We are hiring (in Brighton or Cardiff): Python/Django Engineers, Senior JavaScript Engineer & Mobile Javascript Engineer

Meet the team

We celebrate diversity and encourage people to be themselves.

We've developed an awesome team over the years, with wide ranging talents and interests. This makes DabApps such a great place to work and develop, personally and professionally.

Chris Palk

Chris Palk

Managing Director

I am the Managing Director of DabApps. My role is to make sure the company runs seamlessly, delighting clients and providing our employees with a challenging and rewarding place to work.

What do you do?

At the moment, everything aside from the detailed technical day to day programming - although I do roll my sleeves up at times. My time is split between client focused work such as client relations, project management and technical design review, and also internal management - trying to ensure that our employees have a good working environment and are not hindered in the production of their best quality work.

What drove you to set up DabApps?

Primarily it was the frustration of working in large IT departments and seeing creativity and action curtailed by bureaucracy and red tape. By keeping DabApps focused on what the client actually needs and developing in an Agile manner I believe we can create applications that surpass the client's needs, on time and on budget.

Secondly the environment is perfect for growth at the moment. Web and mobile applications look set to continue to expand even through the current recession. They can make a real difference to the bottom line of many companies.

How should clients see DabApps?

For larger clients we are an extension of their IT department. We have specialised knowledge in Web and Mobile design, as well as Big Data experience that even many large IT companies will lack. We will be able to work with internal IT resources and build relationships with the right people to help us deliver.

For smaller clients we work in partnership. The web is often a key component of their business model and we work together to try and realise their vision for the budget that they have available. Sometimes that's a challenge but we are always ready to offer clear and honest advice, right from the start.

Why Brighton?

As I write this in 80 degrees heat with the sea as a back drop, the answer seems obvious! But seriously, Brighton is a hub for all kinds of digital design and the quality of people we can work with here either as employees or partners is second to none.

How do you relax outside of DabApps?

A few drinks and nice food with good friends is always an option on the weekend.

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Jamie Matthews

Technical Director

I'm in charge of our technologies, standards and development strategies. I make sure that the software we build is as good as it possibly can be.

What do you do?

I'm Technical Director at DabApps.

I enjoy making things with software. Usually this involves the web, but I've also been known to dabble in data visualisation, microcontroller programming and scientific simulations.

What gets you excited?

All good developers are lazy. I'm constantly looking for ways to improve my workflow and development process to maximise efficiency and minimise time wasted on boring things. I'm also particularly interested in choosing the very best tools for the job at hand, which (when it comes to web development) usually include the Python programming language, and the Django web framework. I think the healthiest kind of software is open source, and believe in being as transparent and open as possible with the way I work.

Do you do anything less geeky?

I play guitar, and I try to take in as much live music as I can. I take photos, watch movies, go out walking and spend a healthy amount of time in the pub with a nice pint of real ale.

What's your favourite thing about Brighton?

That intangible impossible-to-describe outlook on life that you only start to understand after you've been here for a few months. The moment when you realise you can't really imagine living anywhere else.

Ed Hickey

Ed Hickey

Commercial Director

I'm the Commercial Director here at DabApps, with a background in business management and experience helping companies grow through great customer experience. My role is to oversee revenue generating activities, working closely with our clients, prospective clients and internal teams to ensure we offer great solutions and amazing applications.

What do you do?

I talk to people from all walks of life about who we are, what we do and how great we are! This ranges from early stage start-up businesses with a great idea, potential strategic partners through to corporations looking for the right partner for their latest application projects.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

Apart form working in an office full incredibly clever techy's, I love the variety. I can honestly say that no two days are the same and it's really inspiring and motivating to meet so many people with great and creative ideas. Turning these ideas into reality is the icing on the cake.

What do you get up to in your free time?

Family life in Brighton keeps me pretty busy and we love the beach, the Downs and the great bars and restaurants. I also love to cook at home and enjoy reading cook books and trying out new recipes.

