Our company

SwiftKey is an innovative start-up that creates world class language technology. Our vision is to apply this technology to a wide range of challenging real-world language problems, achieving lasting market leadership and changing people’s lives for the better.

About us

In less than six years, SwiftKey has evolved from an idea to an exciting, successful business. In 2008, SwiftKey’s co-founder and CEO Jon Reynolds was a 22-year-old graduate trainee in the British government. As smartphones began to gain popularity, he noticed that many of his colleagues were struggling to type on tiny keyboards, which he dubbed “shrinking typewriters”.

Convinced this was a problem he could help solve, he enlisted SwiftKey co-founder and CTO Dr Ben Medlock, a friend from Cambridge University with a doctorate in language-based artificial intelligence.

The pair worked on a prototype intelligent touchscreen keyboard which in turn became the alpha version of SwiftKey. From there the business grew rapidly, and in addition to creating one of Android’s most popular apps, the SwiftKey team also works with well-known manufacturers, healthcare organizations and other enterprises.

Headquartered in a three-story office in Southwark, central London, SwiftKey now also has offices in San Francisco, Beijing and Seoul. The company is known as SwiftKey, due to the success of its flagship product. SwiftKey is a registered trademark of TouchType Ltd.

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The team

Find out who’s who behind the scenes at our growing tech startup and what they enjoy about life at SwiftKey.

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Jon Reynolds

Jon Reynolds

Co-Founder and CEO

What do you do?

I help set strategy and direction for company, help create the right culture and environment for the business, make sure the right things are happening across the business, manage relationships with investors and key customers.

Where have you studied?

MA, Natural Sciences (Physics), University of Cambridge; Advanced Diploma in Management Accountancy, CIMA.

What's your proudest achievement?

The first launch of SwiftKey was a great feeling, waking up to 50k downloads!

Ben Medlock

Ben Medlock

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

What do you do?

I am responsible for overseeing the product/technology side of the business, for driving innovation and establishing and promoting our company vision.

Where have you studied?

Computer science at Durham, followed by an MPhil and PhD at Cambridge in applied natural language processing.

What programming languages do you speak?

C++, Java, Perl, Haskell.

Mark Paterson

Mark Paterson

Chairman

What do you do?

At SwiftKey, helping the company get where it is today. Before that, contributing to the launch of Orange.

Where have you studied?

University of Westminster, Inns of Court School of Law, Bristol University, Kings College London.

Where have you worked before?

I was General Counsel at Orange for 12 years from the founding days of the business then took roles in business and corporate development. I am also a qualified barrister and was called to the Bar in 1983 (Middle Temple).

Richard Gibson

Richard Gibson

Chief Finance Officer

What do you do?

I am responsible for managing finance, strategic and commercial business matters.

Where have you studied?

BA Geography and Archeology, Southampton University; ACA – Chartered Accountant as a professional qualification.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Working in a fast-moving environment with a team of hugely intelligent and creative people.

Joe Braidwood

Joe Braidwood

Chief Marketing Officer

What do you do?

I take overall responsibility for the company’s marketing, community, consumer insight and comms strategies.

Where have you studied?

MA, Law, University of Cambridge; MPA, Public Policy and American Institutions, Brown University.

Where have you worked before?

I worked as a writer and editor for News Corporation’s newswire service NewsCore, as part of its founding team. Before that, I was an online producer for Sky News, where I covered news and helped drive technical innovation.

Rhodri Thomas

Rhodri Thomas

Chief Commercial Officer

What do you do?

I am responsible for all our commercial and business development activities. This primarily means I work with licensees of our software and other stakeholders in the mobile sector.

Where have you studied?

BSc Managerial and Administrative Studies, University of Aston.

What languages do you speak?

None. I speak very bad GCSE French and Spanish. I sing songs in Welsh after a few too many drinks…

Lucy Yu

Lucy Yu

Chief Operating Officer

What do you do?

I focus on issues relating to our organisation and growth: company culture; leadership and management; recruitment and retention; and policies and internal communication.

Where have you studied?

Chemistry, Imperial College; Economics, London School of Economics (LSE).

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

No two days are ever the same. That, and the table tennis…

Andy Wilde

Andy Wilde

VP Product Development

What do you do?

I head up the core software engineering teams which develop SwiftKey’s software technology and products.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science, Leicester.

Tell us a weird fact...

An inveterate collector – books, guitars, bonsai, keys, Japanese minature sculpture, world-class software engineers.

Steve Spence

Steve Spence

Chief Software Architect

What do you do?

Chief Software Architect.

Where have you studied?

Physics at Bristol University, Part III Maths at Cambridge University, Maths at Oxford University.

Where have you worked before?

Google.

Scott Weiss

Scott Weiss

VP of Design

What do you do?

My role is to help make everything we design amazing. I look after the designers and usability practitioners who define the look and feel of our products and test them. We continually improve our existing products and get involved in new product concepts.

Where have you studied?

Human Interface Design at Stanford. Back then there were no UX degrees, so my manager at Apple (where I was an intern) helped me to select classes. I studied engineering fundamentals, product design, computer science, visual design & psychology. My favourite classes were in product design.

What languages do you speak?

A bit of Spanish.

Brandon Mensinga

Brandon Mensinga

VP Product Management

What do you do?

I am responsible for the product portfolio including requirements, roadmap and market opportunities.

Where have you studied?

Bachelor of Business Administration with specializations in marketing and information technology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Tell us a weird fact...

I took a gymnastics class last year and learned how-to do a proper handstand.

Ruth Barnett

Ruth Barnett

VP of Global Communications

What do you do?

