At Ghyston, we all share the same passion – to help our clients unleash their business potential through technology.
We’re a talented bunch, and we work really hard to keep it that way. Not only do we recruit the best minds in the business, we mentor them using our own unique learning practices, along with industry-recognised training, to ensure we are always at the top of our game.
With a team of exceptional consultants, developers, QA specialists, support engineers, UX experts, designers and project managers, we have the diverse range of skills needed to tackle some of the most complex software projects. This, combined with our focus on collaboration, makes us a trusted technology partner who delivers outstanding results time and again.
Ghyston is the brainchild of husband and wife team Ric and Emily. Before Ghyston, Ric worked in London and had many technical roles, acting as a consultant, project manager and developer, and before that he was a technical project manager at the BBC. Ric’s educational background is somewhat varied, having a Philosophy degree from Cambridge and a Masters in Computing. 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 founded Ghyston with husband Ric, having spent a number of years working together in the software industry in London. Entering the workforce with a Mathematics degree from Oxford University, Emily started her career as a software developer, moving then into project management. More recently she has headed up the people side of the business, focusing on recruitment, welfare and company culture.
Away from the office you might find Emily spending time with her three young children or racing around an obstacle course with friends.
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. Throughout this winding path Dan has always held a fascination with how to get the best out of people, projects, and organisations, both in the short and long term.
Helen has a decade of experience 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.
In her spare time, you will find Helen touring European cities with her black Labrador and husband, and enjoying quality time with family.
Jake is a man of many hats. Since joining Ghyston in 2014, he’s worked as a developer and a support engineer, and now is the technical arm of the sales team. He’s always thinking of new ways that we can help our clients to innovate and improve with judicious use of technology. He’s an agile evangelist, and is passionate about saving the world from bad code. Outside of work, you’ll usually find Jake playing board games, video games (potentially on his home VR setup), or enjoying some live jazz at The Old Duke.
David joined Ghyston in 2012. Before this he spent several years studying at Cambridge University, first completing a Maths degree, followed by a master’s degree in Astrophysics. When not creating solutions for our clients, David enjoys playing badminton with friends and sampling the delights of the Bristol food scene.
Fraser joined Ghyston in 2014 with several years of experience in QA & Testing under his belt. He has worked in a variety of industries, from Service Desk to Travel. Focused on doing the right things the right way, Fraser strives to build quality in to any project, product or process from the offset and is devoted to surpassing customers’ quality expectations.
Outside of work Fraser loves to explore, particularly where he can Geocache and enjoys jamming with other musicians.
Mike has been a full time UX-er for just about a decade and has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. He applies his background in Psychology (BSc) and Human Factors (MSc) to a wide range of sectors - most recently the world of Healthcare. Joining Ghyston in 2016, he designed the system now live in care homes across the UK. The UX team focuses on openness, design culture and no-nonsense user experience services. Mike also plays competitive chess and enjoys coaching others.
Martin is an experienced developer with 15 years in the industry. During that time he has held roles as wide ranging as Project Manager, Tech Lead, System Architect, as well as a more traditional software developer. When not in work he likes to play geeky card games, geeky board games and geeky computer games. He 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 has been a developer at Ghyston since 2015. During this time he has contributed to the success of a wide range of projects, spanning a variety of industries and technologies. For back-end code his weapon of choice is C# and the .NET framework, and for front-end code it's a combination of TypeScript, React, and Redux. He has a broad spectrum of experience to draw upon, and tackles unfamiliar challenges with confidence.
Andrew joined Ghyston having previously worked at a variety of digital design agencies for the past 7 years, including running his own. Andrew has extensive experience in creating engaging, rich experiences that users love, as well as knowledge and expertise in best practices for accessibility and SEO.
Charles is an experienced member of our technical team who has been with Ghyston since 2014. He has been involved in the architecture and development of a number of large systems, with a focus on cutting edge .NET technologies. He is particularly skilled in communicating technical ideas to a wider audience.
Conor has over 30 years’ experience working in IT, across various sectors such as telecoms, enterprise software, and software engineering tools. He joined Ghyston in 2014, and has worked on large and small projects, using Agile methods as a technical lead, and using a variety of modern front-end and back-end technologies.
One of the original five employees at Ghyston, David has been a software developer since completing a degree in Maths at Oxford in 2010. In that time David has worked on a variety of projects from mobile, web and desktop applications to backend APIs. He specialises in C# and misses his old Windows Phone, but also has extensive experience in Java and other non-Microsoft technologies. As a church bell ringer in his spare time, you may well have cursed the racket he’s made across the country.
Harry completed his degree in Maths and Computer Science at Oriel College, Oxford in 2015. He worked with Softwire in London for a year, and then moved to Bristol to join Ghyston in 2016. He enjoys working with a wide range of full-stack technologies, and is always looking to improve the breadth of his knowledge. In his free time he enjoys climbing and parkour/freerunning, which he has been practising since 2012.
Isaac joined Ghyston in 2015 after completing a degree in Mathematics at the University of Bath. He has worked on a variety of projects as a developer, including working as part of our support team and specialises in mobile development.
Joey is an experienced project manager and consultant having been with Ghyston since its founding in 2011. He has many responsibilities here, from managing our IT to running some of our biggest projects. Before joining Ghyston Joey studied for a first in Natural Sciences and a Masters in Biomathematics at Durham University. In his spare time Joey enjoys exploring old buildings and castles. He is also known to spend far too much time playing Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart.
Ric has been working at Ghyston since 2012, after completing a degree in Computer Science at the University of Bristol. He has worked closely with many of our clients to help them improve their technical infrastructure, including Applegate’s new website.
Sam joined Ghyston in 2013, after completing a master’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Sheffield. After starting out as a software developer, Sam has worked in various project coordination roles on some of our longer running projects. Outside of work, Sam enjoys playing music and is a keen NBA enthusiast.
Matt started as a software developer at Ghyston in 2017 after graduating in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University. He’s enjoyed the experience of learning his way around a whole host of new and different technologies since starting at Ghyston. Outside of work he is a keen cyclist, going on regular road rides and has completed a 1500km bike-packing tour through France and Spain (despite speaking neither language!). His other interests include spending time socialising, playing badminton and going dinghy sailing.
Having graduated from Oxford University in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics, Matt joined Ghyston as a Junior Developer. Since then he’s worked on several projects involving a variety of technologies, particularly using React and TypeScript. Matt is also a keen rock climber, training four times a week indoors and climbing outdoors on the weekends.