Travel has always been a passion and prior to joining DabApps I spent 2.5 years living and working in Asia. During that time we visited 12 countries in total with Sri Lanka and Vietnam being the standout favourites.

Nathan Drave

Nathan Drave

Business Development Manager, Cardiff

I am the Cardiff Business Development Manager. My role is to assist in the setting up, and running of, the DabApps branch to cover South Wales and nearby regions.

What do you do?

I work closely with Chris and the team to raise awareness of the expansion in the locale, build a second development team and to begin developing open and collaborative relationships with a wide and varied list of potential clients. In my previous roles, I come from an analytical background in the corporate IT world.

What do you get up to in your free time?

I love the great outdoors, walking, mountain biking, and camping. Occasionally in Wales the weather allows for these.

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Catrina Baker-Bassett

Projects Director

What do you do?

I’ve spent the last four years as a Project Manager at DabApps and now head up our delivery team as Projects Director. I work closely with our Project Managers, overseeing projects from start to finish, understanding client requirements and making sure we meet (and exceed!) their expectations. As well as overseeing all of our projects, I manage the operational side things; our approach to project management, the methodologies we use and our processes. 

What do you enjoy most about the job?

I love our transparent approach, the variety of clients we work with and the range of projects we take on - it sounds clichéd but no two days are the same. I really enjoy learning about the technologies we use, our design process, and keeping up to date with the ever-evolving digital/tech side of Brighton life. This job is all about learning and striving for continuous improvement. The fact that we have such a brilliant, friendly and collaborative team is the icing on the cake (I also like cake).

What do you get up to in your free time?

I regularly cycle and love walking my dogs in the South Downs and by the sea - we're pretty spoilt here in Brighton. I love to travel so seeing as much of the world as possible will always be on my 'to do' list. Cooking with a glass of wine always makes me happy! 

Al Power

Al Power

Creative Director

What do you do?

I'm a senior web developer and designer who loves web standards and good UI design with a real user focus. I've been working on the web since 1998 and have worked through the early wild-west days of tables for layouts and spacer gifs through to the more exciting progressive web standards of today.

My role at DabApps is to collaborate with clients, helping to transform their ideas and requirements into reality using user research, rapid prototyping techniques and visual design to deliver a great user experience across mobile and the web, both before and during development.

What brought you to Brighton?

A move to the coast - I've always wanted to live by the sea, and while working remotely moved to Seaford for the amazing coastline and the lovely South Downs, so working in Brighton was a natural next step. Previously I worked in Oxford and Cambridge, and ran 'UXOxford' (a UX meetup) for four years.

What do you do for fun?

All sorts. I'm an avid photographer, preferring landscapes and street photography, but have worked as a wedding and product photographer in the past. I'm a voracious reader and podcast listener, both fiction and also anything design/web related - I like to try and keep up on the latest trends and thinking. I also like games (digital and board), kayaking, hiking, and running.

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Kirsty Levett

Office Manager

What do you do?

I'm the Office Manager at DabApps, co-ordinating various aspects of the business from an administrative point of view

What brought you to Brighton?

Following 12 years in London, eventually I felt drawn to the sense of perspective offered by the sea and the South Downs. I've been here 8 years now and have gravitated so far toward the Downs I now live in the middle of them, in nearby Lewes.

What do you do for fun?

Eat, cook, drink, read, knit, play tennis and grow stuff in the garden!

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Caroline Hamza

Social Media Manager

What do you do?

I am the Social Media Manager at Dabapps. I create social media strategies, posts and campaigns to try and leverage the power of social media to grow Dabapps online.

What bought you to Brighton?

I lived in the Middle East for 5 years until I met my now husband who has lived in Brighton his whole life. He managed to move me from one beachy town to another!

What do you do in your spare time?

I am a mum to two beautiful little girls so most of my spare time is spent making memories with them. I also love to work out and cook, and as a family we love to travel.

