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Meet The A Team

 

Every member of the AVAMAE team not only possesses the right experience and technical expertise needed to do the job, they have the right personality, too. We’re a tight-knit team. We work hard. We play hard. We get along famously. Some of us have unusual hobbies and eclectic tastes in music. We’re all from different backgrounds, too. We love this diversity and it shines through in the work we do.

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    Ana
    App Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Ana is a full stack developer and a profound thinker. After five years as a chemist, she realised the huge impact software can make on lives and reinvented herself. She graduated from the famous Flatiron School where she studied a large variety of technologies. Ana likes the fact that programming is an ever-evolving field with infinite information to learn and has fun solving problems.
     
    Personally
    Interestingly, Ana’s professional interest in the detail carries through into her life. She finds it really relaxing to paint miniatures. Ana is also quite competitive, enjoys board games and dreams of playing Arkham Horror without having to check the instructions. She is big into running... away from any form of sport. But stick some metal on and whack up the volume and she’ll go for it.
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    Andy
    Cloud Software Technical Lead
    Professionally
    Andy joined AVAMAE in 2016 after a spell in Dundee as a software consultant. Dundee University was where he gained a PhD and BSc in Mathematics. As a C# engineer, Andy works on backend code and databases. He loves a blank slate and AVAMAE gives him the freedom to decide how best to tackle a challenge and which technologies to use.
     
    Personally
    Outside of AVAMAE, Andy’s first love is making sweet music. He’s got all the skills to be a one-man band as he plays the guitar, piano and sometimes sings. He’s not big into sport but has been coaxed, on occasion, into playing 5-a-side footie and badminton. Oh, and Andy is big into eccentric rocker Frank Zappa.
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    Ben
    Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Ben is a very talented Software Engineer with a BA in Philosophy. His background is Maths and Science tutoring which explains why he relishes writing code, breaking it then making it indestructible. Ben can sniff out problem code like a bloodhound and sees projects out right to the end. His love of philosophy fits with our philosophy of simplifying complicated things.
     
    Personally
    Outside work, Ben has his finger in all sorts of pies. For one, he’s an adventurer at heart and can often be found shinning up rock faces in the Lake District. DJ Ben also loves spinning old disco tracks on his wheels of steel. He’s a Simpsons fanatic (Series 1–9 only) and came second in a Simpsons Quiz – his quiz sheet framed and in pride of place on his wall at home.
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    Ben
    Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    After completing a PhD in Mathematics at Warwick, Ben continued as a Research Fellow for three years specialising in Fluid Mechanics before lecturing at the University of Bath. By our calculations, he loves learning, teaching others and getting stuck into new challenges. He excels at finding neat ways to unravel problems and create elegant, robust solutions.
     
    Personally
    Ben is into literature, but takes a break by playing board and roleplaying games. He’s also a crack pilot on flight simulation games. Sports-wise, he’s a long-suffering NFL Dallas Cowboys fan. Ben listens to everything from classic rock and old-school metal to Irish, American and Russian folk music. He also sings, plays bass guitar and tenor banjo.
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    Farouk
    App Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Farouk is a great guy and an even better Front End Dev. He has a 1st Class Honours Degree in Physics from Queen Mary University London and has experience in working for a FinTech firm providing financial markets trading software. We love his infectious passion for solving tricky problems and his appetite for new tech.
     
    Personally
    Farouk loves a good book, tinkling the ivories of a piano and also some heavy philosophy. He’s an adventurer at heart, has scaled Mount Snowdon and posed heroically at the summit. He’s also unscrambled a Rubik’s Cube in under 30 seconds – when his twiddling powers were at their height, he could crack it in just 20 seconds.
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    Iain
    Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Before joining AVAMAE, Iain was a bus driver in Alperton, northwest London. That figures as the way he drives the development of even the most challenging of projects is impressive. He has a BSc in Mathematics plus an MSc in Computer Studies and he gets really excited about finding new and better ways to do things.
     
    Personally
    Iain loves the fact that the people he works with so are friendly, highly knowledgeable and motivated. When he can tear himself away from them, Iain likes nothing better than grabbing a carton of popcorn and watching the latest film at the cinema. He’s a bit of a sport Billy, too, as he enjoys playing football and goes skiing whenever he can.
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    Hari
    App Software Engineer
    Professionally
    After graduating from Imperial College London with a 1st in Chemistry, Hari worked as a developer on multiple projects for high-profile clients such as Google, Sony Music and The Financial Times. He loves learning new technologies and writing squeaky clean code anyone can understand. Hari enjoys taking ownership of projects, working in AVAMAE’s collaborative environment and sharing knowledge.
     
