Software Craftsman and Co-Founder
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.
Software Craftsman and Co-Founder
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.
Chief Operating Officer
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy as a hands-on lead, a mentor or a director, Laurence is a creative, systematic and pragmatic craftsperson able to articulate why writing high quality software is good for business. Specialist in simplifying complex problems, he applies the principles he found effective for crafting software to building teams, delivering projects and developing businesses.
Outside of Codurance he works on his own e-commerce (DC5B) and enjoys time with his wife and daughter.
José E. Rodríguez Huerta
Managing Director (Spain)
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.
Head of Talent Acquisition (UK)
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.
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.
Head of Communications and Marketing (Spain)
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.
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 Pablo Wenzel
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.
Head of Finance
Zabih is our Head of Finance 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.
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.
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.
Head of Partnerships
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.
Principal Software Craftsperson
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.
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.
Martín García Blanco
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.
Pablo Sánchez Alonso
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.
Agile Delivery Manager
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.
Head of Sales
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.
Head of Service Delivery
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.
Head of Platform Engineering
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.
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.
Rodrigo Castro Sastre
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.
Lead Graphic Designer
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Agile Delivery Manager
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!
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.
From a young age, Rashid was very interested in technology, computers and tinkering with electronics which greatly influenced his professional career in IT.
He began his IT journey aged 14, with his first computer Commodore 64, a great machine to learn basic programming, later on, Amiga 1200 where he used to make music, exploring his creative side.
During his career in IT, he transitioned from an installation of software, hardware and building racks on premise data centers project to work solely on the cloud environment, utilising his infrastructure, DevOps and troubleshooting skills. He worked on various projects and for companies big and small providing support, advice and consultancy to clients.
Rashid loves to learn new skills and new technologies, always keen to try new tools and solutions, experimenting with new ways of doing things.
Rashid has a great passion towards cycling, gardening and visiting historical places with his family. He is also a massive motorcycle enthusiast, riding solo or with his mates.
B2B Marketing Manager
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 Morell Cenalmor
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, 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.
Business Development Manager
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!
Talent Acquisition Partner
Laura is so passionate about tech and people.
How can you argue about tech enabling a more simple life and helping people do something they enjoy?
Being human-centric, it’s a key-value that she always brings with her. People go first, and empathy is the critical ingredient.
On a personal note, Laura loves travelling, reading and drinking good coffee.
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.
Jason Williams is a skilled IT Professional with 30+ years of experience, with the last 20 years specialising in Integration. He has been working in many different IT roles from Operations to Technical Integration Architecture most recently as a Solution Engineer for a well-known retail company, that unfortunately was lost due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
With a genuine love for all things Technology from a young age, this has kept Jason in the industry for so long, with no intentions to leave any time soon.
Outside work, Jason has been a keen motorcyclist for the past 35 years with the current motorbike being a Kawasaki Ninja, just coming up to its 20th birthday. During the pandemic, Jason found the great outdoors and spent lots of time exploring all the local footpaths in Somerset, where he lives. He is also a CAMRA member enjoying the local real ales and keeps his own hens to supply fresh eggs for friends and family.
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.
Principal Software Craftsperson
Lee has over 25 years of experience in software development as a Developer, Team Lead, Architect, Principal Engineer, Development Manager, Scrum Master, and hands-on CTO. He is a polyglot programmer, with commercial experience developing and leading teams using most modern technologies.
Since building his first ASP.NET web application in 2001 using the public beta version of .NET 1.0, Lee has become an expert in C# and the .NET stack. He has been continually involved in designing and building ASP.NET applications for the last 20 years and deploying them to Azure and AWS for the last 8.
Lee has successfully helped teams accelerate by streamlining their development processes using a combination of XP, Agile methods, and continuous delivery while maintaining clean architecture and well-crafted code.
In his spare time, Lee enjoys spending time with family and thinking about how the application of AI and machine learning will affect software engineering.
Agile Delivery Manager
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.
Ed is a dedicated and curious Platform Engineer. After dropping out of his mathematics degree in France, he did an internship and discovered the cloud along with its startling growth rate and decided to leverage it to pursue a career.
Ed enjoys the design process and cloud migration phase, especially networking and security. He loves connecting stuff, either with an Ethernet switch, a PPP link or an IPsec VPN. During his past experiences, he gained solid knowledge of cloud providers such as AWS and Azure and had the chance of working with Kubernetes.
Apart from work, Ed enjoys cooking new recipes, often a mixture of both French and Middle-Eastern cuisine. He likes hiking, playing tennis every Saturday and playing video games.
Bruno has been working in the telco sector since the beginning of his career, having passed through different roles from platform operations to IP engineering. That wide experience brought him to work currently as a cloud architect where he has been designing hybrid architectures with a simple goal, to let customers consume services, both on premisses or remotely in a public cloud region. To do this job, he always works to find the state-of-the-art strategies to build the infrastructure with agility, using collaborative tools and following the highest security standards.
In his free time, besides spending quality time with his family, Bruno prefers outdoor activities like playing tennis, surfing, cycling or riding his motorcycle. But when the weather forces him to stay indoors, he enjoys home brewing his own craft beers
Marc Mauri Alloza
Marc is an enthusiast of agile and open source software. He loves to work in a field where people and companies share part of their software so others don’t have to deal with the same problems nor reinvent the wheel. While working in different places and projects he came across agile software development and enjoyed its flexibility and focus on quality, delivery and self-improvement of the team and enjoys helping on that.
Aside from software development Marc loves music being singing in a choir, playing the hurdy-gurdy, writing music or dancing balfolk. He also enjoys playing board games and hiking.
Javier Martínez Abarca
Javier is a tech lover and the world of robotics and artificial intelligence. Since he was young he has always been interested in computers and how they work. So before he started programming, he studied computer science based on hardware to understand how to build a computer from scratch.However, he say that not everything is the hardware, also the software is really important to find the perfect balance in tech projects. Reason why he passed the last 7 years learning and improving his skills as developer, always with the aim of improve the performance and quality of his work.
In his spare time, he enjoys movies, especially science fiction and fantasy films, music of all generes, team sports and board games.
Phil has been working in Software Engineering since 2007 and is a keen practitioner of test-driven development since his days as a junior developer. Phil has worked across many different industries, including Financial Services, Healthcare and telematics.
Outside of work, Phil is interested in all things science fiction and also a keen music fan. He has played in various bands during the years on guitar and enjoys going to local gigs and collecting vinyl records.
Adrià is a graphic designer with touches of photographer and videographer. A creative with a background as a sociologist and political scientist, who found in design a universal language of inclusion, improvement and social understanding.
He lives in Spanish California, València, where he spends his time between analog cameras, his German shepherd and longboards. You probably won't find him at home on a Saturday night, because he'll be playing drums with his surf-rock band.
If you talk to Adrià he will probably answer you in Catalan, although he can also answer you in English, French and Spanish.
Mark has been a software engineer since the early 1990s, he spent over a decade in the defence industry before moving to a commercial role.
He has enjoyed working as part of a team on a vast array of projects from weapon systems for destroyers to the Williams F1 Driving Simulator (aVDS) and technology stacks from real-time embedded microprocessors to web API data analysis.
The one constant amongst all this variety has been a drive for high quality and the study of principles and practises that will help achieve this.
In his spare time, Mark enjoys exploring the outdoors with his 4 children and turns his passion for learning to music/music theory and playing the bass guitar.
Brian previously worked in video editing before transitioning into coding, where he self-taught himself through online resources and practice. In his time as a web developer, he primarily used React and also worked on a few mobile applications and full-stack development.
He enjoys learning about new technologies and programming languages such as Python and C#, to have a broad spectrum of knowledge into other areas such as machine learning.
In his free time, Brian has a varied number of interests including video games, music production and bouldering.
During his hospitality career, Istvan has always been the go-to person to solve technology related problems within his teams (spreadsheets, booking systems, till systems), so during the first Covid lockdown, he decided to learn more about how all these technologies work and started to code. After months of studying on YouTube and Udemy, it became clear that it is time to change career and ended up on a 12 weeks Software Development bootcamp to accelerate this change.
Outside work he mostly spends time with his family, learns about personal finance and investments and goes on motorbike trips with friends.
After several years working in the Tourism industry, moving across the ocean and six intense months in a bootcamp, she has finally discovered her vocation as a Software developer.
Sofia enjoys working in multicultural teams and learning as much as possible from every experience and person that crosses her path.
She likes exploring the city with her bike (popularly known as Velociraptor), reading under the winter sun, travelling and meeting with friends.
Daniel is a software craftsman idealist with a passion for improvement, always available to discuss about best practices, having worked mainly for enterprises as a consultant, he enjoys applying Domain Driven Design to provide a solution very much aligned with the business.
