Alumni, associates and freelancers.
Pete Foster - Developer
Pete joined Cogapp from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), where he integrated Machine Learning tools to speed up and automate data processing tasks for conservationists.
Pete is a Brighton returnee, having studied Geography at Brighton University. He completed a masters in Geographic Information Systems and Science in London going on to develop systems and software for Rainforest Foundation UK. His work there improved participation of forest dependent communities in land use planning, and reporting of infractions by logging companies across Central Africa.
When he can find spare time he's either tinkering with projects, cycling or finding good coffee and hoppy beer. Pete left Cogapp to pursue other projects.
Adrian Hindle - Developer
Since joining Cogapp in February 2014, Adrian has applied his excellent problem solving skills to a variety of internal and external projects, with a focus on software development and infrastructure.
For our work with Qatar Digital Library, Adrian created the AWS cloud infrastructure using technologies such as SolrCloud and GlusterFS. He also worked on a Python3 software that ingests the digitised archives provided by the British Library and distributes the data across all parts of the infrastructure.
Adrian has also worked on an enterprise-level app factory for a major commercial organisation, creating cloud-based Phonegap automated binary builders for Android and iOS using Ansible and Fabric.
Before joining Cogapp, Adrian worked for the Travelling and Mobility R&D group at Geneva University. He worked as a Software Engineer with PhD students, helping them with research in fields such as indoor positioning and behaviour recognition, using Android applications.
Adrian graduated in 2012 with a BSc in Computer Science from Geneva's Engineering school. His final year project was a Windows Presentation Foundation application and an Android application that communicated using Bluetooth. Both these applications are still used by the Engineering School to transmit data to visitors during conferences or open days. Before university, Adrian provided help-desk support in French and English for EasyGiga, a Swiss website hosting company, where he developed strong customer support skills.
Adrian left Cogapp to move back to Switzerland.
Joshua Routh - Senior Producer
Joshua is responsible for delivering engaging and creative projects to the highest standard.
His recent work includes the Qatar Museums website. Working closely with Qatar Museums and Wolff Olins, he guided the project's creative and technical development from initial research in Doha through to the award-winning live site.
Joshua has managed projects for Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Relate, The Children’s Society, Dorling Kindersley and Prudential, as well as working on the production of the London 2012 Olympics and Metropolitan Museum of Art websites.
His background in design and development laid a solid foundation for his current work in account management, digital strategy and interaction design. His passion for the creative application of technology is reflected in the work he delivers.
Joshua is trained in Agile and is a certified PRINCE2 project manager. He has a First Class MA in Digital Media from Goldsmiths University, and a First Class BA in Digital Design at the University of Greenwich.
He is also a mentor for the Wired Sussex Intern Placement Programme, which provides career guidance for people starting out in digital media. Following Cogapp, Josh went to Semantico as a Senior Producer.
Rhian Evans - Head of Marketing
As Head of Marketing, Rhian ensures that our marketing operations are driven by our clients’ needs. She brings a collaborative, evidence-based approach from her 13+ years' experience in digital communications, marketing and project management.
Before being promoted to Head of Marketing, Rhian was one of Cogapp's Senior Producers. This involved leading our design and development teams to deliver high-quality creative digital projects with clients including the National Portrait Gallery, Relate, Arts Council England, Dorling Kindersley, and LOCOG - the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Rhian draws on experience working in a variety of commercial, public sector and not-for-profit environments. As Website Redevelopment Manager at NHS West Sussex, Rhian successfully led and delivered their complex website project, transforming the site into an audience-focused ‘one-stop shop’ for NHS information across the county. She has also worked in communications for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Terrence Higgins Trust South and Marie Stopes International.
Rhian is a certified PRINCE2 project manager and has a professional diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). She also holds professional training certificates in effective copywriting, event management and sub-editing from London College of Communication. She has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. After Cogapp, Rhian worked at The Unit as a Senior Project Manager.
Arlie Adlington - Producer
As a Producer at Cogapp, Arlie is responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships across a portfolio of clients, and managing the delivery of exciting digital projects. He is motivated by the desire to deliver work he's proud of; that meets objectives and delivers long term value.
Arlie has a degree in Linguistics from the University of Sussex and has worked extensively in the public sector for universities and the NHS. Before joining Cogapp, he worked in digital marketing for large commercial organisations and brands. He spent two years agency side in one of the UK's leading SEO teams and later specialised in new business; helping to create winning pitches for brands like L'Oreal, The Body Shop, Barclays and La Redoute.
Arlie holds a Google Analytics Individual Qualification, and has completed Franklin Covey's client centred training course 'Helping Clients Succeed'.
Arlie is passionate about digital media and finding new ways to make the most of the technologies at our disposal - whether that's for clients at Cogapp or in his spare time. Among other things, Arlie runs TheColouringBook.org, a website project working with designers and illustrators to create free, printable colouring sheets for adults with cognitive impairment. After Cogapp Arlie joined Three Whiskey as Digital Strategist.
Chris How - Head of User Experience
Chris leads research activities at Cogapp. This includes facilitating workshops, running user testing sessions, report writing and ongoing user experience consultation.
On projects he collaboratively works with clients and colleagues to systematically think through complex challenges. Chris works with museums, libraries, charities and public sector organisations across the UK, USA and Gulf. His skills include in-depth user research, usability testing, content strategy, stakeholder interviews, data analysis, facilitating creative workshops, wireframing and prototyping.
Chris was part of the team who won a Silver Award at the International User Experience Awards 2014 for Qatar Museums' website, and a Best of the Web Award at Museums and the Web 2012 for the collections on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website.
He is experienced in working on Agile projects and is a certified PRINCE2 project manager. He is a member of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) and the Information Architecture Institute. His presentation on Slideshare, ‘Getting Effective Answers from Research Sessions’ has received more than 20,000 views.
In addition to regularly presenting to clients and colleagues Chris is active in sharing his knowledge of UX.
Invited speaker at MuseumNext conference (Masterclass: Opportunities for Digital Excellence with a little help from Michelangelo) and UXPA international conference in Atlanta (How to get effective and actionable answers from research sessions)
Guest lecturer at Sussex University to MSc Human-computer Interaction (HCI) students
Running live usability lab at Museums and the Web International conference in San Diego
Published co-author in Journal of Usability Studies of peer reviewed paper on ‘Card Sorting Analysis Best Practices’
Submissions reviewer for User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) International conference
Co-organiser of UXCampBrighton - a one-day bar camp style un-conference.
Chris graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Communication and Media Production. After Cogapp, Chris worked at Webcredible in London.
Eleanor Rudge - Senior Designer
Since joining Cogapp in 2008, Eleanor has provided beautifully crafted designs for many of Cogapp’s clients. Most recently, she led the design for Qatar Digital Library the award-winning Qatar Museums website.
Eleanor applies her seven years of experience to many projects in the Cogapp studio, not only designing digital experiences, but also running workshops, leading research, producing videos, and advising on design and online branding.
Alongside Qatar Museums and Qatar Digital Library, Eleanor has also recently worked on projects for the Baltimore Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery and the Virginia Historical Society.
Eleanor has a first class honours degree in Illustration from Falmouth College of Arts and is a D&AD member. Outside of work, she is an active participant in the Brighton music scene, playing shows and releasing music with two bands - Tyrannosaurus Dead and The Hundredth Anniversary. After Cogapp, Eleanor worked at Storystream in Brighton.
Matt Hollings - Front End Developer
Matt joined Cogapp after working as a web developer for Unipro Ltd and Newspress Ltd, where he worked on multifaceted website development projects for high-profile companies.
Outside of work Matt is interested in computer and generative art. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Durham University and an MA in Modernism from the University of Sussex.
Erin Prior - Office Manager
With an administrative background including work within the arts and charity sectors, Erin brings over 10 years’ experience, knowledge and a diverse range of skills to the team.
As Office Manager, Erin helps make Cogapp an organised, efficient and productive place to work. Working closely with the Office Assistant and Business Manager, Erin’s day-to-day role is concerned with overseeing office operations and supporting colleagues throughout the project lifecycle; anything from recruitment to managing events and making sure the studio is optimised for creative and efficient working.
She is also involved in the continuous development of internal systems and processes so that at Cogapp, we are always working as efficiently as possible. After Cogapp, Erin became a gardener.
Matt Chapman - Developer
Matt brings an abundance of Drupal experience to his role at Cogapp, as well as a BA (Hons) in Digital Media Design. He has strong expertise in both back and front end development. He works closely with the production and design teams in a client-facing role, to help deliver a variety of digital projects and support services.
Matt is very involved in the Drupal community, maintaining a high level of activity and reputation on Drupal’s dedicated StackExchange site. He also spoke at DrupalCamp Brighton 2015, and tweets regularly about goings on in the Drupal community. After Cogapp Matt worked for a Drupal developer in Brighton.