    Personally
    Hari is extremely interested in sustainability and minimalism – something we are keen on. He keeps a log of everything he owns and tries to keep as few possessions as possible. He’s a keen cook, plays the piano and sax – even produces electronic music in his free time. To relax, Hari likes nothing better than a quality yoga time. Music-wise, he’s a big jazz fan.
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    Harrison
    App Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Harrison left the University of Exeter clutching a Physics degree and joins us from The MTC where he worked on EU-funded projects and mastered the bulk of his Python and web dev skills. Learning new technologies, being a sound board people can bounce ideas off and solving problems by using software and technology are where he gets his kicks.
     
    Personally
    When he’s not gaming, on PlayStation and increasingly PC, he’s likely to be twanging his electric guitar. He hits the gym most mornings and pubs and the cinema in the evenings. Harrison’s big into rugby and he isn’t too shabby at surfing and snowboarding, either. His playlists span rock and metal to rap and dance and he likes a festival.
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    Henry
    Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Henry is obsessed with building things and solving problems, which is handy as you have to overcome plenty of problems to nail challenging software projects. Henry has a Masters in Physics from the University of Oxford and was a post-doctoral research associate at UCL. He made large-scale calculations of atomic and molecular interactions with free-electron laser radiation. Serious stuff.
     
    Personally
    Funnily enough, Henry, despite being scared of heights is well into rock-climbing and in particular, bouldering. Running is another one of his outdoor passions, however, when he’s indoors, he spends time creating his own video games and playing Dungeons & Dragons. In terms of music, his tastes are a mystery as he is too embarrassed to reveal them here on his public profile. We’ll find out.
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    James
    Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    James is fresh outta uni in Newcastle. He’s a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Electrical and Electronic Engineering undergraduate, with a PhD in modelling semiconductor surfaces. He’s really looking forward to developing his skills through a combination of traditional book learning and hands-on experience with real code. Bring it on.
     
    Personally
    UK/US politics and world geography are big passions. He loves games and any quizzes that happen to be in a pub. James loves weightlifting, playing pool and snooker. He watches loads of cycling, football, rugby and darts, too. Heavy metal, folk music and rap are his thing and he loves Kanye West, The Pogues and Black Sabbath.
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    Jonathan
    App software engineering team leader
    Professionally
    Jonathan is something of an enigma. He’s a man of few words, which explains why he’s so good at user interface and experience design. When he does speak, everyone listens. He loves AVAMAE’s freedom of proposition. Before freelancing in Melbourne, he studied in France and has a BA in Activity and Communication Technology from the Universite Paris.
     
    Personally
    When Jonathan’s not getting stuck into complex problems and delivering ridiculously simple and elegant solutions, he’s probably cutting through the water in his Speedos or running like the wind. His big passion is travelling and has more than likely been there and done it. He loves his music too and is rather partial to a little grindcore.
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    Jonathan GP
    Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    After a BSc in Mathematics at University College Cork, Jonathan worked on completing a DPhil in Applied Mathematics at Oxford University. He takes tremendous satisfaction in writing elegant and robust blocks of code. Jonathan’s also really passionate about problem solving and has a long love of logic puzzles which first led him to Mathematics.
     
    Personally
    Jonathan’s bookcase is packed with fantasy, ancient and medieval history books. Another shelf is dedicated to strategic board and computer games. He’s even taken up a solo hobby... knitting. Jonathan is a competitive, thinking man’s sportsperson who loves playing Ultimate Frisbee. He really vocally supports the NFL and rugby, too.
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    Joshana
    Project manager
    Professionally
    We all rely on Joshana to keep us on course to deliver projects and get things done. Don’t mess with Joshana, especially if she hasn’t had her coffee. What she likes best about being at AVAMAE is that we’re always looking to improve. Joshana has a Ph. D in Management Science and Engineering, a Masters (Distinction) in Information Systems Management and has worked at Infosys, Ceridian and Proximity BBDO.
     