On his free time he enjoys the coast with activities such as beach volleyball and surfing.
Estefanía Moreno Roig
Estefanía is our Financial Controller in Spain and she has more than 8 years of experience working in an international IT environment. She is approachable, team oriented, always open to help and collaborate with others and aims to have a positive impact on her surroundings.
In her free time, she enjoys exploring the world, a good cup of coffee and some "tapas" with friends. If she had to choose which trip to highlight, it would be Peru without hesitation.
Sandeep has over 20 years of experience in the Software industry. He has worked in various roles spanning Development, QA and Customer Support. He has been part of large enterprises so has a sound knowledge about the best practices in the industry.
Sandeep started his career coding in C and then moved on to many other languages and tools. His expertise is in the .NET stack/Microsoft technologies with experience in cloud technologies as well.
Outside work, Sandeep enjoys playing sports like Cricket, Football and Table-Tennis, hiking, watching comedy movies and learning about spirituality.
Emmanuel is passionate about computers in general and programming in particular, ever since he wrote his first line of code he has been in love with his craft. Since then he has translated a book on Laravel collections and written an introductory Typescript book before Typescript was as widely used as it is today.
He currently has more than 6 years of experience, he has been part of different types of companies, startups, product companies, and consultancies, using many technologies and realizing that for him the most important thing is personal and professional values and delivering value to stakeholders.
Thanks to this extensive experience in different companies, he learned how important it was for the "software craftsmanship" and why the culture of continuous learning it's so important. This culture led him to become part of the Murcia Software Craftsmanship, becoming the co-organizer.
More info: https://emmanuelvalverde.dev/
Nicola has always enjoyed problem solving, starting work as a mechanical engineer before to discovering her passion for coding.
Outside of work you will find Nicola cycling or hiking through the countryside, playing video games and crocheting.
Simón Fernández Besteiro
Simon started as an Industrial Engineer who found a passion in programming and decided to increase his knowledge in that field with courses and bootcamps. He has worked as a System Administrator and Software Developer in International Companies in sectors like furniture and HPC (High Performance Computing).
He enjoys getting out of his comfort zone. Always finding new challenges which improve his career path, new hobbies and sports to try out.He uses his free time with photography, cooking new recipes, hiking and camping.
Paco has over 20 years of experience in the Software industry, varying size of consultancies and large companies. He has worked in several roles and sectors. He has worked mainly using Java and branched out to other languages and frameworks, always looking for better ways of working. He believes that well-crafted programs are essential for companies.
Outside of work, Paco enjoys spending time with his family, science fiction, biking, watching movies and running.
Oliver has a keen interest in all things creative, originally from a Music background with a degree in Music technology he moved into software development over 3 years ago after undertaking a coding boot camp.
A few things he loves about coding are: the freedom and creativity; the joy of problem solving; and the ability to always improve and further your skillset.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar, running, bouldering, travelling to new places and meeting new people.
Cristina Rodríguez Subirats
Office Manager- Spain
Cristina has the responsibility of “making everything work in harmony”. Cristina enjoys her work and making everyone feel safe and supported in Codurance. She has been working in business organizations and logistics, interacting with the public for over 15 years. She enjoys a nice office environment and truly believes in the power of teamwork.
Cristina is sociable and new friendships and knowledge are always welcome! She actively collaborates with both DISA (Cáritas Premià de Mar) and Aprodega (Protectora de gatos de Vilassar de Dalt). In her free time, you might see her cycling through some nearby mountain on her MTB or going for a ride at the local maritime promenade and, if it rains, restoring some old piece of furniture.
Ed started out programming PHP scripts to administer a network of Counter Strike: Source servers that he ran. He left the world of PHP behind for a short stint programming VBA and moved into Python programming during an internship. His final project for his biochemistry degree was a fuzzy regex program to find short repeating sequences of DNA (microsatellites) while allowing a degree of error. His professional career has been mostly in C# and has taken him to many different sectors, including travel and hospitality, pharmaceuticals and the fintech sector before arriving at Codurance.
Ed has a keen focus on software architecture and communicating the need for architectural design to the wider business. He also has a particular interest in managing technical debt within organisations, including handling technical debt as part of wider business risk management frameworks.
In his spare time, Ed still plays Counter Strike (although his skill level leaves a lot of room for improvement!).
Antony has been writing software for over a decade and has been working with computers since he was 17 years old. His journey began as an apprentice IT technician, during this time he taught himself to code in between calls and eventually found the book Learning XNA 3.0. After reading this book cover to cover, a love of writing software arose which pushed Antony to go to University to study Computer Science.
Since graduation Antony has worked in a multitude of different industries including Transport Planning, ECommerce, Gaming, and Control Rooms; all working primarily with .Net but also including Typescript, C++, React and Elixir.
Outside of the office, Antony continues his passion for writing software by developing his own apps to make life simpler and making the games dreamed up by his 6-year-old into a reality. When not writing software Antony has a passion for keeping himself in shape, playing Ice Hockey, Mountain Biking with friends, and renovating his home.
Country Manager for Portugal
Graduated in software engineering, Diego started his career as a Java developer and worked as a programmer until he was responsible for the internet banking of one of the largest banks in Brazil. Then he dedicated his career to other areas, but always related to software development, as an agile coach, pre-sales engineer and also as operations manager for a large technology company. During the last 10 years, he has created a company dedicated to providing internet connections for the corporate market and also an RPA and Hyperautomation as a service startup, where he has held both the roles of CEO and CTO. In the last two years, Diego has worked as a DevOps Engineer in some companies in Australia and recently moved to Europe to join the Codurance team.
Ken has been involved in software development for over 20 years, taking on various roles. He started programming using Visual Basic 3 and coded in C# for the last 10 years.
Working in various industries, Ken spent a couple of years doing a lot of network engineering, including an upgrade from NT4 to Windows 2000. These days he mainly works on backend systems implementing Web API’s using C# within Azure. He has an interest in DevOps, and automation around building and testing.
Ken enjoys medieval gunnery as part of a re-enactment group during his free time, and also enjoy a good afternoon tea.
Originally from Brazil she moved to the UK over 20 years ago. She graduated in Computer Science back in Brazil however she spent most of her UK life working for the hospitality industry. She had a twist into a clerical role 7 years ago after working for an investment bank and she have been doing a diverse range of administrative roles since. She also had some experience with recruitment and HR.
When she is not working she likes spending time with her family and friends. She likes watching series on Netflix as well as spending some time at the gym!
Head of Training and Development
Adrian is passionate about modern management approaches. His mission is to Grow Healthy Organizations. In the past he was a principal consultant and trainer at Partnos and Agilar, two well-known Agile Consultancies. He was the CIO at Voxel Group, which won the “Great Place to Work”® award two years in a row, and an Engineering Program Manager at Criteo (the fastest growing company in Europe at the time).
Adrian holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and did a Management Development Program at IESE (Top 5 worldwide).
He is a regular speaker at international conferences, an experienced Open Space Facilitator, Certified Scrum Trainer and masters professor at La Salle and ESADE (Top 30 business schools worldwide).
Victor's interest in computer science began when he was very young, a time in which he already liked to investigate and learn how these magic machines were able to work.He started to study this craft in a more professional way when he started a medium course centered around hardware, systems and networks, followed by a superior course about multiplatform development and finally another superior course focused on web development, which he found to be his passion.
On his free time he loves to play video games (mostly role-playing and strategic games), card games, reading books and comics, watching films and TV-shows and learning about computer science or technology in general.
María Dueñas Díaz
Content creator - Spain
Since she was a child, María enjoyed writing and public speaking, so she felt that a career in Communication was just what she needed to grow professionally and be happy in the process. She is originally from Ecuador, but has also lived in Argentina and currently in Bilbao. She has work experience as a journalist, both in the press and on television, and a career of more than 6 years in different Communication and Marketing departments. She also has an MBA and believes that effective communication and continuous adaptation is the basis of any great project.
When she is not reading, she enjoys long walks and yoga. She has recently discovered that she likes to make desserts and there is nothing she loves more than the sea.
Digital Marketing Manager
Liz is a Fellow of the Institute of Data & Marketing specialising in MarTech. With over 25 years’ experience in marketing and training, Liz has worked across diverse industries from Telecoms and Energy to Manufacturing and Education, even running a cook school for 6 years, which involved daily bread making, baking and recipe development.
A CRM specialist, Liz is known to think in flowcharts and brings her data mining and analytic skills to look for anomalies and predict critical paths for marketing to the right people, at the right time.