Louise Rayner - Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Louise joined Cogapp in June 2013 to undertake responsibility for coordinating the company’s Sales & Marketing activities. This is a varied role that includes: administering the sales processes of the business, working with the Producers to support them in sourcing new opportunities, managing the qualification and administration of new sales leads, providing research for submissions and ensuring a presence at industry events .
To support this activity, Louise has responsibility for driving Cogapp’s social media presence and building the online profile of the business. This involves: regularly updating the Cogapp twitter feed and updating the company website to ensure Cogapp is sharing the details of key projects.
Prior to joining Cogapp, Louise has worked as a Marketing Coordinator and Assistant to the Managing Director for a busy lettings agency, assisting with the day to day running of the office and leading the marketing activity. She oversaw the redesign of the company website and organised events that included sponsorship and a presence at a local water-sports festival, Paddle Round the Pier. Louise has also worked as a Researcher at Granada Television for Coronation Street, where she provided accurate information and research for the script writers and production team.
Louise studied History of Art & Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, has a passion for art, in particular works by Damien Hirst. She loves cooking, has recently started a food blog and she likes to travel. Louise moved to Madgex after finishing at Cogapp.
Tassos Koutlas - Developer
Tassos is a developer and agile ScrumMaster with over 10 years’ experience producing PHP and database-driven websites, Drupal websites, system administration and machine learning / image processing algorithms. He has worked in commercial and research-based environments in Greece, Italy and the UK.
At Cogapp, Tassos has worked on projects including the National Baseball Hall of Fame website where he helped develop a better way to deliver content online, utilising the Hall's vast asset collection. He has been part of award wining projects such the Qatar Museums website where he helped extend their website with an events calendar and a blog section, and has been supporting MoMA online collections. He has recently joined the Cogapp team working at Southbank Centre.
Previous projects include the Athens 2004 Olympic games and Q base R&D, a startup company focused on personalised skin cancer prevention. Tassos graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc Hons in Computing Science and holds a PhD in Image processing and Machine Learning. He speaks Greek, Italian and English.
Tassos enjoys photography and likes to read books on political sciences and entrepreneurship. He worked for Cameron & Wilding after Cogapp.
Rachel Seale - Developer
Rachel graduated from the University of Brighton, with a first class honours in Digital Media. During the course, she earned a year’s industry placement at Micros E-commerce, where she gained valuable insights into digital media and furthered her passion for the industry.
Prior to joining Cogapp, Rachel worked as an International Web Developer at Oasis Fashion. She was responsible for updating the main website to suit seven different countries and also managed the incoming and outgoing correspondence within the company.
Rachel attends a wide variety of conferences, such as Front End London and State the Browser, where she enjoys meeting like-minded people and keeping up to date with industry developments. Rachael joined the John Lewis digital team after leaving Cogapp.
Jenny Coe - Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Jenny joined Cogapp in April 2014 to coordinate marketing and sales activities. This includes corresponding with prospective clients and supporting the sales team in responding to pitches and proposals. She helps to coordinate Cogapp’s presence at industry events and provides administration for the sales process of the business.
The role also involves showcasing Cogapp’s new work, through writing press releases and case studies. Jenny documents company activities and events, and develops the company’s online presence through the Cogapp website, blog and social media. She enjoys learning about technologies and how they are used by Cogapp’s production and tech teams.
Jenny has broad experience supporting technical and creative businesses. This has included working in the marketing department of a leading construction company, where she delivered campaigns and supported the marketing and sales teams. She has also worked for an electric vehicle charge point provider, leading on customer service and supporting the writing of new business proposals.
Jenny holds a first class BA in Music and Visual Art from the University of Brighton. During her degree she created and studied soundwalks and audio tours, and continues to be interested in new work and innovation in this area.
At weekends, Jenny enjoys co-working an allotment in east Brighton and is part way through a project to walk the length of the south coast. She also plays the clarinet.
Lottie Ball - Office Assistant
Lottie joined Cogapp in June 2013 in the role of Office Intern. She supports the business manager and office administrator.
Lottie helps to maintain the Cogapp office as an efficient and effective workplace. She assists with the day-to-day to office administration and no day is ever the same for her. Lottie has previous experience working as a Customer Service Co-ordinator at Jo Malone where she was responsible delivering excellent customer service at all times and overseeing the running of the business.
Lottie thrives on being organised and is always happy to help! She is looking to develop her existing skills in business support and office administration. After Cogapp, Lottie went to work for Storystream.
Helle Sorensen - Business Manager
Helle joined Cogapp in August 2005 as Business Manager. She is responsible for the business planning process and financial management of the company. The business planning process covers everything from detailed resource and capacity management to long term strategic planning.
She is also responsible for human resources and, with the Deputy Business Manager and the Office Administrator, ensures the Technical, Design and Production teams are supported by focused internal processes.
Helle worked for auditors and accountants Ernst & Young for 6 years before joining one of their clients, a book publishing group in London, as Financial Controller. Her experience also includes being Director of Finance at a not-for-profit Housing Association and Funding & Treasury Manager at Sussex Enterprise. She has also undertaken consultancy projects for a range of clients including Visit Britain and Brighton & Hove City Council.
Helle is originally from Denmark, and frequently returns for weekends. Her interests include photography and graphic design
Alex Bridge - Senior Developer
Alex is a senior web developer. He has led Cogapp’s technical work for clients including the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Liberty and Arts Council England, and has been a key team member for many other projects, including our work with Southbank Centre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He specialises in content management systems, with extensive experience in Drupal: he recently gave a webinar about Drupal 8, and presented at DrupalCamp Brighton in 2015. Alex has helped to deliver projects using several other technologies, notably Django for Arts Council England and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Sitecore for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Alex has a particular focus on security, advising and auditing projects across the company, and actively monitoring developments to ensure our clients’ systems stay protected. He is experienced in Linux server administration, and has recently been using Ansible to help manage this.
Alex graduated from Exeter University with a BSc in Computer Science in 2000, and from Sussex University with an MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems in 2001.
Phil Davidson - Assistant Producer
Working as a certified ScrumMaster and Assistant Producer, Phil's role involved managing projects, client relations, co-ordinating user testing and assisting the production team.
During his time at Cogapp, Phil delivered work for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The British Library and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. He managed projects for a number of clients, including The Barnes Foundation, Virginia Historical Society and Prudential plc.
Collaborating with Cogapp's design, UX and technical teams, Phil worked on projects that enhanced both client and user experiences.
Phil is a certified PRINCE2 project manager and has experience in digital project management, post-production and database development.
On leaving Cogapp, Phil joined social media montioring agency Brandwatch as a ScrumMaster.
Liv Walker - Assistant Producer
Liv became a part of the Cogapp team in March 2014 as an Assistant Producer. The role saw her working on project management, reports, documentation, content creation and research. Liv played a vital role in the user testing department and helped with facilitation and recruitment. For projects Liv assisted with with site testing and bug capture. In her first year she was involved in the projects for British Red Cross, Qatar Museums, British Library, the Whitney museum and much more.
Since graduating her experience has involved web construction and digital marketing, with sideline interests in social network behaviours and pop culture. Previously, Liv has been a part of projects working with Warner Brothers and the House of Lords.
She's relieved all those hours spent online as a teenager are now being put to good use.
Liv went on to pursue a career in freelance social media.
Lis Sparrow - Management Accountant and Project Support
Lis's central responsibilities were managing the finance function and helping with resource management. In addition to this, Lis supported our project managers and provided management information to support the business.
Lis contributed to reviewing the way in which the management information is prepared and presented and provided ad hoc business support as required.
Following university Lis qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London. Post-qualification she has worked in Practice, Oil Industry, EMI Records, Management Consultancy and most recently for a bespoke eLearning company being exposed to both large and small businesses.
Lis's experience of working within Practice, Management Consultancy and the eLearning business has given her a good understanding of the challenges faced in a project based working environment.
Sam Murray - Developer
Sam has been creating websites since he was a child and started developing for clients professionally while studying for his degree, mainly working with photographers, musicians, writers and artists.
Sam moved to live in London and joined the digital team at Southbank Centre.
Joe Baskerville - Head of New Technology
Joe is a creative technologist who worked at a high level in many areas of Cogapp. As a senior member of the Tech Department he helped push forward in areas such as:
- Dev Ops: Continuous integration, Automated deployment, Test Driven Development
- Mobile App development: both native and hybrid, Android and iOS.
He also explored emerging technologies and how they can be utilised in future work, such as possibilities for internal wayfinding and embedded technology.
A Certified Scrum Master he was responsible for managing several projects within the company, as well as working to improve our Agile working practices.
He also worked closely with, and managed, Cogapp's excellent Design department, helping to reduce the boundaries between our three craft departments, UX, Tech and Design, and maximise opportunities for all disciplines to explore ideas and prototype possibilities. After nine years at Cogapp, Joe joined StoryStream as Head of Production.
