Meet the team

CCO & Founder

Paul Goodenough

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.

Core skillset

Accessibility and Compliance Semantics
Business Development
Conceptual Design
Consulting
Conversion Rate Optimisation
Copywriting
Flash
Graphic design
Marketing
Motion Graphics
Multivariate Testing
Partnerships
Product Development
Product Management
Prototypes
SEO
Strategy
UI Design
User Experience
User Testing
UX Design
Visual Design
Wireframes
XSLT

Did you know

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.

CEO

Geoff Wells

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, Diabetes UK, NHS, Good Energy, British Chambers of Commerce, and the University of Bath.

Core skillset

Agile Product Owner
Business Development
Business Operations
Consulting
CRM
Marketing
Partnerships
Product Management
Strategy

Did you know

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.

Technical Director

Simon Neaves

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. 

Core skillset

Agile Product Owner
Agile Project Management
Agile Scrum Master
AWS
Backbone
Consulting
Git
Hosting
Information Architecture
Javascript
Jenkins
OOP
PHP
SQL

Did you know

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.

Director of DevOps

Ben Poole

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.

Core skillset

Agile Project Management
AJAX
AWS
Chef
CRM
Electron
Git
Grunt
Hibernate
Hosting
HTML
Hudson
Information Architecture
Infosec
J2EE
Java
Javascript
Jenkins
jQuery
JSON
Linux/UNIX
Load Testing
Lucene
Monitoring
MySQL
Node
OOP
PHP
Product Management
Puppet
RDBMS
Agile Scrum Master
Server Administration
Shell Scripting
SOLR
Spring
SQL
SVN
Virtualization
XML
XSLT

Did you know

Menial Job Peon is not only an anagram of Benjamin Poole but also Ben's previous job title.

Senior Developer

Andy Max

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.

Core skillset

AJAX
Asterisk
C
C#
CRM
CSS
Forge
Git
Hosting
HTML
Javascript
jQuery
Linux/UNIX
Load Testing
MySQL
OOP
PAL
Perl
PHP
PostgreSQL
Server Administration
Shell Scripting
SOLR
SQL
SVN
XML

Did you know

Andy's real name caused a buffer overflow which inspired the W32/Nimbda worm.

Solution Architect

Tom Broughton

Tom brings a passion for creativity with a strong background in product management, service design, agile delivery and technology. As an advisor, architect, and coach he has led teams and organisations through digital and agile transformations, helped organisations to deal with uncertainty better, and leveraged risk and assurance as a vehicle to effect change.

Tom has led teams to deliver products and services based on user research, experimentation, empirical evidence, and continuous improvements. Tom has delivered multiple high-profile public-facing digital products for BBC as well as .GOV GDS services.

Core skillset

Agile
AWS
CMS
CRM
Git
Information Architecture
Linux/UNIX
MySQL
Node
Problem Solving
Product Development
Product Development
RDBMS
Solution Architecture
Team Coaching

Did you know

Tom is a member of the Peaky Plungers, a group of open water swimmers who seek out beautiful watery places to plunge into all year round come rain, shine or snow!

Senior UI Designer

Anthony Butterfield

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.

Core skillset

Conceptual Design
Motion Graphics
UI Design
User Experience
UX Design
Visual Design

Did you know

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.

Developer

Chris Bingham

Chris' uses his love for games to drive his passion for his favourite projects, he works mostly on maintenance and enhancement of the BBC's IVOR game engine, which is used to create many of the BBC's most popular games for younger audiences. While mainly a frontend developer working with JavaScript, he is not afraid to dive into a CMS and apply his PHP skills. He has a MSc in Creative Technologies and Enterprise and also has a keen interest in video production; he plans and produces videos that appear on the Aerian social media channels.

Core skillset

Agile Project Management
Agile Scrum Developer
Business Operations
CSS
HTML
Javascript
jQuery
Multiple Device Testing
Multivariate Testing
PHP

Did you know

Chris loves pickle so much that he named his dog Branston.

Finance Manager

Sue Jupp

Sue is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years experience providing finance, payroll and management accounts support for a variety of business types and sizes. 

