Meet our team

We work hard to recruit the best and as a result have the best problem solvers in the South West.

Ric Hill

Ric Hill

Founder and Chairman

Ric Hill
Ric Hill

Joined Ghyston: The beginning!

Education: Philosophy degree from Cambridge and a Masters in Computing.

Experience: Many varied technical roles, acting as a consultant, project manager and developer, and before that he was a technical project manager at the BBC.

Hobbies/interests: Outside the office, Ric likes to keep fit by competing in multi-sport events like triathlons, and juggles his time mostly between that and a growing family.

Emily Hill

Emily Hill

Founder and CEO

Emily Hill
Emily Hill

Joined Ghyston: The beginning!

Education: MSc Mathematics, Oxford University.

Passionate about: Creating a company culture and processes whereby we offer an unparalleled service to our customers.

Other interests: Muddy obstacle course races, running around after young children (her own), good food and friends.

Dan Phipps

Dan Phipps

Chief Operations Officer

Dan Phipps
Dan Phipps

Joined Ghyston: September 2014.

Experience: Dan has worked his way through a myriad of roles including consultant, scrum master, project manager, programme manager, and now Director and Chief Operations Officer of Ghyston.

Passions: Getting the best out of people, projects, and organisations, both in the short and long term.

Helen Cassley

Helen Cassley

Head of Business Growth

Helen Cassley
Helen Cassley

Joined Ghyston: March 2018.

Experience: 12 years managing B2B client relationships and leading client facing teams. A team player and excellent communicator with a likeable persona, Helen enables the formation and development of trusted client relationships for Ghyston.

Other interests: In her spare time, you will find Helen touring European cities with her husband and black Labrador, and enjoying quality time with family.

Jake McKenna

Jake McKenna

Technical Consultant & Software Developer

Jake McKenna
Jake McKenna

Joined Ghyston: September 2014.

Education: BSc Physics at University of Warwick.

Passions: Saving the world from bad code, finding simple solutions to complex problems.

Hobbies: RYA qualified Dinghy instructor, VR enthusiast and frequenter of live jazz at The Old Duke.

Fraser Powell

Fraser Powell

Head of QA

Fraser Powell
Fraser Powell

Joined Ghyston: September 2014.

Experience: Involved in QA & testing since 2006, qualified Advanced Test Manager.

Passionate about: Doing the right things in the right way and exceeding quality expectations.

Other interests: Geocaching, jamming, crosswords and cutting jibes that are dripping with sarcasm.

Martin Thorn

Martin Thorn

Senior Technical Consultant & Head of Support

Martin Thorn
Martin Thorn

Joined Ghyston: 2013.

Education & Experience: 15 years in the industry after a 1st class degree in Computer science from York University in the dim and distant past.

Passionate about: High quality code and a high quality service.

Hobbies: Likes to play geeky card games, geeky board games and geeky computer games. Also enjoys writing software and spreadsheets to analyse and improve his performance in all of the above. He also has two cats, who are, to date, unaffected by any performance analysis.

Alex Potter

Alex Potter

Technical Lead

Alex Potter
Alex Potter

Joined Ghyston: 2015.

Education: Master of Mathematics (MMath), University of Warwick.

Passionate about: Developing technically excellent software that looks swish and delivers a great user experience.

Other interests: Getting lost in the music at a local gig, throwing a big party at his flat, working on a creative project of some sort.

Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox

Lead Designer

Andrew Cox
Andrew Cox

Joined Ghyston: May 2016.

Experience: Over 10 years in the design industry, working with agencies and freelance as a Graphic Designer, Web Designer, UI Designer and basically anything that means I get to draw pretty pictures.

Passionate about: Designing something well enough that it feels like it hasn't been designed.

Other interests: Music, drums, art, comics, VWs, travelling.

Charles Rea

Charles Rea

Technical Lead

Charles Rea
Charles Rea

Joined Ghyston: 2014.

Education: MMath from Warwick University.

Experience: Architecture and development of a number of large systems, with a focus on cutting edge .NET Technologies.

Passionate about: Communicating technical ideas to a wider audience.