Claire Kent - Finance Manager
Claire joined Cogapp in September 2006 and became Finance Manager in July 2012. Her central responsibilities were managing the finance function and resource management. In addition she provided support to project managers and carried out ongoing audits of internal processes. She also worked closely with the Business Development team, providing financial analysis to inform our business development, promotion and marketing strategy. Claire produced management accounts, was responsible for cash-flow, and ensured the company is compliant with legislation.
Prior to joining Cogapp, Claire obtained broad accounting experience at The College of Law, Sussex Enterprise and the University of Sussex. Claire was awarded the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting in May 2012. After eight years at Cogapp, Claire moved on to set up her own business consultancy.
Gabrielle Becking - Research Assistant
As Research Assistant, Gabrielle was responsible for providing and curating information. She has years of research experience in both academic and commercial environments and has worked on projects for clients such as Qatar Museums, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Relate and Southbank Centre. Passionate about information, Gabrielle uses a combination of strong research skills, varied methodologies and curiosity to uncover and present high quality information. Working closely with the User Experience and Production teams, Gabrielle was responsible for Cogapp's monthly user testing sessions. She has also run Drupal training sessions in both Doncaster and Doha.
Prior to Cogapp, Gabrielle worked at the e-tailer, ASOS, where she helped to develop their presence in the American market. She also interned at the United Nations Association as a Research Analyst.
She is an American with a BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in Science and Security from King's College London. While at King's she learnt how to dismantle a nuclear warhead. Gabrielle went on to pursue her studies and independent research.
Claire Triggs - Senior Producer
As a Senior Producer, Claire's role encompassed a varied array of responsibilities ranging from project management and client liaison through to documentation and working on new business developments. Claire used her diverse range of skills to meet and manage client requirements on time and in budget, and took a critical role in guiding project development. As an experienced Producer, she was adept at managing projects whilst employing Cogapp's creative methodology to deliver unique, engaging work.
Prior to joining Cogapp, Claire worked in digital media in a variety of different environments, including 3 years as Operations Director and Senior Managing Producer at digital agency Worth. During her time at Worth, Claire worked on the delivery of websites for many public and private sector clients, including key government accounts such as ACT ON CO2 and the Armed Forces Day.
Claire has a strong interest in the Arts and Cultural Sector and has previously worked for Keymedia Design Ltd, NESTA and also the British Museum. In her spare time Claire enjoys scuba diving, walking, pilates and baking. Claire is a certified PRINCE2 project manager and has an MA in Communication Media, Interactive Media from the University of West of England and a BA (Hons) in English Language from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Andy Taylor - Senior Front End Developer
Andy joined Cogapp in August 2008 as Junior Web Developer after gaining a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Southampton. After six years with Cogapp, Andy moved on to a new role with StoryStream.
Amber Hayler - Technical Apprentice
Amber joined Cogapp in summer 2013 in the role of technical apprentice. She was involved with support and network maintenance, usability testing and assisting colleagues with numerous technical queries. Amber was completing a sandwich year placement from her BA in Digital Media course at Brighton University.
Amber thrives on helping people and being organised. Previously, she has worked a Sales Assistant, where on a daily basis she would be solving customer problems and working closely with the management team. During her placement at Cogapp Amber has gained experience of working within a digital agency and is particularly interested in User Experience and User Testing.
Rob Nicholls - Senior Programmer
Rob is a programmer with extensive knowledge of a wide range of languages and technologies within the Microsoft and Apache realms. He is a certified EMFEC ANSI C programmer, and has gained various commercial qualifications in software including Sitecore, Solr and Microsoft partner qualifications.
In his role at Cogapp, he contributed towards developing complex, large-scale websites for clients and in streamlining development languages to create unique, efficient and easily manageable back-ends for clients to control their web presence. He also developed customised solutions within existing languages, tailoring content management systems to perfectly suit client needs.
Rob has experience in a number of critical business areas including finance, marketing, call centre, fulfilment and operations having worked in both in-house and agency roles. He has gained key architecture, systems design and application lifecycle management experience, which includes IEEE standards, Enterprise Architecture frameworks and Patterns (TOGAF and Zachman), Domain Driven Design (DDD/N- Tier) principles and practice, and Design Patterns (GOF). Rob’s key development experience focuses on Windows architecture using .NET 1 through 4 using C# and VB.NET, VB6, COM+, TAPI/TSAPI, Ecommerce (Natwest Streamline/SagePay), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), SQL Server 6.5 through 2008, Windows Server 2003-2008R2 infrastructure design, Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010, and Active Directory. In addition, his CMS experience includes Sitecore, Microsoft Content Management Server, EPiServer, Umbraco, SharePoint 2007/2010 and N2 CMS.
Rob was the lead technical architect for the re-design of the Metropolitan Museum of Art web site, working with the museums internal IT team, and using appropriate business modelling principles to architect new infrastructure and define integration needs to existing business artefacts. He also designed and developed a high availability consolidated search system using Apache Solr.
Sita Vickery - Designer
As a Designer, Sita was responsible for producing some of Cogapp’s finest design work, whether that was digital interface design or designing the beautiful Cogapp book. With her all round design skills in graphic design, web design, video and interactive design, Sita fitted perfectly into the Cogapp team working across all departments to undertake a variety of design tasks. Before joining Cogapp, Sita worked as a Designer at TalkWeb, a web consultancy company based in Brighton. Whilst at TalkWeb, Sita worked with high-profile clients such Courvoisier and Art Review and was responsible for the creation of all visual designs for online and print material including typography, visual concepts and logo and icon design for Internet and interactive platforms.
With a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Digital Media Design from the University of Brighton and a National Diploma in Art and Design under her belt Sita is a highly creative individual with a passion for the arts, museums and independent cinema. After three years with Cogapp, Sita moved to live and work in Copenhagen.
Carole Richmond - Producer
As a Producer Carole's role involved a wide range of tasks and responsibilities to ensure Cogapp delivered engaging and creative projects for it's clients. Carole focused on delivering the best possible product to the timescale and budget required by the client. Carole has over 30 years experience in publishing and multimedia production.
She has worked as a project manager for a wide range of organisations including Microsoft, HarperCollins and the publisher John Wiley, as well as small independent heritage organisations. Her long and varied career means that she has been the producer for a variety of different projects over the years, from a hymn book for the Methodist church to a four-day Festival about Anne Boleyn for the National Trust. Carole is a consumer of other people's creativity with a particular interest in literary fiction, poetry and all forms of dance. Carole left Cogapp to further her career in the Cultural Sector and pursue her interests in art and poetry.
Sofia Astrom-Wilcox - Office Adminstrator
Sofia was our Office Administrator, she was great at helping to keep Cogapp's busy office on track. She worked to ensure that our office remained efficient, effective and overall, a great place to visit and an even better place to work. Her day was never the same and her responsibilities ranged from managing our busy reception, assisting with office events to supporting staff members across departments. Sofia worked closely with the Business Manager and helped to review internal processes. She brought her experience of working as an Assistant Manager at Hove Lets, a busy property letting and management agents to the role where she had sole responsibility for all their office systems. Sofia left Cogapp in October 2013 to begin a new adventure in Australia, we wish her all the best.
Ben Smith - Senior Producer
As a Senior producer, Ben ensured Cogapp’s beautifully crafted projects were delivered successfully on time and budget. His role covered proposal writing, pitching for new business, and applying Cogapp’s creative methodology to identify clients and users needs and shape innovative and bespoke work that meets these needs. He has a passion for User Centred Design and exploring new ways to engage with users online. Ben has 15 years experience of working with Digital Media.
Prior to joining Cogapp he was a Senior Project Manager at American Express where he was responsible for launching the digital transformation of Amex web sites across global markets, and latterly Contactless and Mobile NFC technologies throughout Europe. Before this he worked in online marketing developing campaigns for clients such as The Times, Air Miles, Adidas, UMBRO, & Moonpig.
Ben has a HND in Audio & Visual Design from Northbrook College, Sussex, and an MA in Digital Media from the University of Portsmouth. In addition to having a passion for the digital world his enthusiasm for wine has led him to complete the Higher International Certificate in wine studies at Plumpton College, Sussex.
Danny Lampard - Graduate Developer
Danny graduated from the University of Brighton in 2013 with a degree in (BSc) Digital Media Development. Shortly after graduating, he joined Cogapp as a Graduate Developer. Danny works on web based and internal projects; focusing on user testing, website maintenance and programming. Recent projects include working on web applications developed using Backbone, Underscore and jQuery. Danny is hoping to get involved in making mobile applications for clients. Danny went on to pursue his career in Digital Media Development.
Katie Smith - Head of Third Sector
Katie is a digital strategist with more than ten years experience in the public and not for profit sectors. She was Head of Digital Media at leading cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support, where she was responsible for all their online services including the UK's biggest online community for people affected by cancer. Prior to that, Katie managed the websites for 10 Downing Street and the Home Office. While at the Home Office, she led the development of the first immigration department website, and at No 10, she was responsible for the development of the original award-winning e-Petitions service. Katie is highly experienced in developing digital strategies that are integrated with the business as a whole. She also has a particular interest in the role of social media and online community in building relationships between brands and their customers. Katie went on to pursue other opportunities in the sector.