I am responsible for how we communicate to the outside world – our global media coverage, relationships with journalists and stakeholders, our events, web presence and comms strategy.

Where have you studied?

Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge; Post-graduate diploma in Newspaper Journalism, City University, London.

What's your proudest achievement?

At SwiftKey, working to put the people behind the technology at the heart of the story we tell. As a journalist, reporting live from Downing Street.

Neil MacDonald

Neil MacDonald

VP, Sales

What do you do?

I’m responsible for making sure as many people as possible can use our technology!

Where have you studied?

Information Systems, Kingston Polytechnic.

Where have you worked before?

Chief Revenue Officer at iSpeech Inc.

Thomas Kousholt

Thomas Kousholt

VP of Professional Services

What do you do?

My team is responsible for successful integration of our technology into our customers’ platforms and devices.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science, Tietgen Skolen, Odense, Denmark.

Tell us a weird fact...

I can trace my family (24 generations) back to the Danish King Harald Bluetooth, who ruled Denmark and parts of Norway, and gave name to the connectivity technology.

Chris Carr

Chris Carr

Strategy Manager

What do you do?

I am responsible for identifying how to turn revenue from our technology from millions to billions!

Where have you studied?

Law at Selwyn College, Cambridge University.

Where have you worked before?

I was a commercial chancery barrister.

Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald

Director of IT

What do you do?

Looking after the technology needs of staff.

Where have you studied?

Computing and Maths – University of Waikato – 1st Class Honours (4 year degree)

Computer Science – University of Waikato – PhD

 

What programming languages do you speak?

Assembler, C, Basic, Modula-2, Pascal, ladder logic, C++, Java, C#, VBA, VB.NET

 

Richard Smith

Richard Smith

General Counsel

What do you do?

As General Counsel I provide legal advice and support across all areas of the business.

 

Where have you studied?

English Law and Spanish Law at the University of Kent, Canterbury and Universidad Complutense, Madrid.  Then Solicitors Final Examinations at the College of Law, Chester.

 

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Being part of an organisation that has a deeply rooted culture of innovation and is a market leader in its field.

Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones

Head of IP

What do you do?

As Head of IP, I look after our patents and other intellectual property.

Where have you studied?

MEng in Software Engineering at the University of Southampton.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Working at SwiftKey means I get to help create exciting products that I care about and actually use myself.

Alex Gayer

Alex Gayer

VP of Finance

What do you do?

I have responsibility for the company’s financial strategy, management and operations, driving shareholder value and ensuring the company is well positioned to continue its phenomenal growth.

Where have you studied?

I hold an MBA from London Business School, a BSc in Management Science from UMIST and I’m a Chartered Accountant (ACA) having qualified with PwC.

What languages do you speak?

Does Excel count?

Caroline Gasperin

Caroline Gasperin

Language Team Lead

What do you do?

I manage our growing Language Team.

Where have you studied?

PhD, Computer Science, University of Cambridge; MSc and BSc, Computer Science, Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

I love the friendly atmosphere, everyone is helpful and willing to exchange ideas and explain their part of the work. I also appreciate the text prediction technology that we build – we are always coming up with new ideas of how to make it solve new problems.

Joe Osborne

Joe Osborne

SwiftKey SDK Team Lead

What do you do?

I work on the core prediction technology that sits behind our SwiftKey products.

Where have you studied?

MA Computer Science, Cambridge University.

Tell us a weird fact...

I love motorcycles, jazz music (I even attempt to play), and was trained to fly by the RAF.

Charlie Edmunds

Charlie Edmunds

Head of Consumer Insight

What do you do?

I look at all aspects of what customers are doing, from how many downloads we are getting and what proportion of trial users are upgrading right through to what they are saying about us on Twitter and in our VIP Community.

Where have you studied?

Genetics then a PhD in Molecular Biology at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge.

Where have you worked before?

I worked for Texperts, a text question-and-answer service, doing Business Intelligence and Marketing.

James Hay

James Hay

Head of Enterprise Partnerships

What do you do?

I am responsible for building our business outside the consumer market.

Where have you studied?

MEng, Manufacturing Engineering, Cambridge University.

Where have you worked before?

I worked as the Youth Worker at my church with responsibility for young people aged 11 to 18.  Before that, I founded a business that created wireless power technology for mobile devices.

James Clarke

James Clarke

Head of Input Apps

What do you do?

I am a software engineer and am responsible for leading development projects in the SwiftKey Team.

Where have you studied?

BA (Hons) Geography (focusing on social and economic geography), UCL, University of London; MSc Computing Science from Birkbeck College, University of London.

What languages do you speak?

A very small amount of Spanish. I have also studied and subsequently forgotten French and German.

Michele Sama

Michele Sama

Head of Cloud and Data

What do you do?

I am a software engineer and the company’s test architect.

Where have you studied?

PhD in software validation and verification from University College London. MA and BA in computer engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy.

What programming languages do you speak?

Java, Scala, Python, Javascript.

Adam Clements

Adam Clements

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I build stuff.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science at Sunderland University

Where have you worked before?

I started my own business building a platform and applications for multi-touch computer tables.

Adam Cutmore

Adam Cutmore

Software Engineer

What do you do?

Software Engineer with the client-facing Professional Services team.

 

Where have you studied?

Computing at Imperial College London.

What's your proudest achievement?

My university final year project – Quantitative Models for Retirement Risk in Professional Tennis.

 

Adrian Joyce

Adrian Joyce

Technical Project Manager

What do you do?

I’m a Technical Project Manager in SwiftKey’s Professional Services team.

Where have you studied?

BA and MPhil Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge

MSc Information Processing at York

MA Creative Writing at Manchester

Tell us a weird fact...