Liz is passionate about Heritage Crafts and teaches Bobbin Lacemaking and Japanese Braiding, with students, world-wide. In quieter moments, she can be found munching her mouth-watering triple chocolate chip cookies whilst watching true crime and knitting, crocheting or restoring antique lace and embroideries.
Caio started his career in 2011 in São Paulo and has worked in Bank, Startup, Consultancy and Security Technology, mainly with .net. Recently he had opportunities to implement different kinds of solutions with Azure, such as ChatBot.
From the beginning, he became passionate about TDD and clean code. He believes that simplest well-crafted solutions can bring too much value.
In his spare time, Caio enjoys playing classical piano music, practicing swimming and watching tv series.
Rubén Recio Antolín
Rubén has more than 13y experience in the IT industry, working as a consultant (banking and public sector) and also on the other side as a client (utility).
Playing different roles such; SW developer, Team Lead, Transformation Manager, Sr Technical Manager and Head Of Engineering has a clear understanding in how to implement the projects and best practices.
He loves to work with passionate people / teams that help them in order to achieve their aligned objectives. Always trying to find a pragmatic solution for the problems that are in everyday life and never lose his good mood.
When he is not working, he will be doing some sport (running, swimming, gym, surf….), reading something like blockchain, financial things, philosophy… that can help him for personal growth.
Pst! Rubén is an enthusiastic blockchain person, feel free to talk with him about this new industry that will change a lot of things :)
Abdul’s interest in software development started during a graduate finance internship in Beijing, China. It all started from downloading visual studio, out of curiosity, and from there the interest intensified into a passion for software craftsmanship. He very soon realised that software development was the career he wanted for the long run.
He started his career by studying at a bootcamp, which gave him a base platform to begin the learning journey. A year after that, Abdul was able to land his first job with Pelican. It involved the opportunity to hone skills in frontend (Xamarin.Forms), backend (.NET core) and Devops (Azure Devops). This opportunity saw him fully engaged in each aspect of the app under the guidance of some amazingly talented developers, as well as appreciating the full view of the software development lifecycle.
The most recent adventure was with Codat, which allowed him to witness some amazing examples of what DDD looks like in a hugely data intensive environment. Abdul enjoyed gaining new grounds in API development and experiencing tech-leading a greenfield integration project (applying SOLID/CQRS principals). He was also able to further improve his knowledge in azure devops; appreciating the "infrastructure as code" (IAC) approach by creating ARM templates through the use of a functional language such as F#.
Abdul always talks about his love for his career, and it ended up inspiring some of his family members, as well as three of his close friends, to pursue software development. Two of which have now been successful in landing their first jobs in great companies. Writing that first piece of code changed his life for the better, and he always aims to uplift the people around him to feel the same as well.
In his spare time, Abdul likes to blog about his experiences as well as projects he has been involved in or started. He likes to go to the gym during the week, and watching anime or Netflix series during evening or weekends. He's also an Arsenal fan, and loves a good banter about football.
Nick has 5 years of experience scattered across building API management tools & the Brexit Program. He believes clean code is paramount for producing iterable & sustainable deliverables.
An advocate for a strong collaborative mindset; with a true zest for critical thinking. He believes intercommunication between the engineers and the business is vital. During his career, he has combined a mixture of pragmatic approaches from multiple software engineering paradigms both within the realm of object oriented & functional programming.
He enjoys looking toward the future and propelling past the limits. In his spare time, he researches cryptocurrencies, metaverse along with deep diving into psychology and the human mind.
Rita has been developing software for 12 years. She moved to Barcelona to take a Master's Degree and ended up staying there. She started with Java, moved to Scala and Python and even spent sometime managing teams.She loves coding and solving everyday problems through technology. She is passionate about collaborating and is always eager to tackle new challenges. She joined Codurance's Team because she wanted do things right, deepen her knowledge and increase her Software Craftmanship's skills.Outside work she loves reading and cooking, if only her two little kids would let her do it more often...
Talent Acquisition Specialist
João started his career 3 years ago and he has worked as a Service Desk Agent, Account Manager and Business Manager. Working as an Account Manager for a Portuguese recruitment start-up company he discovered his true passion was people. To connect and learn from them. He has then moved on becoming a Talent Acquisition Specialist.
João loves to help people reach their potential and objectives. He is always ready to help on solving problems with a positive attitude. Sports are a big part of his life, mainly Football.
Rowan has been a C# developer for around 8 years now, mostly for companies in the security industry. From developing multi-factor authentication software, to working with low level Windows services in order to detect real-time threats using software that runs on over 10 million machines.
Recently he has been learning the intricacies of developing microservices using the Azure cloud platform, helping transition an existing on-prem solution into a cloud environment. He looks forward to expanding his knowledge of cloud architecture, and has a passion for promoting the use of clean code. He has also dabbled in C++ and Python throughout his career.
Outside of work, Rowan continues his love of programming with his personal projects. He also enjoys playing online games with friends, playing Warhammer, and exploring new places with his wife.
Ignacio started as a Java Developer in a company called Ziath where he had the opportunity to learn from 3 awesome senior programmers and a great team. During that time, he developed more interest about technology and software, and started his own small projects.
Interested not only in software but finances and exercising as well he loves to learn. If he is not training at the gym or playing padel, you may find him coding or maybe listening to podcasts while taking a walk. If you need a favour from him, just buy him some coffee, he will be always willing to help.
Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist
Jake has close to 5 years of recruitment experience which initially began within an agency setting where he gained exposure to both technical and non-technical roles. He then decided to make the move to Internal Recruitment, working for a bespoke software development company. He has mainly focused on growing out software and technical teams who specialise in working with Microsoft technologies, but has also provided support to the go-to markets.
Outside of work, Jakes hobbies include playing and watching sport (mainly football and F1) and a little bit of gaming when he has the spare time. He's previously spent 2 years travelling across South East Asia and Australia, so really enjoys travelling and visiting different countries and cities. He also likes to try and brand himself a gin connoisseur, so is always open to going for a drink.
Romeo was brought to Codurance to look after the day to day accounting transactions. His background experience is accounting in retail and manufacturing, and also as a Bookkeeper in practice. Originally from Romania, Romeo has lived in Italy, Canada and the USA, and chose to settle in the UK in 2011. Here he started his AAT studies of accountancy and hopes to become a certified accountant one day.
He remains a fan of the Miami Dolphins, watches F1 and enjoys the arts. But what he loves more is to travel and enjoy on-location experiences.
Ana is part of the People Ops team in Spain and her main role is to find the best talent to join Codurance! She is actively involved in the sourcing, interviewing, and onboarding of candidates, as well as helping with anything that comes her way. Her HR experience is mainly focused on IT consultancies and she enjoys learning new tech concepts every day.
She is very friendly, proactive, and has a great sense of humor! Ana is from Panama but has been living on and off in Spain since 2013 - right now she is based in Madrid.
In her free time, she loves going to the beach, watching history-based movies/series, eating donuts (her favorite dessert), and as a proper Latina, dancing salsa and merengue!
Fane started off his career in advertising doing statistical regression modelling and then moved into a data analyst role. In this role he started using VBA and python to make his job a lot easier and he then made the decision to move into software engineering.
In his first tech role he worked at LexisNexis, a search engine for Legal resources mainly used by solicitors and tax professionals. He worked in the Devops team and then he moved into the engineering team. His main technologies are .NET, React, Terraform, all things AWS and enjoy deploying things into Kubernetes. He also loves to see the team he is in gelling well and having fun while tackling problems.
In his free time, he likes to make drum and bass, white water kayak and when the season is on he tries to get some snowboarding and surfing in.
Pablo learnt programming as a teen fascinated by how video games worked. Always interested in different tech fields, he decided to study telecommunication engineering to enjoy a broader vision over different areas such as electronics, sound and image processing or telematics.
After focusing on programming and web development in particular, he started working for a couple of companies before trying the freelancing experience for some years. He then stoped working to study a master degree in Data Science, joining Codurance after finishing it.
Pablo is always nerding about books and music, and learning how to play several instruments.
Ana is part of the design team in Codurance Spain. She has a background in Communication and Media and started her design career 7 years ago in the south of France.
She then moved to sunny Barcelona where she expanded her studies with a Ux-Ui Design Masters Degree. Outside of the office, she enjoys going to her shakti dance classes and do long walks by the beach.
She is a big fan of Tarantino movies and loves backpacking in Southeast Asia.
Pablo describes himself as a learner. You’ll very likely find him programming at his desk, surrounded by a big pile of unfinished books. He lives in a small city north of Madrid, where he teaches web security and computer forensics at the university as an associate professor. He studied both mathematics and computer science and loves crafting high quality, well tested, usable and maintainable products.