Daniel Balcomb - Technical Apprentice
Daniel joined Cogapp’s thriving technical department in June 2012 on an industrial placement year from his course in Computer Science (BSc) at Brighton University. As a Technical Apprentice, Daniel played a crucial role within our tech team and assisted with a variety of tasks from support and network maintenance, to usability testing and basic programming. Whilst on his placement at Cogapp, Daniel developed his knowledge of programming and scripting languages. During his spare time Daniel continues to immerse himself in the world of technology. Recently he has been developing a web application that utilises alternative web ideas such as no-SQL databases and a RESTful interface through the use of Node.js, Backbone.js and MongoDB. After leaving Cogapp, Daniel returned to Brighton University to complete his 3rd year.
Joby Harding - Developer
Joby joined the Cogapp team having worked as a Moodle and Totara LMS Open-source Software Developer after graduating in 2011 with a BSc(hons) degree in Web Design and Development. His independent project researching an alternative navigational framework for situational mobile information discovery helped him to attain a number of awards including Best Undergraduate Long Study and the Prize for Excellence in Combined or Single Honours. During his studies he also worked as lead developer on a Scarborough based cultural mapping initiative as well as designing and implementing a Processing based system for the interactive audio-visual installation 7K::New Life Form which has exhibited across Europe.
Further to his technical and academic abilities, Joby is a highly creative individual with a background in art, music, performance and newspaper industries. Away from Cogapp, he continues to engross himself in technology tinkering with Processing, Arduino microcontrollers and his Raspberry Pi as well as patching up an ailing Hohner Pokerwork melodeon in order to terrorise the regulars at the musicians night in the village where he lives.
Joby left Cogapp to work for Epic on their e-learning projects in August 2013.
Laura Message - Business Development Coordinator
Laura joined Cogapp in January 2013 as Business Development Coordinator, a role that encompassed a range of tasks to achieve business targets for company promotion. She wrote copy for the company website, marketing collateral, and maintained Cogapp's social media presence. Working closely with the Business Development Manager she assisted with campaigns and delivered proposals for projects across both public and non-profit sectors. Her role also included events organisation, helping to coordinate company events and tracking Cogapp's sponsorship of and attendance at industry events.
Before joining Cogapp, Laura worked as an Account Handler for a new start-up that provided branding, design and marketing solutions to businesses based within the creative industries. Previous to that, in 2011, she completed an internship at The De La Warr Pavilion where she produced a publication to coincide with their Andy Warhol Exhibition, Warhol Is here. Laura has a BA(hons) in Editorial Photography and has a great passion for the arts. Laura left Cogapp in May 2013 to join the team at Kanoti and continue her career in business development.
Rachael Rainbow - Production Director
Rachael was Cogapp's Production Director. She was responsible for all our project managers and our user experience team. She also implimented our working methods to make sure that all our projects are well managed, enjoyable to work on and deliver great results for our customers. She has managed a number of high profile and challenging projects for clients including the European Union, the British Library, the Home Office, the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
Rachael joined Cogapp in 1999 after completing an MSc in Information Systems at the University of Brighton and a BA Honours Degree in Geography, German and European Studies at the University of Sussex and Frei Universitaet, Berlin. Rachael is a certified PRINCE2 project manager, a certified Scrum master and a member of the British Computer Society HCI group. After 13 years of dedicated service, Rachael left cogapp to become Client Partner at Brilliant Noise.
Fay MacDonald - Business Development Manager
As a Business Development Manager, Fay was responsible for generating new business opportunities, building on our existing relationships and promoting Cogapp’s work and business activities to the wider world. She employed her strategic marketing experience and broad communication skills to drive research, develop focused campaigns and identify new clients, as well as working closely with the internal teams to deliver proposals and pitches. As an experienced events specialist, Fay also took a leading role in programming and co-ordinating Cogapp-led events and seminars. She can often be found hosting, chairing and speaking at events across business and creative hubs in Brighton. Until the end of 2012, she was also Vice President and Events Chair of Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce where she had strategic responsibility for delivering over 50 events a year. Fay is an experienced writer and qualified PADI Divemaster, the combination of which positions her well to run the scuba blog for Adventure Sports Holidays. Fay is passionate about the arts and creative industries, in particular bringing urban and free art to a wider audience. She co-founded Wet Paint Productions in 2009, a contemporary urban art enterprise which offers a range of creative services and interactive events including aerosol art workshops and the annual, free live event ‘The Beautiful and the Canned,’ as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe. Fay left Cogapp in April 2012 to work as Marketing Manager for Natural World Safaris where she is able to apply her passion for travel and adventure.
Jairo Kasmierchcki - Programmer
As a programmer, Jairo's role involved working on a wide range of Cogapp’s client projects and programming them to a high standard of quality and robustness. He worked with a diverse range of technologies including Python, .NET, PHP, Drupal, Modx, Sitecore amongst many others. Jairo joined Cogapp after graduating from the University of Sussex with a First class BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. His final project was dedicated to developing a new compiler and improved IDE for the WHILE programming language. Whilst at University, Jairo worked as a Student Mentor in the Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme, which saw him leading informal seminars to support students in courses such as Java Programming, Networks, Compilers and Foundations of Computation. Jairo is fluent in Portuguese, English, Italian and competent in Spanish. Jairo left Cogapp in Arpil 2013 to work at Tui where he will be helping them mainitain and develop their web presence
Lynn Krieter - UX Producer
As UX Producer, Lynn utilised her passion for user experience by working closely with our UX and production teams to help our clients use online and interactive media to engage their audiences. With a focus on intuitive, easy-to-use web sites and digital applications she brought her skills as a Human Factors International Certified Usability Analyst, User Interface Designer and Web Developer to the role. Previous to joining Cogapp, Lynn worked as a User Experience Manager for Businesslink.gov.uk/Serco – one of the UK’s largest e-government websites. She developed the UX strategy and managed strategic research and design pieces around the future experience and identity of the Business Link website. She has also worked as User Interface Designer for DB Educational Services, a freelance Web Developer and Interface Designer in Germany as well as holding a former career as a consultant, evaluator, researcher and author. Lynn left Cogapp in March 2013 to move back home to Berlin where she will be working at ]init[ as a Project Manager.
Kate Moerel - Business Development Manager
Kate Joined Cogapp in the summer of 2009. In this role, she worked to promote Cogapp’s work and generated many new business opportunities. Kate employed her sales and marketing expertise to attract new clients and deepen existing relationships. Representing Cogapp at industry events and organising company promotional events, Kate was extremely pro-active in her role and always presented herself as a professional and friendly ambassador for the brand. Her efforts as Business Development Manager attributed to gaining clients such as Dorling Kindersley, Tate and British Library. Previous to working at Cogapp, Kate worked as New Business and Project Manger at Crush Design. There, she was responsible for securing and maintaining business relationships, working with clients such as the Arts Council, Samsung and Crafts Council. Kate left Cogapp in early March 2013 to run Business Development at Kanoti.
Marc Tourle - Assistant Producer
As Assistant Producer, Marc brought his skills and experience to Cogapp’s busy Production and User Experience departments. His role encompassed a wide range of responsibilities from creating wireframes and conducting research to recruiting high quality participants for our user testing sessions.
Marc came to work at Cogapp after working in the games industry for five years, both as a freelance game developer, designing and developing games for mobile devices and also as a games designer at Zöe Mode. Whilst at Zöe Mode, Marc led the designers across a range of projects from conception to completion and worked on game design documents, work-tracking metrics, project flow diagrams and UI diagrams. Previous to this, Marc worked as a System Test Engineer at Cubic Transportation Systems where he was in charge of devising methods and procedures for testing a new payment system for London buses. He also has a BA (hons) in Media Practice and Theory from the University of Sussex. Marc left Cogapp in December 2012 to continue his career in the games industry.
Kellee Rich - Office Manager
As Office Manager, Kellee ensured the continuous, smooth running of Cogapp’s busy studio. Her responsibilities included recruitment admin, facilities management and other important things such as our Health and Safety responsibility. She also took a leading role in the organisation of Cogapp led events, and co-ordinated the day-to-day functionality of the office. Kellee came to Cogapp after working for five years in Office Management for a property developer in Hove. Her previous roles have been in the public sector, construction industry and book retail. In her spare time, Kellee is extremely creative and works as a part time illustrator creating all sorts of lovely things. She has a keen interest in colour and typography and is partial to a bit of old-time radio drama. Kellee left Cogapp in November 2012 to pursue a freelance career in Peterborough.
Anna Taylor - Business Development Co-ordinator
Anna joined Cogapp in April 2010 as Business Development Coordinator, a role that encompasses a range of tasks to achieve business targets for company promotion. She wrote copy for the company website, marketing collateral, and maintains Cogapp's social media presence. Working closely with the Business Development Manager she assisted with campaigns and proposals for projects across both public and non-profit sectors. Her role also including events organisation, helping to coordinate company events and tracking Cogapp's sponsorship of and attendance at industry events.