When I was a student I used to have a job designing and making set pieces for firework displays.

 

Alex Nabrozidis del Barrio

Alex Nabrozidis del Barrio

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I am a software engineer working on SwiftKey Healthcare.

Where have you studied?

I studied at the University of Malaga, Spain.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Being able to combine my passion for working with the healthcare sector with my personal ambition to find the ideal app for tablets.

Alex Nixon

Alex Nixon

Team Lead

What do you do?

I am one of the team of core software engineers.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science, University of Cambridge; I also tacked a year of the undergrad-level Management Studies Tripos onto the end.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Interesting problems; pragmatism: flexible working hours, “work wherever you feel comfortable”;  light-touch management.

Alice Rosam

Alice Rosam

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m a research engineer; I explore different ways of enhancing SwiftKey’s prediction quality.

Where have you studied?

I studied for a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London and did my final year project in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

What's your proudest achievement?

I’m fairly new but I’m proud of my first project at SwiftKey on moderately inflected languages.

Amanda Sears

Amanda Sears

Financial Controller

What do you do?

I am responsible for the day-to-day finance operations of the business such as monthly accounts, invoicing, budgeting, expenses, etc.

Where have you studied?

Natural Sciences at Cambridge, specializing in Chemistry.

What languages do you speak?

Just school level French I’m afraid!

Anna Alfut

Anna Alfut

UX Designer

What do you do?

My role is to look after flow and form of our products from the user point of view.

Where have you studied?

Graphic Arts at The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland.

Tell us a weird fact...

At the moment I am into drawing geometrical patterns.

Anne-Catherine Goulby

Anne-Catherine Goulby

Project Manager - Global Submissions

What do you do?

I focus on Global App Store Submissions.

Where have you studied?

Philosophy and Humanities in Strasbourg, Business at ESSEC in Paris.

What programming languages do you speak?

None

 

Arpi Vezer

Arpi Vezer

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m a software engineer with the SDK team, developing SwiftKey’s prediction engine.

 

Where have you studied?

Computer Science MEng at the University of Warwick.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

All the smart, fun and interesting people.

Attila Szász

Attila Szász

Language Processing Engineer

What do you do?

I am part of the team extending the number of languages SwiftKey supports.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science BSc and Communication and Media, Engineer, at Timisoara Polytechnic University, Romania; Internet Technologies, Scholarship at Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland.

What programming languages do you speak?

C/C++, Java, PHP, Unix shell scripting, JavaScript. Some exposure to: Python, Android, R.

Baoqing Hu

Baoqing Hu

Community Support Analyst

What do you do?

I am responsible for analyzing customers’ feedbacks and giving community support to SwiftKey Chinese users. I also provide language support for the Chinese related internal projects.

 

Where have you studied?

Architecture Design, at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Innovation days.

Beatriz Viñal Murciano

Beatriz Viñal Murciano

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I work with clients as part of our Professional Services team.

Where have you studied?

I studied Telecommunication Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and I did my final degree project at Queen Mary, University of London, as an Erasmus student.

Tell us a weird fact...

The only thing I can cook is Spanish potato omelette but it’s the best in London :)

Ben Leavett

Ben Leavett

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I lead the technical side of the work by the Professional Services team.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science, University of Bristol

What's your proudest achievement?

Not yet – come and ask me again soon!

Bin Li

Bin Li

Cloud Systems Engineer

What do you do?

I work on a range of projects.

Where have you studied?

University of Surrey (MSc, PhD student, research fellow) since 2006.

What languages do you speak?

Mandarin (native).

Blazej Czapp

Blazej Czapp

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I work on SwiftKey.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science at the University of Southampton, Maritime Navigation at Southampton Solent University

What programming languages do you speak?

Mostly Java and C/C++/Objective-C, I used JavaScript, Python and SQL before.

Catalina Hallet

Catalina Hallet

Language Processing Engineer

What do you do?

I am a language engineer working on SwiftKey.

Where have you studied?

BSc and MSc in Computing in my native Romania, PhD in Computational Linguistics, University of Wolverhampton.

What languages do you speak?

French, some decent Italian and Spanish and I can sort of get by in German. And I’m a native Romanian.

Catherine Stewart

Catherine Stewart

Project Manager

What do you do?

I work with our clients as part of the Professional Services team.

Where have you studied?

English at the University of Reading.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

I’m pretty new – I’ll let you know soon!

Chetan Padia

Chetan Padia

Software Engineer

What do you do?

This is difficult to define. I’ve done a lot of different stuff!

Where have you studied?

MEng in Computer Systems and Software Engineering with a year in industry, University of York.

What languages do you speak?

Gujarati with family. Basic Spanish and German. Also some French. And I understand little bits of Slovak.

Chris Bannister

Chris Bannister

Software Engineer

What do you do?

Work on many server side services which are deployed into the cloud.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science at Loughborough University.

 

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Working with amazing people on interesting problems, and the coffee machine.

 

Chris Charlton

Chris Charlton

VP, Client Development

What do you do?

I am a bridge between the languages and SwiftKey team eg working on the Chinese UI – Wei and Leilei do the clever stuff and I make it appear on screen. I also work on OEM integrations.

Where have you studied?

BA Computer Science, Cambridge University. PhD Cambridge University Engineering Department. I’m also a Chartered Engineer and a professional-level member of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

Tell us a weird fact...

I play the piano accordion a little. “The definition of a gentleman is one who *can* play the accordion, but chooses not to.”

Craig Marsden

Craig Marsden

Senior System Administrator

What do you do?

I’m responsible for managing our internal and external IT services as well as playing a role in forming the infrastructure of new and existing projects.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science, University of Sunderland.

Tell us a weird fact...