Pablo enjoys good conversations, attending tech conferences and sharing his knowledge with others. He is a curious person and a good listener.In his free time he plays five-a-side indoor soccer, goes running and enjoys sharing time with his loved ones. He also takes pleasure in reading about statistics, AI and science fiction chronicles
Born in Portugal, Luís just finished his M.Sc. in Computer Science, specialising in the development of secure and reliable enterprise distributed systems. Before arriving at Codurance, he focused his efforts on the development of an innovative approach for the future of the mobility sector, leveraging the core values of privacy, cooperation and interoperability through the use of Blockchain and Cloud Computing technologies.
When he isn't working, you might catch him dreaming up his next athletic endeavour or researching his favourite topics of sport physiology and geology.
Augusto started developing software 14 years ago, he was always focusing on solving real problems with software that is well organized, secure, scalable, simple to maintain and, of course, that delivers what the client had in mind.
He considers himself highly motivated and creative. In his free time he likes to hang out with friends, play video games, ride his bike and from time to time he just gets offline and takes a break from technology.
Myoung is dedicated to lifelong learning and strives to further develop his skills in technology daily. He especially enjoys learning different languages/frameworks and tools to build up a diversified toolbox of skills, although his current interests lie with TypeScript and Node.js.
Outside of work, Myoung enjoys travelling, 3D modelling in Blender, exploring new restaurants and weightlifting. He is also trying to learn French and Japanese.
After studying electrical and electronic engineering at university, Marie went on to pursue a career in technology, with this desire strengthened after a week spent shadowing various teams within Channel 4’s technology department. She eventually gained a role within Microsoft’s flagship store in London where she provided technical support for a wide variety of customers.
Outside of work, Marie loves baking for family and friends. She actively practices yoga and other fitness activities such as fitness rebounding. Currently she is looking forward to attending Kaytranada’s concert in London this summer.
Benjamin started off with Gaming studies at Uni and then branched into Computer Science as a Post Graduation. His first job was in Digital out of Home advertising as a Tester, this role included a range of skills from DIY, Networking, Electrical Safety, On-site Installations, logical analysis and more.
To automate the testing side, tools like Node JS, Puppeteer, Mocha+Chai were used to build a local app, but this grew into an API designed system which required refactoring as new requirements were met. He enjoyed creating and designing said systems which included a range of problem solving that always felt fun when rolled out to users.
To relax, he enjoys reading and playing games with friends and building a puzzle from time to time with his family.
Sam’s interest in technology started when he was a teenager with writing Mods for games, he then went on to study Computer Science at University. After graduating he then went to work in the Utility Industry where he stayed for the next 4 years. He worked mainly within the .NET environment along with Databases and Frontend Development.
During his free time he likes to Cycle, walk the dog on the beach and he is currently fully renovating his first house which hasn’t been touched in nearly 40 years doing most of the work himself – including upcycling pallets into garden furniture.
Video Producer and Production Manager
Jonnie is a passionate filmmaker that’s spent the last 10 years as a creative mercenary honing his craft as a visual storyteller. He lives in Cambridgeshire where, if not walking the flat fenlands to a good Spotify playlist, he can usually be found watching movies or vehemently arguing about them.
He’s also recorded a folk-grunge album, had his unique found poetry published and won several awards for filmmaking including a 14 second horror shot on his smartphone. Outside of the office, he’s currently in production with his debut feature film hoping to pop up on a screen near you in 2023.
Business Development Manager
James has been in Sales for over 10 years and 5 years of that he has been in the UX & CRO industry. He built relationships with agencies all over the world and he had client engagements with household & enterprise brands.
He is a fitness enthusiast, enjoys rowing, weight lifting, cycling and tennis. He is no Federer though!
He considers himself a Marvel and Lord of the Rings geek too!
Father of 2 sons he lives in North Norfolk with plenty of country side around him.
Senior Business Analyst
Victoria has over 13 years’ experience in Product Ownership and Business Analysis across Insurance, NHS, Legal & Health Tech sectors.
Working within Agile Scrum teams for over 10 years means she is passionate about teams working together, using their combined expertise to create the right solution that delivers value.
She has been a Product Owner for various products, including AI automation solutions, B2B integrations & Client Extranets and a Business Analyst engaging large stakeholder groups on projects for both software development and process improvement initiatives.
Outside of work, Victoria’s interests include reading, finding new places to eat, karaoke, cooking & she has just finished an 8-week ceramics course where she learned that not everything is as easy as they make it look on the TV. Wonky egg cup anyone?
Marco has been tinkering with electronics for as long as he can remember, he was always trying to understand how things work under the hood. This curiosity led him to get a degree in Computer Engineering and he has been working mainly in backend development since. He likes to build scalable and well-structured software and considers himself a quick learner who easily adapts to new concepts and technologies. The main technologies he uses are Node.js, Python, MongoDB and PostgreSQL.
During his free time, he enjoys running, keeping up with the latest tech news, reading fiction books and playing video games.
Agile Delivery Manager
Carolyn would describe herself as a happy, friendly creative Agile Practitioner. She has over 12 years’ experience of delivering agile digital, IT and software solutions and products across a diverse client base for large governmental and Corporate organisations such as Dishoom, AEI Music Group Ltd, Manchester Metropolitan University, The American Nursing Association, The Institute of Swimming (IOS), Swim England, AIBA, Manchester United, SMD, PZ Cussons, The Co-operative and Marks & Spencer.
In her last position at WeAgile Ltd, she was an Agile Coach/leader working with a Music Label Company and accountable for delivering an operational software for all the musicians that managed the rights and permissions, and integrations including FUGA and YouTube. Technologies include React JS, Typescript and .Net.
To relax, she likes going to the gym, playing tennis, playing snooker/pool as well as cooking, she is trying her hand at Oil Painting and she loves to make silver jewellery. She also loves socialising at any opportunity.
He believes that "building the right it" is just as important as "building it right". Over the last few years, he has experienced a lot of disciplines and has developed a desire to focus on software design as it directly impacts business growth.
Aside from work, he is a dad, he enjoys cooking & BBQing when the north grants us good weather, enjoying a game or two of FIFA and he has been rediscovering cycling.
As a boy Fernando found solace in the world of technology, seeing it as the gateway for the new world age. And when he realised he could build the tools he spent most of his life using, there was no turning back.
Originally from Portugal, with a mindset that’s always open to new challenges, he worked on both the Microsoft environment with .NET and Azure DevOps and open source with Java and React, also worked on both back-end and full-stack, passing by test automation and even some dev-ops. Always making sure the best working solution was found for any given problem.
He has two creative hobbies, those being photography and playing bass. Powerlifting as his physical hobby. And for those days when he just needs to rest, video games and cinema.
Ross has been working for the past 10 years developing solutions in the ATM industry including implementing ATM advertising platforms, branding creation and deployment, as well as ATM estate monitoring software.
His latest project was developing a greenfield solution for amalgamating multiple different systems to allow easier management of large ATM estates using Blazor and .NET 5.
Outside of work, Ross enjoys walking with his wife and dog, MMA, playing games with friends (both video and board), and travelling to experience new cuisines and cultures.
Philip has over 20 years of software development experience. He has worked in many different sectors including government, leisure and tourism, e-commerce, finance, and energy and utilities. Philip has spent a significant part of his career helping organisations to modernise their software platforms and reduce technical debt.
Philip is a keen advocate of pair programming, test driven development and domain driven design. He regularly coaches other developers in these practices and has a passion for clean code.
Philip also has strong DIY skills. In his spare time, he runs a property business. So far he has renovated 5 different houses, transforming them from derelicts into attractive, high quality places to live.
James Mbowa has been working in software development for over ten years, working with start-ups to enterprise businesses; in various industries and utilising multiple technologies.He has worked on various projects implementing DevOps principles using multiple technologies and is experienced with cloud technologies like Azure and AWS.
However, he specialises in software development and Microsoft technologies like C#.
James enjoys reading technical books on software architecture, DevOps and software development practice and attending meetups to discuss and implement ideas outside of work.
Ralph is a platform engineer who has a passion for building software that is maintainable, scalable, and testable. Ralph loves working with automation and monitoring tools to help make development and delivery more efficient.
Ralph is a strong advocate of the principles of DevOps and believes that collaboration between development and operations is essential for building successful software systems. He is also a big proponent of automation and believes that automated testing and deployment should be an integral part of the software development process.
In his spare time, Ralph enjoys reading, going on hikes and playing guitar.
Mauro’s first contact with a computer was at the age of 8 when his father brought home a brand new Commodore 64. It was love at first sight. His first steps into programming were made using the Logo language, then Basic, a little later Pascal at a specialised high school where he started his teaching career right after graduating as a Computer Technician.
