We are a small group of programmers, designers, writers, speakers and evangelists of The Open Web.

Harry Harrold

Product management, and user experience prototyping

In the first dot-com boom, Harry helped take an Internet security start up from 3 employees to acquisition by Sun Microsystems. Since leaving software marketing, he’s been helping organisations think about how their objectives relate to their peoples, designing interactions in the resulting projects, and making the best decisions possible about the products that come out of them. He occasionally speaks at conferences, usually about the things he's learned about making developing software less painful and more effective. He's particularly proud of his work on Neontribe's projects for social good: Mind Of My Own, Doc Ready and the Great British Public Toilet Map amongst others.

Key skills

  • Product management
  • User-centered design
  • Interaction design
  • Paper prototyping
  • Usability testing

Interests

Food and drink, specifically the beers of the Milton brewery, offal in all its many and varied forms, pork scratchings, and improvisational theatre.

Rupert Redington

Teaching and Learning

Rupert ran away from the theatre to become a web developer at the turn of the century. Since then he’s been making mistakes at Neontribe as fast as he can, learning from a reasonable percentage of them. Recently he’s been using Javascript to help teenagers talk to doctors, Americans to buy airline tickets and everybody to find their way to the loo.

Key skills

  • Javascript
  • Paper Prototyping
  • Reading
  • Talking

Interests

Open source software philosophy and advocacy, racing Norfolk Punts, riding touring tandems, boardgames, and cooking.

Neil Dabson

Coding & Deployment

Neil’s degree in geophysics led to initially a career in the oil industry. After too many trips to out of the way places, he left in favour of resurrecting a deep interest in technology. For the last ten years he’s been involved in a wide variety of IT projects, focussing on open source software development and deployment.

Key skills

  • Software specification
  • Application programming in Python
  • Linux system administration
  • Database design and administration
  • Internet presentation layer coding in Javascript, HTML and CSS
  • Server-side scripting in Shell and Perl

Interests

Gaming, vile liquers from around the world, cross-country pantomime.

Toby Batch

Coding & Deployment

Toby trained in computer science and psychology, and has been working on Internet projects since 1996. He authored the first Java strong cryptographic implementation outside the USA. After helping take an Internet security start up from 3 employees to acquisition by Sun Microsystems, he worked in global professional services for 3 years before leaving for self-employment. As well as working for Neontribe, he teaches web design part-time at Anglia Polytechnic Universtity.

Key skills

  • Application programming in Java and Python
  • Unix system administration, Linux and Solaris
  • Internet presentation layer coding in PHP, Javascript, HTML and CSS
  • Server-side scripting in Shell, JSP, ASP, and Perl
    Internet security programming – Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), On-line
  • Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP), Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) Client Server Architectures.
  • Database administration for MySQL
  • IT teaching and training
  • Carrying heavy weights
  • Conflict resolution

Interests

Rugby union, childcare, the various sub-genres of heavy metal music, and poor quality science fiction films of the 1970s.

Matt Layton

Design & Programming

Having always been creative, as a child I found myself designing tabletop games on the back of cereal boxes. As I grew up my interest shifted primarily to technical drawing and portraiture. This of course was all before I had the privilege of owning a computer, at which point I became aware of tools like Photoshop and the seemingly endless possibilities of developing for the web platform. Whilst these days I'm primarily a programmer, I find my history invaluable when considering UI/UX practices. Having worked with a wide spectrum of languages and frameworks (C/C++/C#, XNA, Unreal 3, Drupal and WordPress to name just a few) I now focus on specialising in semantic/accessible HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Interests

  • Psychology
  • Design
  • Games (genuinely. I don't mean just playing them)

Katja Mordaunt

Backend Programming, (Testing) and Deployment

Made the mistake of believing that a science based education meant forgoing creativity and has been forging an uphill battle out of the ‘arts’ towards her childhood ambition of becoming a creative technician. Having the belief that the TV/Film industry will one day merge with the computer/internet world, she has planted a foot firmly in each camp (in the hope of taking over the world – or perhaps saving it). She occupies her spare time, with producing low budget films (for no other reason than that she can and has been asked to). She was once eking towards completion an OU degree in computer science - but lately just too busy.