Before joining Cogapp, Anna participated in the Wired Sussex Internship scheme with a placement at Surface Impression Web Design in Brighton, and an internship at Iris PR, and Communikator Publishing in London. Anna has a BA (hons) in Design with Media and Cultural Studies from Kingston University 2009 and a Distinction in an Art Foundation Diploma from Northbrook College majoring in Graphics and Illustration. Anna left Cogapp in November 2012 to pursue an opportunity in digital marketing.
Rachel Adler - Head of Production
Rachel was our Head of Production. She supported the Production Director consulting on digital strategy and user experience projects, and worked on new business developments including responding to tenders, leading pitches and working on pro-active proposals. Rachel was involved in our iPad and iPhone app development from our very first app, managing both individual projects and the overall programme for our client Dorling Kindersley. Her recent work for the Mercers’ company saw their old website given a complete rebuild from the bottom up including a new CMS, information architecture, graphic design treatment and interactive timeline.
Prior to joining Cogapp, Rachel worked as a Senior Account/Project Manager at the OTHER Media digital agency in London, managing website design, digital strategy, content management, and online marketing services for high profile clients such as Paul Smith, BAFTA and The Natural History Museum. Her experience also includes owning Lyrical Management Services - a full service IT and digital agency, which managed website build projects for small businesses in a range of consumer and B2B sectors. Rachel left Cogapp in September 2012 to persue her passion for baking and complete a bakery diploma at Westminster Kingsway College.
Emma O'Sullivan - Office Assistant
As our Office Assistant, Emma helped keep Cogapp's busy office on track. She worked alongside Julia to ensure that our office remained efficient, effective and overall, a great place to visit and an even better place to work. Emma’s day was never the same and her responsibilities ranged from managing our busy reception and arranging office events to ensuring we are well equipped with supplies and most importantly, cake every Thursday afternoon. Emma brought a keen interest in digital and interactive media to the role from studying Film Studies at Sussex University and working as a freelance computer animator and production assistant. A recent role at Delta Interactive saw her developing audio visual content and interactives for the likes of Islington Council, The British Library and Kew Gardens, and she can often be found developing digital media pieces during her spare time. Emma also has an abundance of useful skills in 2D computer animation, digital video editing and graphics creation and processing. Emma left Cogapp in September 2012 to work in a tech-support role for Semantico.
Julia O'Gorman - Office Manager
As Cogapp's Office Manager, Julia ensured the continuous, smooth running of Cogapp’s busy office. Her responsibilities included HR and recruitment administration, facilities management and Health and Safety responsibility. She also takes a leading role in the organisation of Cogapp events, and co-ordinates the day-to-day functionality of the office. She previously worked at Leander International for three years as an Office Manager and, prior to that, she worked as an Office Manager at Blue Edge Consulting, and had HR roles at North Downs Community NHS Trust, and Lombard North Central. She has a full range of secretarial qualifications and a CIPD Diploma from Thames Valley University. Julia left Cogapp in June 2012 to take up a position as an HR Officer at Pyroban - an engineering company based in Shoreham.
Lee Briggs - Programmer
He joined the Cogapp team after gaining a first class BSc (Hons) in Web Development and an HND in Internet Computing from Southampton Solent University. He then gained experience as a Junior Web Developer for a Marketing Communications agency working alongside graphic designers to produce client websites as well as maintaining the company’s own site. Lee left Cogapp in May 2011 to work as a freelance Programmer in London.
Andrea Fallas - Assistant Producer
As an Assistant Producer Andrea worked on a wide range of tasks assisting Cogapp's Production and User Experience departments. Thisincluded video editing, graphics processing, content creation, wire-framing and assisting with our user testing sessions. Andrea initially joined Cogapp in Autumn 2010 as a Production Intern as part of the Wired Sussex Internship Scheme. Her internship saw her work on a range of wireframes and user experience projects and in October 2010 she joined the Production team permanently.
She completed a PhD in Biochemistry and during the course of her studies she developed a passion for science communication and public engagement through interactive and online media. She is very interested in new technology, information architecture and data analysis, and her technical skills range from video editing and post production to graphics and Flash animation. In her spare time she pursues her hobbies of photography, snowboarding, inline skating and cooking. Andrea left Cogapp in January 2012 to work as a Project Manager for Semantico - a digital publishing solutions company.
Greg Hadfield - Director of Strategic Projects
As Director of Strategic Projects, Greg pursued opportunities for large-scale digital media projects and implemented his wealth of online and entrepreneurial experience to develop these prospects. Since joining Cogapp, Greg has focused on semantic web technologies and data-visualisation as well as developments in sport, media and the Third Sector. Before joining Cogapp, Greg - a former Fleet Street journalist - founded Soccernet, the world's most popular football website, with his son in 1995; the site was sold to Disney/ESPN four years later. He then created Schoolsnet, a guide to every school in the UK, in 1999, which was sold to Hotcourses in 2003. His expansive career has also seen him founding AllTogether Technology, a white-label social software company inspired by the early success of Facebook. His Fleet Street career included roles as education correspondent and news editor for The Sunday Times; he was also an investigative journalist for the Daily Mail. Most recently, Greg was head of digital development at the Telegraph Media Group. Greg left Cogapp in January 2012 to concentrate on organising the UK's first Open-data Cities Conference.
Ed Luff - UX Producer
As a UX Producer, Ed worked closely with clients to respond to organisational goals and needs whilst identifying how best to engage users, ensuring our digital assets always delivered the best possible experience.
Ed came to Cogapp with extensive expertise in information architecture development across both private and public sectors. This included Transform Ltd where he led the rollout of the Family Information Directory integration programme for the Department of Education. This involved technical development of bespoke software solutions for online, mobile and digital television services. He has also worked as an Onboard Media Analyst for Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd, delivering industry-leading solutions such as the Live Text News Service. He is a certified PRINCE2 project manager and is experienced in AGILE project environments. As a European languages graduate in French and Spanish, Ed has developed an excellent understanding of different cultures and the importance of tailoring engagement experiences to different audiences. He describes himself as an unashamed geek and is a passionate gamer and evangelist for video games technologies.
Ed left Cogapp in November 2011 to work as a Project Manager for The Other Media, a digital agency based in London.
Ed Soanes - .Net Developer
As a .Net Developer, Ed took a leading role in the development of major web projects, programming them to a high standard of quality and robustness. He also supported colleagues though advice and code review and influenced many of Cogapp’s architectural decisions. Prior to joining Cogapp, Ed worked in Sweden for 10 years for organisations including Logica (Nordic Division) and WM-Data Utilities, where he gained extensive knowledge of .NET, Oracle and C++ development and worked as a SCRUM master in a distributed team. He has a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Archaeology from the University of Lund in Sweden as well as a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from Brighton University. Ed left Cogapp in November 2011 to move back to Sweden.
Martin Edwards - Front End Web Developer
Martin joined Cogapp in 2005 as an intern during the third year of his degree in Computer Science at the University of Brighton. During his placement he maintained the Home Office Year of the Volunteer website. After graduating he returned permanently as our Front End Web Developer. Martin left Cogapp in October 2011 to work as a Technical Lead for Moving Brands, a global branding company.
Silvia Filippini Fantoni - Senior Producer
Silvia was a Senior Producer at Cogapp, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge in museums and new media. Silvia lead and co-ordinating project teams to deliver creative, high quality digital media projects and oversaw Cogapp's work to delivery and beyond. She also managed a wide range of projects and new business developments in addition to working with our user experience team on research and consultancy projects.
Before joining Cogapp, Silvia worked for 10 years as a project manager and evaluator for a number of technology based projects in and for museums and was responsibile for developing the British Museum's multimedia guide. Whilst embarking on her professional career, Silvia continued her academic studies gaining a PhD on the use of Personalisation Technologies in Cultural Organisations, and undertook extensive user research and visitor behaviour observations in galleries and online at institutions such as the British Museum, the J.P. Getty Museum, The Centre Pompidou and Tate Modern. Silvia is a certified PRINCE2 project manager and her main area of expertise is the use of new technologies in cultural institutions as well as visitor's research and evaluation, and she has written an extensive number of publications on these topics. Silvia also has a strong interest in various aspects of culture including contemporary art, cinema and performing arts.
Silvia left Cogapp in June 2011, when she was selected to help co-ordinate the American Pavillion at the Venice Biennale at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Colin Jenkinson - Design Director
Colin has many years experience as a graphic designer behind him, bringing his breadth of knowledge and diverse skill range to every project he works on. This has involved work for the Great North Museum, National Portrait Gallery, British Museum, Arts Council, BBC and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Colin's work with the design department has been recognised in Design Week and at the iDesign Conference 2007. Colin started working for Cogapp in 2003 and was made Design Director in October 2007. His work previous to joining Cogapp includes interactive projects with Mute Records, Sony and Channel 4, branding work with Wolff Olins and Leo Burnett, and BAFTA-winning animation with Interfield and the BBC. Colin has a BA Honours Degree from Saint Martins, graduating in 1993. He is a member of D&AD, the Typographic Circle and Central St Martins Alumni Network.
