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Drawing on our skills and experiences from a wide range of industry sectors, together we are an agile data company on a mission to ensure that no tenant has to live in substandard or unsafe accommodation again. Want to be part of the team?

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Who we are

We are Kamma

Orla Shields

Chief Executive Officer and co-founder

Orla trained as a chartered accountant at Ernst & Young before moving to the Irish Central Bank to work on the recapitalisation of the Irish banking sector. Orla moved to London to manage a £650m infrastructure budget at the London 2012 Olympics and latterly worked as a Commercial Director of a number of top-tier digital agencies and media companies.

Orla’s personal passion is cycling, regularly competing in races including achieving a ranking of 34th in the 2017 UCI World Amateur Cycling Championships.

Gary Gale

Chief Technical Officer

Gary has extensive engineering and product leadership experience at Yahoo! Geo-technologies, Nokia/HERE Maps, Ordnance Survey and was CTO of what3words. Gary holds RHCE (RedHat Certified Engineer) and FRGS (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society) qualifications and still likes to write code.

When he’s not in the office, Gary works from anywhere with good espresso, free Wi-Fi and somewhere to charge his MacBook Pro. A bit of a map obsessive, Gary spends his spare time with his family, running the Mostly Maps blog, or tweeting about maps.

Chris Morgan

Chief Operating Officer

Chris spent eight years in Financial Services for companies such as Hatfield Philips International and CBRE, managing billions of pounds of Commercial Real Estate Mortgages on behalf of lenders and running client relationships. Specialising in modelling and reporting, Chris worked extensively on improving the Loan Servicing product to drive value for clients.

A sporting addict, outside of the office Chris can usually be found on the football pitch or on the sidelines supporting his beloved Man City.

Joe Webb

Chief Growth Officer

Joe started his career at Kantar, the world’s largest data company, delivering marketing solutions to blue-chip clients. He moved to Corporate Development and then to APAC where he ran GTM strategy for new data products, generating a 9-figure revenue stream. In his most recent role, Joe built the growth function for a global entertainment brand, delivering ~600% revenue growth.

Joe’s extracurricular accolades are a triumph of enthusiasm over ability. He has an amateur boxing record of 1-1-0 and completed both the Sally Up challenge and a no-prep trail marathon, during the lockdown.

Neil Sampson

Chief Product & Innovation Officer

Neil has an extensive background in working with data-driven products that solve real-world problems. With roots in both technical and commercial roles, he’s spent the last few years focusing on creating product strategy and vision for startups and big businesses alike, including recent roles at Rakuten and Experian.

In his spare time, he runs ultramarathons in an attempt to offset the inhuman amount of calories he consumes from eating and drinking with his family and friends at home and in restaurants.

Thierry Victor

Product Manager

Thierry previously worked as a senior people flow and crowd consultant in a large building engineering firm. Using data-driven and user-centred approaches, he then transitioned to a product management role, supporting the development of data visualization and modelling dashboards. He worked with General Electric, Vodafone property managers, Heathrow airport, UK Theatres Trust, and New York High Line. During the summer of 2020, he worked with UK Universities to test social distancing strategies.

In his spare time, Thierry created and launched a board game named Koala & Wine.

Patrick Slater

Data Analyst

Patrick has a background in engineering and policy with a focus on climate change and energy systems. He has worked in analytical and strategic roles for climate policy institutes, renewable technology start ups and large insurers. Patrick loves discovering valuable insights hidden within data that help drive sustainable change.

Patrick loves spending his free time either being outside hiking around nature or inside at a gallery or gig.

Ben Tindall

Lead Engineer

Ben started his career as a web developer intern and rapidly worked his way up to Senior Software Developer at the University of Lincoln Students’ Union. Ben led the technical management of the SUMS platform, working with clients, managing junior developers, and building an award-winning platform, specialising in PHP, MySQL, Vagrant, Restful APIs and Javascript amongst others.

Although everything computing is Ben’s real passion, he’ll often be found skiing down the French pistes. Ben also loves hiking, games and is a dab hand on a pub quiz.

Liam Jones

QA Lead

Liam has many years of experience within the QA discipline across multiple sectors. He enjoys problem-solving and the challenges which come with software testing. Liam has experience working with different testing frameworks and techniques.

