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Our Team

We're a bunch of beautiful and diverse people here at Makers HQ. Come check us out.

Who are we?

We are senior programmers with decades of experience: machine learning experts, education theorists, designers, craftspeople, craft beer aficionados, and we all love what we do: taking complete beginners from zero to junior developer in 12 weeks.

Want to join the team? We're hiring! Check out this page for more details.

Without further ado, let's introduce the team.


Max

Careers team

Max is passionate about improving diversity in tech. Before Makers Academy he spent two years at Apps for Good, inspiring young people from all walks of life to build their digital skills. Now he is working with hiring partners to improve their recruitment processes and attract the best software talent from any background.

Jordan

Sales and Marketing Director

Jordan is our Sales and Marketing Director at Makers Academy. Jordan joined us as a student on our very first cohort. We were so impressed with his skills, we couldn't help ourselves but to make him an offer.

Roi

Coachineer

Roi is an MA graduate and has over 10 years of experience in print and web design with clients including Philips, Toshiba, Emirates Bank, and West End shows. Roi loves problem solving in any form, especially coding.

Ruben

Chief Operating Officer

Ruben is part of the founding team at Makers, having himself taken the second course and built the career side of the business. Today, his focus is on the organisational structure and culture, the team and our strategic growth. Ruben is passionate about new [un]management styles, education and food.

Dana

Chief Joy Officer

Dana is our Chief Joy Officer. She facilitates the well being of the students and staff. Everything from personal/group chats and advice to daily meditation. She is also our in-house Yoga teacher (RYT). Dana loves music and fun!

Cata

Operations Manager

Cata’s always been highly organized and brilliant at making things happen. She’s worked for the Chamber of Commerce as Head of Marketing & Communications, as well as managing the Operations for a top Venture Capital firm, later becoming an Associate. After working in finance and investment, she discovered her love of startups, and now works at Makers Academy as Operations Manager - she’s the glue that holds everything together.

Rachel

Lead Engineer

Rachel is our Lead Engineer. She'll be working on enhancing the software that underpins our business. She's been in the industry for 30 years and is author of Agile Coaching. She's also a regular member of the LSO community Gamelan group and enjoys playing loud jangly Balinese percussion - she's awesome in our drum circles!

Ed

Coach

Ed has seen the whole arc of a Makers student, from candidate interviews to leading a Makers consultant team. But as a coach he just likes to spin around in his chair. He's a big fan of tennis, MTG, and a two coffee day. Favourite languages are the grammatically reasonable ones.

Becks

Careers Coach

Becks is our careers coach and supports our students into their first roles as junior developers. She worked as a coach and careers consultant in Universities and in an addiction clinic for the NHS until she took her own advice and made her home in tech. Now in a flat after years of living in a boat community, Becks is enjoying simple things like cooking a level omelette and not feeling slightly seasick.

Will

Head of Careers

Will is one of those odd people who likes recruitment. Couple that with a passion for education and tech, mix in a history of starting and growing education startups, and he's found the perfect place to work. He also volunteers for a number of organisations including EdTech UK, Tech London Advocates, Learning Futures and The Tech Partnership.

Dan

Coachineer

Dan graduated from Makers Academy and is now a Junior Developer/Coach. He primarily works on the the software applications used by Makers Academy staff and students, but also loves to pair with students to give them experience of 'real-world' development.

Nikesh

Gatekeeper

Nikesh is the self proclaimed gatekeeper for Makers Academy. After completing the course in June 2014, he refused to leave so we gave him a job. He now spends time selecting the best students for each cohort, facilitates the PreCourse and works with engineering to automate operations at Makers Academy. He also part of the Escape the City Founding Members and runs a charity in his “down” time.

Evgeny

Chief Executive Officer

Evgeny is a co-founder of Makers Academy. After graduating from uni with a masters degree in computer science, he worked for several years as a software developer in London. He knows first-hand how hard it is to hire software developers and how easy it is to get a job for those who can code, so he's now building Makers Academy to help more people to code well.

Sam

Education Lead

Sam trained at Apple, taught, and ran a small software development company. He’s passionate about the psychology of education, and software craftsmanship. He has nearly a decade of experience building complex web applications in a variety of roles.

Zara

Careers Coach

Zara is our careers coach supporting students in the transition from student to getting their first job as a Junior Developer. Previously she worked at Working Chance, supporting women with criminal convictions back into work. On the side she sells Camphill pottery, plays Gauntlet on the Makers Academy PS4 and is training to be a psychotherapist.

Emily

Careers Team

Emily is on our careers team, tracking down employers who meet our high standards and helping them to hire the developers we train. She’s new to tech - before Makers Academy, she worked in the charity sector, supporting women with criminal convictions into employment. Her main hobby is going to restaurants by herself, so she can concentrate on the food without any distractions.

Alex B

Alex is responsible for raising our profile amongst tech employers, and using the power of marketing to get awesome companies to hire our talented engineers. She’s built her career in three different continents and is passionate about startup culture.

Mary

Coach

Mary loves helping people learn, and has spent the last few years coaching programmers. She also loves making things. She has released two video games, an implementation of Git in JavaScript, and a programming language designed for beginners.

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