Neontribe is an eclectic group of individuals with interlocking skills and enthusiasms. Without our differences, we'd not have our strength.
After a decade developing IT capabilities at a sector-leading claims management company Charlie briefly tried his hand directing an SME focused IT services company. He now enjoys writing web things for Good Causes to both pay off karmic debt and explore ways of thinking about software development, mostly in PHP and JS. He’s into collaborative storytelling (with dice and cake), poorly defending liberal politics, online security/digital privacy and nursing a mild addiction to certification to bluff his way as an InfoSec pundit. He swims regularly for the secret pleasure of meditating on a problem while the body is on autopilot.
I used to be an illustrator and graphic designer. Whilst I learnt a lot I knew I wanted to work on meaningful design informed by real users. This led me to Neontribe to make design decisions that put people first.
I helped found Neontribe after a pre-to-post acquisition tour of duty on a fintech start-up. I’ve discovered you don’t need to be able to draw to design, and that life is journeys and pain points. I love to solve the latter and find listening always helps.
After graduating from a Computing course I worked in mainly content management roles using some dev skills. I occasionally freelanced on the side and then eventually stepped into an official Web Development role where I worked on custom WordPress themes and plugins. I've always kept up my knowledge on recent trends in the web space so learning React JS was a given amongst a few other frameworks such as Liquid and Twig. I'm an "active" Vegan, I use air quotes around active because I have a bad chocolate habit.... no judgement please :)
I decided not to go to Uni after school; so I worked in Customer Service Management, self-taught SQL and ended up in Management Information Systems. Falling in love with all things Data I went to Uni as a Mature Student, graduating Computer Science in 2018 and am now working towards my PhD. I joined Neontribe as an Intern in 2016. I love tech-for-good projects or anything peopleware and process-related; as Neontribe’s resident Chameleon I take on any task from coding to testing to policy writing. Outside of work I like music that goes Oontz, cuddling my French Bulldogs and drinking Tea.
Washed up from the Royal Broke of Scotland after 15 years in test and delivery management roles. Thankful to be employed, not interested in looking down once outside the office however. Neontribe has really helped with my work-life balance when it comes to juggling childcare/school runs etc. Outside of the office, I’m interested in - Blue skies. Roast duck and rioja. Hoyo De Monterrey. Champagne tasting at sunrise. Ian Fraser Kilmister. Handmade Italian leather boots. The pride of East Anglia. Dad jokes. Hurting myself and getting a high at the local bouldering club.
I had a 15-year career in the arts and local government and a short time in the world of performance storytelling before I realised that user-led service and strategy design suits my eclectic skill set. I’m a believer in tech for good, I shout about the need to allow projects to fail and I get vitriolic about only measuring things that you’re actually going to learn from. I can frequently be found doing game design to entertain 2000 people in muddy fields, or ranting on the subject.
After 6 years of working as a PHP Developer on a schools software management information system, I was looking to give something new a whirl and found the tribe. Dealing with schools for many years has allowed me to feel I'm doing some good in the world and I look forward to continuing that with Neontribe.
Outside of work, I have a very loud and fluffy cat by the name of Raymond. He can often be heard shouting at me when I'm in meetings.
As the youngest surviving member of the original founders of Neontribe, I still remember when Norwich didn’t have broadband (which was this century). Fortunately, times have moved on and I now help Neontribe and our customers manage Cybersecurity, ISO 27001 and GDPR plus all the other required bureaucracy. As some light relief, I take scouts away on summer camp and help ensure my hobby of live-action role-play runs smoothly by deploying camping and scouting skills in fields throughout the year.
After experimenting with online coding courses, I committed to becoming a developer by undertaking a Computing & Game Development degree as a mature student at Plymouth University. After graduating, I started my own one-person game development company and met Neontribe by chance while exhibiting a game at a local conference. I’ve been working for Neontribe ever since, mostly on the front end of social good projects. I enjoy playing and making video games, board games, most sports and opening new tabs.
On the cusp of beginning a PhD in Psychology, I realised I needed to problem solve in a more visually creative way. Through a couple of intense years dedicating myself to the creative process, I found my passion working in design. At Neontribe, I enjoy the challenge of designing for function and communication, whilst maintaining an artistic look and feel in my work. I deeply care about working on projects for good and hope that I am helping people in a small but meaningful way. Outside of work I can be found climbing, drawing or exploring nature.
After becoming an accidental chef, I had the opportunity to leave the catering industry. I have been writing code since I was 14, building game cheats in VB6 and plugins for Counter Strike Source. Since then I've been working with a variety of languages to build accessible applications. I enjoy the challenge of keeping up with new tech and immersing myself into the culture. I have enjoyed supporting less experienced colleagues and leading a range of projects to architect and build interfaces of all sorts, whether that be application to application interfaces or web and voice interfaces.
After spending over 4 years in the charity sector, in a range of organisations from student unions to mental health, I found myself drawn to digital. During my time in the sector, I was unknowingly dabbling in user research and UX design. Falling into all the pitfalls that you can make when doing digital in the charity sector for the first time. Learning from my mistakes led me to Neontribe and I now enjoy making as many as I can quickly and failing upwards with the aim of hopefully making the world a little better.
After graduating in computer science in the early 90s I joined an eCommerce startup that was eventually acquired by Sun Microsystems. I was lucky enough to work in Sun's professional services for five years and delivered the iPlanet applications all over the world. After leaving Sun I qualified as a teacher (PGCE) and went on to be one of the founders of Neontribe. Outside of work I hold an ERCA level 2 and coach two age groups of children at Norwich rugby club where all four of my children play.
Join The Tribe
We’re always happy to hear from people who like the sound of Neontribe, and want to grow their skills as a developer, or in user research or product management. Maybe you’re already experienced, or maybe you're just getting started. If you have an eagerness to learn more and want to be part of a great company, contact us with a short description of the skills you have and the skills you want to gain and we’ll let you know if we think there’s a place for us to start talking. That's it.