Craig Warren

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I work to integrate SwiftKey’s technology with our clients on new and exciting devices.

 

Where have you studied?

I went to Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh.

What programming languages do you speak?

Lots, but primarily Object Oriented Languages like Java or C#.

 

Daniel Grossman

Daniel Grossman

Data Engineer

What do you do?

I model, develop, integrate and maintain SwiftKey’s data.

Where have you studied?

I studied for a Masters degree in art at the University Of The Arts, London.

Tell us a weird fact...

I co-wrote an opera which involved live digital-sound-algorithms, three singers and full ensemble. It was performed at the Barbican Centre in London last year.

Darren McGuinness

Darren McGuinness

Software Engineer

What do you do?

Server side development – ensuring everything works!

 

Where have you studied?

Computing, Imperial College

 

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

The relaxed, informal atmosphere despite the fast-lane trajectory the company occupies.

David Martinez

David Martinez

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I am a software engineer working on SwiftKey.

Where have you studied?

Masters in Computer Science, from the University of the Basque Country (EHU) in Spain; Masters in Software Engineering – from Ecole d’ingénieurs en informatique (EPITA) in Paris, France.

What programming languages do you speak?

Java, C++, Python and starting to fiddle with Clojure.

Dong Yi Chun

Dong Yi Chun

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m working with the Professional Services team in Korea supporting some of our major clients.

Where have you studied?

I studied Computer Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Hongik University in Seoul, Korea.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

The people at SwiftKey are young and innovative.

Dongjin Bae

Dongjin Bae

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I offer technical support for customers in Korea for the Professional Services team.

Where have you studied?

Chemical engineering in Keimyung University in Korea.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Korean.

Doug Orr

Doug Orr

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I work on the core prediction engine that underlies SwiftKey’s great predictions.

Where have you studied?

MEng, Engineering, University of Cambridge.

What's your proudest achievement?

Key-press modelling – I was able to design and implement quite a lot of this, and it is very satisfying to see your keys being moved and adapted in real time as you type, and think ‘I did this’.

Dvora Schur

Dvora Schur

Technical Project Manager

What do you do?

I am a project manager for the Professional Services team.

Where have you studied?

Computer Programming Diploma, Israel Defence Forces Programming School (Mamram).

What programming languages do you speak?

Too ancient to mention…

Dylan Murphy

Dylan Murphy

Head of Financial Planning & Analysis

What do you do?

I help the business allocate resources efficiently and intelligently so as to achieve our short- and long-term objectives, and to provide insightful and actionable analysis on business  & product performance.

Where have you studied?

Economics at Cambridge.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Being in a fun, exciting & changing business with such happy, engaged colleagues.

Emanuel Hategan

Emanuel Hategan

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I am the tech lead for the SwiftKey servers team.

Where have you studied?

BS and MS in Computer Science, University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

What languages do you speak?

Romanian (native), German (beginner).

Emlyn Corrin

Emlyn Corrin

Software engineer

What do you do?

I’m a Software/Research Engineer. I work on R&D looking at applying SwiftKey’s technology to other domains and products.

Where have you studied?

MSci in “Physics with a year in Europe” at Imperial College London and Université de Paris XI; PhD working on “Development of digital readout electronics for the CMS tracker” also at Imperial College.

 

Where have you worked before?

As a Software Engineer at Google London, and previously a Research Scientist at CERN and the University of Geneva.

Eric Shaw

Eric Shaw

Head of Community Engagement

What do you do?

I am responsible for making sure all users have a great experience interacting both with each other and with SwiftKey. This involves content and communications, social media, and support.

Where have you studied?

Philosophy at Whitman College

 

What's your proudest achievement?

Work: Building TalkLife, a startup focused on helping people get immediate access to mental health care.

Outside of work: Being a lead artist on La Llorona, a large art installation of a replica sunken spanish galleon at Burning Man 2012.

Evan Tapper

Evan Tapper

Community Manager

What do you do?

I look after our VIP forum, addressing feedback, answering queries and making sure the teams of developers understand what matters most to our invaluable community.

Where have you studied?

I started university but ultimately decided it wasn’t for me.

What's your proudest achievement?

The VIP community – I was originally the first non-staff member (I think I was number six?) and now there are 70,000. It is the VIPs who have made us who we are today. I think the average user would be quite surprised by how democratic we are in trying to advance this technology.

Francisco Sanchez Garcia

Francisco Sanchez Garcia

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I work on the client side of SwiftKey.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science in the University of Málaga.

What's your proudest achievement?

My Solar System 3D model running in a GPU instead of a CPU.

Helalur Khan

Helalur Khan

Systems Administrator

What do you do?

I’m a Systems Administrator – I am responsible for managing the internal and external network run by SwiftKey working alongside Craig Marsden.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.

 

What programming languages do you speak?

I learnt Java and C++ whilst at university.

Helen Corbett

Helen Corbett

PA to Management & Deputy Office Manager

What do you do?

My job involves diary planning, travel arrangements and helping Min the Office Manager with the general running of the office, as well as lots of other random things…

Where have you studied?

I studied BSc Development Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

 

Tell us a weird fact...

I have a red belt in Tae Kwon Do!

Honza Dvorsky

Honza Dvorsky

iOS Developer

What do you do?

Software engineer.

Where have you studied?

Cybernetics and Robotics, Czech Technical University in Prague

 

What programming languages do you speak?

Objective-C, C++, Java

 

Hwasung Lee

Hwasung Lee

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I am a software engineer in the Complex Languages team. I look into various techniques we can use to improve upon languages that are linguistically rich.

Where have you studied?