In his spare time, Liam enjoys watching and playing sports or going on long walks with his dog, Oreo

Gemma Black

Senior Software Engineer

Gemma began her career as a Front-end Developer but graduated to Full-Stack early on, working across a range of industries including digital and marketing. Gemma is a strong advocate of domain driven design with a wide range of experience and skills including, Vue, ES6, CSS3, PHP, Node.js, Vue.js, MySQL and LAMP (Ubuntu and Nginx).

Outside of the office, Gemma primarily spends her time on Bible-based study and volunteering within her local community.

James Harding

Lead Engineer

James graduated in Computing Science and went on to start his career with several roles as a web developer in the marketing industry, working with clients such as Barclays, Pret a Manger and Aviva. He then went on to work in roles developing SaaS products, most recently for the restaurant and hospitality sector. He loves using Laravel and working with data.

Outside of work James enjoys long walks around Norfolk, vegetarian cooking and pushing his capabilities with various DIY projects.

Jayenne Montana

Senior Software Engineer

Starting his career in game development as an artist/animator, Jayenne began programming to elevate his graphics, developing algorithms for naturalistic landscapes, flocking and forest growth. Quickly became obsessed with code. Jayenne soon transitioned to a full development role creating websites, apps and games for a number of design agencies including Burrows, as part of the team that created the ‘Car Configurator’ for Ford.

In his spare time, Jayenne is a husband and father with a passion for fine art, street art and roller-coaster theme parks in equal measure.

Philip Perry

Senior Software Engineer

Philip has many years of experience in web development. His favourite tech stack is Laravel + Vue. He enjoys learning about the latest web technologies and trying them out on his side projects.

Apart from that he spends his spare time with his family, learning languages and going cycling.

Andrew Pepin

Senior Software Engineer

In 2013, Andrew began his career as a Junior Back-end Developer. Since then he has worked on projects for clients and employers ranging from simple brochure sites to integral internal systems for a large, international company. In his previous position, he was promoted to lead a team of developers and make key architectural decisions. He primarily uses (and loves) Laravel and is an advocate for clean code and good architecture.

Andrew also loves music. He’s a musician who mainly plays the drums, but also guitar and bass. He enjoys going to live shows and festivals and has also previously toured around the UK and mainland Europe with bands of his own.

Tarryn Shae Rennie

Business Consultant

Tarryn has a background in social sciences, communications and journalism, and is an experienced sustainability consultant. Most recently, she was at boutique agency RISE, advising multinational organisations across different industries such as insurance, financial services and clean energy on sustainability strategies and Corporate Purpose. Tarryn has previously worked in marketing and communications in both the UK and the US.

Tarryn holds a Master’s degree from The University of Chicago in Social Sciences and Public Policy. She competed internationally as a member of the Zimbabwe National Swimming team for over a decade, and at the highest collegiate level in the USA. Tarryn is now a happily retired “swammer”, and has swapped her racing suit for a far more relaxed endeavour: ultramarathons.

Harshita Gupta

Demand Generation Manager

Harshita has a fiery passion for all things SaaS. She has spent several years learning and practising the art of executing marketing campaigns, brand stories and GTM strategies for numerous technology products across APAC and EMEA.

Outside of work, you can find her whipping up Indian and exotic dishes in her kitchen. She’s also a mountain enthusiast, having trekked the highest peaks. Vacationing in the mountains brings her unbridled joy and a sense of calm.

Hannah Clutton

Customer Success Executive

Hannah joined Kamma from the world of academic publishing where she oversaw submissions to open access scientific journals. Her experience has focused on building strong relationships with world leading academics ranging from NASA scientists to Harvard professors. She loves to work closely with people and find creative solutions to problems. Prior to this, she obtained a Masters degree in sustainability from the University of Leeds which ignited her love of all things green.

Beyond the 9-5, Hannah can usually be found at live music events, travelling to far-away obscure countries, creating a vegetarian feast, skiing down a mountain, or subjecting her friends to lectures on the Greek Bronze Age.

