I'm a passionate and bright technology leader with a deep engineering background, customer focus and commercial drive.
Most of my career has been spent in startups, where I've been part of two successes. I was developer #1 for On The Beach Travel (built 2005, sold 2007), now a major UK travel agent, with IPO in 2015.
Subsequently, I was Head of Engineering at Shutl, leading a major replatforming, the launch in the US and was part of the team that sold the business to eBay in 2013.
Since 2016 I have been CTO and Co-Founder at Residently, where we're building the global platform that empowers renters to thrive in their homes. If you've ever rented, you know it's a problem that needs solving.
I believe that every project can be made simpler, easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved - and that there is always a win-win solution, if you look hard enough. I’m happiest when I’m learning.
In recent years I've preferred to spend time on teaching rather than speaking. I'm a passionate activist for more diversity in the world of technology. It's a complex problem but I believe a fundamental lack of technological education is a root cause, so that's where I concentrate my efforts.
After coaching at Codebar London for 3+ years, I've been one of the organisers for Codebar Manchester since 2017.
We run monthly workshops open to all underrepresented groups in tech.
Code First: Girls
From 2016 to 2019 I was an instructor for Code First: Girls Manchester, and founding lead instructor of the Manchester General chapter.
This is an eight-week course with one taught session a week, run twice a year. We're very proud to have a fantastic success rate of our students subsequently landing jobs in tech.
Why it's right that we focus our efforts when trying to build a more diverse technology community.
I've worked with codebar since its inception two years ago and I’m frequently asked how is it fair to not invite straight white cisgender men to workshops? I have a fresh answer to this question, which I thought I'd share. Read more >
The Shutl engineering team has been operating with a DevOps mentality for over two years. We started by rebuilding our infrastructure under Chef and embedding our operations engineers into our agile product development process.
These are the practical steps we took to move to a model where our whole engineering team could work on our infrastructure. Read more >
1 in 4 people with startup equity options is in for a surprise.
After both good and bad experiences with startup equity options, I wrote and researched this piece based upon survey data from the UK and US tech communities. Read more >
The daily standup (or daily scrum) is the bedrock of an agile process - and it should be kept enjoyable and useful, because that's the only way that it'll definitely continue to happen. A frequent complaint about this meeting, which erodes from its enjoyability and its utility, is a simple one - that it simply takes too long. Read more >
Forward Partners Live: Scaling Engineering
Forward Partners invited me to speak in July 2015 on how we scaled Shutl's engineering team pre and post acquisition.
- uncodebar, 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019
- North West Ruby User Group, 2009; 2018
- Women Who Code London, August 2015
- codebar London, July 2015; November 2014
- QCon London, 2014
- Seedcamp CTO Day, 2015
- Etail Europe, 2014
- GraphDB San Francisco, May 2014
- Makers Academy, October 2013
- London Ruby User Group, July 2012
- MagRails, 2011
#enjoying - share your reading list
I love reading and I'm always looking for recommendations for what to read next. I wanted a lightweight way to save and share my list, and see others' lists.
Goodreads is old and clunky: I wanted something modern, so I built it! #enjoying