DPhil in Mathematics, Oxford University; MASt in Mathematics, Cambridge University; BSc in Mathematics and Physics, Seoul National University.

What languages do you speak?

Korean

Hyosoo Kim

Hyosoo Kim

Business Development: Korea

What do you do?

I am the commercial manager for SwiftKey’s office in Korea.

Where have you studied?

BS and MS in Computer Engineering, Seoul National University in Korea.

Where have you worked before?

A cloud service company.

Jalpa Zaladi

Jalpa Zaladi

Language Processing Engineer

What do you do?

I’ve just joined the languages team to build language models and utilities for some new languages.

Where have you studied?

I did my first BA and MA degree in India where I grew up, both in Information Technology and Computer Application. Then an MPhil in Advanced Computer Science from Cambridge University.

Tell us a weird fact...

I like all animals from a distance and am really scared of dogs!

James Aley

James Aley

Team Lead

What do you do?

I work on SwiftKey and the SwiftKey SDK.

Where have you studied?

BSc Computer Science, King’s College London.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Hack days!

James Withers

James Withers

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m part of the Professional Services team and work with our clients.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science BSc Hons, University of Warwick; Neuroinformatics MSc, University of Edinburgh; Neuroinformatics PhD, University of Edinburgh.

What's your proudest achievement?

A global mentoring matching and reporting service I produced at IBM.

Jess Pumphrey

Jess Pumphrey

Android Developer

What do you do?

Software engineer

 

Where have you studied?

Oxford University (Magdalen) 2009-2013 Maths and Computer Science

 

What languages do you speak?

GCSE French and very basic Mandarin

 

Jinni Jia

Jinni Jia

UX Design Specialist

What do you do?

I mainly work on designing the user interface for our product. I work iteratively to design, mock-up, prototype and evaluate new features. I also run user studies and analyse user feedback to improve our user’s experience.

 

Where have you studied?

I got a master degree in Mobile Cloud Computing in Beijing China. Then I came to the  UK, studying at UCL (University College London) for another master degree in Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics.

 

What languages do you speak?

Mandarin and Cantonese

 

Joe Freeman

Joe Freeman

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m a member of the SwiftKey server team – currently working on the personalization servers.

Where have you studied?

MEng computing, Imperial College.

What languages do you speak?

Mediocre French and German.

Juha Iso-Sipilä

Juha Iso-Sipilä

Head of Research

What do you do?

I lead research project as SwiftKey ensuring we stay ahead of competition in areas that matter to us.

Where have you studied?

I studied at Tampere University of Technology in Finland. My major was Digital Signal Processing and minor Biomedical Engineering.

What's your proudest achievement?

Voice dialing for Nokia mobile devices that supports more than 50 languages. It has been deployed in more than 1 billion devices since 2005.

Julien Baley

Julien Baley

Language Processing Engineer

What do you do?

I work as part of the Languages team.

Where have you studied?

MSc Speech and Language Processing, University of Edinburgh; MSc Computer Engineering, University of Technologie of Compiègne, France.

Tell us a weird fact...

I haven’t added one here… yet.

Kah-Mun Liew

Kah-Mun Liew

UX Design Junior

What do you do?

UX Design Junior.

Where have you studied?

Graphic Design Ba at Leeds Metropolitan, Cultural Design exchange at Hiroshima Uni and Art and Design at Central St Martins

What languages do you speak?

None (very basic Cantonese and very basic French).

Kenneth Lam

Kenneth Lam

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I am an engineer with the Professional Services team.

Where have you studied?

BSc Computer Engineering, University of Manchester; MSc Advanced Computer Science, University of Manchester.

Where have you worked before?

Badoo, a dating-focused social discovery service.

Konstantinos Iliopoulos

Konstantinos Iliopoulos

Software Engineer

What do you do?

Software engineer on the Inference team.

Where have you studied?

Computer Engineering @ Columbia University, New York City, Computing @ Imperial College, London, and Electrical & Computer Engineering @ Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

I’m still rather new here, but I love everybody’s enthusiasm!

 

Kunhwan Ahn

Kunhwan Ahn

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m a Software Engineer.

Where have you studied?

Computer Engineering at Hansung Univ.

What's your proudest achievement?

Nothing with SwiftKey quite yet.

Kyrie Burgoine

Kyrie Burgoine

HR Assistant

What do you do?

I am working in the Human Resources department in relevant administrative duties.

 

Where have you studied?

BA Hons in Modern History at Brunel University.

Tell us a weird fact...

I am the only Kyrie Burgoine in the world!

Lachlan Murray

Lachlan Murray

Software Engineer

What do you do?

Software Engineer.

Where have you studied?

PhD in Electrical Engineering, MEng in Computer Systems and Software Engineering, University of York

 

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Innovation days!

 

Lauren Heney

Lauren Heney

HR Administrator

What do you do?

HR Administrator – involved in day to day general Human Resources remit.

 

Where have you studied?

I have a few different HR qualifications, including a Masters in HR from Dublin Business School, accredited by John Moore’s University.

 

Where have you worked before?

A pharmaceutical research company called Nucleus Global.

 

Leilei Shi

Leilei Shi

Language Processing Engineer

What do you do?

I am responsible for language models and utilities for Asian languages, such as Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai.

Where have you studied?

PhD in Computer Science, University of Kent; MSc in Software Engineering, University of York; BSc in Computer Science, Heilongjiang University, China.

Tell us a weird fact...

I hold the strong belief that digitalization will change/improve human life.

Loretta He

Loretta He

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I currently am working on the new cloud based language model generation infrastructure, so the language models can be generated more easily and with better and cleaner code.

Where have you studied?

I studied Computer Science at the University of Cambridge.

What languages do you speak?