    Personally
    Joshana is from Mauritius and can take extreme temperatures up to 35 degrees C. Maybe that’s why she likes baking and cooling in the heat of the kitchen. Best of all, she likes playing with her little one. Talking of which, Joshana bizarrely is into remixing nursery rhymes. In fact, she has created a hip hop version of ‘Wheels On The Bus’. Total banger.
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    Josh
    Cloud Software Engineering Team leader
    Professionally
    Josh’s catchphrase is “bring it on!” He’s always up for a fresh or obscure challenge. He’s a knowledge sponge and has a Masters in Physics from the University of Oxford. If there’s a choice between two tasks – he’ll take the one with learning. He loves the in it together attitude, casual atmosphere and focused culture at AVAMAE.
     
    Personally
    Josh is a busy guy outside AVAMAE. He loves fantasy and sci-fi and has even dabbled in writing for the genre. He plays board games and runs roleplaying games with friends. Josh plays the sax and clarinet, too. He travels, explores and conquers mountains. The Olympics excites and then he chills to ambient music, film or video game soundtracks.
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    Larina
    Senior Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Larina is one of our most experienced software engineers and has a MSc in IT and a BSc in Computer Science. Innovation inspires her and she is big into collaboration, working with and learning from different people and ways of working. Larina is a strong creative thinker and she also loves how her code and AVAMAE software is helping people.
     
    Personally
    Larina is from Goa, India, and has been bitten by the travel bug. She loves discovering exciting new parts of the world. Bollywood is also high up on her list of likes, with the music and films being close to her heart. It’s not all Bollywood, mind, as she also likes house and lounge music. Larina is a big football and tennis fan, too.
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    Lily
    UX/UI Designer
    Professionally
    Lily is the proud owner of a Masters in UX Design from Loughborough University. She joined AVAMAE after working with live visual and lighting companies and co-running an events platform that brought young creatives together. Lily loves the creative freedom we give her to explore ideas for projects that make a positive difference to users. Creating effortless and enjoyable experiences is her thing.
     
    Personally
    Art exhibitions and live music, especially with amazing VFX, are Lily’s big loves. That and travel. And practicing film photography. Oh, and animation and filmmaking. She also practices yoga a few times each week. Lily likes being close to nature, walking the dog, running or camping. She has an upbeat playlist too spanning soul and disco to R&B and experimental electronic music.
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    Linsey
    Business Analyst
    Professionally
    Linsey was previously a Business Manager at King’s College, London where she also gained a BA in English Literature and Language. She loves imagining how something is going to look when it’s just an idea, speccing it out and then seeing the final product launch. AVAMAE gives Linsey autonomy, flexibility, the chance to work on really interesting projects and make real changes to processes and efficiency.
     
    Personally
    Outside work, Linsey can be found on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on her son and daughter. If she’s not supporting them, she’s supporting the environment eco-warrioring and climate striking. She’s a hardened Spurs fan and used to follow them home and away. Linsey idolizes Prince and went to 14 gigs of his 27-night run at the O2, London.
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    Matt
    Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Straight from achieving a Masters in Mathematics at the University of York, Matthew landed his first job here and he got off to a flying start from day one. He loves rolling his sleeves up and cracking tough problems however daunting they look at first glance. Matthew also revels in being part of a friendly, close-knit team and having real freedom to work in the way that gets the best out of him.
     
    Personally
    Matthew is an avid reader. He devours science fiction and fiction. He’s also a non-fiction fanatic, in particular history and the revolutionary Napoleonic period. He’s not a huge sports fan, but music is a big passion of his and he plays electric guitar. He’s into 00s indie rock and melodic sub-genres of heavy metal – speed metal, power metal, melodeath. ABBA and Lady Gaga are his guilty pleasures.
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    Nick
    App Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Before joining, Nick, who has a Master of Science from UCL, was a tech journalist for CBS Interactive. He covered everything from the creation of $35 Raspberry Pi to the restoration of one of the world’s earliest computers that cracked German codes in World War 2. He’s already got cracking building robust software and devising creative solutions to tricky problems.
     
    Personally
    Despite watching movies, reading and gaming, Nick’s an active guy who loves to travel and is itching to explore Florence and the Tuscan countryside. He’s a keen runner and hiker, made especially easy by living in super-flat Norfolk. Music-wise, he’s into everything from indie to techno and gravitates towards 90s music.
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    Nico
    Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Nico is obsessed with creating new software solutions to incredibly sticky problems. But he doesn’t do it for himself, he does it purely for the benefit of the people who use the software. He’s nice like that. He’s supernova bright too as he was a PhD student in Particle Physics at the University of Manchester where he worked on a research project in collaboration with the ATLAS experiment at CERN.
     
