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

Matt comes from a Game Development background but he’s also a precociously brilliant front-end developer. He came to us on a placement from Derby University and has become an invaluable team member. We even sent him to Vegas for a couple of weeks! His portfolio and blog are found at mattlayton.co.uk.

Key skills

  • PHP
  • HTML/CSS
  • Drupal
  • UnrealScript
  • C / C# / C++
  • MIPS Assembly

Interests

Sketching (portraiture)

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.

Frank Reding

Designer & Programmer

When Frank got a copy of Purple Saturn Day for his Amstrad CPC as a young boy, he saw what could be achieved even within extremely limited contraints, and began creating his own games. Later, his attention turned to the web, despite his best attempts at going down a more literary route. Passionate (and pedantic) about both back- and front-end design and development, he now has a positively rude number of web projects under his belt. Still he continues to hunt for new, exciting technologies, better user experiences, and interesting tea flavours.

Key skills

  • Application development in Javascript and PHP
  • Structured Markup, CSS, Typography, Graphic Design
  • Database architecture
  • Digital media platforms

Interests

Photography and videography, writing, recording, and listening to music, gaming, the demo scene, day-dreaming about replacing his home with a mini-castle.

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

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
  • PHP
  • Javascript

Interests

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

Tom Freestone

Design and Programming

Tom graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Computer Science degree and then drifted off into the world of freelance photography. By chance he ended up joining the Dev Team at Amnesty International and then went on to work back at UEA. He joined Neontribe in 2015 and is keen to get involved in anything going.

Key Skills

  • Responsive Design
  • Javascript
  • Drupal
  • Laravel
  • BDD
  • Deployment
  • Asking for help

Interests

Rock Climbing, Hiking, Slacklining, Merino Wool, The Southern Hemisphere, Carbonated Water.

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