Conor O'Neill

Conor O'Neill

Technical Lead

Conor O'Neill
Conor O'Neill

Joined Ghyston: 2014.

Education: MSc in Computation at Oxford University.

Passionate about: Writing useful software.

Other interests: Socialising, mountain biking, travelling.

David Giles

David Giles

Technical Lead

David Giles
David Giles

Joined Ghyston: Since the beginning!

Education: MMath Mathematics at Oxford.

Passionate about: Delivering systems that will stay fresh through years of requirement changes.

Other interests: Bell Ringing, walking, gaming.

Danielle Mew

Danielle Mew

Project Manager & Software Developer

Danielle Mew
Danielle Mew

Joined Ghyston: 2013.

Education: MEng Engineering Science (Oxford University).

Passionate about: Making happy teams that are super productive.

Other interests: Travelling, throwing myself down mountains on a bike and learning silversmithing.

Harry Cruse

Harry Cruse

Software Developer

Harry Cruse
Harry Cruse

Joined Ghyston: 2016.

Education: Maths and Computer Science at Oriel College, Oxford University.

Enjoys: Working with a wide range of full-stack technologies, and is always looking to improve the breadth of his knowledge.

Hobbies: Climbing and parkour/freerunning.

Isaac Clements

Isaac Clements

Software Developer

Isaac Clements
Isaac Clements

Joined Ghyston: September 2015.

Education: Bsc Mathematics, University of Bath.

Passionate about: Mobile development.

Other interests: Any and all puzzles (jigsaws, cryptic crosswords, escape rooms etc.).

Joe Lee-Moyet

Joe Lee-Moyet

Technical Lead

Joe Lee-Moyet
Joe Lee-Moyet

Joined Ghyston: The beginning!

Education: MA Computer Science (University of Cambridge), MSc Natural Computation (University of York).

Passionate about: Eliminating obstacles to developer productivity.

Other interests: Board games, Team Fortress 2.

Joey Taylor

Joey Taylor

Senior Technical Consultant & Head of IT

Joey Taylor
Joey Taylor

Joined Ghyston: The beginning!

Education: BSc. Natural Sciences & MSc. Biomathematics (both from Durham).

Passionate about: Creating a happy team and customer.

Other interests: Photography and exploring historic places.

Ric Meal

Ric Meal

Technical Lead

Ric Meal
Ric Meal

Joined Ghyston: 2013.

Education: MEng Computer Science, Bristol University.

Passionate about: Delivering technical quality.

Other interests: Board games, food and sports.

Sam Millner

Sam Millner

Technical Consultant & Project Manager

Sam Millner
Sam Millner

Joined Ghyston: July 2013.

Education: MEng Software Engineering (University of Sheffield).

Passionate about: Maximising the time developers spend doing actual development.

Other interests: US politics, NBA basketball and attempting to stop his son from eating paper.

Matt March

Matt March

Software Developer

Matt March
Matt March

Joined Ghyston: 2017.

Education: MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Cambridge.

Passionate about: Working with the latest technologies.

Other interests: Cycling, badminton and eating.

Sarah White

Sarah White

Head of Finance

Sarah White
Sarah White

Joined Ghyston: September 2018.

Education and qualifications: Degree LLB in Law at University of Exeter, Chartered Accountant with ICEAW, Tax Trainee then Manager at Deloittes 1991 – 2000, Management Accountant Provelio Limited (Project Management) 2004 - 2018.

Passionate about: Cooking and eating food, especially making bread and cakes. Knitting! Making the finance function as smooth running and user-friendly as possible.

Other interests: Pilates, dressmaking, gardening and playing the piano. Playing silly games with the family.

Life goals: living somewhere with a view of the sea.

Cara Dean

Cara Dean

HR Assistant

Cara Dean
Cara Dean

Joined Ghyston: 2018.

Education: Hospitality Management BA (Hons).

Passionate about: Organising events, cooking for friends and trying out new recipes.

Other interests: Socialising, holidays and exploring new places.

Bradley Hodgkins

Bradley Hodgkins

Software Developer

Bradley Hodgkins
Bradley Hodgkins

Joined Ghyston: 2017.

Education: BSc (hons) in Computer Science from University of Bath.