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Mark Aaron

Web Designer

What do you do?
I’m a designer at DabApps, designing web and mobile applications with a focus on user experience, though my background is in brand design.

What brought you to Brighton?
I grew up nearby, went to uni here and haven’t quite found a reason to leave...

What do you do for fun?
Spend lots of family time with my baby daughter and apart from that, making as much music as she will allow!

Ali Jarvis

Ali Jarvis

Project Manager

What do you do? 

I work as a Project Manager here at DabApps. My job is to be the link between the client and the DabApps team and to pull together all the tasks that need to be completed to deliver a great app for our clients. I moved into product management about 6 years ago and found my niche; I love seeing something go from an idea through to the actual app itself. The range of projects we work on here is fascinating and I get to learn about all sorts of things I would never have predicted. 

What brought you to Brighton? 

I moved here in 2011, after a 4-year stint in Hong Kong, and fell in love with the place. I did a few years commuting up to London and am overjoyed to be back working in Brighton. 

What do you get up to in your free time? 

I like being creative so I paint furniture, bake and make bath bombs. I’m getting back into yoga and for my real downtime, I love reading. Travelling to other countries and cultures is what I do when I have a good chunk of time off. Asia will always have a piece of my heart!

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Puti Fofana

Project Manager

What do you do?

I'm a Project Manager here at DapApps. The main focus of my role is to work in partnership with clients to deliver web and mobile apps. I act as the point of contact between the client and the development team and ensure complete visibility throughout the project lifecycle.

What brought you to Cardiff?

I'm Cardiff born and bred and I love it here! Apart from a short few years living away and travelling, I've lived here all my life. Cardiff has a nice feel to it; there's plenty going on so you never get bored, but the city is small enough to get around and you're never too far away from a big open green space.

What do you do for fun?

My main hobby is netball; I love playing in a team sport. I'm quite active so you can often catch me on my bike, going for a run or in the gym. When I'm not running around, I love nothing more than to get lost in a book!

Summer Parmenter-Andrews

Summer Parmenter-Andrews

Project Manager

What do you do?

I work as a Project Manager here at DabApps and have experience delivering an extensive range of projects across various industries using both Agile Scrum and Prince 2 methodologies. I work closely with my clients to gather detailed requirements to allow us to offer the best solutions for your business and report regularly to ensure complete visibility as the project progresses.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I love the challenge of working across various projects and industries as no two projects are the same. I have worked with both large corporate companies to smaller start up businesses (and everything in-between). Working in digital means that we are constantly moving to keep ahead of the ever-evolving digital world which allows me to constantly perfect my project management techniques, keeping me on my toes!

What do you get up to in your free time?

Being a project manager doesn’t end once you leave the office which means most of my spare time is heavily planned and scheduled ahead of time. When I do allow myself time to relax, I love exploring national parks or going on long country dog walks. I also love travelling, cooking and attending the odd music festival during the summer!

Paul Mitchell-Gears

Paul Mitchell-Gears

Engineer

What do you do?

I write code, with a strong emphasis on agile disciplines. I am an advocate of test-first coding, small and frequent releases, and an emphasis on simplicity and quality.

What technologies are you using?

I'm pretty excited about Javascript right now as finally beginning to fulfil the 'write-once, run-anywhere' promise originally made but never truly delivered by Java. I'm a strong enthusiast of a functional programming approach minimising side effects and concentrating state in one place.

What brought you to Brighton?

I moved here as a graduate fifteen years ago and never looked back, except for a five year hiatus where I lived in Bogotá and Birmingham. Brighton has better beaches.

What do you do for fun?

I try to take full advantage of all that Brighton has to offer - a pint on the seafront, dinner out with friends, biking on the South Downs, or going to a gig.

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Charlie Tomsett

Engineer

What do you do?

I'm an engineer at DabApps. I like writing code, solving problems and exploring open source technologies, especially when they involve the web.

