Meet the team

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 side lines supporting his beloved Man City.

  • Neil Sampson

    Head of Product Innovation

    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.

  • Richard Lainchbury

    Technical Director and co-founder

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Ben Bartrop

    Junior Commercial Assistant

    Ben has recently joined us as a commercial assistant having graduated from UCL in 2019 with a BA in Language and Culture. As part of his degree, he spent a year living and studying in Bologna where he consumed his body weight in pasta on a weekly basis. On his return Ben also started working as an account executive for a medical education startup whilst finishing up his degree.

    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.

  • Oliver Holt

    Software Engineer Intern

    Oliver is a Student from Bournemouth University who is currently studying Software Engineering. Oliver has experience writing PHP and SQL and is passionate about being a back-end developer.

    Oliver also enjoys skateboarding, cycling and socialising with friends.

  • Keir Pearson

    Software Engineer Intern

    Keir started his career in tech, having worked in a variety of non-technical roles at large and small companies. Now, he's making the leap to programming and is excited to see where it takes him.

    When he's not battling bugs he likes to study languages, exercise, read and visit museums.

  • 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.

  • Is This You?

    Our Next Team Member


    We love meeting people who share our passion for technology and who are looking to work in a fast-paced, innovative environment.

    Take a look at our current open roles and start your journey to becoming part of the team.

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How to find us

Situated in the heart of London's Clerkenwell district, our offices are co-located with Bennetts Associates and are a 7 minute walk from Angel Station (on the Northern Line) or a 15 minute walk from Farringdon Station (on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines and on National Rail/Thameslink services).


1 Rawstorne Place, London, EC1V 7NL, United Kingdom


+44 (0) 203 872 2940

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