Core skillset

Business Operations
Finance
HR
Senior Developer

Ben Wilson

Ben is a talented developer with a passion for creating interactive experiences for web and apps that inspire and enthuse.

Ben thrives on being part of an ever-evolving digital industry, with the goal of using tech to create simple and compelling solutions that make life easier … and the opportunity to be creative and make something beautiful.

Ben has created digital experiences for clients including Cartoon Network, Jaguar Land Rover, and .GOV.

Core skillset

App Development
CSS
Git
GraphQL
HTML
Javascript
Node
React
React Native
REST

Did you know

Ben was once an audio engineer for a play which Philip Schofield was watching.

Developer

Darren Torchia

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.

Core skillset

Git
HTML
jQuery
Linux/UNIX
MySQL
OOP
PHP
SEO

Did you know

Darren only uses plates and cutlery he has 3d printed himself. His latest 3d creation is a life-size copy of Hugh Laurie who at random intervals shout's "it's never lupus".

Creative Developer

David Martinez-Plaza

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).

Core skillset

AJAX
Android
App Development
Backbone
C++
CSS
Git
HTML
Java
Javascript
jQuery
JSON
Node
OOP
SQL

Did you know

David is a keen cyclist, motorcycle rider and drone pilot. But not all at the same time. He's working on it.

Client Side Developer

Hannah Williams

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.

Core skillset

CSS
Drupal
Electron
HTML
jQuery
JSON
PHP
SEO
SQL
SVN
XML
XSLT

Did you know

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 Soos
Developer

Gyula Soós

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.

Core skillset

Agile Scrum Developer
AWS
C#
CSS
Graphic design
HTML
Javascript
Multiple Device Testing
Openstack
PHP

Did you know

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'.

Technical Project Manager

Karen Velasquez

Karen is at the heart of our team managing projects for our clients. For Karen, work is about striving towards something that matters deeply, and being committed to an idea or project with enormous resolve to carry it through. Karen has managed teams and projects in a wide range of sectors in the UK and in Spain.

Core skillset

Agile Product Owner
Agile Project Management
Agile Scrum Master
AWS
Browser Technologies
Business Analysis
CMS
Conversion Rate Optimisation
CRM
CSS
HTML
Product Management
Project Management
QA & Testing
SEO
Strategy

Did you know

Karen accidentally swam with piranha fish in the Amazon. A genuinely fishy story about the one that got away ...

Technical Project Manager

Jonathan Chard

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.

Core skillset

API design
Business Analysis
Business Development
C++
Enterprise Architecture
Git
Groovy
J2EE
Java
Javascript
Jenkins
OGS
Ontologies
OOP
Product Management
Project Management
Python
R
RDF
REST
Selenium
SGE
Spring
SVN
UML
XML
XSLT

Did you know

Jon once hitched from Loughborough to Paris during Rag Week and broke the record for the number of lifts needed to complete the trip.

Project & Admin Assistant

Marek Rodgers

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.

Core skillset

Agile Scrum Developer
ISO 27001
ISO 9001
Multiple Device Testing
Multivariate Testing
QA & Testing

Did you know

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.

Client Side Developer

Gareth Perry

Gareth recently completed a degree in Computer Science at The University of the West of England where he excelled in a broad range of subjects including Bio-computation, Analysis of Data Structures and Algorithms, and Enterprise Systems Development. In addition to this, an 18-month placement as a software developer earned him invaluable industry experience and helped make the step up to Aerian Studios.

Core skillset

C#
CSS
HTML
Javascript
React
React Native

Did you know

Software development is his second career, before heading to University to study Computer Science he had an accomplished career as a Chef including 3 years in a Michelin accredited fine dining restaurant.

Hosting & DevOps Engineer

Josh Edney

Josh has worked on many of our largest web projects, bringing passion and experience in systems architectures and hosting. He has worked on large, technical projects that involve processing large amounts of complex, and often time-critical, data. Josh brings highly developed skills in identifying and implementing effective solutions, with adaptability and the determination to get things done right.Projects Josh has worked on include Diabetes UK, RadioPlayer Worldwide, and Cartoon Network.

