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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

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.

Peter Panayi

Commercial Director

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.

Neem Cassidy

Head of Finance

Neem is a certified chartered accountant and has held global leadership positions in high growth listed businesses, with expertise in the M&A and transformation disciplines. Neem managed CentralNic Plc’s capital restructure programme which involved raising a €100m bond debt and listing the bonds on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Neem loves to travel and explore different parts of the world, as well as enjoying a good book, and catching up with friends and family.

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.

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.

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

Senior Software 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.

Eliza Ahmed

Junior Software Engineer

Eliza is graduated in Computer Science and Engineering and started her career as a Software Developer. She is passionate about efficient problem-solving, analytical thinking, enjoys working with data and numbers. Eliza has experience across full-stack, loves to use and dig deeper into JavaScript, React.js, Node.js, Express.js, PHP, Laravel, Python, Django, building RESTful API using MySQL or MongoDB database.

In her spare time, Eliza enjoys cooking. She wants to be a master of all the Biriyani dishes of the world and share them with her family and friends.

Josefin Nordahl

Senior Growth Executive

Josefin has a background in international development and has undertaken work in various charities and social impact businesses. She has gained experience working in media, partnerships and business development, particularly in her previous role as a partnerships manager for an early-stage start-up.

Josefin is passionate about working with businesses to drive social impact and work towards a more sustainable future. When she is not working, she enjoys trying new recipes, hanging out with friends, exercising and dog spotting in the local park.

Lucy Norman

Customer Success Executive

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.

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.

Roman Malin-Hiscock

Operations Executive

Roman has an educational background in social innovation and has gained experience in various third sector roles, including operations and research. Recent notable achievements include the authorship of a published research paper in collaboration with The Felix Project and the management of a fundraising campaign for underprivileged communities in Ghana.

In his spare time, Roman enjoys watching films, practising photography, and developing his operational skills through his own e-commerce venture in the slow fashion space.

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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