I speak Mandarin and English, and Changzhouese (if you count my Chinese hometown dialect as a separate langauge). And I can understand some Cantonese and Shanghainese.

Marcin Kuptel

Marcin Kuptel

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m responsible for working on new projects.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

What programming languages do you speak?

Java, C++, PHP

Marco Fiscato

Marco Fiscato

Android Developer

What do you do?

Android Developer

Where have you studied?

Bachelor in Bologna (Computer Science), Master in Amsterdam (Distributed Systems), PhD in London (Real-time stream processing)

What programming languages do you speak?

Java, C

Marek Rei

Marek Rei

Language Research Engineer

What do you do?

I am research engineer with the SwiftKey languages team.

Where have you studied?

Informatics BSc in Tallinn University of Technology; MPhil in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology, in University of Cambridge; Just finished a PhD in Cambridge.

What languages do you speak?

My native language is Estonian.

Marianne Sisto

Marianne Sisto

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I work with our clients to help them integrate and customize the SwiftKey products.

Where have you studied?

MSc Robotics and Embedded Systems, University of Essex and BSc Computing Science, University of East Anglia / Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

What programming languages do you speak?

C++, C#, Java, other bits and pieces.

Martin Bella

Martin Bella

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I work on various parts which make SwiftKey tick, amongst other projects.

Where have you studied?

BSc in Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh.

What programming languages do you speak?

Java, C++, Python, (poor) Scala, (poor) Haskell

Martin Bussiere

Martin Bussiere

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I am responsible for the development of a new, secret project, and I am working on it with Simon.

Where have you studied?

Electrical and Information Engineering at Cambridge University (2007-2011).

 

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Too early to tell.

 

Matthew Willson

Matthew Willson

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m part of the development team.

Where have you studied?

Masters, Mathematics, University of Oxford. After a stint in the software industry I went back to school to get an MSc in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning.

What programming languages do you speak?

As a representative sample: Ruby, Javascript, Python, C, Scala, R, Haskell.

Maxim Cramer

Maxim Cramer

iOS Developer

What do you do?

I’m a Software Engineer.

Where have you studied?

BSc Computer Science, at The University of Edinburgh – 2012

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Great people!

Michael Bell

Michael Bell

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I work on SwiftKey.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

Where have you worked before?

Working on video conferencing products at Cisco. Before that, Deutsche Bank and Bloomberg.

Michael Coffey

Michael Coffey

Software Engineer

What do you do?

Android developer. I work on the SwiftKey app.

Where have you studied?

I studied Engineering in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Birmingham

What programming languages do you speak?

C++, Java, Javascript, Objective-C, Python.

Michal Karpinski

Michal Karpinski

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m on the SwiftKey Input Apps Team, turning ideas into software.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science at Jagiellonian University, graduated with Bachelor’s degree.

Tell us a weird fact...

I love the IPA beer.

Min Park

Min Park

Office and Ops Manager

What do you do?

I make sure everything runs smoothly in the office.

Where have you studied?

I studied Politics at Smith, MA, USA and I read philosophy at Lucy Cavendish college, University of Cambridge.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

It is a multicultural and international company and I like the company’s pioneering mindset.

Naomi Morton

Naomi Morton

Junior Product Manager

What do you do?

Junior Product Manager

Where have you studied?

University of the West of England (UWE), Computing and Drama (very obvious combination..)

Where have you worked before?

Isobar

Natalie Hargrove

Natalie Hargrove

Executive Assistant

What do you do?

My role involves being Executive Assistant to the CEO, as well as Office Manager for both Palo Alto and San Francisco.

Where have you studied?

Business Administration, Concentration in Marketing, San Jose State University

 

Tell us a weird fact...

I really don’t have any hobbies. I mostly am just trying to stay on top of daily household responsibilities and work!

 

Nick Sutherland

Nick Sutherland

Head of Consumer Input

What do you do?

I work with Brandon Mensinga on product management.

Where have you studied?

Engineering at Cambridge University many years ago followed more recently by an Open University MBA

Tell us a weird fact...

I love to visit far away and interesting countries, recently including Cuba and Cambodia.

Nicky Budd-Thanos

Nicky Budd-Thanos

US Marketing Manager

What do you do?

I work on developing content, US event strategy, and liaising with our communications team.

Where have you studied?

I studied at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology and French.

 

Tell us a weird fact...

I love to read, and will read almost any genre – but especially anything about criminal psychology.

Nikesh Jamnadas

Nikesh Jamnadas

User Experience Researcher

What do you do?

I work with designers to better understand customer needs through the use of one on one usability testing, focus groups, competitor reviews and many more! Essentially my role will be ‘the voice of the customer’.

Where have you studied?

City University – BEng in Multimedia and Internet Systems and Kingston University – MSc in User Experience Design

Tell us a weird fact...

Self taught myself how to play a classical Indian instrument called the Harmonium

Oliver Jones

Oliver Jones

Software Engineer Intern

What do you do?

I write code to help people write texts and emails.

Where have you studied?

Computing MEng at Imperial College London.

 

What programming languages do you speak?

C, C++, Java, Haskell, JavaScript, PHP.

 

Patrick Monteith

Patrick Monteith

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m a software engineer working on SwiftKey.

Where have you studied?

MEng Information Systems Engineering, Imperial College London.

Where have you worked before?

Studying at Imperial College, London.

Paul Magrath

Paul Magrath

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I work as a software engineer with the Data team.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin.

What programming languages do you speak?

Java, Scala, JavaScript and C.

Pete Goodall

Pete Goodall

Product Manager - Cloud Services

What do you do?

