For him, Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery are table stakes.
He is happiest when he is helping organisations turn great ideas into great software in the most cost-effective, productive, flexible and enjoyable way possible.
When he is not working he still tinkers with tech, runs the occasional marathon and plays the saxophone quite badly.
A keen technologist, Abdul has been passionate about Science and Technology from a young age. Starting his career in Engineering and Technical Support, Abdul worked extensively with cloud-based applications before moving into an agile leadership role.
Within his career, Abdul has worked on large scale transformations and agile product workstreams. His specialism is mostly on agile process improvement and technology excellence, with a particular focus on platforms and building a DevOps work culture to drive good business outcomes and excellent customer experiences.
Abdul is a keen Fencer and enjoys reading about most subjects, especially History.
Originally training to become a chef before attending university, Glenn has a love of creative ideas and new experiences. He focuses on solving problems and is constantly looking for interesting ones to get engaged with. He believes code should be easy to read and maintain. Good code is clean code.
After university, he worked for Sage People building api’s and integrations using .NET, AWS and Salesforce for three years before joining Codurance.
In his spare time, he loves to study Poker, collect rare whisky, obsess over coffee science, and play video games. In July of 2021, he married his partner of over 11 years.