Kirsten is the father of UVd and has seen the company through over a decade of trading from Brick Lane to Shoreditch. Experienced snowboarder, footballer and runner: do not underestimate his ability to gain injury from any one of these extreme sports!
Kirsten looks after clients and staff by providing the all important 'love' factor whilst being the main company cheerleader and strategist. It’s not all about the soft things as an eye for detail and a technical background in Computer Science means he has hands on involvement in project strategy and management and is a keen advocate of Agile and Lean Startup principles within the studio.
Hailing from top tech uni, Loughborough with first-degree honours, Rob (AKA ‘Colonel Bash’) left a code hungry, computer scientist. His journey to UVd however was not a RESTful one. Destiny was temporarily interrupted by a short foray into SAP consultancy after being chosen by IBM for their Graduate Training Programme. Fortunately this estrangement from hands on development only served to cement his passion for digital craftsmanship.
King of all things bash, the LAMP stack, best practices and test driven development (TDD), Rob is able to make sense of any complex application logic or business flow through the magic of diagrams. He also possesses special powers in Excel and PowerPoint that would have Steve Jobs turning in his grave.
Making his way down the M1 from the North East via 5 years commercial experience in Leeds, Ryan packs a punch well above his Flyweight classification when it comes to anything frontend and UX. Leading the company strategy for frontend tech and usability, Ryan has the unique skill of drawing together the creative and technical aspects of the studio, ensuring harmony between the deepest tech and the fanciest design.
Scratch beneath the surface of an otherwise quiet and calm exterior, Ryan is not to be underestimated when it comes to healthy debate around software design, particularly when it comes to usability. Give him time to collect his thoughts and you’ll witness the ‘Barking Tiger’ in him.
Originating from European powerhouse Germany, Natalie is bristling with exciting ideas and creativity. You could say Natalie is the yin to Colonel Bash’s yang and in many ways the missing link in our finely tuned DNA. Trained in the arts of graphic design, branding and illustration, she’s raised the creative and visual bar and brings a much-needed balance to the terminal and Linux boys on the ‘backend’ side of the room.
Passionate about all things visual, Natalie combines her creativity with a passion for digital design. She wows clients with her branding, logo design and interface design skills, is a formidable quality assurance tester and has better spelling and grammar in her second language than most do in their first.
Uninspired by the dress code of corporate life, Eddy the ‘ATAT’ Lane was attracted to UVd from Société Générale by the bright lights and trendy streets of Shoreditch.
PA and Office Manager
Rachael oversees the smooth operation of UVd and the Green Room by taking on the organisational tasks that others find so difficult. Whether she’s organising the latest UVd social event or fending off the constant barrage of recruitment agents, Rachael ensures we can all focus on doing what we do well, without distraction.
Rachael’s claim to fame is the invention of the Green Room ‘Mingerboard’ where faux pas such as messy desks and poor cleanliness are posted to a league table on a weekly basis, keeping us on our toes when it comes to doing our bit to make the workplace that bit more pleasant.
Growing up as a Kiwi, part South African and part English, Chris is truly the international member of the UVd fold. Far from being confused about where his loyalties lie, he regularly reminds us when it’s international rugby time by styling it into the office in the All Blacks kit. It takes a unique type to carry this off in Shoreditch, which Chris does with aplomb.
Trained in the dark arts of PHP and Node.js, Chris is a problem solving Ninja, able to work through complex application logic, not to mention his mad regex skills. But it’s not all code for Chris, he's a master of dev ops having spent his first month with us working through our Elastic Load Balancing on AWS, as well as our automated testing and deployment policies.
What do you get when you dwindle 40 CVs down to 10 and then perform a rigorous interview process? Answer: Dardan! Having made it through our Green Room placement process, Dardan is the latest member to join the development team; he's being mentored in all things tech and was last seen building a Mars Rover in OOP PHP.
As well as working with the development team, Dardan has added a further dimension to our testing and quality assurance process, shadowing Natalie and learning the art of QA within each sprint. Poor Ryan now has 2 people testing his frontend work in Internet Explorer - as if Natalie wasn’t enough!
Pete ‘The Maverick’ Mitchell came to UVd via an MSc in Cancer Immunology, a strange bedfellow you may think, but his passion for digital technology and unrivalled analytical brain have turned Pete into a formidable developer and all round tech geek.
Pete has been coined by one of our clients the “Matt Le Tissier” of UVd, that’s to say he is the finisher, the one you expect to put the ball in the net: he has a penchant for taking a finished website and giving it a turbo boost. He is also an avid and knowledgeable enthusiast of writing re-usable code in numerous PHP frameworks… and curing cancer.