I am the Product Manager for Cloud products at SwiftKey, so I oversee SwiftKey Cloud and our Data & Analytics products.  I work with just about every part of the business to define and deliver Cloud-based products for our consumer and business customers, and to use Swiftkey Cloud to enhance our other products.

 

Where have you studied?

I have a BSc in Psychology from Old Dominion University.

 

What programming languages do you speak?

I dabble in lots of them, but ‘read’ would be a better analogy.  HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python and C# (though it’s been a long time).

 

Peter Holc

Peter Holc

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m an engineer working on new products.

Where have you studied?

Imperial – BEng Computing, then MSc Advanced computing

What's your proudest achievement?

I’ve made a few apps, but nothing particularly interesting (or worth publicly noting).

Precious Hamilton-Brown

Precious Hamilton-Brown

Creative Coordinator

What do you do?

As Creative Coordinator, I work with our graphic designer, videographer and web designer. My role also involves planning for awards, conferences and company events.

Where have you studied?

BSc Sociology at the London School of Economics (LSE).

What's your proudest achievement?

I’m fairly new but I’m really excited to be part of the team as we move forwards into 2013.

Páidí Creed

Páidí Creed

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I work on the SwiftKey SDK.

Where have you studied?

BSc in Computer Science at University College, Cork; PhD in Computer Science, University of Edinburgh.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

What most excites me about SwiftKey is the opportunity to work on statistical natural language processing and to bring my mathematical/ theoretical knowledge to bear on a practical problem.

Rachel Newett

Rachel Newett

Accounts Assistant

What do you do?

I’m the Accounts Assistant for the Finance team.

Where have you studied?

I’m self taught and I’m studying for CIMA. I’ve recently completed the Management Level.

What programming languages do you speak?

None!

Richard Tunnicliffe

Richard Tunnicliffe

Senior Software Engineer

What do you do?

I direct the technical design and implementation of the SwiftKey Android app.

Where have you studied?

MA/MSci Natural Sciences, Girton College, Cambridge; MSc Computation, Wadham College, Oxford.

Tell us a weird fact...

I had these sideburns before Bradley Wiggins made them fashionable.

Ryan Barnes

Ryan Barnes

Product Manager

What do you do?

I’m a Product Manager for SwiftKey’s portfolio of consumer apps running on iOS and Android. Essentially I am a product owner. I jump between the big picture market demands and the day-to-day detail of how the product functions.

I work across engineering, design, business development and the executive team to interpret needs and wants into user requirements to ultimately build amazing products that people love.

Where have you studied?

I did my undergraduate degree at James Madison University in Virginia, USA. A few years later I came to the UK to complete my masters degree at London College of Communication, where I did my dissertation about Assistive Computing.

 

 

What programming languages do you speak?

Basic HTML, JavaScript.

 

 

Ryan Paredez

Ryan Paredez

Support Representative

What do you do?

Helping make sure the community is happy and aware that we are listening to them and their ideas/suggestion. Also, making sure to answer any questions or concerns they might have across social media platforms.

Where have you studied?

I am studying international business at San Francisco State University.

 

What's your proudest achievement?

I’m still fairly new to the company, but I would say, helping with the launch(es) of 4.2/4.3

 

Sarah Reynolds

Sarah Reynolds

Frontline Support Lead

What do you do?

I deal with customer queries and also help with marketing and general office admin/errands.

Where have you studied?

BA, Study of Religions at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies).

What programming languages do you speak?

None.

Sarah Rowley

Sarah Rowley

Head of Partnership Communications

What do you do?

I work on B2B and enterprise marketing, for example for SwiftKey Healthcare.

Where have you studied?

French and Classics at Oxford University.

 

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Innovation Days – plus I traveled to Spain and the US within weeks of joining.

Shaobo Hou

Shaobo Hou

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I am a software engineer in the SwiftKey SDK team.

Where have you studied?

PhD, Computer Science at the University of Manchester.

What's your proudest achievement?

Before SwiftKey I really enjoyed the time I spent researching and implementing a collision detection and physics engine for a game I was making with a group of friends.

Silas Davis

Silas Davis

Software Engineer

What do you do?

At the moment, I provide server-side infrastructure for clients using SwiftKey Healthcare, to distribute updates, gather statistics and adminster licences.

Where have you studied?

Mathematical Physics at Edinburgh University for five years, and pure maths at Cambridge for one year.

 

Tell us a weird fact...

I once had a cage fight.

Simon Ransome

Simon Ransome

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I look after UI issues, keyboard layouts, internationalization and general SwiftKey stuff.

Where have you studied?

BA Business Studies, University of Plymouth; currently studying BSc Physics at the Open University.

Tell us a weird fact...

36 years of playing the piano and 32 years of computer use mean that my hands are physiologically adapted to keyboard use (if I stick my arms straight out, my hands point out at 45 degrees).

Simon Rawles

Simon Rawles

Data Science Team Lead

What do you do?

I’m a software engineer in the Data team.

Where have you studied?

1994-1997: BSc, Maths and Theory of Computation at Warwick.

2000-2001: MSc, Machine Learning at Bristol.

2002-2007: PhD, Object-oriented Data Mining at Bristol.

What programming languages do you speak?

C/C++, Java, Perl, Prolog

 

Simon Wood

Simon Wood

SwiftKey Libraries Team Lead

What do you do?

I am  SwiftKey Libraries Team Lead.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science at North Staffs Poly.

Where have you worked before?

Glu Mobile Ltd.

Stefania Gobbi

Stefania Gobbi

Language Intern

What do you do?

Helping the Language Team with anything they ask me to do…

Where have you studied?

