Andy's background is in Politics and Philosophy. He has worked with computers since 1987, acting as a Senior Technical Manager and Technical Director for a string companies from 1993 onwards. He was a founder and chairman of the UK Director Users Group (DUG) and has written regularly on Director development.
Prior to joining LShift Mike consulted on digital communications and Internet strategy for six years, working with some of the best respected companies in the world. Over this time he has built a number of web businesses and is now responsible at LShift for helping clients build theirs.
Keith's commercial experience includes a 15 year stint in north America where he took tech companies from initial investment searches through to running international sales and support channels. Most of his technical background has involved firing high energy lasers at inanimate objects, though this changed when he became involved in medical imaging. His favorite (sic) buzzword is alignment.
Stuart has degrees in Mathematics and Applied Computing and has worked as a developer since 1991 building custom web based solutions. He has also built an ISP and Web hosting company. He has experience in a wide variety of hardware, operating systems and programming languages.
Julian has been involved with technology companies for more than 25 years. Starting as a developer in the financial sector, he moved into project management during a 9 year spell with CMG. Since that time he has operated in a variety of senior and director level positions in medium and smaller software companies always maintaining a focus on effective project delivery.
Guy chose a career in software when he realised he enjoyed it more than working in films. Having first picked up an MSc in Computing Science at Imperial College he cut code in finance, mobile telecoms and online media before focusing on project management and governance. Guy first worked with LShift as a client at the BBC. Since then he moved into consultancy and joined us as Delivery Manager, supporting our lead developers and our clients.
Elaine turned down a university place to become a nanny in the US. Back in Dublin she worked in retail and learned about customer service and staff management. She then became a receptionist for a corporate travel agency, and within three months had moved into the accounts department. She then took on the roles of Office Manager, PA and Accounts Administrator - 'Jill of all trades'.
Murielle has worked as a freelance Office Manager and PA in large advertising companies like Ogilvy & Mather, McCann-Erickson etc. Outside of that she has travelled the world, trekking on Everest alone and touring Europe on a motorbike. From Frankfurt she moved to London to study Art & Design History & Communication. She is also a keen cyclist and snowboarder.
Tim graduated from Oxford with a BSc (1st) in Mathematics and Computation. Since then he's been gainfully employed writing 3D graphics engines for Playstation games, leading the development of build tools and internationalisation projects for industry leaders. For fun he works on a Digital Signal Processing for a Guitar Amplifier Synthesiser and Linux Stopmotion projects.
Sam originally got into programming courtesy of the ZX Spectrum, then a "pizza box" Macintosh LC, still remembered fondly. He values simplicity and elegance at every level - especially in the business domain. He prefers clean code with comments covering the whys and wherefores and will hunt you down and berate you mercilessly if your code assumes psychic abilities. Sam insists that music peaked in 1973.
Yong Wen is a verified student, sometimes a programmer, developer, engineer, and an all round geek in general. He has worked (perhaps too much) on C++. He is in love with Object Oriented Programming and fascinated by Functional Programming. He brings enthusiasm and a keenness to learn and explore new territory. He studies at Imperial College.
Sophie was one of the founders of LShift and has worked in commercial Internet and new media agencies since 1994. She has an MSc in Multimedia Systems which focussed on interface design and development, project planning and release management. She brings this experience to ensure that projects and collaborations run smoothly.
Michal's passion for all things computers started one sunny summer in his pre-school years when he gained access to a shiny 286 that he took apart in no time. When he's not learning yet another programming language he's to be found jumping around with his camera in the countryside. He brings to LShift a fresh Computing (MEng) degree from Imperial and a passion for discussions about what the next big language will be.
Martin is passionate and perhaps a little too obsessive about user interfaces than is healthy (just one more pixel to the right!). So long as he can write code of some sort he's happy, but C# is where he's most at home. He's a little over-enamoured of the more magniloquent facets of the English lexicon, but he tries not to let this seep into his variable names.
Akos started programming at a risk management software vendor and ever since regards programming as a way to have a sneak-peak into other disciplines such as finance, statisics or trading, while having fun solving their problems. He loves succint and interactive languages, especially F# and Python, and has a constant itch to find the next book to bury himself into.