Passionate about: Problem solving.

Other Interests: Cycling, Running, and lots of Gaming to make up for the first two.

Mike Todd

Mike Todd

Software Developer

Mike Todd
Mike Todd

Joined Ghyston: 2018.

Education: BSc Computer Science, University of Bristol.

Experience: 8 years in the finance industry before switching to software development.

Passionate about: Creating software that is intuitive and easy to use.

Other interests: Yoga, Japanese, good food, and the occasional game of Super Smash Brothers or Rocket League.

Liam Howarth

Liam Howarth

Software Developer

Liam Howarth
Liam Howarth

Joined Ghyston: 2019.

Education: MPhys Physics, Oxford University.

Passionate about: Meeting deadlines.

Hobbies: Guitar.

Rebecca Burton

Rebecca Burton

Software Developer

Rebecca Burton
Rebecca Burton

Joined Ghyston: January 2019.

Education: MMath Mathematics and Computer Science, University of York.

Passionate about: Learning new skills and being able to apply those skills.

Hobbies: Table tennis and board games.

Thea Lanherne

Thea Lanherne

Software Developer

Thea Lanherne
Thea Lanherne

Joined Ghyston: July 2015.

Education: BSc in Mathematics with Intercalated Year in Spain.

Passionate about: Collaborating with a team to solve problems and provide great customer service.

Hobbies: Cooking, playing piano and hanging upside-down on aerial silks (although not all at the same time).

Rich New

Rich New

Client Services Manager

Rich New
Rich New

Joined Ghyston: August 2019.

Experience: Over 10 years in customer focused roles including consumer research, guest experience and data analytics.

Passionate about: Making a positive impact for customers and helping people to solve problems.

Hobbies: Rich is really into music, keeping fit and spending time with his family.

Alex Ford

Alex Ford

Software Developer

Alex Ford
Alex Ford

Joined Ghyston: 2019.

Education: BSc Maths, University of Warwick.

Passionate about: Learning from everyone around me and becoming a better developer.

Hobbies: Going to gigs and being the worst Smash Bros player in the office.

Liam Davey

Liam Davey

Software Developer

Liam Davey
Liam Davey

Joined Ghyston: 2019.

Education: BSc Computer Science at University of Bath.

Passionate about: Making things that make people happy.

Hobbies: Walking, whistling, and gaming.

Nickie Le Roy Chen

Nickie Le Roy Chen

Client Services Manager

Nickie Le Roy Chen
Nickie Le Roy Chen

Joined Ghyston: November 2019.

Experience: Over 9 years’ experience working as an Account Manager across all sectors, consulting on and overseeing both large and small projects from inception to completion. Having received extensive ISMM training, I adopt a consultative approach to account management ensuring client objectives are the key focus.

Passionate about: Developing long-term, positive relationship with clients.

Hobbies: Travelling to far flung places around the globe, cooking and eating yummy food, art and photography as well as being a novice sign writer.

Luke Storry

Luke Storry

Software Developer

Luke Storry
Luke Storry

Joined Ghyston: August 2019.

Education: Meng Computer Science, University of Bristol.

Passionate about: Learning new stuff and building beautiful things.

Hobbies: Climbing & windsurfing.

Andrew Palugniok

Andrew Palugniok

Software developer

Andrew Palugniok
Andrew Palugniok

Joined Ghyston: August 2019.

Education: MMathPhys Mathematical and Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford.

Passionate about: Making software that is efficient and easy to use by using the latest technologies.

Hobbies: Playing video games (probably too much) and cooking.

Gemma Comley

Gemma Comley

Marketing Manager

Gemma Comley
Gemma Comley

Joined Ghyston: November 2019.

Education: BA Business Studies from UWE.

Passionate about: Telling the world about all the brilliant things Ghyston are doing!

Hobbies: Being the world’s most reluctant runner, keeping her daughter out of trouble and trying to find five minutes to read in peace.

Our awards and accreditations

Ghyton best small to medium employer finalist
Ghyton happiest workplace award
Ghyton Bristol Post Business awards winner
Ghyton ISO27001
Ghyton gold payroll giving award
Ghyton Microsoft partner

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