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.

Where have you worked before?

Civil Servant working on the restructuring of Eurostar.

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's your proudest achievement?

Growing SwiftKey from the seed of an idea into a global business.

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.

What programming languages do you speak?

None.

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.

What programming languages do you speak?

HTML, CSS, PHP.

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.

Where have you worked before?

I have worked in a range of mobile and web start-ups and businesses, including kgb, Texperts, 118118, Convergys and Unisys.

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).

Where have you worked before?

I was assistant director at the Cabinet Office, responsible for civil contingencies, with a focus on communications resilience in the UK.

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.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Bit early to say.

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.

Where have you worked before?

I looked after user experience at Misys plc, an enterprise financial software company. My role was to transform the business to one in which product design was led by user experience.

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.

Where have you worked before?

I worked at Nuance Communications in a similar role.

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 programming languages do you speak?

Umm… Does some HTML count?

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.

Tell us a weird fact...

I have moon-dust on my hands – I once shook the hand of Neil Armstrong.

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.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Working with so many smart, innovative people.

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's your proudest achievement?

Turning around a failing business.

 

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.

 

Where have you worked before?

Legal Director at The Number (UK) Limited and Senior Legal Counsel at Orange prior to that.

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 your proudest achievement?

Not yet – I’ve only recently joined.

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.

Where have you worked before?

I was an academic researcher working on the areas of text simplification, text readability assessment, and anaphora resolution.

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.

What's your proudest achievement?

SmartSpace – it understands what you’re writing even if you miss the space bar.

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.

What languages do you speak?

Franglais?

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.

What's your proudest achievement?

SwiftKey Healthcare – bringing the power of SwiftKey to healthcare professionals.

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's your proudest achievement?

The ongoing evolution of SwiftKey.

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

What's your proudest achievement?

There’s something secret in the works that I’m planning on being proud of…

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 languages do you speak?

None.

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 programming languages do you speak?

Python and Java.

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 your proudest achievement?

Personalisation server stuff – learning a new language (Ruby) and writing robust and performant server-side code to gather the content users grant us access to, process it, and send it back to their phone. That, and managing the infrastructure so it doesn’t explode when we have launches.

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 the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Being surrounded by motivated people who are good at and love what they do and are always willing to discuss new ideas.

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.

Tell us a weird fact...

I love travelling. I’ve been to 33 countries and would like to try to keep the number of countries visited above my age for as long as possible (I’m currently 26).

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 languages do you speak?

French, a bit of German and a bit of Japanese

 

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 your proudest achievement?

I’m new so it’s too early to say.

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.

Where have you worked before?

Capscan Ltd (London), specialising in international address matching engines.

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 languages do you speak?

Chinese Mandarin.

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.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Being able to contribute to something that can improve everyday life.

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

Tell us a weird fact...

I once ate curried locusts. They tasted good.

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 programming languages do you speak?

Java, python, C++, Ruby (beginner).

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's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

The opportunity to do interesting things.

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.

Where have you worked before?

I’ve worked in academic research ever since getting my PhD. My last position was with the Open University.

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 languages do you speak?

A bit of German.

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.

 

Tell us a weird fact...

Killed 4 horseman at level 60 in WoW.

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.

Where have you worked before?

CTO at Grapeshot Ltd – an information retrieval company which specialises in personalised recommendations, both ads and other related content.

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.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

The people here are amazing and the management team go above and beyond what is required to take care of staff.

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.

What programming languages do you speak?

SQL, Python, SuperCollider

Darren McGuinness

Darren McGuinness

Software Engineer

What do you do?

Server side development – ensuring everything works!

 

Where have you studied?

Computing, Imperial College

 

Where have you worked before?

University of Bristol

 

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.

Tell us a weird fact...

I don’t have a belly button!

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 programming languages do you speak?

Java, C/C++ and some kinds of Javascrip (Sencha, J­Query).

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 programming languages do you speak?

Java, C/C++, a little python and bash shell, SQL.

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.

Where have you worked before?

At University studying Engineering and specialising in information engineering.

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 languages do you speak?

Hebrew (mother tongue), basic Japanese, basic Italian.

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.

Tell us a weird fact...

My goal for 2014 is to run 100km each month, and take 30 secs off my best 5k time – ask me how I’m doing, peer pressure is great for motivation!

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 programming languages do you speak?

Java, ruby, clojure, php.

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.

 

Tell us a weird fact...

Nothing yet, ask me later!

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

 

Where have you worked before?

Huddler Inc.

 

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 languages do you speak?

I speak some Spanish.

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 programming languages do you speak?

I speak Java, C, C++ and a bit of some weird languages such Prolog, Haskell or even assembly!

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.

 

Where have you worked before?

I previously worked at London Borough of Tower Hamlets as an IT Engineer managing school computer networks and all things IT related. Whilst at Uni I also worked as a youth football coach for West Ham United.

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).

 

What programming languages do you speak?

None

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 languages do you speak?

Czech, a bit of Spanish

 

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.

Tell us a weird fact...

I used to be the physical training sergeant of my platoon.

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.

What programming languages do you speak?

C, Java.

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.

What programming languages do you speak?

C#.net, Java, VB, C and Python.

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.

Tell us a weird fact...

I can’t stand bananas.

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 the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

The opportunity to work with great people on varied natural language processing and usability problems.

