Paul founded Aerian to work on projects of worth, and has shaped, managed and delivered some of the biggest national and international digital projects for clients such as BBC, Channel 4, Sky, Into Film, The Science Museum, Breast Cancer Now, Dementia Friends, Alzheimer's Society, Danone, Tesco Mobile, Nickelodeon and more.
Paul is also a double Emmy nominated writer & producer for brands inc. BBC, How to Train Your Dragon and Peppa Pig; and owns over 20k comics. Paul has also been highlighted as one of the top ten innovators in the UK by UKTI.
Geoff has wide experience in business and marketing strategy and technology product development, with more than 25 years experience across a range of businesses and sectors. He has worked with global brands and aspiring start-ups in creating business and product strategies and bringing products to market. Clients and brands Geoff has worked with include Google, Unilever, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, The MetOffice, BBC, CNN, Good Energy, British Chambers of Commerce, and the University of Bath.
Did you know Geoff once took a wrong turn in Seville and was mistaken for a matador. Having been escorted to the bull fight ring he said the steaks were never higher.
Simon has single handedly created the development team that has seen us lauded as a "truly first class" outfit and highlighted as one of the best development companies in the UK. Simon has acted as Technical Architect for some of the largest web projects in the world combining existing services with bespoke development to create extensible web projects that offer unrivalled full life-cycle value for money and maximum extensibility.
Simon has managed and delivered hundreds of projects for our clients including BBC Mixital, CNN's Africa View App, Into Film (Festivals and Educator), Wiltshire Council's digital platform, multiple Business Growth Hubs, The Space and many more. As a highly experienced developer in his own right, but with natural tendencies for leadership and strategy, Simon stands alongside our developers as a facilitator to optimise performance and delivery for our clients.
Simon is the only person we know to have given his beard not only a first name, but also a middle name. He once not only lost his car keys but also a wheel barrow in his beard.
Ben has extensive experience with high availability platforms and services. Ben is one of the biggest single reasons for Aerian's massive success with projects of scale, and his ability to navigate his way through the maze of systems, people, teams and services enables us to deliver highly technical and complex projects on a regular basis.
Menial Job Peon is not only an anagram of Benjamin Poole but also Ben's previous job title.
Andy is one of Aerian's development rocks with extensive skills and experience in developing and implementing CMS systems, API integrations, and CRM development. Andy has been lead developer for some of our largest and most complex projects including BBC Things To Do, Go Groups, Into Film (Festival and Educator) and Wiltshire Council.
Andy has a BSc in Electronic Computer Engineering specialising in Internet Technology and over 10 years professional and commercial experience.
Andy's real name caused a buffer overflow which inspired the W32/Nimbda worm.
Anthony is a digital designer and art director with a commitment to user centred design. He has over 14 years industry experience, working within the world of Digital, User Experience, Advertising and E-learning. Designing for brands including American Airlines, British Airways, BAE Systems, Bloomberg, TfL, Barclays, Zurich, Paddy Power, Cineworld, P&O Ferries and LV insurance. Anthony is a skilled design thinker and problem solver with a passion for creating compelling, innovative and usable design experiences across multiple platforms.
Did you know Anthony once spent an hour train journey on his commute home sat oposite celebrity Hugh Bonneville (A.K.A Lord Grantham from Downton Abbey) their legs both vying for space and only noticed who it was when it was time to depart the train.
Chris loves pickle so much that he named his dog Branston.
Darren is a keen and passionate web software developer, adept at integrating a variety of services and technologies. He has delivered complex systems where security of personal and financial data is paramount, and systems requiring direct and time-critical communication with emergency services.
David has years of experience creating rich and complex mobile apps, web apps, games, systems and experiences. His is a highly creative front-end developer, with skills extending across apps, web and through to PHP development.
David has worked on leading web and mobile products including BBC Companion App, BBC Mixital, CNN Africa View News App, Good Energy's meter reading app, The Science Museum's Antenna project, The Space: Open Call, and The Space (Arts Council).
David is a keen cyclist, motorcycle rider and drone pilot. But not all at the same time. He's working on it.
Hannah has been involved in many of our most engaging and mobile responsive web projects. She is highly skilled in creating industry leading experiences across multiple devices, including the very recent launch of the BBC's footer: Discover Cards which is consumed by millions of users every day.
Hannah brings years of experience working in both client side and server side development, creating applications and experiences used and enjoyed by millions of users globally.
Hannah has a love of animals, owning a growing collection including dogs, rescue cats, chickens and soon to be who knows what (thinking horses, Alpacas). Also an up-and-coming ballet dancer and gymnast, albeit a beginner now, but maybe someday...
Gyula has a fresh BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing from University of Bath. While at the university he learned a little bit about everything, now he's eager to learn a lot about the key technologies. He's passionate about anything IT related: cloud technologies, computer hardware/software and digital trends.
Gyula’s colleagues have a hard time understanding him, because he implemented the Hungarian notation in spoken language. Prefixing verbs with a 'v', nouns with a 'n', adverbs with a 'd', and adjectives with a 'j' just 'vMakes jmore nsense dfor nhim'.
Core to our front-end development team, James has worked on some of Aerian's most visually important interactive applications, apps and games.