Robin started trying to program in BASIC on pieces of paper while still in primary school, before he even had access to a computer to try out his programs on. He is interested in declarative programming (particularly functional programming and functional reactive programming), property-based testing, and follows dependent type theory research with interest. In his spare time he tends to read a lot, on a wide variety of topics.
Whilst studying Mathematics and Actuarial Science at Melbourne University, Anthony discovered computer science. Since then, he has built and managed software ranging from 24x7 OTP systems to small internal productivity solutions. He is passionate about delivering quality products through disciplined application of effective software engineering practices.
Ash has been programming almost continuously since the late nineties, despite the occasional frivolous distraction like reading maths at the University of Cambridge. His interest in making computing more humane has seen him hacking on everything from bootloaders to shiny HTML5 webapps. He's also an experienced cat-herder which comes in handy on his larger open source projects.
On graduating in Mathematical and Computer Science, David began programming Signal Processing software back in 93. His enthusiasm for interactivity and cross-media publishing has taken him through projects as diverse as Interactive Learning systems and Electronic Program Guides for Cable TV.
Panos has a PhD in Theoretical Physics, during which he had fun coding numeric tests for conjectures in supersymmetry, and running them on hundreds of computers on the grid. Before joining LShift he worked on .NET systems for Banking and Financial Services clients. When he is not learning a new programming language he learns how to lead in tango and salsa.
Alan started out engineering things in the physical world. He changed to software engineering in the mid-nineties, by working on energy forecasting with neural networks. Since then he has worked on a great variety of software projects and technologies, including software for transplantation medicine. He is interested in bioinformatics, Python, Open Data and the open sharing of information. He holds a MSc in Software Engineering.
Mike has been programming computers since his parents bought him a ZX81 too many years ago to remember. He obtained a BSc in Computation and has since worked with a wide variety of different technologies on projects including video conferencing, image processing and a range of CD/DVD-ROM titles based on a 3D model of the human anatomy.
Alexander is a fully qualified emacs operator who likes several obscure programming languages and films. He also used to know some cognitive science and read books, but still remembers a little about pattern recognition (he even got a PhD after he learned to stop worrying and love The Mathworks).
While still at school Jarek's talents in Physics and Electronic were recognised in national competitions. He has a deep knowledge of operating systems, especially Unix, and a proven ability to track down and fix problems on any level, from applications down to system libraries. His development experience includes work on projects spanning extremes of scale. He comes to LShift after working at Citrix, NewBay, Google and Sun Microsystems.
Ela is a current student of Mathematics and Computer Science at Imperial College London. Started her journey with programming when she was 15 by taking part in algorithmic competitions knowing only what a for loop is. Currently trying to gain experience in as many fields of computing as possible to find one to fall in love with. Outside of work, more then anything, she loves travelling and adrenaline.
Ceri took his first steps into the world of programming whilst still in primary school by programming graphics hacks on a ZX Spectrum. Later, he became fascinated by the world of internet protocols and Linux. Formerly a systems administrator, he enjoys working with languages such as Python and Clojure, and has interests in administrative automation, photography and spoken languages.
Shaun joined LShift after an MSc in Computer Science, prior to which he studied for an undergraduate degree in Economics and spent three years at Centrica. He started programming on an Intel 386 in primary school using QBASIC. Since then he's been trying to recover from its mental mutilation of GOTO statements by learning as many new languages as he can, with Julia being a particular favourite.
Alex specialises in system integration, messaging, business process management and other "programming in the large" topics. He can therefore avoid getting involved in language debates unless they mention BPEL (so far they haven't). In the real world, he has acted as a hands-on technical architect for 60 or so integration projects using middleware and web technologies. "Lights out" automated management and monitoring of systems is a particular interest so he looks forward to the emerging ecology of cloud and IoT services with barely suppressed excitement.
James started programming as a child when games were needed for the family Apple, and ended up with a PhD in Computer Science. He worked on the web when it was young, smartphones when they were new, and has done stints of system architecture and UI design & evaluation, but always gravitates towards mucking around with code. He loves seeing what he's created bring a bit of joy to someone’s day.
David first joined LShift in 2007. In 2010, he departed with the RabbitMQ team to join VMware, but missed LShift so much that he returned. David has been programming since childhood, and is up for any challenge involving computers. Before LShift he lived in Russia, writing software for oil companies. He still misses the Russian winters.