Meet the Team

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
5 years.

Industry experience/background:
A qualified accountant, who loves implementing systems and simplifying processes.

Education and training:
FCCA (Certified Accountant), every Sage 200 qualification in existence, NetSuite SuiteFoundation certified, Salesforce Certified Administrator.

Typical workday:
Every day is different, it can be helping to solve customer queries, devising business strategy, speaking to our teams to solve issues, or liaising with our various internal and external stakeholders.

Project I’m most proud of:
Ensuring Kinspeed retains the ethos of our founder and retired MD, Ian Wragg, whilst bringing some of my own personality and drive to the business.

Favourite part of my job:
No two days being the same, it adds to the variety.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me: Probably working at home since March 2020! Seriously, usually you find me either on a golf course, sat at Oakwell supporting Barnsley FC, or running silly distances – I have 3 London Marathon medals so far.

Likes:
Spending time with my family, walking or running on the Yorkshire Coast, a nice glass of Malt Whisky.

Dislikes:
Dishonest people, Marmite and vodka.

Personality in three words: Honest, considered, and a Yorkshireman!

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
15 years.

Industry experience/background:
Warehousing, distribution and process.

Education and training:
Fully Sage and NetSuite accredited, BSC(hons) Computer Studies.

Typical workday:
Every day is varied, but essentially I deal with clients – existing and new – develop staff and support staff to ensure that our customers needs are met.

Project I’m most proud of:
There are several, but I am most proud of the relationships we’ve built up with some of the UK’s largest companies.

Favourite part of my job:
Being involved on a strategic level with clients, to discuss potential ideas and then turning those ideas into reality.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
On a golf course and spending time with friends and family…but mostly on the golf course!

Likes:
Holidays abroad
Live music
Family time.

Dislikes:
DIY
Losing golf balls
Sprouts.

Personality in three words:
Thoughtful, confident, fair.

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
13 years. 

Industry experience/background:
Developer/IT Support.

Education and training:
BSc Computing Software Engineering.

Typical workday:
Coding and planning projects. Having project meetings and managing the Development department.

Project I’m most proud of:
GL Hearn – GLHIMS.

Favourite part of my job:
Developing or thinking of a solution to a problem or how a project solution might be achieved.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Spending time with my family and friends, walking, playing on the Xbox and anything football related.

Likes:
Football, football, football. Did I mention football?

Dislikes:
Not much apart from mushrooms.

Personality in three words:
Motivated, calm, approachable.

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
Many.

Industry experience/background:
Manufacturing and IT.

Education and training:
BEng (Hons), MEng.

Typical workday:
I don’t think there is a typical workday. Most days are different. Dealing with technical aspects of projects and resourcing to get the desired solution.

Project I’m most proud of:
There are many projects, large and small, contract and internal, which I’m proud of.

Favourite part of my job:
New projects and new solutions to problems. The industry is always changing and adapting to meet those demands is rewarding.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
With the family and the dogs.

Likes:
Marmite. MOT. ALAW.

Dislikes:
I used to dislike cauliflower, now I don’t.

Number of years with Kinspeed:
1 year.

Industry experience/background:
I worked for Fedex for 8 years as an Account Manager, moved into Freight Forwarding for 1 year as a New Business Manager, and then was at DX for 2 years as a Business Development manager.
This has helped me gain experience in the retail and distribution sector.

Education and training:
BSc (HONS) Leisure Management.

Typical workday:
Teams calls with potential customers, quotations and searching for new customers.

Favourite part of my job:
Talking to people about Kinspeed and how we can help them.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Looking after my family, I have twin 6 year old girls and a husband. I love seeing my friends.

Likes:
I like cooking, films and going to the pub with friends.

Dislikes:
Wasps, cruel people, and cucumber.

Personality in three words:
Friendly, chatty, kind.

Number of years with Kinspeed:
9.5 years.

Industry experience/background: Prior to Kinspeed, university and some freelance web projects.

Education and training:
Computer Science at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Typical workday:
Working and managing high-profile client projects or working on internal projects. Also meetings.

Favourite part of my job:
Finishing a project or working on new internal projects.

Project I’m most proud of:
boohoo.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
In the gym, at the cinema, in the kitchen, at gigs, on my PC.

Likes:
Video games, music, cooking.

Dislikes:
Talking about myself.

Personality in three words:
Funny, laid back, approachable (I asked for help on this).

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
8 Months.

Industry experience/background:
13+ years Software Developer.

Education and training:                            BSc (Hons) Computer Studies, HND Computing.