Jennifer Kutz

Jennifer Kutz

Head of US Communications

What do you do?

My role involves utilizing media channels to publicize SwiftKey and its products.

Where have you studied?

Liberal Studies and Speech Communications at San Francisco State University.

What's your proudest achievement?

Arranging an SF media event involving ten major brands and top tier tech media.

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

 

Tell us a weird fact...

I persuaded Oxford University to remove gender-specific rules from academic dress.

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.

Tell us a weird fact...

I like to spend my summers (in Finland) in a small cottage on a lake without running water.

 

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.

What's your proudest achievement?

There’s nothing specific.

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

Tell us a weird fact...

I played the violin in a Sting video when I was 10.

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.

Tell us a weird fact...

I like rock bands like Green Day and Linkin Park and comedy shows like Big Bang Theory and Family Guy.

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 your proudest achievement?

Nothing just yet.

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 programming languages do you speak?

Java, c, c++

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.

What's your proudest achievement?

Not yet!

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

 

Tell us a weird fact...

I am the ‘eternal’ holder of the under-13 pole vault record at my childhood athletics club… children under the age of 13 are no longer allowed to compete in the event!

 

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.

 

What programming languages do you speak?

None… Although when I was 10, I did create a small website using some html code taught to me by my sister.

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.

Where have you worked before?

I worked as a research associate in the University of Kent during my PhD. Before that, I worked as a senior engineer in Microsoft China.

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 programming languages do you speak?

Java, Python, Clojure. I’ve also worked with Perl and Matlab, though I can’t necessarily say I’m ‘fluent’ in them.

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's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Great people, interesting projects

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's your proudest achievement?

Stay tuned.

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.

Where have you worked before?

I was completing a PhD at Cambridge.

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's your proudest achievement?

My first project here has been working with a big-name client I can’t reveal!

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 languages do you speak?

Slovak, English, Italian, Japanese (poor, ironically better at understanding Chinese characters).

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 your proudest achievement?

I’ve only started working here for a week, so it’s difficult to answer this :)

 

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 languages do you speak?

None.

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 programming languages do you speak?

Mostly Objective-C and Python.

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.

Tell us a weird fact...

I like basketball and satire (but not at the same time…).

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

Where have you worked before?

My last job was at Last.fm where I made the desktop scrobbling app in Qt C++.

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.

Where have you worked before?

Worked at Antenna Software in Cracow.

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.

Where have you worked before?

I was working at a very techy big data company based in London. I also briefly worked in Geneva at the International Labour Organisation.  

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

 

What languages do you speak?

Very little Spanish (enough to survive in a Spanish-speaking country)

 

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

What languages do you speak?

I have O Levels in French, German and Italian but would struggle to do more than order a beer.

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.

 

What's your proudest achievement?

Check back with me in a few months :)

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

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Helping SwiftKey to make their products better than it already is with cool and creative people!

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's your proudest achievement?

I was involved with a Facebook hackathon building an app in a night in their London offices.

 

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.

What languages do you speak?

I speak a little Japanese, working hard on improving!

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 languages do you speak?

None (well, a little French and Irish).

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

Tell us a weird fact...

I used to play in the Polish production of Peter Pan when I was ~13yrs old, doing around 200-300 performances a year.

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 programming languages do you speak?

None.

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 programming languages do you speak?

Primarily Python, Java and C++, bits of Matlab, Maple, R and Clojure.

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 languages do you speak?

None besides English!

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's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Opportunity to build products that change people’s lives and have fun doing it.

 

 

Ryan Paredez

Ryan Paredez

Community Manager

What do you do?

I focus on the community of SwiftKey users across both Android and iOS. I do my best to ensure they know we are listening to their feedback and suggestions. I also spend time talking to people one on one via SwiftKey social channels.

Where have you studied?

I am studying international business at San Francisco State University.

 

What programming languages do you speak?

Unfortunately, I don’t know any, besides some basic HTML

 

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).

Tell us a weird fact...

I also work on my music as an aspiring singer-songwriter, gigging round London with my band!

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.

 

Where have you worked before?

Global communications agency Fishburn Hedges.

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.

 

What languages do you speak?

I studied French and German at GCSE but I wouldn’t say I could speak either, sadly.

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.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

The flexibility – three days in the fields of Suffolk and two days in London, part of which is working on the train so the hours are very civilized. SwiftKey is the first company I’ve worked for that /truly/ gets what flexibility means.

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's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

I’ll update you on this soon!

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.

What languages do you speak?

None.

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.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

The people and the atmosphere.

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.

What languages do you speak?

Very basic French and German.

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.

Tell us a weird fact...

I enjoy playing sports, especially football and tennis.

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's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

There isn’t a specific thing yet!

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.

What's the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

Intellectual challenges and geeky banter.

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.

Where have you worked before?

I worked in Public Relations at Dynamo PR.

 

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.

What programming languages do you speak?

Java, Objective-C, PHP, Javascript

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 your proudest achievement?

SwiftKey Chinese of course!

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.

What programming languages do you speak?

Linux Bash, a bit of Perl.

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 languages do you speak?

Japanese (Native), Spanish (Beginner).

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 the best thing about working at SwiftKey?

People and the way people work together.

 

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.

 

Where have you worked before?

I worked at hub+, a post-production agency where I provided support, systems administration and web development.

 

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