What brought you to Brighton?

I've lived fairly nearby my entire life but I moved to Brighton for university and never left. It has a great relaxed pace of life, a vast array of interesting places to eat and it has the added bonus of being by the sea.

What do you do for fun?

On top of the usual Brighton pub and seaside activities, I also like cooking (and subsequently eating), playing the guitar and tinkering with the odd bit of computer hardware; my drawers at home are full of wires and computer components which are all completely necessary.

Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown

Engineer

What do you do?
I'm an Engineer & Project Technical Lead. I mostly write backend & frontend code and help keep production apps running smoothly as a member of our operations team but I also help make technical decisions when necessary.

Why did you choose to work in Brighton?

I live in Eastbourne, a slightly smaller town on the South East Coast and there aren't loads of Software opportunities here. Brighton has many and it's a very nice place to come to during the week.

What do you do for fun?

I also write code for fun outside of work mostly in different technologies and languages that I find interesting at the time but I also enjoy reading, and chilling out in my local park.

Narani van Laarhoven

Narani van Laarhoven

Engineer

What do you do?

I'm an engineer at DabApps. As a junior developer I am excited to learn all the latest technologies and frameworks that are used at DabApps. My role involves anything to do with coding, whether it's backend, frontend or mobile development.

How did you get into coding?

I studied Mathematics in Amsterdam and in Barcelona and soon discovered that my skills of problem solving, logical thinking and creativity were easily transferable to the satisfying craft of coding software. After a couple of months of taking online courses in web and mobile app development I landed my first job as freelance programmer and a year later I was invited to join the team at DabApps. I am thrilled to be working with and learning from such a lovely bunch of developers.

What do you do in your spare time?

As a newbie to Brighton and the UK I'm enjoying trying out some of the local pubs; their roasts and local beers. But I also enjoy board games with friends, going to wine tastings, cycling along the seafront and recently I've discovered the joy of windsurfing.

Tim Stimpson

Tim Stimpson

Engineer

What do you do?

I joined DabApps as an engineer, focussing mainly on Python APIs in Django. The majority of my previous experience is in Project Management, however I decided to retrain as a software developer as it's fun to build useful applications that solve real world problems.

What brought you to Brighton?

It's great that Brighton has such an interesting and varied Tech community, which has enabled me to move from London and pursue my career in such a great town. Great outdoor activities, friendly town attitude plus the ocean and the beach make Brighton stand out.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy hiking, photography, art and painting to relax at the weekend. I am also hoping to join one of the boating clubs in Brighton when the weather starts to get warmer.

Joseph Falconer

Joseph Falconer

Engineer

What do you do?

I am a Software Engineer at DabApps. I originally came into technology with a mind to become a front-end developer, and as such focussed on JavaScript, CSS and HTML. However, I’m also interested in Python and Django and am heading towards being ‘full-stack’ at DabApps.

What brought you to Brighton?

Being born! I grew up in Brighton. I have since lived in London, Plymouth, South Korea and Spain, but I’m back to pursue my career in technology. Brighton was a really vibrant place to grow up - I’m sure it’s been a huge influence on me. Maybe it’s the UK’s answer to San Francisco? Sea, hills, LGBT, diversity and of course technology companies.

What do you do for fun?

I am addicted to learning other languages and actively speak Spanish and Japanese. I’ve recently picked up my paintbrushes again and done some painting, and have enjoyed pruning/shaping a bonsai tree. I try not to use my computer in my spare time but sometimes build things just to practice or have fun with the technologies I use.

Mat Kastner

Mat Kastner

Engineer

What do you do?

I’m a full stack developer at DabApps, mostly working on front-end. I’ve had a varied career working on all sorts of languages and technologies. Right now I’m really keen on Android app development and have recently been working with React Native so that I can develop for iOS as well.

What brought you to Cardiff?