Typical workday:
A developer stand up meeting in the morning followed by developing new features and fixing issues.

Favourite part of my job:
Developing new software.

Project I’m most proud of:
The hereditament hierarchy tree view work for GL Hearn.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Socialising, growing vegetables in the garden, going for walks or playing badminton.

Likes:
Going on holiday, spending time in the garden and following football.

Dislikes:
Having nothing to do, watching reality TV shows and going shopping.

Personality in three words:
Happy, friendly, outgoing.

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
1 year.

Industry experience/background:
Website & software development.

Education and training:
BEng (Hons) in Software Engineering.

Typical workday:
Discussing and planning upcoming projects. Providing support and liaising with clients. Working on daily set tasks.

Favourite part of my job:
Working on interesting projects with lots of scope for learning new skills and personal development.

Project I’m most proud of:
Existing and continued migration of legacy features for GL Hearn’s GLHIMS.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Playing Xbox, watching F1, golfing, washing the car, or on a walk.

Likes:
Chocolate, food, music.

Dislikes:
Rain, negativity, waking up early.

Personality in three words:
Relaxed, determined, friendly.

Number of years with Kinspeed:
1 year.

Industry experience/background:        I recently graduated and began at Kinspeed as my first development job, with many years of personal development experience in a variety of languages.

Education and training:
Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Games Computing (BSc).

Typical workday:
My typical workday consists of working on various projects in .NET and SQL, assisting clients, developers and monitoring deployed integrations.

Favourite part of my job:
Releasing a finished project.

Project I’m most proud of:
Boohoo day-to-day tickets around custom form development and integration additions.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Playing games, reading a book or developing.

Likes:
Visiting friends, snowboarding and music.

Dislikes:
Long distance driving, hot countries and quizzes.

Personality in three words:
Impatient, eager and curious.

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
5 years.

Industry experience/background:
Prior to Kinspeed, none.

Education and training:
College,  apprenticeship level 3 and 4.

Typical workday:
Rotating lead developer on Boohoo & PrettyLittleThing workload, working on long term client/internal projects, daily stand-ups and meetings with clients, answering emails.

Favourite part of my job:
Internal projects.

Project I’m most proud of:
Fast Despatch 2.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Gaming – pre-COVID – travelling, hikes/biking.

Likes:
Gaming, music, cars.

Dislikes:
Standing in queues, traffic, slow computers.

Personality in three words:
At work:  resourceful, adaptable, independent.

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
7 years.

Industry experience/background:
No prior industry experience before joining Kinspeed.

Education and training:
College – Video Games development level 3. Apprenticeship level 3 and level 4 software development. University apprenticeship, year two of three.

Typical workday:
Check emails, morning stand-up, plan day… work on assigned tasks, keep up with emails and assist team throughout the day. 

Favourite part of my job:
There is always more to learn! Also, seeing your work being used in real world scenarios to improve productivity and provide business critical functionality to clients is extremely rewarding.

Project I’m most proud of:
Accesspay (Bank) integration for Boohoo / PrettyLittleThing.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Gaming, fishing, walking in the countryside.

Likes:
Technology, holidays, dogs.

Dislikes:
Slow internet, cold weather, SUFC.

Personality in three words:
Friendly, driven, supportive.

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
1 year.

Industry experience/background:
Using C#/VB.NET

Education and training:
Computer Science for Games at Sheffield Hallam University.

Typical workday:
Check emails and tickets, morning stand-ups, and then work through any minor tickets that have come up since the previous day. Work through the bigger pieces of work in order or priority.

Favourite part of my job:
Releasing a new feature or project I created.

Project I’m most proud of:
New tools and features I’ve added to Sage for Boohoo.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Usually either at the gym or at home gaming.

Likes:
Gaming, weightlifting, travelling.

Dislikes:
>20c in the UK, wasps, cheese.

Personality in three words:
Friendly, competitive, positive.

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
1 year.

Industry experience/background:
Came straight from finishing secondary school.

Education and training:
Grade A* – C in all GCSEs, level 3 apprenticeship.

Typical workday:
Going through any assigned tasks and maintaining current software for clients, resolving any issues/bugs or adding any new features.

Favourite part of my job:
Programming and developing new apps or new features for current apps as I really like the feeling of knowing I contributed to creating something that is being used in real world scenarios.

Project I’m most proud of:
Ceramica Better Bathrooms report generator as it is the first one I made myself from scratch.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
At my home desk playing games, watching football or Formula 1, at SUFC matches.

Likes:
Gaming, football (SUFC), Formula 1.

Dislikes:
SWFC, seafood.

