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ING Wholesale Bank

Venture Builder (Consulting)

Consulting in ING's London Lab on new ventures at the intersection of finance, tech, and sustainability. By 2030 the world collectively needs to have invested trillions to meet the UN's sustainable development goals. 
I co-lead a team building a data platform for sustainable finance which provides analytics and automated reporting to support green finance products such as green bonds and sustainability-linked loans.

We followed a lean experiment-driven approach: first, research and discover significant customer pain points, then validate those problems are worth solving, test out multiple potential solutions before committing to building software or digital products.

That involved developing a software architecture that works within the constraints of a regulated environment whilst also bringing in modern cloud-based approaches using Azure and serverless/low-code design patterns. Tech stack – React.js / Apollo / GraphQL / Serverless functions / Node.js / Azure

Rainmaking / DHL Supply Chain

Venture Builder

Developing new digital ventures around e-commerce logistics and supply chain with backing from DHL. Leading on the technology side of the venture building process, but with a lot of input into strategy, business model and deal structure.

Developed a web-based lean experiment knowledge base app that we used to run our business model validation work. Built a web-based technical documentation product that helped us communicate tech decisions to stakeholders from the investing business. Then for user-facing products, focused on a build using a serverless architecture made up of small universal web apps using a Node, GraphQL, Apollo, Postgres, CosmosDB, React, Next.js / Gatsby.js stack.

Collaborated with Ramboll as an advisor to their internal teams and devised and built a startup scouting tool that used data from multiple sources to surface opportunities for investment or collaboration.


Technical co-founder

An online learning community of around 90,000 creative women who come to us to get inspiration and education on how to improve how they communicate their work through imagery, social media and via the latest tech tools. During the processes of building the business I've broadened the range of technologies I'm familiar with to include GraphQL, GCP, React and Vue. 

Rainmaking / InMotion Ventures

EIR / Venture Studio Lead

A one-year engagement to prototype and develop multiple digital products in a new venture studio being set up by Jaguar Landrover, and operated by Rainmaking. The studio is now InMotion Ventures, and several of the products from that time have now emerged as standalone ventures.  I hired several teams, collaboratively ran our studio processes, and also worked hands on on one of the products. We developed ventures with a variety of modern technologies including React Native, serverless cloud functions and micro-services.



A startup studio dedicated to giving a leg up to the little guy. The model was to build a series of small digital prototypes, test them rapidly by releasing and getting feedback early, then investing in the ideas that showed the most promise. From forty code sketches in the first year, we worked on a cohort of twelve prototypes in twelve months, with three of those progressing with a team, revenue and growth in year two.

As the technical founder/CTO, I wrote a lot of the early code on these products, and our preferred stack involved Ruby on Rails, Heroku, AWS and PostgreSQL, although around that time ReactJS appeared and is where I first started using it. Comment-worthy projects during that time – Unicorn Hunt (Exit to Tiny in 2018), (free events platform), Accenture (won a business & arts award), Linkydink (on which Product Hunt launched).


Technical co-founder

One of two co-founders of a video production and collaboration platform for professional film and TV makers. Built the initial prototypes, developed and filed patented business processes, coded much of the early platform, hired and ran a tech and product team, lead on architecture and tooling. The company raised several million of venture funding and scaled up to a staff of thirty during my time there. 

Channel 4 – 4IP Innovation Fund

Help Me Investigate - Technical Partner

One of the first investments from Channel 4's innovation fund 4IP, Help Me Investigate was a website for people to ask difficult questions that they couldn't get answered elsewhere and collaborate with other people in their local community to answer them. The project resulted in the influential "BCCDIY" local government project, which was a collaborative, community-built city council website, as envisioned, designed and built by Birmingham residents.


Co-Founder, Creative Director, latterly Managing Director

A multi-award-winning digital studio. Our first major project was Vivienne Westwood's international website, which we ran for around six years. Major clients included Coca-cola, Mars, The V&A Museum and Toni & Guy. 


Clore Leadership Programme


A leadership development programme for creative industries leaders where I developed skills around leading teams, public speaking, influencing, self-reflection and research.

University of Birmingham

Computer Science and Software Engineering BSc 2:1

I was acutely ill with a brain tumour and meningitis at the end of my second year, but pushed on and graduated with a high 2:1, and took options in Artificial Intelligence.

Oaklands College

International Baccalaureate

Voluntary / CULTURAL work

School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham

Industrial Advisory Board Member

I advise the school on growing the department from the point of view of tech startups.

The ICE List –

Committee Member & Tech Lead

Leading on applying technology to grow an amazing community of tech entrepreneurs, venture capital investors and ecosystem players. 

University of Birmingham

Member of Court

I sat on one of the governing bodies of the University, which had oversight of the organisation's growth and strategy, including approving the appointment of the chancellor.

Heber Primary School

School Governor (Including Chair for three years)

I volunteered at my local primary school, where I led the school through a consultation on academisation, the retirement of our long-standing head teacher, helped run the recruitment process for a new head, and saw  the school move from an Ofsted rating of "Needs Improvement" to "Good" with several areas at Outstanding. In the process, I learned how to govern effectively, work with the local authority on a wide range of challenging issues such as child protection, gained an understanding of pupil data and school funding in an environment where all London schools are seeing a sharp decline in funding.

Ignite Accelerator

Mentor / Venture Partner

Ignite is one of Europe's best pre-seed accelerator programmes. I volunteer as a speaker and mentor.

Distribute the Future


In collaboration with two schools and a computer science teacher, we have developed classroom activities to inspire children to get into robotics and technology.

Comic Relief

Technologist in Residence

A collaboration between Sidekick Studios and Comic Relief on rapidly developing a set of experimental year-round digital fundraising products.

Creative Scotland / Sync

Technologist in Residence

I was resident technologist on the beautiful, blustery Scottish Inner- Hebridean island of Eigg (population 90) on an innovative project to enable technologists and artists to collaborate.

St. George's School Edgbaston

School Governor

My first experience of school governance was as a board member for a local school in Birmingham.

Creative Republic


I was one of the founding members of Creative Republic-an independent, representative group for the creative and cultural industries of Birmingham and the West Midlands region. We influenced policymaking and developed the blog.

FIERCE! Festival


Fierce! Festival is an annual festival of cutting-edge performing arts across the West Midlands, UK. As one of the directors of the festival, I oversaw governance and strategic issues rather than being involved in the day-to-day running of the festival as a business.

Type Records


Type is a record label and artist collective specialising in modern experimental music. I co-founded the label, which is now run by John Twells and has released upwards of 120 albums over its life, and was listed as one of the Guardian's top 10 independent record labels in the UK.