Key skills

  • Laravel
  • Wordpress
  • Drupal
  • knows a tiny bit about Google Analytics
  • can usually decipher php, Java, Javascript, python, MYSQL, HTML and CSS
  • saying ‘Yes, I can do that.’

Interests

Would like to have a cunning plan to retire by the age of 45 and sail around the world a few times with her husband, meeting up with her children at random intervals, and writing a novel or 2 whilst filming a ground-breaking documentary about the social ails of the world.

Karl Jermy

People and project management

Biography

A wearer of many hats, literally, Karl came to Neontribe in 2013 after a period of rest from a fifteen year spell at one of the world's brokest Banks. He initially started his IT career in November 1996 within the call centre of Richard Branson’s Virgin Direct before moving to a testing role and proceeded to work his way through the ranks to the dizzy heights of Test Manager with the then Virgin One Account.

After a number of re-organisational moves within the wider area of the bank, found himself in a service delivery manager role, juggling a wide variety of teams and projects across the broader spectrum of the bank, from Edinburgh to Mumbai and back again. Eventually they caught up with him and he was allowed to leave in Sept 2011.

Refreshed and liberated, he has embraced the Neontribe work ethic (even growing a moustache) and has been tasked with bringing a level of structure and project management into the team whilst maintaining the fun in delivering brilliant projects.

Key skills

  • People management
  • Project management
  • Test management
  • Anything else Harry doesn't want to do

Interests

Roast duck and rioja, champagne tasting at sunrise, Ian Fraser Kilmister, hand made Italian leather boots, the Canaries and blue skies.

Andy Barnes

System Administration & Deployment

Andy came to Neontribe at the beginning of 2012 with over 10 years of UNIX administration experience and 18 years in the industry.

Key Skills

  • UNIX system administration, Linux and Solaris
  • Windows system administration
  • Database administration
  • Network administration
  • Apache/Webserver administration
  • SSL administration
  • Shell scripting
  • Administration
  • Telling people on the internet they are doing it wrong

Interests

Computer Gaming, Blood Bowl, Fiction, Films, Poker, F1, LARP, Tabletop Gaming, Open Source, Chain Surfs

Robert Preus-MacLaren

Coding & Deployment

Rob became an accidental chef, going from kitchen boy to cook, before he had the serendipitous opportunity to leave the catering industry. Rob has taught himself to write code since he was 14, using time in IT lessons to write excel macros. Since then he has also dedicated his spare time learning and writing in different languages ranging from memory editors (game hacks) in visual basic to 2d games in Java. Since then Java Rob's latest language love affairs have been writing front and back end JavaScript, and learning Go.

Rob enjoys working on end-to-end development, but specialises in the front end and JavaScript. He also enjoys hardware, and relishes the prospect of building a robot, but has no idea how.

Key Skills

  • Frontend/backend JavaScript
  • Linux + bash
  • Breaking things
  • Fixing things
  • Mongo
  • Symantic html + css
  • Googling
  • Git

Interests

Learning languages and building things, playing games (both board and video), eating pizza too much and consuming stories.

Anthony Stansbridge

Programming

Anthony left further education to pursue a programming career working for a SAAS company offering services to nationwide letting agents. He joined Neontribe in 2015 and finds himself spending most of his time writing Javascript.

Key Skills

  • Linux
  • SQL
  • Go/Javascript

Interests

Programming, games, coffee, tiling window managers, vim, trailing commas,

Steph Adams

Design and Programming

After several years of working as a self-taught front end web developer, Steph studied Computer Science at the UEA, graduating in 2013. She spent the next three years there as an e-learning designer working on award-winning distance learning programmes before joining Neontribe in 2016. Steph is particularly interested in anything to do with user interface design.

