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.

Ana L

Ana

DevOps Engineer

Ana moved from Portugal to Cardiff at 18 and gained a BSc (Hons) in Applied Human Nutrition at Cardiff Metropolitan University. After 7 years in a health-tech start-up in Rio de Janeiro and having a baby, she enrolled in a DevOps boot camp and then joined the AVAMAE team. Ana loves a challenge, getting out of her comfort zone and intense brainstorming.

Travelling and experiencing new places and cultures is a big passion of Ana’s. She recently wrote a family-friendly plant-based recipe book which is out soon. Ana used to play a lot of golf, but now concentrates on achieving a black belt in karate. She met her husband at a music festival and these days loves Samba, Bossa Nova and Brazilian popular music.

Andy

Technical Lead

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.

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.

Ben Nicholson

Ben

Software Engineer

Ben’s education couldn’t be a better grounding and fit for AVAMAE. He studied (and no doubt played) hard at the University of Birmingham and came away with a shiny MSci in Mathematics and Computer Science. It’s his first job since graduating and he enjoys problem solving. Ben really relishes the new opportunities and challenges each day and project brings.

Sport is a big passion of Ben’s. He can hold his own on a football pitch or tennis court and he loves watching his two favourite teams – Bolton Wanderers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFL.

Ben has also been teaching himself Spanish and loves playing the guitar. Music-wise, he likes all sorts but mainly classic rock and punk.

Ben

Senior Software Engineer

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.

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.

Ben

Software Engineer

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.

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.

Carina

Carina

Software Engineer

Carina studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Transylvania University of Brasov in Romania. As we were writing this, she is in the process of finishing a PhD in Computer Science at Exeter University, where she worked at Bancroft’s School. Carina loves the challenge of having to deal with multi-disciplinary projects and is already a popular member of the team.

When she’s not getting stuck into software projects at work, sightseeing and going to the theatre are amongst Carina’s favourite things. She really likes to get out and about. Dancing is also a big passion of hers which probably also explains her love of ice skating. Music-wise, Carina’s playlists are peppered with dance and pop music.

Conor

Conor

 Software Engineer

Conor has a degree in Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics from Coventry University and a Masters in Physics from Warwick. He joins the team from being a mid-level developer in machine learning. Conor loves learning new things, accurately replicating designs, accomplishing the seemingly impossible and creating brilliant software.

When he’s not devising apps, he pursues his love of photography, watching international films from any decade, gaming and learning and playing guitar and drums. Conor is a pretty good skateboarder too and is on his board whenever weather permits. Music-wise, he’s big into pop punk, metal, indie, film scores and soundtracks.

Harrison

Software Engineer

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.

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.

Harry

Harry

 Software Engineer

Harry went to the University of Exeter and did an integrated Masters in Physics and Astrophysics. He loves sinking his teeth into seriously tricky software challenges and spitting out fiendishly simple solutions. He dives into every project as enthusiastically as he dives into deep waters, lakes and seas in his kayak.

When he’s not playing board games face-to-face or D&D online with friends, he’s out beating his chest in the great outdoors. One moment he could be kayaking, the next slacklining. Music-wise, he’s all over the place. Funk, classic rock, rock, electro-swing, soul, and a liberal splash of reggae.

Henry

Lead Engineer

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.

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.

Iain

Lead Engineer

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.

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.

Ismail

Ismail

Software engineer

Ismail has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Sheffield and a Masters in Games Software Development from Sheffield Hallam University. He joined us after a stint as a trainee IT Systems Engineer and relishes new challenges and tackling difficult problems head-on. He loves taking complex problems, breaking them down and seeing his code up and running.

Unsurprisingly, Ismail really enjoys playing video games – Mario, Zelda and Sonic being big faves. When he’s not trying to beat his high scores, he’s either baking, crafting, playing the piano or guitar. He’s getting stuck into learning chess and has a passion for tennis, the Olympics and Winter Games. His playlists are eclectic – from film scores and classical to 80s music.

Jack

Jack

Software engineer

Before joining AVAMAE, Jack worked at UCL as a postdoc in Number Theory researching Isawawa Theory. He also tackled mathematical problems for the UK government at the Heilbronn Institute. Now he’s solving difficult challenges with our team. He secretly quite likes it when things don’t work as expected as there’s something new to learn.

When Jack’s not out and about on walks with his two dogs Harry and Luna or gardening, he’s inside cracking cryptic crosswords, playing RPG video games or making furniture or doing DIY. He loves football and professional wrestling closely followed by test cricket and rugby league. He’s big into power ballads and can’t resist a bit of Meat Loaf.

James

 Software Engineer

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.

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.

Joe

Joseph

Software Engineer

Joseph graduated from the University of Manchester with an MPhys in Physics with Astrophysics. He joins us after a 3-month full stack software engineering bootcamp and time as a technical consultant. Joseph has a keen eye for detail and loves picking apart complex problems and creating simple solutions. So he’s the perfect fit for the AVAMAE team.

