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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.


Will

People Person

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.

Nikesh

Onboarding Team

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 Team

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.

Roury

Customer Champion

Roury is our Customer Champion. He's come from a music background, both teaching and performing. He's in charge of mentoring people through the application process as well as keeping them as happy as possible! Fun fact, Roury owned 33 gerbils at once.

Elspeth

Careers Team

Elspeth is part of the careers team, keeping her ear to the ground for employers who are in need of great developers. Despite being relatively new to the world of tech, Elspeth is very passionate about it, and cares a lot about connecting great organisations with great people. Other passions include food, (amateur) tennis and Scotland.

Florence

Head of Operations

Florence is our Head of Operations. She has over 6 years of experience working in startups. She has a passion for education, logistics and problem solving. In her free time, she likes to bake and watch sport in the pub.

Dana

Chief Joy Officer

Dana is our Chief Joy Officer. As a holistic coach, she facilitates the well-being of the students and staff. Everything from one-to-one coaching and group sessions to daily meditation and teaching Emotional Intelligence through the “ACE Dev" curriculum. She is also our in-house Yoga teacher (RYT certified). Dana loves music and fun!

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.

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.

Ed

Coaching Team

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 Team

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.

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

Marketing Team

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

Coaching Team

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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