Meet the team

CEO & 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, Neckelodeon 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.

COO

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

Core skillset

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 Project Management
AWS
Backbone
Consulting
Git
Hosting
Information Architecture
Javascript
Jenkins
OOP
PHP
Scrum Master
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
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.

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.

Project & Admin Assistant

Chris Bingham

Chris provides essential quality assurance on the company's projects to ensure that they adhere to very high standards. In addition to this he contributes to Domain and SSL Management and provides help and advice to customers in this area. Chris 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
Business Operations
CSS
HTML
jQuery
Multiple Device Testing
Multivariate Testing

Did you know

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

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
Head of Operations

Dave Houghton

Dave has successfully project managed Aerian's largest, most business critical projects, including: Tesco Mobile MatchMaker, BBC Companion App, Science Museum Antenna, Science Museum Codebreaker Challenge and CNN Africa View App.

Dave is both meticulous and unrelenting in his attention to detail and a fully accredited Agile Scrum Master.

Core skillset

Agile Project Management
Business Operations
Copywriting
Product Management
Scrum Master

Did you know

Dave has a multi-magazine featured 1957 VW Beetle. Currently building an analogue modular synth from scratch.

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
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...

Client Side Developer

James Pearce

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.

Core skillset

App Development
Backbone
CSS
Foundation
Git
Graphic design
Grunt
HTML
Javascript
Multiple Device Testing
PHP
Scrum Master
SVN
UI Design

Did you know

James is best known for accidentally entering a Bruce Willis lookalike competition while playing his double bagpipes outside his local public house.

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. 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'.

Core skillset

CSS
HTML
jQuery
XML
XSLT

Did you know

Jason is a avid follower of Swindon Town.

Senior Technology Lead

Liam Farrell

Liam combines a plethora of development and DevOps skills with experience at the sharp end of commercial, enterprise applications for blue chip clients.

Liam has a Meng in Software Engineering, with experience as a Senior Technical Consultant and Technical Team Lead for IBM at Nationwide, BNY Mellon, Home Office, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Ministry of Defence and the NHS.

Core skillset

Agile Project Management
Android
App Development
Backbone
Bug Reporting
C#
Consulting
CSS
Git
HTML
Information Architecture
Java
Javascript
jQuery
Linux/UNIX
MySQL
OOP
Scrum Master
Siebel
Strategy
SVN
XML

Did you know

Liam plays fast and loose in the oldest sense, creates a drink that is over 4000 years old, plays a game where the average height is 6’7 and has a animal that is named after its original monetary value.

Senior Developer

Adam Smith

Adam is an enthusiastic and talented developer adept at bringing web and mobile products to life. A leading member of our front-end development team, Adam has created leading web and app products for brands in gaming and entertainment, and corporate sectors. Adam's experience spans a bucket load of technologies and two continents.

Core skillset

AJAX
Android
Angular
Backbone
Bower
C++
Cordova
CSS
Git
HTML
iOS
Javascript
Node
nosql
Phonegap
Python
React
SASS
SVN
XML

Did you know

Did you know Adam can identify the voltage of any battery to the nearest volt with his tongue, however he cannot taste fisherman's friends mints any longer.

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

Multiple Device Testing
Multivariate Testing
Finance Controller

Margy Cunningham

Margy is key to the success and happiness of our clients, team and the business!

Margy has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and Accounting and is a Chartered Management Accountant. She is responsible for a wide range of finance, admin and operational aspects within day-to-day life at Aerian, helping to ensure our team can be fully focussed on our clients needs.

Core skillset

Finance

Did you know

Margy lives at the end of the road with her husband (the sub postmaster) 3 boys and a dog. She started at Aerian on one day a week before becoming an employee.

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!

Head of Design

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.

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.

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
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
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.

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.

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