While going through his Computer Science studies at University of Buenos Aires he held his part time job as Programming teacher and, after that, he got to work fulltime in more classic roles such as Software Developer, Tech Lead and Architect for private companies of different sizes and industries.
By the year 2015 he started working as an independent PHP Consultant, Trainer and Technical Writer, contributing to several popular online publications.
Currently he maintains his personal blog and his YouTube channel where he shares insights about how to solve common issues PHP developers face.
After studying Politics at university, Stephen spent several years working in MI/BI roles, which became increasingly technical. Eventually he made the switch to software development, initially maintaining and developing an ASP.NET MVC application.
In his spare time Stephen enjoys music, reading, hiking and poorly executed DIY projects.
Josh started his career in 2014 joining Capgemini's degree programme where he has worked for nearly 8 years. In that time, he attained his degree and developed a wide range of software development skills. Java has always been his passion and he have worked extensively with Spring to build RESTful APIs and microservices. He is eager to continue developing his skills with like-minded and passionate people.
In his personal life, he doesn't sit still for too long. Most evenings he can be found in the gym and at weekends he loves to ride his Motorcycle. When the weather is too bad to ride, he will be daydreaming of laps around Cadwell Park!
Tiago is a senior full stack engineer specialised in building clean and scalable websites. With nearly a decade of experience, he has worked as a freelancer, software engineer, and tech/team lead designing and improving different platforms for academic, government, and cultural institutions. He found his passion in frontend development with the React ecosystem.
In his spare time, he loves to experiment with both visual and sound design, playing piano and also playing computer games with his girlfriend.
A lot of his free time is also dedicated to improving his smart home with new automation and tools.
Rachel has worked in product owner positions for just over 6 years in a variety of industries such as healthcare, e-commerce and telecoms. She is a certified Scrum Product Owner and has completed the Prince 2 Agile qualification.
She became a product owner while working in a sales and account management position within a tech startup which has allowed her to always think about the customer and users of what’s being built. She has a strong focus on communication and transparency and loves working with a variety of teams. She has worked on iOS and android apps as well as web-based products and She really enjoys seeing the impact change has!
Outside of work she enjoys a good gym class, socialising with friends and family. She is the organiser amongst her group so always has holiday, hen-do or wedding planning on the go!
Agile Delivery Manager
Ramón is an Agile Delivery Manager who is always working for the team, the client and the product putting the focus on quality and delivery.
He started working as a consultant in 2009 in the software integration area after that he got involved in different projects based on SAP, Java and Python. In his last teams, he changed from the development to the management side and started to manage people and projects with Agile methodologies.
On a personal level, he is focused on making happy his two children and his wife. He likes mixing and trying to create electronic music, playing video games, board games and continue learning about this interesting world named " Software Development".
His motto #1: "Try to do something new and funny"
Daniel developed an interest in computers at a very young age but did not get his first computer until 1989. While he was studying at the University, Daniel worked as developer in the artificial intelligence department of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Here he participated in his first professional development using Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual C++.
In 2003, he began to work in the military industry in 2003. He worked as developer, technical leader and software manager with Microsoft technologies for several years (Visual C++, C# .NET). Having joined the Agile world in 2013, he has worked as XP developer, Scrum master, Agile technical coach and Agile coach in several industries (Aeronautical, Education, and Banking) with open source technologies and languages .
Among his favourite ways to learn is to teach. He has been a trainer, coach and mentor in Agile technical practices (MOB Programming, Pair programming, CI/CD, BDD/TDD) and in Agile Frameworks (Scrum, Kanban).
When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing the guitar, reading and drinking a good beer with good friends.
Maria Jesús Puertas
Maria Jesus is an experienced QA with a 14 year career. She studied Computer Engineer and she started to work as Engineer.After some months working as Engineer she found an opportunity to work as a Tester. At this moment she didn’t know anything about quality but she accepted this opportunity. After it she was clear that her career should be continue always around quality role because she love improve they way that the team is working with hight quality.
She love to improve the quality in all the delivery process, not only thinking in test strategy. Because for her we cannot achieve high quality if we don’t have happy customer, good quality code and good quality in the definition of the stories.She has been worked in projects related to health, financial, project management, ecommer, map, etc. And she has been working with a lot of kind of language and technology. She has worked in desktop app, web, api, mobile app, server platform.She loves to work with all the team (PO, BA, Architecture, Engineer, DevOps, etc) to achieve the best quality in all the process.
She lives in Granada with her family (two children and two dogs), and she loves travelling, music, spend time with her family and friends, walk with her dogs and take care of her plants.
During his career he has successfully delivered cross-organization initiatives, large and complex Programs with multicultural Teams, led the agile transformation process in some of the largest international companies around, helped people from all roles push the quality standards to higher levels and always advocated for equality and inclusiveness.
He is passionate about music & movies, an animal lover and a proud father.
Dave started his software development as an apprentice, eventually going on to complete a BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship. He worked in the public sector for 6 years, developing a range of guidance authoring and information systems. He then moved into a client focused environment, extending enterprise level software including monoliths and Microservices.
Outside of work he enjoys keeping fit, TV shows and video games and seeing his friends.
Annie has a background of Product Ownership within the Finance, Insurance and Vehicle Industries. She is qualified and experienced in CSPO , agile, scrum, people management, technical project management , IT management and complex software delivery/change management.
She loves the fast pace of her role and she embraces the new and exciting challenges faced. She has been an effective communicator, listener and she wants to be part of problem solving. It is one of her passions, alongside learning new and exciting developments within the software industry!
In her downtime she loves to garden, walk, swim and renovate her home alongside of socialising with her friends and family at the weekends.
Bruno is a long-time geek, using computers for as long as he can remember. He always liked to play games on the computer, such as Aladdin, Prince of Persia, Doom, Full Throttle and other classics.
He only discovered programming later in life, after joining an engineering course in college and having a programming class that he realised that programming was more interesting than the rest of the course and eventually changed to a Computer Science course and got his first job in the field, mainly dealing with Java, despite Python being his hobby language.
Bruno is also interested in 3d Printing, home automation and he really likes new technologies and new devices.
Simon has been working in a range of Project and Programme Delivery roles for over 20 years in industries that include Finance, Healthcare, Education and Professional Services.Simon likes working with teams to deliver great products and services, while helping teams grow and develop.
Simon is always keen to continue learning himself and has recently been developing his understanding of how to apply Agile at scale.
Outside of work, Simon enjoys family time with his two children. He also plays guitar and likes to keep himself fit by running and going to the gym.
Mark started his IT career as an apprentice software engineer in 2015, where he learned UI testing, and front-end mobile development, before he joined a team providing platform support for a large public sector client.
This was where he discovered a keen interest in IaC and automation, learning Bash and Python simply to automate away all the tasks that had to be done repeatedly. Growing up Mark enjoyed taking things apart to better understand what makes them work, a habit that sometimes got him into trouble, but it has served him well when troubleshooting infrastructure or applications that misbehave.
Before getting into IT, Mark served in the Royal Signals, working with and maintaining hi-tech RF equipment.
Mark has four young children, so the concept of 'free time' is but a distant memory, but when he's able to, he enjoys outdoor sports, particularly racquet sports like tennis and squash, as well as football and running, though not as fast as he could 10 years ago, and he loves to read books.
Chris has spent 12 years in the automotive engineering industry, the last 8 as a C# developer on configuration and control software for vehicle emissions testing. Consolidated functionality from legacy systems worldwide as well as adding new functionality as regulations change and as vehicles themselves have changed. Before that he was doing software projects supporting two manufacturing projects for engines and trucks.
Prior to that Chris spent time as a PHP developer doing in-house projects.
Chris is passionate about football, nowadays playing 5-a-side with friends or going to Arsenal games. Chris also enjoys reading, films and the beach.
Matt started programming at a very young age and found that each time he wrote something that worked, he got a little buzz out of it. Ever since then, he knew what he wanted to do as a career, and has always felt grateful to have been born with a brain that suited programming, as he loves writing well written code, and still feels that little buzz today when working.
He is a big fan of Clean Code, Clean Architecture, and continuous improvement, and the opportunity to work at Codurance felt like the perfect fit.
In his free time he loves good storytelling, enjoying all genres of TV and Movies and Games, and spends a lot of time living vicariously through his sporting heroes, across almost every sport.
Toby first got involved with building iOS applications for his friends, where he self-taught himself using online resources. This built a passion for learning new technologies and programming languages to build a variety of applications from real-world physic simulations to home automation programs.
In his free time, Toby enjoys going hiking and camping with his dog, as well as working on personal projects and learning about the latest physics discoveries.