    Personally
    He’s a bit handy. Nico’s well into DIY and has multiple talents in his toolbox. He’s built a sleeping platform, chicken coop, dog crate and loads of shelves. Like many of our team, Nico plays board games. He’s also partial to the odd beer, German his fave. He loves watching and playing football and team sports. Having lived by the Baltic and North Sea, he swims in the sea any time of the year.
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    Oliver
    Founder
    Professionally
    Oliver gained a BSc in Physics and Computer Science from King’s College London. He founded AVAMAE back in 2011 and relishes solving problems in the simplest, most elegant way. Always up to date with the latest technologies and techniques, he gets under the skin of clients’ businesses to design better software solutions over various platforms. Oliver is always bouncing ideas off his smart and creative team.
     
    Personally
    When he gets the time, Oliver loves tackling ambitious mechanical and DIY projects at home. He’s a self-confessed tinkerer. He loves getting his hands dirty, especially in his workshop. Oliver likes thinking man’s sports and is a big F1 and snooker fan. His taste in music is diverse, but his favourite thing is whapping the volume up and annoying his kids with 80/90s rap.
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    Rob
    project acquisition Manager
    Professionally
    Rob left University in South Africa as a Bachelor of Business Science with a Double Major in Economics and Marketing. Since then, he’s worked at the online digital marketplace Carwow as a Senior Partnership Consultant. What attracted us to Rob is his proven ability to connect with clients, understand their problems and use innovative ways to achieve their business goals. That, and the fact he’s a good laugh.
     
    Personally
    After graduating, Rob took a year and a half off to travel as a deckhand on a super yacht. He’s sailed the world and voyaged across the Atlantic twice. Rob’s a massive Springboks fan and says one of the happiest day of his life was watching them at the 2019 World Cup in Japan. He’s also planning on doing his first triathlon but is a terrible swimmer, so he’s going to try a duathlon first.
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    Rory
    Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Rory has a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Nottingham tucked firmly under his belt. We like that. After graduating, he spent time as an financial Ops Analyst and a Customer Dynamics Analyst. Rory likes trying new things out and seeing what happens. A big fan of gradual change, he likes making incremental improvements that end up making a big difference.
     
    Personally
    Origami, puzzles and personal finance are a couple of Rory’s many passions. Don’t take him on at poker though. He likes to keep in shape, too by running and weightlifting. Rory’s a big Leeds United fan and has a competitive edge, playing in 11 and 7-a-side teams. Music-wise, he’s into dubstep and hip hop – his fave artists are Kasabian and Eminem.
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    Scott
    App Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Scott is one of our expert team of software engineers. He began as an apprentice in Front End Web Design, qualified as a software and web developer. He excels at creating new features and solving thorny problems. What Scott likes most about working at AVAMAE is being able to help make websites and have the freedom to use all the skills in his toolbox.
     
    Personally
    When Scott’s not hanging with his friends or family, he’s more than likely to be out and about exploring some of the more interesting sights and sounds of London. He’s a massive movie buff and is also well into games whether it’s the board or computer type. When it comes to music, his passion is divided between rock and pop.
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    Sebi
    Senior Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Ex-IBM, Sebi has a Masters in Computer Science and is responsible for developing some of our most successful software products for our clients. She loves the freedom and trust AVAMAE gives her to complete tasks and plays a big part in advancing our technology offering. Sebi also likes our friendly, flexible, results-oriented culture and that she’s empowered to make changes that make a real difference.
     
    Personally
    Sebi is an all-round good egg. She is a volunteer for charity ‘Alpha International Ministries’ where she co-ordinates music classes for her local community and also helps to run a food bank. Sebi is first to admit that she’s not naturally gifted sports-wise but she loves to watch cricket. Musically, Sebi has a soft spot for melodies in her native language Malayalam.
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    Simon
    Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Simon has a fascinating backstory. Prior to joining us, he worked for 20 years as a Church of England vicar. Professionally, Simon’s idea of “heaven” isn’t what you’d expect. He loves literally anything new. New people, situations, challenges, equipment and projects – creating new solutions to new problems using his computing skills.
     