Personality in three words:
Observant, competitive, quick-learner.

Number of years with Kinspeed:
1 year.

Industry experience/background:    I’m on university placement and combing study knowledge with learning from client projects.

 Education and training:                       After A-Levels, I changed my area of study to Software Engineering at university level.

Typical workday:
A developer stand-up meeting starts my day, ensuring that as a developer, I know what my focus is for the day. I usually spend the day assisting our support/technical team with bug fixes, in addition to new development projects. I also attend meetings to discuss work progress and testing, for colleague assistance and clarity.

Favourite part of my job:
Fixing bugs – especially the ones that have spent ages annoying me.
Speaking with colleagues.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Currently: Home. Usually: Anywhere that sells food and beer.

Likes:
Gaming, football, strong cup of tea.

Dislikes:
Spiders, slow internet and heights (but I enjoy plane flights).

Personality in three words:
Positive, outgoing, imperturbable.

Number of years with Kinspeed:
1 year.

Industry experience/background:
I have 20+ years experience in IT Support roles. I provide support, training, system design, development and implementations for hardware, software, databases and web-based IT systems.

Education and training:
Educated to Master’s degree level and have undertaken a large number of IT certificated courses over the years. 

Typical workday:
The day begins with our morning Support Team meeting. Then it all depends on our customers. In between investigating ongoing problems or completing projects tasks for customer system implementations and upgrades.  Every day is varied with the occasional surprise thrown in.

Favourite part of my job:
I enjoy interacting with customers and working to satisfy their requirements, be that resolving a problem or implementing a solution to make their lives easier.

Project I’m most proud of:
The most recent project is always my proudest achievement as it will be my best work, based on the culmination of experience and learning to that date.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Out in the woods or country parks with my family and our dog.

Likes and dislikes:
I never focus too much on the good and bad things in life as these tend to change with my mood and the hours of the day. 

Personality in three words:
Ask my friends.

Number of years with Kinspeed:
2 years.

Industry experience/background:
5 years experience working with Sage 200 with another Sage Business Partner.

Education and training:
A-Levels in STEM subjects, Sage 200 Training Courses.

Typical workday:
Handle support queries and do project work as required.

Favourite part of my job:
Satisfaction of resolving a complicated support issue.

Project I’m most proud of:
Boohoo upgrade.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Gaming, walking, watching movies.

Likes:
Gaming, movies, dogs.

Dislikes:
Cats, sitcoms.

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
8 years.

Industry experience/background:
I was hired during university.

Education and training:
Degree in Creative Writing.

Typical workday:
Organise people, fix issues, maintain the internal financial system and provide excellent customer service.

Favourite part of my job:
Coordinating tasks and people.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
In the gym.

Likes:
Cats, vodka and BTS.

Dislikes:
Clutter, inactivity and meat.

Personality in three words:
Determined, compassionate, workaholic.

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
2 years.

Industry experience/background:
21  years implementing systems from agricultural machinery dealers, through construction, manufacturing and retail.

Education and training:
AAT
All Sage Modules
Dynamics Nav 2015
Salesforce Admin
NetSuite Demo and Delivery.

Typical workday:
Since lockdown – Join/Leave/Join/You’re on mute.
Pre-lockdown – Site visits and implementing systems.

Favourite part of my job:
Handing over a site to support after a successful go live.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Fishing, playing football, cricket, petanque, reading, painting, quiz nights, puzzle books, cooking, pantomime, and babysitting grandchildren.

Likes:
New Evanescence album, wine, AFC Bournemouth.

Dislikes:
Child Maintenance Agency, soap operas, American Football – 1 hour of entertainment in just 4 hours.

Personality in three words:
Sarcastic and upbeat with serious undertones.

Number of years with Kinspeed: 
This is my first year with Kinspeed.

Industry experience/background:
20+ years of implementing finance packages for all kinds of businesses, including plant hire, timber merchants and schools.

Education and training:
Sage 200 accreditation.

Typical workday:
Implementing Sage 200 and associated products. Training clients and keeping up to date with the software.

Project I’m most proud of…
I am proud of all my projects – I couldn’t pick just one!

Favourite part of my job:
Meeting clients and seeing their faces when training makes them realise we have just made their working lives so much easier.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me:
Spending time with my kids and family. Teaching drama to 40+ kids, acting and murdering people in hotels around the UK….. (actor in murder night events).

Likes:
Musical theatre, tech stuff and tennis (watching not playing).

Dislikes:
Golf, mash and social media hype.

Personality in three words:
Honest, mad, kind.

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