When he's not working and the weather permits, Tom likes watching any live sports, hiking, and snowboarding and when the weather doesn't he's a big fan of film, chess, and fantasy sports.
Jamie’s earliest memories of computing and software involve playing games on the school’s Acorn BBC Micro and Archimedes. Things then got more in depth when using the manual of his Atari ST to figure out how to format and copy floppy disks with just the one drive. He’s since used C, C++, Java and Visual Basic to learn to code throughout school, college and university.
During his 15 years in the industry he has primarily worked with .NET and C# in domains including Petrophysics & Geology, Public Safety & Emergency Services, Pharmaceuticals, Lottery and Mobile. After being introduced to Clean Code and TDD he has since recognised Software Craftsmanship as the true calling for his attention to learning and mastery. He believes that keeping it simple and open to change allows him to create quality software and enjoy doing so at the same time. He gets a second wind out of his enjoyment of learning by teaching it to others.
Outside of software he enjoys spending time with his son, reading and has a keen interest in improving health & fitness through human optimisation and DIY biology. He’s also a blue belt in ITF Taekwondo and competes in Target Archery as a para athlete.
Curious by nature, Pedro started at a young age in his lifelong journey of "how things are made (and work)" by dismantling (aka reverse engineering) too many good toys. Later in life he started to apply the same curiosity into video games and small programs with his venerable Amiga 500, and that set him on the "how software things are made" tech journey.
With a background studies in Informatics and Computing Engineering his IT career started in the Web side of things in the 2000 ish using LAMP stacks (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Php/Perl). From there and over the last 19+ years he worked as Web Developer, Full-stack, Back-end and lately as DevOps, with projects for information systems and software applications in sectors such as Higher Education, Digital Media, IT Services, Telcos, Engineering Tooling and SaaS.
Outside of work, he enjoys reading about Philosophy, Economy, Science & Technology and all in between. When the weather is good, he also enjoys going out with his family for long walks along river sides and cityscapes.
James has been a developer for over 10 years and is passionate about building well crafted solutions that provide real world value to users.
Back in 2013, he was exposed to the idea of Domain Driven Design and has since spent his time developing his knowledge of ideas, patterns and processes that favour domain focused software. Having worked on high profile projects for clients such as the NHS and Royal Mail, James is no stranger to projects that require robust and highly scalable software that meets the demands of a wide range of stakeholders.
In his spare time, he enjoys photography, darkroom printing, cycling and adventuring with his wife and children.
Ednilson has over 10 years of working in global projects and international teams, from different areas and fields of activity such as vehicle and equipment inspections; claim processes; risk management; production planning and controlling; e-commerce, and software houses.
He has general knowledge in software development besides the coordination of development teams applying scrum and agile software development methodologies; project management; design thinking; system analysis; data modelling; prototyping and support to the development team based on senior experience on different tech stacks such as C# and Java.
Outside of work he enjoys mountain biking, street running, reading books, and cooking with family.
A South African living in the UK Rian has a B.Sc. in Computer Systems and he has been programming for 11 years. At his last company, he led a small team and managed the development of a number of websites and their supporting systems, mostly in C# and Typescript. He is a strong advocate for clean, maintainable code and happily geek out by talking about new technologies, design patterns and performance optimisation.
He is a husband and a fairly new father of a 13-month-old boy. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing video games.
In the last decade, Jeeva has been fortunate to work with team(s) passionate in delivering well-crafted solutions for the business domains. Learning from them has been a big part of the journey as an Engineer, now as a Software Craftsperson.
He has previously worked in building distributed applications for the Energy and Utility, Finance, Retail and Food service industry. Predominantly worked in Microsoft tech stack and AWS cloud infrastructure. Very passionate and keen about the process involved in software development like conversation on problem domains, people involved in the problem space, identify tech to the problem domain, feedback loop etc.
Agile Delivery Manager
Odion is a results-driven individual from a project management background who specialises in supporting clients and their dev teams in order to improve their ways of working and performances by providing radical transparency and sustained improvement. He is qualified and experienced in agile and lean practices, people management, IT management, and software delivery.
He has successfully given the development teams the best chance to succeed in different environments over the course of his career through the delivering of software projects of varying complexity, by owning and optimising delivery, and ensuring that agile values, processes, and principles are pragmatically adopted and maintained.
Music and movies are two of his passions, as well as socialising with family and friends, and he enjoys team-oriented games such as football and cricket.
Dave first started developing on the family computer (Acorn electron) and was bitten by the bug ever since then. He created his first ever program on my spectrum +3 to calculate Pythagoras theory and show the workings so he could just copy it down into his maths book.
Fast forward to the year 2000 he has since worked in eCommerce, medical software, the travel industry and more recently the energy industry as part of a team that developed a system to enable suppliers and installers to interact with smart meters. This has all been Microsoft centric starting in VB, then classic ASP and finally into the world of .net and associated technologies such as entity framework.
In his spare time he likes to run (5k - marathon distances), cycle (short to stupidly long distances - he made the cycling news by doing a 502km ride on Zwift! https://www.velonews.com/culture/man-completes-entire-rapha-festive-500-on-christmas-day/), growing tomatoes & chilli plants, infrequently add to my blog (https://davebsrandomramblings.blogspot.com/), snowboard and spend time with his family, friends, son and golden Labrador.
Adrián is based in Madrid, Spain. He is passionate about the software industry. Since Adrián touched his first computer, he fell in love with computer science, and thus he finally studied Computer Engineering degree to learn about computer foundations and software development.
When finishing his degree, he started working in the software industry. Since then, he found that he likes software design, software architecture, technical practices around software development and readable and maintainable code. In this time, Adrián discovered his passion for technical practices that he found very useful in software development, practices like TDD, refactoring, pair-programming… He is always learning and trying to improve its software development process, and trying to share acquired knowledge with the software community.
In his free time, he loves playing video games, playing board games and drawing things (digital and physical). Lastly, but not less important, he loves to share time with his family and friends.
Jacopo is a UX designer with a strong focus on users and their interactions with technology. He started his studies in Florence and continued in London, where he lived and worked for about five years. Recently he moved to Barcelona with his two cats, attracted by the high-tech demand and, of course, the beaches.His interests in technology are not limited to traditional websites and applications.
His vision of the future involves many vocal assistants, augmented, virtual reality, and a bunch of things that most likely don’t exist yet. The Future is exiting!
Feel free to reach out in English, Spanish, or Italian. He is still working on his French skills.
Lucia is Organisational Consultant at Codurance Spain and her main role is to support the development of the organisation focusing on training activities, leadership performance and transformation.
Lucia is from Argentina, she studied Business Administration and has 10 years of experience working in multinational organisations both in Argentina and abroad. During this time she has been part of commercial, planning, finance and change management areas, which allows her today to have a holistic visión of organisations.
Her passion for people development let her to expand her studies with a Postgraduate Personal and Executive Coaching degree and Team Coaching courses in Spain.
She is also a sport lover and in addition to practicing them, Lucia specialised in Sport Mental Coaching. Her curiosity for the new and different and her passion for people and culture, led her to live and work in Germany and Spain (two times).
Ben is a full stack developer with over 28 years of experience. However, he wrote his first program long before that, when he was 4, on a Nascom 2 computer. He loves to learn and be challenged and always wants to put quality first, believing in the principles of software craftsmanship.
He has worked as a software consultant for most of his career, working in both the .NET and JAVA stacks for varied clients from many different areas of business, from small businesses to NHS trusts and the UK Home Office.
Outside of work, he enjoys photography, hiking, gaming, amateur theatre and music (both playing and listening to). He is also a Cub Scout leader because he believes in giving back to the next generation.
Daniel has been working as a full-stack developer since graduating university in 2018. Prior to joining Codurance, they worked on financial systems with a key focus on automating existing processes.
Their passion is to see continual improvements in their skillset, and to build reliable code. This comes with a desire to optimise their time management techniques in order to achieve these efficiently.
In their spare time they enjoy working in the garden, practicing guitar, working on side projects, or playing with their cat.
Michael Van Oorschot
Mike’s first exposure to computers was at school when the (only) BBC Micro was wheeled out of a store cupboard on a large bespoke wooden trolley. Sessions of bashing in lines of Basic soon got longer and more frequent as a ZX Spectrum arrived at home; breaks were only taken to listen to the beeps and burps of loading games like Saboteur! from the external cassette player.
He was obviously hooked by then and after completing a Computer Science degree his 20+ years professional experience has allowed him to work in a variety of sectors including telecoms, government/public sector, digital media/marketing, automotive, social services and financial services.