    Personally
    Simon is still a priest at weekends. He’s got a great sense of humour and enjoys a belly laugh watching live comedy (he’s even performed). Simon loves to write and create. Vintage computing is a big passion – all things Commodore and 6502/6510 assembler. He hates all forms of sport, but loves flute music, so much so, he married a professional flautist.
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    Tadas
    Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Tadas graduated from Manchester University with a Masters Degree in Physics after completing a physics research internship there. He really enjoys working in our team, keeping up to date with new technologies as they emerge and he’s developed incredibly fast as a programmer. He’s also loves our cosy offices and just how friendly and helpful his colleagues are in helping him to develop.
     
    Personally
    Tadas is a tad competitive, too. He’s big into competitive gaming, so challenge him at your peril. He’s also a huge fan of basketball and shoots hoops regularly. In terms of music, Tadas mainly listens to classic rock, modern rock, alternative and metal. However, you might also find a smattering of Eminem and a few pop songs popping up on his playlists.
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    Tayler
    App Software Engineer
    Professionally
    After picking up a BSc with Honours at the University of Manchester, Tayler threw himself straight into work as a web developer in Conversion Rate Optimisation and has never looked back. He loves writing CSS and takes great satisfaction in problem solving and fixing bugs. We love his unshakable positivity – if he’s learning, he’s happy. Tayler is also well into new technology.
     
    Personally
    Much to the annoyance of his girlfriend, Tayler is a massive Manchester United fan and never misses a match. He makes up for it though by sharing his beloved Expresso Martini cocktails. To keep fit, Tayler does indoor climbing, aka bouldering, and running. He loves a good podcast and has a passion for music, especially drum & bass (and has the ink to prove it), grime and hip hop.
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    Tom B
    App Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Tom specialises in front end development and graduated from Kingston University with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. Before joining the AVAMAE team, he amassed 10 years’ experience providing information and compliance management services for the pharma industry. Tom loves the variety of projects, the challenges, learning every day and building beautiful things here.
     
    Personally
    Tom offsets his poor dietary choices with trail running, hiking and swimming. He has an addiction to collecting retro Nintendo consoles and games. When he’s not gaming, he’s watching YouTube videos about ancient civilisations as well as football, cricket or rugby. His musical taste is eclectic and spans Otis Redding and Talking Heads to Ocean Colour Scene and Outkast.
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    Tom G
    Cloud Software Engineer
    Professionally
    Tom proudly sports a 1st Class Honours Masters in Theoretical Physics from Queen Mary University of London. He joined us after almost three years as an ecommerce manager and has immediately fitted in tackling big complex problems and creating brilliantly simple and effective software solutions. He’s loving sharing knowledge with the team and collaborating on projects.
     
    Personally
    Look at Tom’s hands and you’ll notice he has green fingers. He’s an avid gardener and grows anything from interesting veg to herbs for his kitchen. Cycling and walking are big passions – whether it’s exploring Hadrian’s Wall or conquering Cumbrian mountains. He’s into live classical concerts and local gigs, plays piano and a drumkit and has a real soft spot for anything 80’s.

Companies we have developed software for:

Criteo Live
Gaimerz
Jaguar Landrover
Experian
Trait Online
Strengthscope Ltd
Service Monitor
Pauline Books & Media
Capital Medicare
Alliance Boots
Companies Markets
Phones 4U
Novartis
Click Research
eGigger
Scottish Court
SmoQue Grill
Petainer
GetSet4PE
British Gas
Harris Hill
Informa plc
Saikou
Nine Avenue
Iceland
Grazing Events
LSE Lighting
ASDA
Virtus
British Safety Council
HSBC
Criterion
Great Eastern
Grazing Food
Saudi Aramco
Asit
Homebase
King's Fund
Millerhare
Centrica
UCLH
Skippy Scout
Fan Quake
11 Cavendish Square
Compare Hospitality
All So Pro
Manoto 1
Buyfair
Argos
TSI
Foyles
Michael Northcroft
Good2Bid
British Airways
Reed Business Information
4D Model Making Materials
CO-OP
Enigma Quests
UTC Aerospace
Faber and Faber
Capita
Marshall
Vulpine
Dober
Horizon Leeds
Imperial College
Yell
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