Shireen Mahmood

Management Accountant

Shireen studied Accounting and Finance at Middlesex University and has worked in various accounting roles including Barnardos, (the largest children’s charity in the UK) where she worked as a Children’s services accountant and Burberry as a Management accountant for Middle East countries. Her favourite role was at Olam International: an agri-commerce business operating from seed to shelf in 71 countries, supplying food and industrial raw materials to over 13,800 customers worldwide where she started as an assistant accountant and progressed to management accountant.

Shireen likes to spend her spare time with my family and friends. She enjoys baking and is famous in her family for cookies. She also enjoys playing badminton and going for a run. Every year she takes part in the run to raise money for breast cancer.

Tabitha Whiting

Senior Content Manager

After starting her career in the world of publishing, Tabitha has gone on to specialise in content marketing for climate organisations. Previous roles include building the content marketing function at carbon markets start-up Lune, and leading on retrofit projects Cosy Homes Oxfordshire and Energy Solutions Oxfordshire at the social enterprise Low Carbon Hub.

Roisin Williams

Project Executive

Roisin has a BA in English Language and Linguistics and a Masters in Law. She started her career working in operations for an executive search firm before running her own web design business, giving her the freedom to travel and live in US and Canada. When she’s not working, she loves to spend time with her family, heading to the gym for a Pilates class and creating new website templates for her business.

Roman Malin-Hiscock

Senior Operations Executive

Roman has an MA in social innovation and entrepreneurship, having previously gained experience in several short-term roles at third sector organisations before coming to Kamma.

In his spare time, Roman enjoys being a film snob, pretending to get in shape, practising photography, and growing his own e-commerce venture in the slow fashion space.

Sian Llewellyn

Talent Lead

As a seasoned recruiter, Sian heads up our talent function here at Kamma. Her role is to implement strategies to engage, recruit and retain talent, making sure we are growing at scale, and in line with our company values. 

When she’s not at work, you will likely find Sian getting stuck into some kind of home improvement task, hosting dinner parties or taking a spontaneous trip. 

Max McManus

Junior Data Analyst

Max moved to Sweden after leaving school where he focussed on learning Swedish and worked up to becoming a logistics manager. On my return to England, he worked in schools for 7 years and completed a Maths degree with the Open University. He believes good data analysis is the foundation of good decision making at an institutional level. To relax, he likes to read and swim in the sea.

Marina Galenko

QA Engineer

Marina started her career in quality assurance only a few years ago, and during that time she had a chance to try her hand at plethora of different QA approaches, frameworks, and techniques – and ultimately abandoned self-consciousness and fear of the unknown. Marina prides herself on her passion for product quality and user experience, and always makes an effort to stay open-minded.

While not at work, she likely can be found hiking, stalking farm animals, or drawing stupid cats.

Manish Vadgama

Devops Engineer

Manish started his career as a Linux Systems Administrator building and supporting infrastructure/web applications for the UK public sector. He then made a shift to DevOps helping build a cloud based clinical imaging and video platform for patient assessments in clinal trials. Manish enjoys researching and working with automation tools to help deliver application services faster than traditional development process.

Outside of work Manish enjoys travelling and exploring different countries , enjoys playing football , cricket and golf and cooking up different recipes in the kitchen.

Stanislava Bazitova

Product Manager

Stanislava started her career as a Royal Institute of British Architects-qualified architectural assistant and then transitioned to the proptech startup industry developing end-to-end SaaS solutions tailored to the dynamic needs of residential building management, such as property data collection and mapping tools, financial client reporting portal, accommodation booking engines, and flexible stays operating platform. Experienced in managing change and implementation of new business processes in scaling up organisations.

Stanislava is an active alumnus of the Teach for All network and is passionate about enabling equal and quality education for all children. London Volleyball Association division one indoor volleyball player.

Sam Murphy

Growth Executive

Sam studied Philosophy at the University of Warwick and learned the power of creative communications in the media industry before starting a career in marketing at Kamma

In his spare time, Sam can be found frequenting the BFI, playing classical guitar, spending far too much money on food, and producing music.

The Trav

Team Mascot

Named in honour of one of our interns, The Trav is our team mascot, who is awarded to a team member who goes above and beyond and really lives our company values.

As a llama, The Trav doesn’t get out much but likes to sit on people’s desks and doesn’t take up much room.

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