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Who we are

We are Kamma

  • Orla Shields

    Chief Executive Officer and co-founder

    www.linkedin.com/in/orlashields/

    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

    www.linkedin.com/in/garygale/

    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

    www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-morgan1/

    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 side lines supporting his beloved Man City.

  • Joe Webb

    Chief Marketing Officer

    www.linkedin.com/in/joe-w-growth/

    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 lockdown.

  • Neil Sampson

    Head of Product Innovation

    www.linkedin.com/in/neilsampson1/

    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.

  • Peter Panayi

    Commercial Director

    www.linkedin.com/in/peterpanayi//

    Pete brings fifteen years of commercial experience working for companies, such as YouGov and BT. Known for capitalizing on launching leading products that need market development and aggressive go-to-market strategies, while also restructuring multi-site organisations in hyper-growth markets across both established and developing economies.

    Pete loves extreme sports like cave diving, ultra-marathons, sky diving and you may even find him occasionally mudlarking around the Thames.

  • Richard Lainchbury

    Technical Director and co-founder

    www.linkedin.com/in/freexe/

    Richard has worked primarily as a back-end developer, building databases and systems for a wide variety of clients. Richard has vast experience across PHP, ECMAScript, MySQL, CSS and Amazon AWS amongst other things.

    Richard also loves cycle camping, having toured across multiple countries.

  • Gemma Black

    Senior Software Engineer

    www.linkedin.com/in/gemmablackweb/

    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.

  • Ben Tindall

    Senior Software Engineer

    www.linkedin.com/in/benjamin-tindall/

    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.

  • Ian Edwards

    Senior Software Engineer

    www.linkedin.com/in/ian-edwards-developer/

    Ian has many years experience as a full stack developer working heavily with data analytics and data visualisation tools. His main passion is solving problems efficiently with software and his tools of choice include PHP, Node.js, React.js and React Native.

    Outside of work he will often be found watching live sport or live music, of which London has an abundance, or maybe just sitting in the sun with a nice book.

  • Jawad Nawaz

    Software Engineer

    www.linkedin.com/in/jnawaz/

    Jawad studied Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering and through a passion for programming and chose coding as his career.

    He worked in Germany for more than 4 years with various tech companies and has used AWS, Symfony, and other web technologies in creating software.

    Jawad is a big fan of teamwork, helping and supporting each member of the team; because we all have one goal. He love to play table-football, table tennis, PlayStation, and socialising.

  • Lu Luo

    Data Scientist

    www.linkedin.com/in/lu-l-698a58191/

    Lu has a background in economics but recently transitioned her career into data science following a passion in data. She is experienced in a wide range of machine learning techniques including regression, CART, gradient boost machines, and deep learning. Lu has a particular interest in natural language processing (NLP) and semi-supervised learning methods.

    In her spare time, Lu organises a local adult piano group and contributes to data science community initiatives such as AI for Good, with a focus on climate change problems. She also enjoys gardening and floral arranging.

  • Tom Allum

    Sales Executive

    www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-allum-9780a1159/

    Tom has experience in selling wine to wealthy clients in Australia over the phone. For the past few years Tom has been working selling marketing solutions in a business to business environment focusing on delivering maximum value to his customer and maintaining relations with those clients.

    In his spare time Tom enjoys watching sports such as football, rugby and sailing. He also enjoys going to museums and going to the pub with friends and colleagues alike.

  • Ben Bartrop

    Growth Manager

    www.linkedin.com/in/ben-bartrop-93ba971a2/

    Ben started his career at Kamma, having joined the team in early 2020. Starting out as a Junior Commercial Assistant, Ben provided support across a range of business functions, including Sales, Marketing and Operations. Ben now works as our Growth Manager, supporting the execution of our growth strategy and taking a lead on the development of our marketing campaigns, content creation and sales enablement.

    Outside of work, Ben is a keen musician and can regularly be seen going to gigs around London or going for walks around Hampstead Heath.

  • Lucy Norman

    Customer Success Executive

    www.linkedin.com/in/lucy-norman-1a829254/

    Lucy has spent the last seven years working in the property Industry for companies such as Chestertons and most recently with Deverell Smith where her clients included Savills, Knight Frank and JLL. She is an expert in building relationships and working to find solutions for customers and colleagues alike.

    Outside of work Lucy can be found walking her dog Monty, sailing the mediterranean, cooking up a storm in the kitchen or escaping to her family farm in the country.

  • The Trav

    Team Mascot

     

    Named in honour of one of our interns, The Trav is our team mascot, who's 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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