Key Skills

  • Graphic design
  • Photoshop
  • HTML/CSS
  • PHP
  • Moodle
  • Wordpress

Interests

Illustration, gaming, knitting, jazz, beer, the idea of doing pottery in a little shed while listening to jazz and drinking beer

Oliver Barnwell

Programming

Oliver originally set out with a dream of becoming an electrical engineer. However, after realising that this involves many small components which tend to inexplicably break for no apparent reason he rapidly diverted his attention to software which, as he was to discover later, also tends to break for no apparent reason.

At a young age he began by writing small text-based games in QBasic before discovering Visual Basic and promptly setting out to make his own version of anything with a GUI. Later, Oliver discovered JavaScript and proceeded to start but never finish an assortment of small games and other projects.

In more recent times Oliver has helped to ship a web-based VR road safety game, attended several hackathons and has been learning about modern graphics programming in WebGL.

He joined Neontribe in 2016 following on from his A Levels and is currently the youngest member of the company.

Key Skills

  • Drupal 7/8
  • JavaScript,
  • PHP,
  • Using Stack Overflow,
  • Linux,
  • Some OpenGL and C.

Interests

MMORPGs, making games, eventually becoming not terrible at art, different types of tea, tweeting, disagreeing (and occasionally agreeing) with people on the internet

Matt Williams

Google Analytics & Metrics

Matt is a current student of computer science at the University of East Anglia interning at Neontribe. He focuses on the metrics side of Neontribe projects, implementing tracking code so clients can see how users are interacting with their products. He wishes to be a professional developer after graduating university.

Key Skills

  • Google Analytics
  • Java
  • PHP,
  • C++/C
  • PHP (Laravel)

Interests

Watching football and drinking the cheapest available alcohol.

Kara Langford

Business Information & Reporting

Kara was faced with Microsoft Access for the first time in 2007 and quickly learnt that it was utterly rubbish and learning SQL was much more useful and fun. Thus began an affinity with all things database and report related, resulting in Kara moving into a career in Business Information & Management Information Systems.

Leaving MIS Management in the education sector, Kara embarked upon an Undergraduate Degree in Business Information Systems at UEA, from where she is due to graduate in Summer 2018. Kara joined Neontribe as an Intern in 2016.

Key Skills

  • SQL & SSRS
  • Leadership & Project Managment
  • Google Analytics
  • Java, C & C++
  • Bits of PHP, various JavaScript frameworks & Python
  • Git

Interests

Console Gaming, Tabletop RPGs, Alt. electronic music, Sci-Fi and Horror, being pale and interesting while also loving sunshine, MLP, impatiently waiting for Patrick Rothfuss to write the next Kingkiller Chronicle and George RR Martin to finish writing Game of Thrones.

George Deeks

Programming

George graduated from UEA with a MSc. in Computer Science in August 2014, and joined Neontribe in January 2015. Since then, he has worked on a variety of projects, but mostly now concerns himself with JavaScript and gluing his pulled-out hair back in. To amend for his sins, he also has a passion for engaging youngsters in the art of coding.

Key Skills

  • Javascript
  • Java
  • React
  • SQL
  • Agile methodology

Interests

Sport, fighting with Harry for the pork scratchings, good hair glue, and chinos.

Charlie Strange

Programming, often in a waistcoat

After over a decade developing the IT capabilities of a sector-leading claims management company, Charlie briefly tried his hand directing a SME focused IT services company in Norfolk, proving that, truly, there's no such thing as worthless experiences, just expensive ones. He now enjoys writing webby things for Good Causes to both pay off some karmic debt and explore new ways of thinking about software development, mostly in PHP and JS.

He is nursing a mild addiction to certification to formalise his position as an InfoSec pundit, because thats where all the best parties are.

Key Skills

  • PHP (Laravel)
  • Javascript (VueJS, Angular and older frameworks)
  • System, Database and Network Administration
  • Information Security

Interests

Collaborative storytelling (with dice and cake), poorly defending liberal politics, online security/privacy in a mass surveillance environment and similar, lost causes. He swims regularly both to ward off middle age and for the secret pleasure of meditating on a problem while the body is on autopilot.