Mike’s early coding experience was in Basic, C, Pascal, Clipper, Delphi and Visual Basic but since the advent of C# and Microsoft .NET he has specialised in solutions built on this stack. He is a strong believer in “doing things right” and employs good software practices and design, understanding the customer domain and their needs, continuous learning and great teamwork!
Outside of work Mike enjoys cycling and walking, watching sports and learning more about history and architecture.
Having studied music at university, Tim began his working life as a musician/composer, music production and radio. After this, he qualified as a primary school teacher at Exeter university and has taught in Belgium and the UK, implementing technology into the classroom wherever possible.
Tim is a keen advocate of TDD and enjoys working closely with clients to ensure the best product outcomes possible.
In his free time, Tim remains an active musician as well as an avid follower of tennis and coastal walks.
He is happiest when sharing/gaining knowledge with others. Dedicated to continually improving as a software engineer, he values the learning opportunities that pair programming provides.
Outside of work, he is passionate about music, film and CrossFit. When he’s not enjoying the great outdoors, you’ll find him coding, attending music gigs and exploring the London restaurant scene.
At the beginning of Matt’s career in the music industry, they studied advanced audio engineering & production, which led them to work in a variety of studios across London. They then worked for one of the biggest musical suppliers to the industry, specialising in percussion assembly & configuration. A career switch into high-end television & audio sales allowed them to focus on their interest in technology and passion for working with customers.
They really enjoy playing the drums, comic book & science fiction movies, meeting new people at Meet-up groups and playing American pool.
Irene Piccoli Rojo
Craftsperson in training
Irene discovered programming while studying Mathematics in university, and it was something she became passionate about. She went through a bootcamp to specialise as a Typescript full-stack developer. She is very interested in performance, frontend architecture and automatising processes. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cats, eating good food, playing video games and buying books she doesn't read.
Craftsperson in training
Andrés started tinkering with PCs and other devices as a kid, getting into everything related to IT and enjoying every part of it. He focused his studies to eventually specialize in the sector. At the age of 18, he started his studies in Software Development, and by 2020, he started working in what he always wanted to.
His main focus was Python and JS, but he has also had experience with Java and PHP/Symfony, and many other auxiliary techs.
His main objective is to help make software for the future, and create an ever-growing, safe and positive web, sustained by user-friendly interfaces and experiences that will adapt to the new winds of time.
Retrocomputing is one of his hobbies, and putting his hands into anything from the 70s,80s and 90s will make his eyes glow in green phospor.
Sean has been a C# developer for almost 10 years, getting his start after learning to code during a Film and Visual Effects degree and building games in Unity. His career has seen him work for the NHS, RBS, Experian and Royal Mail. Over time, he has focused on the idea of building robust, high-quality software and appreciates deliberate approaches like Test Driven Design and Domain Driven Design.
He lives with his wife and two rescue cats in Nottingham. For fun, he's slowly studying Spanish and learning to play the guitar. He also enjoys both playing and making games, and digital photography.
Tiago is a Software Engineer with 20 years of experience mainly in the Air Traffic Management area having the pleasure to participate in the conception and implementation of several critical systems. He speaks Java, but loves to learn other languages and platforms and always aims to use the best practices, methodologies and tools. Tiago loves order, clarity and simplicity. He pursues peaceful relationships built on empathy and respect.
Tiago feels complete with his wife, reading the Bible and volunteering. He loves to travel and discover new landscapes to remember in photos. He builds healthy living habits and exercises regularly. His hobbies include reading and playing piano.
Meryem always enjoyed overcoming problems. Mathematics was her favourite subject as a result of that she studied Mathematics for two years then she had a career change. She completed her bachelor's degree as Computer Engineer in the summer of 2020. After university, she took a job at Let's Do It Poland as a backend developer and she built a project named Moody.
She really enjoyed the work that she did. She also enjoys working with people from different languages and cultures. While studying abroad, she had the chance to collaborate with people from different countries.
She loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and playing board games. Finally, she would like to know more about up-cycling .
Hassan studied Chemistry for his undergraduate degree and Genetic Medicine for his master’s, however he has always been fascinated with programming and technology which stemmed from interest in video games from an early age.
After completing his master’s degree, he dedicated his spare time to learn how to code and realised that this was the career he wanted to pursue. He was then able to secure a role with The Department for Work and Pensions as an apprentice software developer where he primarily coded in Java and contributed to web applications that were built using Spring.
He mostly enjoys the collaborative process in software development and developing his skills wherever possible. He is motivated by building applications that the end user enjoys using and writing clean and sustainable code.
Outside of work he enjoys weight lifting and Muay Thai boxing, studying Japanese and playing guitar in heavy metal bands.
David started working when he was 15 years old, and he has never stopped working. He has since become a Master in Clinical and Health Psychology, and more recently a SWitCH() graduate. He had lots of different jobs, he considers himself a real “Jack of all trades”.
Recently he has been working as a software developer.
As a hobby, he mainly streams some movies or shows.
Agile Delivery Manager
Liliana is always looking for solutions to help clients achieve their goals, with the highest possible quality and attention to all the details.
Her experience is based on both traditional and agile methodologies, which enables her to understand both approaches and give her the chance to help clients to carry out their cultural and methodological transformation in an effective way.
She is very friendly, proactive and a lifelong learner! She is from Buenos Aires but has been living in Madrid since 2002. In her free time she loves painting and listening to music.
Agile Delivery Manager
Luis is an IT professional with more than 15 years of experience. He started his career as a programmer and walked through different roles as Consultor, QA, Analyst, Scrum Master, and Technical / Project management until he consolidated as a Delivery Manager. During the past years, he has gone deeper on agility, ontology, and coaching learnings.
He is constantly learning and innovating, leaving his comfort zone to embrace new transparencies. He is very friendly and loves to assist others in achieving their goals. In his spare time, you might see him running through Barcelona. He is always reading and traveling to meet new places.
Pete started coding way back in the mists of time on a Sinclair ZX-81. Back then this meant learning BASIC by typing in magazine listings and fixing the code till it worked! Various personal computers later he learnt a little Z80 assembly, Forth, Pascal, C, 68000 Assembly along the way. Software wise university (a Physics degree) taught him FORTRAN 77 and more C. It was at university that he realised he could actually get a job doing his hobby, and so at the post-graduation he began a career in software development.
He began developing and supporting commercial software on DEC minicomputers in DIBOL/DBL & Synergex, with a sprinkle of C, BLISS and MACRO. He progressed to writing PC based mission critical software for various agencies and emergency services in Delphi before discovering .NET and C#. All this was under a very traditional, tender driven, waterfall SDLC. Subsequently he experienced a corporate Agile transformation to SCRUM with a fair few of the XP practices. So the joys of CI/CD pipelines, TDD, and BDD. That was a watershed moment for him.
Recent projects allowed him to learn .NET Core, WPF, HTML5/SCSS, TypeScript, Angular, and a few of the myriad parts of Azure. That’s the joy of software, there is always something new to learn, and better ways to craft software to be discovered. He loves learning new tech, and he loves teaching others about it too.
In his spare time he is a dog parent of two rescue greyhounds, a keen digital photographer, and a SCUBA diver; assuming the water is hot enough!
Antony has been interested in computers since the 8-bit days. After the family bought a Dragon 32, he never looked back, preferring to write software rather than play games. Teaching himself BASIC before moving on to a PC using Pascal, C & eventually C++. Moving in to software development as a profession after studying Computing Science at Staffordshire University. Since then, he has worked in the workforce management, logistics and sustainability sectors mainly with Microsoft technologies. A keen advocate of TDD, pair programming and clean code he enjoys the craft of creating software.
Outside of work he enjoys working on side projects, watching movies (at the local cinema but more often in his own home cinema), PC gaming, going to the gym with his son and walking the 4th member of the family, Rolo.
Principal Software Craftsperson
Angela is Software Engineer with over 15 years’ experience, recently concentrating on large data projects, designing systems, creating micro-services and championing D&I in technology. Some of her favourite points in her career include re-writing a search engine, designing a screen scraper for historic information resources, designing a real time data viewer with integrated chat system and working in various roles from Business Analyst to Project Manager to Software designer/developer/team leader. Angela is happy putting on whatever hat is required to get a job done and gets her energy from working with other passionate techies.
Away from work, Angela collects robots and is a self-confessed coffee snob. Between cups of coffee Angela can often be found baking cookies and/or cakes for anyone willing to eat them!
Principal Software Craftsperson
David wanted to work with computers from an early age when he was first introduced to a BBC Micro. After reading for a Batchelor’s degree in Software Engineering he worked in a broad range of industries across a variety of roles, wearing many hats including analyst, engineer, architect, scrum master, agile coach, and engineering manager. He is passionate about working with committed teams to deliver high quality solutions.