Billy Lowe - Office Administrator
Billy joined Cogapp in February 2008 as Office Administrator, a role that ensured the smooth and effective running of the Cogapp office. His responsibilities ranged from managing purchasing and day-to-day administration, to making arrangements relating to promotion, events and travel. He worked closely with Cogapp’s Business Manager and Deputy Business Manager, and helped review Cogapp’s internal processes and assisted with internal projects and recruitment. Billy also played a key role in the management, promotion and marketing of Codeo, Cogapp's coding competition, and gained experience implementing a new user-testing database.
Billy left Cogapp in March 2011 to work for London advertising and digital agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky.
Ollie Aplin - Mid-Weight Designer
As a Mid-Weight Designer, Ollie applied his extensive design knowledge to projects and proposals, and was involved in everything from interface design to online identity for cultural campaigns. He also worked in collaboration with the user experience team to combine his design skills with Cogapp's rigorous approach to user-centered design.
Ollie initially joined Cogapp in 2009 as a freelance designer and worked with us on a number of high profile projects including The Arts Council. Following his superb freelance work he joined Cogapp as a permanent Mid-Weight Designer in May 2010. His design skills encompass branding, digital and print and he has a special passion for crafted typography. His experience of working with national clients has helped him develop his creative abilities, which he used to provide Cogapp's clients with beautiful and inspiring online design solutions.
Ollie has a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Brighton and worked as a freelance designer for 5 years. His work was featured in the D&AD Student Annual 2007. Ollie left Cogapp in February 2011 to pursue a freelance career in London.
Cathy Pierce - User Experience Consultant
Cathy joined Cogapp in May 2008 as User Experience Consultant, bringing her wealth of experience to our fast-growing offering in user-centred research, design and Information Architecture. Whilst at Cogapp, Cathy conducted usability testing for a range of public sector, commercial and charity clients, including the UK Borders Agency, Transport for London and a major mobile and broadband operator. She also carried out workshops for the National Archives, Information Architecture work for the Home Office, and ethnographic research and usability testing for the Arthritis Research Campaign. Cathy has extensive experience in this field, having previously worked as User Experience Consultant for Flow Interactive, Principal Consultant for CCD Design and Ergonomics and as Usability Engineer for IconMedia Lab. She has a range of skills in key user research techniques including usability testing, card sorting, focus groups and workshops and environmental user experience. She is also experienced in collaborative design and product design evaluation.
Cathy has an MSc in Human Factors of Human Computer Interaction from University College London and a BSc in Psychology from the University of London. She is a member of the Usability Professionals Association, the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Ergonomics Society, and part of the University College London alumni network. Cathy left Cogapp in February 2011 to pursue a career as a freelance user experience consultant.
Ben Aquilina - Designer
As Senior Designer, Ben took a leading role in meeting the design requirements for Cogapp's projects. Bringing ten years of experience in interactive and print-based design with him, this included everything from workshops and design strategy to template design and style guide creation. He had particular expertise in conceiving and delivering brands and identities for organisations, or extending and enhancing existing brands to better serve their needs. Ben was lead designer on the full-scale redevelopment of the National Portrait Gallery's website, a large project delivered in early 2009. He also took the lead role redesigning the Jewish Museum's website, a major upgrade for the New York museum completed in late 2008. Other key work includes consultancy and phased strategy design work for the National Archives, leading identity work for an Arts Council campaign website, and designing an interactive for the Great North Museum in Newcastle. Ben graduated from Bath University with a BA Hons in Graphic Design.
Prior to joining Cogapp he worked in a broad base of disciplines from music packaging to brand positioning. Key achievements include leading a team of designers on re-branding West Dean art college and developing the brand for Rapha Racing, an online premium cycle clothing company. Ben left Cogapp in October 2010 to set up his own design studio and continues to work as a freelance designer for Cogapp.
Sam Wander - Producer
As a Producer, Sam's role focused on core project work, such as wireframe development, user research and project management. In his three years at Cogapp, Sam worked on projects for the Airborne Forces Museum at IWM Duxford, Home Office, Office for Criminal Justice Reform and Arthritis Research Campaign, among many others. He also managed support relationships with clients we've worked with in the past, such as the Centre for Research and Development and Art Design Media Subject Centre at the University of Brighton, helping to deliver enhancements and ensuring the ongoing stability of their websites.
Sam initially joined Cogapp in February 2007 as Office Administrator, where he was tasked with running the office, and assisting internal projects. His first year with the company provided invaluable exposure to many aspects of our work, and greatly strengthened his business understanding. He moved into the Production Department in January 2008. Sam left Cogapp in October 2010 to work as a Digital Projects Manager at Corporate Edge, a brand led communications agency in London. He now works at Facebook.
Pete Gale - Head of User Experience
Pete led Cogapp’s user experience and consultancy offering for a wide range of corporate, public sector and charity clients. As a Head of User Experience he managed the flourishing UX department, which grew immensely throughout his time at Cogapp. He managed user experience and IA work for the Home Office, Macmillan Cancer Support, the National Archives, a major mobile and broadband provider, a large pubic transport operator, and many many more. As well as undertaking dedicated consultancy work, he contributed his broad expertise into design and build projects. For example, he conceived and developed the sophisticated information architecture of the ParaData website and kiosk for the Airborne Forces Museum at IWM Duxford, delivered in late 2008. In all Pete has several hundred user research sessions under his belt, in the lab and in the field, and over a decade's experience in designing, developing and testing interfaces across a range of channels and devices including touch screen kiosks, interactive TV, web and mobile.
Pete left Cogapp in 2010 after three years with the company. He goes on to work for Blue Latitude, a Digital Business and Marketing Consultancy, leading their user experience offering and providing consultancy to clients.
John Murphy - Business Development Coordinator
As Business Development Coordinator, John's role encompassed a range of tasks to achieve business targets for company promotion. He wrote copy for the company website and other media, marketing collateral, blog posts and more. John also contributed towards business development campaigns and assisted in delivering proposals for work in the public and not for profit sectors. In addition, he was involved in events organisation, helping to coordinate company events and tracking Cogapp's sponsorship of and attendance at industry events. John joined Cogapp in July 2008 and took on his new role early in 2009.
Before joining Cogapp, John worked at PR agencies in both London and Brighton, as well as working as a teaching assistant for children with a range of special educational needs and spending time teaching English in China whilst at university. He graduated from Sussex University with a BA(Hons) in Philosophy in July 2008. John left Cogapp in March 2010 and continues to work in communications.
Dr. Niki Strange - Head of Business Development
Niki was responsible for generating new business opportunities and for promoting Cogapp’s project-based and business activities to the wider world. She headed Cogapp’s business development department, managing marketing campaigns and co-ordinating the company’s participation in events, communities and networks.
Niki came to Cogapp from Wired Sussex, the digital media business development agency, where she worked as a Project Manager delivering events, training and leading trade delegations to overseas markets such as Milia/MipTV. Her background is in arts and factual independent television production, working on strands such as The South Bank Show, Omnibus and Bookmark for the BBC, Channel 4, LWT and PBS in the US. Niki has a first class honours degree in History of Modern Art, Design and Film, an MA in Film and Television from University of Warwick and, most recently, a DPhil in Media and Cultural Studies from University of Sussex. Her doctoral thesis explored the emergence of multi-platform projects, focussing in particular on the BBC. She has published work in 'The Television Studies Book', 'Cultural Studies: A Reader', the 'Encyclopaedia of Television' and a number of journals. She is currently co-editing an international collection on 'Television as Digital Media' with Dr James Bennett for Duke University Press in the US. Niki has presented her research at a number of academic conferences and has organised and/or chaired large-scale digital sector industry events on subjects such as 'Contracting with the Public Sector', 'PR for Virgins' and 'Digital Technologies, Public Libraries & Archives'. In 2007 she presented on multi-platform public engagement campaigns to BBC Arts Producers as part of the BBC’s FutureNow training initiative.
A Research Fellow of University of Sussex and a founder member of the University of Sussex’s Research Centre for Material Digital Culture, she also represented Cogapp as one of twelve national members of the BBC Online External Advisory Group. Niki left Cogapp in 2010 after 7 years with the company.
Paul Glenshaw - Consultant Producer
In 1993, Paul joined the Washington Micro Gallery team from the graphics staff at the National Gallery of Art. Following the Micro Gallery project, he led new media work at the National Museum of African Art until joining Cogapp in 2000. Paul led work on our Wright Brothers projects, and became Executive Director of the Discovery of Flight Foundation in 2005.