Playing or watching football occupies most of his spare time. Tennis does get a look in though, as do pool and snooker. Joseph once flew a 2-seater plane over North London and loves visiting new places and immersing himself in the history and culture. He’s partial to Italian and Turkish food, and music-wise, he’s into hip-hop, rap, soul and jazz.

Jonathan

Lead Engineering Manager

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.

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.

Jonathan

Software Engineer

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.

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.

Joshana

Senior Product Manager

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.

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.

Josh

Solution Architect

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.

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.

Larina

Lead Engineer

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.

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.

Lexie

Lexie

 Software Engineer

Lexie graduated from the University of Cambridge having read Natural Sciences (Physics, B.A & M.Sci). She joins us after a gaining experience at a smaller London agency and loves a 9am start. In addition to creating great code, Lexie loves dissecting other people’s code and finding ways to do it better.

Outside of work, Lexie likes the quiet life and is either out on long walks and hikes or curling up on the sofa with a book and her black Labrador puppy, which she’s currently training. She’s big into rowing too and out on the water at 6am. Lexie’s playlists vary from catchy Kpop to classical piano.

Linsey

Business Analyst

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.

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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Louie

Software Engineer

Louie is incredibly bright. Want proof? Well, he has a Masters in Maths at King’s College London and a Maths PhD at Warwick. Before doing his PhD, he was a secondary school maths teacher. Louie’s settled in fast and collaborates incredibly well with colleagues and uses his mathematical superpowers to solve problems in unexpected ways.

When he’s not working, Louie is playing with his kids or playing squash, chess or StarCraft. His love of mathematics extends outside of work as he pursues popular maths at home and codes personal projects. Music-wise, his tastes are varied and extend from grunge to indie and pop. That’s some playlist, Louie.

Nathaniel

Software Engineer

Nathaniel graduated from the University of York with an integrated Masters of Science. His final dissertation was on his attempt to optimise a Tokamak fusion reactor, using a python computer simulation! What excites him about working at AVAMAE is getting invested in a project and finding and producing features that get the job done.

He’s a busy guy with diverse interests. One minute he’s cultivating King Oyster mushrooms, baking and making fudge. The next, developing games, creating 3D models and animations or composing music. Nathaniel walks several miles a day, loves a kickabout on a beach and likes all sorts of music from classical to Synthwave mixes.

Nick

Software Engineer

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.

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.

Nico

Lead Engineer

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.

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.

Oliver

Founder

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.

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.

Paul

Paul

Software Engineer

Paul is one of our super bright team of App Software Engineers. After studying for a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Birmingham, researching metallopeptide folding (yep, we had to Google that, too) he joined AVAMAE hellbent on wrestling with tough projects, learning new tech and solving tricky problems.

Paul has a bright-as-a-button daughter who he loves spending time with. He enjoys woodworking, gaming and reading sci-fi. For the past two decades, he’s been doing Judo and is so good he now coaches it. When it comes to music, Paul’s upbeat. His fave genre is Liquid Drum & Bass.

Richard

Richard

Software Engineer

Richard studied Chemical Engineering at Manchester, then worked as a private Maths tutor while studying for an Open University degree. After a stint as a technical consultant with Dona, he took part in a coding bootcamp with Digital Futures. He enjoys creating things, collaborating with others, solving problems and making things look nice.

Long walks, running, meeting friends at the pub, reading, watching movies and sampling chicken shops are Richard’s little pleasures in life. He also loves playing table tennis, football and golf. Richard has a soft spot for Kanye West and likes listening to movie soundtracks while he codes.

Rob

project acquisition Manager

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.

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 Rugby fan and never misses a Springboks game.

Rowan

Rowan

UX / UI Engineer

Rowan attended the University of Reading where he picked up a BA in Art, which will come in handy considering he’s joined our UX / UI design team. He’s really looking forward to feeding his passion for creating beautiful aesthetics and innovative designs. Rowan rises to the task of combining design with the psychology behind users’ decision making.

Things get a bit tasty outside of work where Rowan is concerned. He loves cooking and anything food related – he does a mean BBQ which we’re hoping to get an invite to in the Summer. Rowan can give as good as he gets, too, on the rugby pitch. In fact, he’s a self-proclaimed rugby nerd, watching or playing semi-professionally most weekends.

Scott

Senior Software Engineer

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.

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.

Sebi

Lead Engineer

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.

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.

Simon

Software Engineer

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.

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.

Tadas

Senior Software Engineer

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.

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.

Tom

Lead Engineer

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.

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.

Tom

Lead Engineer

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.

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.

Xiaxin

Xiaxin

Software Engineer

After getting a first in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Cardiff, Xiaxin gained a Masters in Nuclear Engineering at Cambridge. She joins our software development team from EDF Energy where she was an engineer. Xiaxin is champing at the bit, and loves having her perspectives challenged – in a good way of course.

Xiaxin used to love playing sports including badminton and table tennis, however, there’s nothing like a global pandemic for knocking you off your stride. She’s into calligraphy, watching NBA and suspense movies. She also keeps us on the edge of our seats with her singing. Music-wise, she likes opera and anything with a good melody.

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