Core skillset

AWS
Chef
Git
Groovy
Hosting
Linux/UNIX
Load Testing
Monitoring
MySQL
nosql
Python
Ruby
Server Administration
Shell Scripting
Virtualization
Developer

Jimmy Rowe

Developer

Matt Hardman

Senior Designer

Paul Warder

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.

Core skillset

Conceptual Design
Graphic design
Motion Graphics
Multiple Device Testing
Prototypes
UI Design
User Experience
UX Design
Visual Design
Wireframes

Did you know

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!

Senior UX Designer

Neil Thorne

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.

Core skillset

Conceptual Design
Graphic design
Multivariate Testing
Prototypes
UI Design
User Experience
User Testing
UX Design
Wireframes

Did you know

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.

Senior Designer

Ryan Cheetham

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.

Core skillset

Conceptual Design
Conversion Rate Optimisation
CSS
Flash
Graphic design
HTML
Javascript
jQuery
Motion Graphics
Multiple Device Testing
Prototypes
SEO
UI Design
User Experience
UX Design
Visual Design
Wireframes

Did you know

Ryan once managed to get a selfie with a 5m great white shark!

Head of CSD

S'unya Dickman

S'unya has worked on many of Aerian's most interactive and leading-edge projects including BBC Whispering Stars, BBC iWonder Guides, CNN Africa View News app, The Science Museum's Antenna and The Space: Open Call. He has a BA (Hons) Interactive Arts, and specialises in App development, HTML/CSS and JavaScript.

Core skillset

App Development
Backbone
CSS
HTML
Javascript
React

Did you know

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.

Client Side Developer

Jason Goodenough

Jason has built the front end experiences on some of the world's biggest sites including over 100 BBC projects, CNN's International Commercial website, Breast Cancer Now and Diabetes UK. His work has been widely upheld by the industry as shining examples of best practice.

 

Core skillset

CSS
Drupal
HTML
jQuery
XML
XSLT

Did you know

Jason is a avid follower of Swindon Town.

Senior Developer

Spencer Westwood

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!!

Core skillset

Android
App Development
Backbone
Browser Technologies
Business Development
C
C++
Consulting
Conversion Rate Optimisation
Copywriting
CRM
CSS
Electron
Forge
Foundation
Git
Glow
Grunt
Hosting
HTML
Infosec
iOS
J2EE
Java
Javascript
Jekyll
jQuery
JSON
Linux/UNIX
Lucene
Marketing
Monitoring
Motion Graphics
Multiple Device Testing
Multivariate Testing
MySQL
Node
nosql
Objective-C
PAL
Perl
PHP
PostgreSQL
Product Development
Product Management
Prototypes
Python
RDBMS
Ruby
Agile Scrum Master
SEO
Server Administration
Shell Scripting
Siebel
SOLR
Spectrum
Spring
SQL
SVN
UI Design
User Testing
XML
XSLT

Did you know

Spencer owns six guitars, two pianos, a violin and a djembe but doesn't have a partridge in a pear tree... yet.

Client Side Developer

Wayne Pitts

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.

Core skillset

Android
Browser Technologies
CSS
Drupal
Git
Grunt
HTML
Javascript
jQuery
JSON
Multiple Device Testing
MySQL
PHP
SVN
XML

Did you know

Wayne can't physically hold cotton wool, even thinking about this toxic material makes him squirm.

Software Test Engineer

Anthony Rowe

Tony has a breadth of experience in testing games (ahem!), apps and websites.
Distractor

Aero The Dog

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.

Core skillset

Fetch
High five
Lay down
Sit
Spin

Did you know

All Aero wants to do all day is roll in glorious mud whilst chasing a tennis ball and coming home to eat Lasagne.

Want to join the team?

We're always on the look out for talented and passionate individuals to join our team. If you think you have what it takes to become a member of the Aerian family then please get in touch. Recruitment is handled by our COO - please send your cv to us by email to cv@aerian.com

Recruitment agencies - we only work with a small set of selected agencies. Please do NOT call us at all. You may email to cv@aerian.com and if interested we will get back to you.