Mat Walker - Producer
As an experienced Producer, Mat worked with the rest of the production department and the user experience team to help clients use online and interactive media to achieve their objectives and better serve their intended audiences. At Cogapp, he managed and delivered projects for the BBC, Arts Council and Brighton and Hove Council, amongst others. He also established a close relationship with the National Archives, managing a series of projects through 2008-9 with a view to improving their online offering. With over 10 years of commercial IT experience, mainly in the e-learning, web and charity sectors for clients like British Airways, NatWest and the DfES, Mat has a strong background in development.
Before joining Cogapp, he worked at SCIP (Sussex Community Internet Project) and managed the IT support department. During his time at SCIP Mat helped numerous charity and community groups with their IT needs, including Age Concern, MS Society and the Big Issue. Mat is a creator of the popular Brighton New Media email discussion list and has been involved with setting up several local new media community events. He graduated from the University of Humberside in 1996 with a Degree in Media Production, and is also a PRINCE2 certified project manager. After leaving Cogapp in 2009, Mat has continued his career as a freelance producer.
Ian Smith - Head of Interactive
As Head of Interactive, Ian was responsible for developing installations for museums and galleries, interactive programs for education, and bespoke art installations such as the Prudential Eye. He was also heavily involved in our development of multi-platform projects. His many years of experience managing and producing projects are supported by a technical background - he worked for five years as a programmer both for Cogapp and on a freelance basis. This background enabled Ian to produce some of our most technically challenging or unusual projects, such as the creation and delivery of 22 interactives and audio visual productions for the Great North Museum in Newcastle, and the innovative projection system created for Prudential plc in 2007-8. Other key work included the production of a series of richly interactive e-Learning activities for BBC Jam, built in accessible Flash, and the full scale redevelopment of the National Portrait Gallery website, delivered in early 2009, for which Ian was creative producer. Earlier experience included work on Man-U-Net, an interactive for Manchester United's museum; the National Portrait Gallery Portrait Explorer, a kiosk system for the gallery that has served for more than 10 years; and Shakespeare's Globe, a set of nine interactives for the permanent exhibition beneath the rebuilt theatre. His client experience includes work with the Science Museum, the National Gallery, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, Nelson Thornes, Granada Learning and The Big Bus Education Ltd. In all Ian has worked on over fifty digital media projects. Ian is a member of the Museums and Computers group, and has both spoken at conferences for, and been published by, Heritage 365. He is a certified PRINCE2 project manager. Ian left Cogapp in 2009 and is now continuing his career as a freelance digital consultant.
Natalie Vescia - Digital Marketing Executive
Natalie was Cogapp’s Digital Marketing Executive, responsible for maintaining the company’s strong client base and exploring new business opportunities. Coordinating marketing campaigns and press releases, writing project proposals and events management were just some elements of her role.
Prior to joining Cogapp, Natalie worked in the hustle and bustle of Carnaby Street, as a Marketing Coordinator for Liberty in London. There, her multi-faceted role involved creatively managing the exclusive events and marketing communications targeted at its loyal cardholder base. Whilst completing her BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing, she completed a year’s placement at Xerox, where she worked for the European division of the company as a Marketing Executive. Natalie initiated the structure for the first Xerox Europe PIXI Awards website and managed a bi-monthly multilingual newsletter sent to over 100 clients. Natalie is now pursuing freelance Marketing opportunities around Brighton and beyond.
Tim Hewitt - Interactive Software Specialist
Tim is a Flash Platform developer (Adobe Air, Actionscript, Flex) who utilises other programming languages (Objective-C, Python) and visual development tools (Quartz Composer, OpenGL). As our Interactive Software Specialist, Tim developed creative technical solutions for our projects. He worked on various touchscreen and projection interactives for the Great North Museum; creating visual elements for the ambitious Prudential Eye project and architecting and developing the front-end for MoMA.Guide.
He graduated with a Philosophy and Theology degree from Kent University, and has been building up his self-taught programming skills over 10 years working on interactive digital including e-learning for Pearson Education & the BBC, and desktop applications for 20th Century Fox and EA Games. Tim left Cogapp in April 2009 and is pursuing freelance projects.
Fiona Dungay - Designer
Fiona was Cogapp's midweight designer, a role that covered interactive communications in the widest sense, from online and offline design to internal promotional material and production design work. She worked closely with the design, production and technical departments in all stages of the creative process from ideas generation to delivery. She worked on projects for clients including the Jewish Museum, the British Museum and the Social Care Institute for Excellence. She was also involved in the creation of new identities for the ICONS project and the Centre for Research and Development at Brighton University. In addition to Fiona's online and offline design work, she gained experience in brainstorming, proposals, pitching and presenting. Fiona graduated from the University of Brighton in 2003 with a BA in Graphic Design.
Before joining Cogapp she worked as a freelancer with Paul Farrington at Studio Tonne and on a variety of projects for different clients. More recently, she attended courses run by the D&AD and the London College of Communication. Fiona left Cogapp in February 2009 after four productive years and she is currently working in freelance design.
Dan Nixon - Business Development Co-ordinator
Dan's role as New Business Development Co-ordinator spanned marketing, promotion and liaising with potential clients. Working closely with Cogapp's management group, Dan focussed on generating new opportunities by expanding the range of sectors the company operates in.
He joined Cogapp in May 2007, and worked on the promotional presence for Cogapp at several events, including dConstruct and Hack Day, as well as successfully launching Cogapp's external blog. Dan Nixon graduated with a first class degree in Film and Television from the University of Westminster in 2002. After University he worked for the Data Infrastructure department of EDF's Networks division before returning to Brighton in 2004 to work as a producer at the small feature film company Pull Back Camera. His work there culminated in the selection of one of his films for the Cannes Film Festival '05. He returned to the film industry in May 2008 after a productive time at Cogapp.
Stuart Lamour - Assistant Producer
Stuart has a broad-ranging role, which includes facilitating technical aspects of Production department work, user research, statistical analysis, project management, and the technical implementation of graphic design, wireframes and Information Architecture. He is also a well-practiced advisor on web 2.0 media distribution such as blogs, content aggregators, and social networking sites.
He joined Cogapp in late 2006, and worked on a multitude of projects. For the British Museum website re-design he modelled a prototype with interactive PHP and AJAX, as well as building initial site component templates with XHTML and CSS. For the Home Office's Immigration and Nationality Directorate he helped undertake extensive user research which included user interviews and reports, card sorting, building wireframes for testing, documenting findings and report writing. He converted Cogapp's pro bono Artguide site from Pearl to PHP and SQL, helped write a research report for the Jewish Museum in New York on museums and web 2.0, and has worked on projects for the National Portrait Gallery, Science Museum, Naked Eye amongst many others. Stuart also customised our own blog, reworking the Wordpress templates with PHP, XHTML and CSS.
Stuart has a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from the University of Sussex. He moved on to the University of Sussex to work on a national project developing web 2.0 e-learning tools for students, teachers and employers in April 2008.
Jason Ryan - Production Director
After gaining an MSc in Archaeology at University College London, Jason completed his PhD on conservation techniques at Imperial College working with the Victoria and Albert Museum. He then taught at the Royal College of Art on the RCA/V&A Museum Joint Conservation Course. Jason has lectured at conferences and meetings in England and America, and has published a number of academic papers. Jason has been involved with new media since 1995 and has contributed to over 50 digital projects in the fields of art, science, education, music and film. Outside the interactive field he was assistant director and technical consultant on the short film 'Colin's Wings' about the ceramicist Colin Pearson. His work with Cogapp included consultancy and information architecture projects for The Home Office, the Houses of Parliament, the British Library, V&A and the British Museum; and interactive projects for the Museum of Modern Art, BBC, Science Museum, National Maritime Museum and The Cleveland Museum of Art. Jason also led the technical and production work on 'The Magical Worlds of Joseph Cornell', a BAFTA-nominated and AAM Muse gold award winning DVD-ROM project produced for the Voyager Foundation, Washington DC. Jason became Cogapp’s Production Director in mid-2001 following a string of successful project deliveries. Jason is a certified PRINCE2 project manager.
Professor Malcolm Garrett - Design Consultant
Malcolm Garrett is Creative Director at AIG (Applied Information Group, London). Malcolm is a true pioneer of digital design, technology and thinking. His career has spanned pop music and popular culture, the arts, broadcast, publishing and digital media, including award-winning projects for clients such as Carlton, Trinity College Dublin and the Science Museum. Malcolm was appointed Visiting Professor of Interaction Design at London's Royal College of Art in 2000 and is also Visiting Professor at Central St Martins. In 2000 he was made a Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts, the first interactive media designer to be honoured in this way. Malcolm worked with Cogapp as Creative Director of the ICONS project and as consultant for our own re-branding project.
Rory Matthews - Design Consultant
Rory Matthews is a designer and design consultant. He was Cogapp’s Design Director from 1991-2000, and he continues to art direct selected projects for us, notably our work on the Magical Worlds of Joseph Cornell project and the Cleveland Museum of Art website. After graduating from London’s Camberwell School of Art and Crafts in 1978 Rory practised and lectured in graphic design, specialising in interactive media design since 1989. Rory is a member of the Chartered Society of Designers. Rory’s work can be seen on his website at www.rorym.com.