Coming from a creative background, James' eye for interactivity and user experience ensures that the granular levels of user-experience seep through to all areas of our projects. James has delivered multiple projects including BBC Mixital, CBeebies, Sky Elementary, the Science Museum, and Arts Council which are some of our proudest achievements.
James is best known for accidentally entering a Bruce Willis lookalike competition while playing his double bagpipes outside his local public house.
Jason has built the front end experiences on some of the world's biggest sites including over 100 BBC projects. His work has been widely upheld by the industry as shining examples of best practice.
Jason works as both client side developer and Quality Assurance Officer ensuring our sites are valid, performant on all browsers and devices and accessible beyond just being ‘acceptable'.
Jason is a avid follower of Swindon Town.
Jonathan's earliest memory of programming was cracking open a ZX Spectrum adventure game and fixing how the dice rolled... Ever since then he has worked with computers in some way or other and now has more than 25 years experience of working in the software industry, working in a variety of sectors including banking, scientific software, healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry. In that time he has held a variety of roles ranging from development, business analysis, enterprise architecture and product and project management. He has also presented at various conferences in data science such as PhUSE, useR! and EARL. He has an MSc in Software Engineering from Teesside University, and a degree in Mathematics with Computation from Loughborough University.
Jon once hitched from Loughborough to Paris during Rag Week and broke the record for the number of lifts needed to complete the trip.
Marek provides key project management and quality support to our clients and our team to ensure smooth delivery of projects. Marek is also responsible for QA testing, and provides input across the delivery process with the insight and understanding of an in-depth UX thinker.
Marek has more than 10 hours of recorded flight time with a Grob Tutor, sadly his high sensitivity to manoeuvres prevented him from becoming the next Top Gun.
Matt has 20 years of web development experience, and has been creating mobile apps since the first days of iPhone and Android. He is as happy roadmapping a new product line, working on a full stack Node/Angular application or flipping bits on a microprocessor. As well as being an experienced developer, Matt is a serial entrepreneur with a flair for developing new products. He created the world's fastest camera flash, the #3 most popular Cordova plugin, and market-leading products in sectors as diverse as spaceflight photography and beekeeping.
Matt first trained as a baker and pastry chef, but retired in glory at the age of 20 because his love of coding was even greater than his love of profiteroles.
When enrolling at university, Matt got confused by the IT reference to the cloud and ended up getting a degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Paul has been at the forefront of our heaviest user experience design projects, delivering complex user journeys in a simple, easy to consume manner for users of all abilities.
Paul's designs have placed Aerian at the forefront of the digital industry, helping inform best practice and creating brands and experiences for multi million pound projects including; BBC Climate Asia, BBC Whispering Stars, Tesco Mobile Challenge, David Cameron / Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends campaign and Into Film.
Did you know that Paul once appeared on the famous 90s show "Games Master" and competed in a Super Bomber man competition... He didn't win!
Neil has worked at the highest levels in the digital design industry for over 15 years as a UI and UX designer and has extensive knowledge of front-end build practices, CRO and MVT.
He has powered the user-centred approach and products for a range of clients including Ricoh, Samsung, NHS, BBC Sport (and other BBC departments) and Breast Cancer Now - where he was the project lead helping to merge two sizeable charities into a single united £30m+ charity brand and website.
In 2006 Neil managed to successfully clone himself… twice. Whilst encouraged to understand the ways of Photoshop, all the clones want to do is play Minecraft.
Ryan orginally started out in product design with a BA Product Design degree and moved swiftly into the digital world.
Ryan has developed keen creative and development skills, and has designed and developed digital products and platforms for leading brands including Into Film, Nikon, Ricoh, Samsung, Invisalign, Travelodge, Jury's Inn, Pearson and PixelPin.
Ryan once managed to get a selfie with a 5m great white shark!
S'unya's grandfather invented the dictaphone (+ answering machine). He has been practicing TaiJi Quan for over half his life and this year he cycled over 6000km a year commuting.
Spencer has wide technology and project management skills and experience across multiple verticals including financial services, manufacturing, airlines and government.
Spencer is core part of our development team providing year-on-year support for BBC's Knowlege & Learning team, and has worked on BBC's WW1 at Home, BBC Food, and BBC Companion App just to name a few!!
Spencer owns six guitars, two pianos, a violin and a djembe but doesn't have a partridge in a pear tree... yet.
Wayne is one of the best multi-disciplinary developers in the industry, covering complex front-end build and resilient back-end application development including moderation, content management systems and version-control.
Wayne has worked his wizardry on projects such as BBC Climate Asia, Credit Union Quiz, The Film Network, Into Film (Festival and Educator), NYPP Festivals and BBC Mixital.
Wayne can't physically hold cotton wool, even thinking about this toxic material makes him squirm.
Bark, Bark!! Woof Woof!!!
Aero is the office dog, belonging to Hannah Williams. Leaning on years of Hannah's ability to distract, her protege, the irrepressible Aero has firmly placed himself as the chief distractor - the student has become the master!
With his skills in amusement and inability to walk across anything like a smooth surface, he forms an integral part of the team.
All Aero wants to do all day is roll in glorious mud whilst chasing a tennis ball and coming home to eat Lasagne.