I’d always heard about how great a place Cardiff is so when it came up as an option for a graduate scheme, I jumped at the opportunity to move here.

What do you do for fun?

I’m a keen skier, but don’t get to go as often as I’d like - I’d like to try out Snowboarding soon. I also love travelling, grabbing a pint with friends and playing board games.

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Jenny Rolfe

Engineer

What do you do?
I'm a front-end developer at DabApps primarily but enjoy everything to do with writing code.


What brought you to Brighton?
I've been in Brighton for almost 20 years now, having always wanted to live by the sea and it's a fantastic place.


What do you do for fun?
I'm happiest when making something. That could be an app, turning some wood on my lathe, or sculpting & creating a 1/144 scale miniature - basically I make all the things!

Alex

Alex King

Engineer

What do you do?

I'm currently working as a front-end mobile developer, but as a junior engineer I'm excited to learn just about anything to do with coding.


What brought you to Brighton?

My family moved from London to a village just outside Brighton when I was 12. Despite having gone to university in Yorkshire, and living in the South of France for a couple of years, I always end up back here. It's definitely my home.

What do you do for fun?
Before joining DabApps I was a professional classical harpist, so anything to do with music (classical and electronic mostly). I also love video games, board games, and anything that involves riddles, codes or puzzles.

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Mark Bird

Engineer

What do you do?

I'm a backend developer at DabApps, working on projects such as iComply and Enable


What brought you to Brighton?

I moved down here from London with my wife, who grew up in LA, to be nearer the sea..

What do you do for fun?
I'm learning to play guitar and hoping I'll be going out to gigs again soon!

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Matt George

Engineer

What do you do?


I’m a software engineer mostly working on the front-end part of projects, I’ve worked as a software engineer for a few years however I’m still fairly new to the front-end world so I’m learning a lot of cool stuff every day.

What brought you to Cardiff?

I came to Cardiff to study Software Engineering at university and just fell in love with the city! Quite a lot of my friends I made at university stuck around which made the decision to stay very easy.

What do you do for fun?


I have quite a range of hobbies, I’m very happy to go out for long walks or bike rides but I’m just as happy to chill out at home with some movies or video games. I also love going out with friends!

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Nick Kissaun

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I'm a Software Engineer primarily focusing on frontend development

What brought you to Brighton?

I came to Brighton from Singapore for university and loved it so much that I decided to stay!

What do you do for fun?

In my spare time I like going to bars and clubs, and playing video games with my friends. On the side I also enjoy music production. I'm a huge fan of cinema too.

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George Waller

Apprentice Engineer

What do you do?

I am a full-stack developer mostly working on backend APIs but I am trying to expand my knowledge into more areas of the code base - which is easy to do here with the borad array of different projects I can work on. I am also studying for a degree apprenticeship in computing and buisness at the University of Chichester part time.

What brought you to Brighton?

I moved here about 5 years ago to live in a place that was more lively and interesting than where I used to live. In Brighton it always nice be able to visit the beach when you want and have the fresh air. There is always something new to see or do as there are so many small buisnesses which is a nice change from the trend towards mass market commercialisation.

What do you do for fun?

In my free time I like to work on my photography skills, where I focus mainly on aerial, urban environments and wildlife photography. I also enjoy taking on some tactile tasks like building something, DIY or cleaning my car for a break from the computer.

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George Oxley

Engineer

What do you do?


I'm a Software Engineer (Full Stack but with a focus on the backend). Python and C++ are my favourite languages, but I also have a growing appreciation for front end languages/frameworks like JS/TS and React.

What brought you to Brighton?


I grew up in Brighton and went to high school here, and moved back after Uni. I really enjoy living in Brighton so I plan on staying here for the time being.

What do you do for fun?


My favourite activities are going to the pub with friends, playing video games, building video games, reading fantasy/sci fi novels, going to the gym and watching movies/tv series.

Want to know more about us?

Get in touch to ask any questions you have about the DabApps team.