I studied a BA in Translation and Interpreting at Bologna University and a MA in Conference Interpreting at Trieste University. During my BA I also spent one year at Bristol University thanks to the Erasmus program and during my MA I spent one year in Paris thanks to the CIUTI (Conférence Internationale Permanente d’Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes) exchange program.

Tell us a weird fact...

I have freckles on my nose and when I tan they become quite obvious. As a kid I didn’t like them and I tried to scratch them off with sandpaper…

Stephen Spencer

Stephen Spencer

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m a software developer in the SwiftKey SDK team.

Where have you studied?

Undergraduate in Maths at Warwick University and a Masters in Computing at Imperial College, London.

Tell us a weird fact...

I am the grand-grand-grand son of a Lord, although sadly not a Lord myself.

Ted Babcock

Ted Babcock

Head of Marketing Analytics

What do you do?

I’m the Head of Marketing Analytics, which means I get to work with all our data related to user acquisition and engagement and come up with the insights and strategies that will enable maximum growth.

 

Where have you studied?

I have my BA in Government from Dartmouth College.

 

What programming languages do you speak?

None :(

Tehmur Khan

Tehmur Khan

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I am a SwiftKey client-side developer.

Where have you studied?

Computing – BEng at Imperial College London.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

The generally chilled out environment of the office (I mean the people, not the air con).

Thomas Hancock

Thomas Hancock

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I work on the SwiftKey SDK team.

Where have you studied?

Mathematics at the University of Birmingham.

What languages do you speak?

None (excluding very fragmented Spanish which I hope to improve soon).

Thomas Nicholson

Thomas Nicholson

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m a software engineer working on the SwiftKey SDK.

Where have you studied?

BSc Computer Science, University of St Andrews.

Where have you worked before?

Autonomy.

Tim Lovell

Tim Lovell

Product Marketing Manager

What do you do?

Product Marketing Manager – I help work out how best to describe SwiftKey’s amazing features and the benefits they bring.

Where have you studied?

I studied Computing & Management at Loughborough University.

What programming languages do you speak?

Some time ago I programmed in VB, Java, C, C++, Perl and PHP.

 

Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon

Software Engineer

What do you do?

I’m a software developer for SwiftKey the app.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science at the University of Sheffield.

Tell us a weird fact...

I’ve toured Europe with my band Pocket Satellite.

Wei Liu

Wei Liu

Language Processing Engineer

What do you do?

I work with the Languages team.

Where have you studied?

MSc Software Systems in Sheffield University, BEng in Computing from China.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

The team and the challenging projects.

Wojtek Wozniakowski

Wojtek Wozniakowski

AWS System Administrator

What do you do?

Looking after the production of the IT infrastructure.

Where have you studied?

Computer Science, at the Technical College of Computer Science in Bydgoszcz City, Poland.

Where have you worked before?

Spinvox, Venda.

Xuesong Chen

Xuesong Chen

Information Security and Privacy Engineer

What do you do?

Information Security and Privacy Engineer.

Where have you studied?

Bachelor in computer science, Tongji university in Shanghai, China. Master in computer security, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, US

Where have you worked before?

I had been working for 6 years in Shanghai, China, then did master in computer security in Baltimore, Maryland, US. I had been working for 1 year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US and since have been working for 5 years in UK – Cambridge and London.

Yoh Okuno

Yoh Okuno

Language Processing Engineer

What do you do?

I am a software engineer, mainly responsible for Japanese language processing.

Where have you studied?

Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning at Keio University, Tokyo.

Where have you worked before?

Yahoo! Japan.

Yuka Ishisaki

Yuka Ishisaki

Community Support Analyst

What do you do?

A Community Support Analyst for the Japanese Market responsible for analysing feedback and supporting end-users, and also helping marketing team.

Where have you studied?

BS Mathematics with Statistics and MS Computing Sciences in Norwich

What programming languages do you speak?

R (software programming language)

Zhengyu Chen

Zhengyu Chen

Product Manager

What do you do?

I am the Product Manager responsible for our product strategy and offerings in China, Japan and Korea markets among others.

 

Where have you studied?

I studied MBA specialising in Strategy and Marketing at University of Cambridge just before joining SwiftKey. Earlier, I got my MSc on Communications Engineering in Finland and BSc on Electronics Engineering in China.

 

What's your proudest achievement?

I will be able to tell after a while. :-)

 

Zoheb Ishfaq

Zoheb Ishfaq

Support Engineer

What do you do?

As a support engineer, my job is to provide day-to-day technical support for users and systems, to make sure everything’s running smoothly and as expected.

 

Where have you studied?

Computer Science at Queen Mary Uni. of London.

 

What programming languages do you speak?

PHP, Bash, HTML, CSS, SQL, Javascript, Java, Matlab and currently learning Python.  I also write in LaTeX.

 

The culture

Innovative, friendly and creative, SwiftKey is a fast-moving technology company that invests in its staff and its workplaces. Flexible hours, monthly Innovation Days and team socials (from boat trips to theater visits) are among the features that set us apart.

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"I like helping people. That sounds cheesy but most people that work in a sales role are encouraged by money. I am fuelled by clients telling me they are happy with the service or product that I gave them. My satisfaction is directly tied to their happiness."
Doug
"The people here are amazing and the management team go above and beyond what is required to take care of staff."
Craig
"The best thing about SwiftKey? Building things that blow people's minds."
Ben
"I'm surrounded by incredibly capable people who simply want to innovate."
Joe
"No two days are ever the same. That, and there's table tennis..."
Lucy
"You're the luckiest people in the world, you've got the best jobs."
Stephen Fry
"The best part is working with awesome people on hard problems to make people's everyday lives better."
Chet
"Exciting stuff happens all the time and I'm always learning something new."
Martin