Alastair Martindale - Senior Programmer
Alastair Martindale graduated with a degree in Physical Sciences from UCL, London after completing a Foundation in Fine Art at Hastings College. He then went on to obtain an MSc (Distinction) in Information Systems at the University of Brighton. Alastair joined Cognitive Applications in 1998 as a programmer. He has since worked on a variety of projects including exhibits for the Science Museum and production of database archives and dynamic web sites for Cable & Wireless and the National Portrait Gallery.
Eric Bates - Designer/Producer
Eric Bates works as freelance producer/designer and lecturer. He graduated from Maidstone College of Art, where he studied Fine Art, followed by an MA in Printmaking at Brighton University, and later an MSc in Computer Graphics at Middlesex University. Eric worked for Cogapp as a senior designer/project manager between 1997 and 2003. Whilst still working freelance for Cogapp, he now spreads his time between producing, design & digital video and lecturing at Brighton University. Eric still creates content for many of Cogapp's projects, amongst them recent work for the BBC, Manchester United, ICONS - A Portrait of England.
Thomas Kennett - Flash Developer
Tom has worked as a professional developer since 2000, when he graduated from Sussex University with a degree in Artificial Intelligence. Always having had a passion for programming, in 2003 Tom became particularly fascinated with the possibilities offered by the rapidly evolving Flash platform, and began to specialise in Actionscript development - to this discipline he brings his knowledge of software design, and experience with C#, Java and server side tech. Tom started at Cogapp in 2006 where he is currently working on e-learning projects for the BBC. He devotes much of his spare time to R&D.
John Davison - Illustrator and Animator
John has been freelancing for over 7 years, during which time he has produced a diverse collection of original and outstanding animation for broadcast, interactive media and mobile phones. Industry acclaim has come locally, from work shown at several of Brighton's D-Scape events as well as providing visuals for Melting Vinyl and ESP club nights. Nationally, John's work was selected for the 2005 OneDotZero festival, showcasing the best global talent in cutting-edge experimental moving image. Beginning at the ICA London, the tour continued to over 50 countries worldwide. International accolades have come from as far a field as:
Singapore (Design Warriors Art Project)
Hamburg (Bit Film Festival)
California (The Animation Show - personally programmed by Mike Judge)
His clients include BBC,MTV, Channel4, E4, Orange, Sony, Nintendo and Penguin Books.
Jules Langran - Illustrator and Animator
Jules started freelancing just over two years ago as an illustrator and animator after eight years as a designer and art director. She has worked individually and as part of a team on animation, character development, games, websites, online branding and viral marketing projects for the youth, entertainment, and lifestyle markets as well as creating new, and updating existing licensed products. Previous clients include the BBC, Campbells, publishers Die Gestalten Verlag, Hewlett Packard, The Licensing Company, The Post Office and Vogue.
Lucia Brida - Bookkeeper
Lucia started her accounts training in West Wales many years ago. She eventually moved to London and worked for an audio visual company as a junior and ended up as a director. She left in 1993 just after her daughter was born and started up her own book-keeping company in Brighton. Lucia joined Cogapp as a bookkeeper on a freelance basis in 2004.
Cathryn Sweid - Accounts Consultant
Cathryn Sweid joined the company in August 2002 as bookkeeper. Cathryn took a diploma in business studies in Sweden where she lived for 12 years, followed later by one year's AAT studies in Brighton. She started her accounting career working in the hotel business, and has lived and worked abroad in a variety of different organisations before returning to her hometown of Brighton. Cathryn has recently taken up a new role but continues to provide consultancy support for our accounts department.
Stuart Jackson - Senior Producer
Stuart was awarded a doctorate in neural networks and the philosophy of meaning from the University of Exeter in the summer of 1992. He taught and conducted post-doctoral research in the computer science departments of both Exeter and Sheffield universities until 1995, and his work appears in Connectionism and Meaning. Stuart has worked on interactive and enhanced TV, CD, web and software application projects in a variety of roles for a variety of different organisations, including as programme manager, account manager, producer, project manager and copywriter. He was previously Production Director at Getfrank, where he ran the delivery effort company-wide, and before that Senior Producer at Victoria Real where he coordinated projects teams across web, DTV and wireless offerings. Stuart has worked with a wide range of public and private sector clients including the BBC, Channel 4, Culture Online, Interface Europe, Ladbrokes, Norwich Union, Ofcom, Rail Passengers Council, Strategic Rail Authority and Westway Development Trust.
Amo Bassan - Designer
Amo has worked for a range of design agencies in the UK, France and the USA. He has worked with on- and offline media, and frequently manages design teams as well as delivering outstanding creative work himself. He has significant experience of designing user interfaces for screen-based media including Internet, kiosk and CD-ROM platforms. Amo has worked on the design and development of numerous corporate identities and has also led major identity and interface design projects for Culture Online / 24 Hour Museum, Interface Europe, Local Government Leadership Centre and St Bede's School. Amo is also an experienced typographer, illustrator, video editor, artist, DJ and photographer.
Clifford Barton - Designer
Clifford Barton has an honours degree in Fine Art from West Surrey College of Art and Design. He joined Cogapp in March 1995 after working in advertising as an art director and package designer for clients including American Express, Nescafe, L'Oreal, and Coca Cola. Clifford was one of our key staff on the Washington Micro Gallery project and our leading 3D specialist. Clifford continues to work with us as a consultant.
Jeremy Mabbitt - Programmer
Jeremy Mabbitt joined Cogapp in January 2000 as a programmer. After a short period at Oxford University, Jeremy studied at Exeter University and gained a degree in Engineering Science. He then went on to Sussex University to read an MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems and graduated with distinction. He is a specialist in Java software development. Jeremy has now gone on to develop his own business, see www.codefarm.com for details.
Joss Munro - Producer
Joss Munro was one of Cogapp producers. She managed web and kiosk based projects for some of Cogapp's museum-sector clients including the Royal Pavilions Libraries and Museums, Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Prior to joining us in 1999, Joss completed an Honours Degree in Fine Art at the University of Brighton, and a Certificate in Multimedia from the University of Sussex. Previously she also worked as a technical volunteer at Lighthouse, a digital arts organisation. Joss is now combining family life with various other commitments including freelance assignments with Cogapp.
Kevan Davis - Programmer
Kevan has been working as a programmer for over seven years following a BSc in Computer Science from De Montfort University. Kevan specialises in database-related development work, using PHP, ASP and MySQL. At Cogapp, Kevan has worked on various web sites for the Home Office and the Coffyn Collection, the Art Explorer for Chicago Institute of Art and a press release facility for the National Portrait Gallery.
Matt Pearson - Programmer
Matt previously worked as a film-maker and writer/editor back in his native Midlands but for Cogapp he adopted the guise of Multimedia Engineer and Programmer. Somewhere along the line he picked up a couple of degrees, one in Media & Communications and one in Computing, studied at a variety of inauspicious institutions around the country. He also knows a lot about comics.
Nik Honeysett - Producer
Nik Honeysett worked with Cogapp for more than ten years. A graduate of Brighton University, Nik holds a BSc and an MSc in microprocessors. Before joining Cogapp in March 1989, Nik worked at the BBC Interactive Television Unit. Nik worked on all our art museum-related projects, including the original Micro Gallery project in London. Nik now works at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Piran Montford- Programmer
A Windows and internet expert and also an exceptionally good Macintosh programmer, Piran joined the company in September 1995. He is now working on e-commerce applications. Very occasionally he turns up in Brighton for an hour or two of consultancy or a meal.
Sophia Robertson - New Business Director
Sophia holds a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology and an MA in Museum and Gallery Management, and has worked for a number of museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the National Maritime Museum, where she project managed content and production of the Search Station project and museum website. Sophia was previously Arts and Culture Director at Big Picture Interactive. She has a special interest in museums and online learning, and has given seminars on the subject for various organisations including the Museums Association, New Opportunities Fund and Society of Archivists. Previously our New Business Director, as of September 2003 Sophia is taking time out to enjoy life with her son Dylan.
Tim Frost is currently pursuing his calling as an animator. You can see his work on his home page at www.animoke.com.
Vici Hemming - Office Manager
Vici ran Cogapp's offices from 1990 to 2001. She contributed to almost all the projects we worked on during the period. She has now moved from Brighton to Devon and is staying in touch by doing freelance work editing our Art Guide project.
Selena Ulrich (1976-2004) - Programmer
Selena worked with the company as a programmer until July 2003, having joined in January 2001 and previously spent a year and a half studying for an MSc in Information Systems at the University of Brighton. Before that she studied for a BA in Intellectual History at the University of Sussex, which is where she also acquired her deep love of Brighton. She died suddenly in June 2004. She is sorely missed by those who knew her.