Outside work, he is a regular attendee at his local gym, loves to cook (and eat!) and is an avid reader who enjoys spending time with his wife and son.
Florence is a female in STEM, who believes life is better with a to-do-list, but with the occasional spontaneity and a pinch of chaos thrown in. She has previous experience being an Administrator and as a financial manager.
She loves all things food; exploring cultures one bite at a time. She enjoys reading, travelling and capturing moments for future memories; a true adventure aficionado.
Before joining Codurance he worked for the cybersecurity sector and a big tech company in the large format printing business. 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 doing sports, taking care of his dog and his friends. Oh, and he loves too buying books he will never read.
Valeria Di Francesco
Digital Marketing Intern
Valeria joined the Codurance team as a Digital Marketing Intern in lively Madrid. She studied Communications and Digital culture and is currently pursuing a Master's program in Digital Marketing. Although she grew up in Venezuela, she moved to the United States in her teen years and later on moved again to Italy with her family. Thanks to these experiences, she values working in different international environments, learning about other cultures and facing new challenges.
In her free time Valeria loves to travel, lift weights, read about health and sustainable practices, and do outdoor activities - as well as spending time with the people she loves.
Social Media Manager
Ebunola is responsible for social media at Codurance. She is a marketer and writer with experience across a wide range of sectors – from agencies and news outlets to membership organisations – with her last previous role working for a not for profit which highlighted the importance of accessibility in tech.
Ebun loves the role storytelling plays in business and marketing.
Outside of her role, Ebun enjoys karaoke, tennis, the gym and making art.
Principal Software Craftsperson
Carlo started with a 486 when he was 14, and during university he managed to install a Slackware Linux on it.
He started with Java at the university in 1997, training on distributed applications. From there, enterprise applications was his main duty, then enterprise portals, SOA and custom search engines.
Today he is architecting cloud solutions for automotive, oil & gas, energy and other markets, helping customers to renew their infrastructure in a non-disruptive way.
Outside of the working hours he is a father who loves to play guitar, go skiing on Alps and go camping in the summer.
Nahuel was always amazed by the potential that computers had. Even though his studies were in chemistry, he kept the IT world as a long-running hobby until it finally developed into a full-blown career.
He had the privilege to work for several companies from which he learnt to operate multiple technology stacks and adapt them to their business needs.
Although he enjoys working and playing with numerous IT tools, he recently discovered a special one on which he decided to focus for an indefinite period, Kubernetes. This naturally came accompanied by numerous methodologies such as DevOps, CI/CD, containerization, cloud computing and more with which he broadened his skillset.
Nowadays he centres his attention on these emerging fields trying to gain as much knowledge as possible, for this is not just a job for him but something he also enjoys as a pastime.
Whenever he has some free time, he will most likely be trying out some interesting new software for all the gadgets in his rack, that is if he is not outside relishing Barcelona's mountains with his motorbike.
José Luis Iglesias Feria
He has loved technology and programming since he was a child. He has worked as a fullstack programmer since the late 90s, developing many applications, services and webs. He knows multiple programming languages and frameworks, using good practices and paying attention to the details.
He is curious, learns fast and likes to face new challenges.
Val is originally from Italy and has been working in Human Resources for around 5 years. Starting as a Payroll Supervisor with a lot of knowledge of employment law she then decided to take a further step and get her CIPD Level 5 qualification to become a proper HR professional and really dive into the People/HR world.
She is passionate about humans and loves companies with a strong inclusive culture.
Before Codurance she has been working in the retail sector and the tech sector, but always within the "start-up" environment.
Val is also a singer/songwriter and producer and she has her own project and you can find her on Spotify and all the major music distributor under the name Valentina Reptile. If you love electronic music, you should definitely give it a go; before going solo you could spot her touring around UK with her tech-metal band "Hieroglyph".
Her everyday mecca after work is the gym, and that is pretty much where you can find her every day after work, or at dance classes (mainly hip/hop, dancehall, afro).
Sergio is a software developer with a strong background in mobile app development and over five years of industry experience. He is skilled in a wide range of technologies and is known for his ability to make well-informed decisions about technology choices, his skill in developing robust architectures, and his ability to effectively lead and manage development teams. Sergio values clear communication and teamwork, and is committed to creating a positive and productive work environment.
In his free time, he enjoys listening to rap music, participating in physical activity, spending time in nature, and playing board games with his daughter.
Javier Ráez Labrado
Craftsperson in training
Javier is a web developer since 2019 with a strong background in mathematics. He has worked on Public Administration and Mass Transportation projects and has varied experience outside of the software industry.Always seeking self-improvement, his software interests gravitated towards the pragmatic practices of Extreme Programming, Continuous Delivery and TDD.His main hobbies are animated films, competitive games, popular science, and urban planning. Again resonating with the idea that an efficient use of our resources leaves us more time and energy to spend with our loved ones and seek a fulfilling life.
Maria del Carmen Gallego
Talent Acquisition Specialist
M. Carmen or Mary joined the People team in Spain and she will be part of the recruitment and operations team. She will be mainly focused on attract, recruit and onboard new carfters at the company but also she'll works with new projects! She's passionate about HR, diversity and inclusion at the workplace and learn new ways to attract more women in tech and in STEM. She defines herself as a teamplayer, proactive, problem-solving and innovative person.
She has a Bachelor's Degree in education, a Master's Degree in Social Psychology and now finishing a PhD. about women in STEM (Diversity & Inclusion) (as a hobbie).
She's originally from a small village in Badajoz (Extremadura) and she loves food, contact her to know her recommendations about cheese, jamón ibérico and wine from her region!
Craftsperson in training
Elena started discovering programming while studying IT at the university. Her first job was at a firm that develops high-load DLP systems. She started as a C++ developer, but expanded her knowledge and got acquainted with full-stack development and web development, fell in love with working with databases. She is passionate about discovering and learning new technologies.
Outside of work, Elena enjoys doing sport like box or riding a bike. Also, she loves to travel, read books, play board games, spend time with family and friends.
After living and running his own business in Spain, Michael moved back to the UK and has since fostered B2B relationships in a range of industries, from some of the world’s most recognisable ice cream brands to helping bring the death industry into the 21st century.
When Michael moved to Spain in 2013, he didn’t speak a word of Spanish and dedicated much of his time to becoming proficient without having had a single lesson.
He is extremely passionate about football and, in a previous life, spent 12 years as a referee, eventually being promoted to senior football. These days, Michael is more commonly found in the stands as a season ticket holder of his favourite club.
Michael is a trained Mental Health First Aider.
Helder de Oliveira
Helder is a pragmatic person always looking to help teams create software products that offer value to their consumers. He loves the daily challenges that Codurance offers him, expanding his existing knowledge and experience, allowing him to constantly grow as a human being and as a professional. He firmly believes that the correct results of a team go through both a good understanding of the human aspect and also a strong purpose that unites the people who make it up and guides their path.During his professional career, he has had the opportunity to be an analyst, designer, developer, architect, product owner, manager, coach, mentor, company founder, and community organizer. In his spare time he enjoys nature walks, music and painting.
Following an academic background in Government & Public Policy, Christian has spent the last 25 years securing public sector contracts for software development and SAAS companies, providing solutions to local / national government, criminal justice and public health organisations.
This has involved extensive work with government agencies across the UK, USA and Europe.
In addition to his career at Codurance, Christian enjoys spending time with his family and looking after his classic Triumph (government built!) sports-car.
Head of Sales in Spain and Regional Director Madrid
Ignacio Couto holds more than 20 years of experience in Innovation and Technology across 4 continents. After finishing his Telecom Engineering studies in Madrid, he started his career in PwC consulting for startups and e-commerce companies. After PwC’s acquisition, he acted as Technology Strategy Leader for IBM Business Consulting Services in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Israel and Turkey.
On completing his Executive MBA at IESE, he joined NEORIS (CEMEX’s technology consulting) as Managing Director for Middle East, Africa and Asia. His experience in Digital Transformation and Analytics projects qualified him to be nominated as worldwide lead for CEMEX’s transformation program , as well as an interim role as Chief Analytics Officer for CEMEX.
After establishing and managing NEORIS operations in Central Europe and India, he returned to Spain as Regional Director for Seidor (Spain’s largest private IT services company), transforming the company through new services and business models based on disruptive technologies such as AI, IoT and Cybersecurity to open and develop large accounts.
Before joining Codurance, Ignacio collaborated as executive advisor in several transformation initiatives for multinational organizations in fields such as Smart Cities, TechOps and Phygital Experience.
Ignacio has been an Associate Professor at IE Business School since 2019, delivering courses on Innovation, Digital Transformation and Technology Management in executive MBA programs.