we bring together unique creative, technical, and visionary talents
Chris Jackson -
Chris founded MetaBroadcast in 2007 in order to fulfill his vision of simple video and audio products crafted from high-quality metadata. With in-depth experience of developing strategy and technology for online and offline media, he guides his team in building innovative content navigation and distribution software.
Chris's thinking has been informing industry-wide services and debates for over a decade. He still acts as a consultant, through MetaBroadcast and other organisations. Prior to starting his own venture, he worked as Head of Strategy at the BBC, and as a senior consultant across the Media and Technology practices at McKinsey. He led projects involving broadcasters, publishers, TV platforms, independent producers, private equity investors and regulators. His practice was focused on the UK, reaching the US, continental Europe, and the Middle East.
Before McKinsey, Chris worked as developer and project manager on a wide range of websites, becoming an entrepreneur in the process. He also built web, DAB, and DTT systems at BBC Research and briefly designed novel phone directories at BT labs. In the distant past, Chris produced sports and music programmes for BBC and independent local radio. He holds an MEng degree in Computer Science and Electronics from Imperial College London.
Chris is a history buff, and likes anything that gets a crowd excited (the Olympics, road cycling, the London marathon). But his real passion is cooking. After spending years perfecting the art of meat brining and sous-vide cooking at home using makeshift contraptions, Chris has dedicated himself to barbecuing and smoking in the recent years. He's never happy when it rains, which is quite daring for a Brit, but then again he got to barbecue in December. And in Antigua.
Mirona Iliescu -
COO & Experience Designer
Mirona stepped up as COO in July 2010. She had been covering experience design, project management, and communications for a while. With a background in computer science and communication sciences, in the past Mirona ran her own image management consultancy, wrote and presented on communication in the digital era, and co-founded a newsletter company.
Mirona has coordinated branding and image projects, built websites, apps and campaigns, created and implemented CSR programs and managed events with thousands of guests including celebrities, international artists, and prime ministers. Among others, she advised Heineken, ING, Nokia, Red Bull and Shell.
At one time or another Mirona also held her own as radio anchor and producer, TV editor, assistant producer and screenplay writer, record industry A&R manager, PR consultant, copywriter, translator, voice over, DJ and... bartender. She was published in Esquire, featured on Tate Liverpool's poster for its Colour Chart exhibition, and was of the first Londoners to join Twitter in August 2006.
In recent years Mirona turned a large balcony into an urban garden, complete with native hedges, unreliable blooms, tasty herbs, unruly trees, summer fruit and unripe veg ramping up to over 200 live species. Apparently, the beauty lies in the delicate balance between chasing slugs off strawberries and blackbirds off olives, while welcoming bees on lavender and barbecue chefs on the patio.
Luke Wesley-Holley -
Born and schooled in Hull, East Yorkshire, Luke ventured as far as Leeds Met to study Multimedia Technology. A month after finishing the course he was in a web design agency, churning out half day designs and three day builds and drinking 5 mugs of tea a day. 6 months later he joined IMJack as a junior designer but his ability with HTML and CSS cemented his role as UI Developer, converting design to efficient, semantic and accessible code. The whole time maintaining a healthy 4 mugs of tea a day (pint mugs).
When he’s not at MB Towers or working for other ZOOLDN customers, he’s probably watching Formula 1, watching a film, watching Twitter, watching the kettle or watching his back.
Tom McAdam -
Tom joined MetaBroadcast after spending 9 years with UBS Investment Bank, some in foreign lands learning a southern drawl. At UBS he went all the way from graduate trainee to Director, developing and managing derivatives trading systems. Tom has now swapped all that for new challenges, as he has a wealth of experience in building large enterprise systems, and an urge to rediscover his taste for the fast paced world of young companies.
Tom is not exactly new to this media lark. He previously ran a web development agency with Chris, in the gold rush early days of the web. It’s a legacy that left him maintaining sites and servers for his nearest and dearest to this day, including kindly nudging Mirona to renew her precious domains! He’s seen quite a bit and, most importantly, acquired that priceless hands-on experience of making magic happen overnight with unparalleled energy and skill.
Tom graduated from Imperial College with an MEng in Computing, then spent some time travelling the world of people before entering the world of work. It’s no surprise then that he loves the great outdoors, either on foot, up the nearest mountain (sadly not near enough to London), or on two wheels around the roads of London, though he really prefers country lanes with fewer bendy buses.
Rita Lopes -
With a degree in Organizational Psychology, Rita worked in Human Resources, Strategic Management and People Development. For the past four years, as a Consultant and Trainer for a Portuguese company, she coached people in public institutes, city halls, central government, health care, and communication regulating services. Always finding new things to do and loving a challenge, Rita also did a Masters Degree while juggling projects, clients, and business travel.
Ready for the next big thing, she found becoming a Happiness Officer to be thrilling. What’s not to like about helping people at MetaBroadcast feel really happy about their part in the company and the way things are done? Plus, to be even happier herself, she felt she needed to be in London, so this move was the perfect marriage of two things Rita loves!
As traveling makes her happy, in and from London Rita will continue her flirt with new and different cultures, meeting new people and visiting new places. All the time sending and receiving postcards, like the addict she is.
Oliver Hall -
Oliver came to MetaBroadcast mere weeks after graduating from Imperial College London with an MEng in Computing. He spent most of his time there in graphics related courses, completing a major project involving Stereo Camera Calibration, but upon finishing, decided that a change of scene might be good. He’s also completed internships in varying fields, including writing tools for a investment services company, and a six month period dealing with the challenges of low-latency middleware.
When he’s not at work, he can be found jamming on one of his extensive collection of guitars, or gaming into the small hours. He tries to balance his love of beer and cake with sessions at the gym and unhealthy levels of cycling.
Tiffany Little -
Tiffany happened upon MetaBroadcast aided by a kick and a shove from a well meaning friend, and at once she got excited by the prospect of making wishes come true and helping make everyone happy. Living with the ethos that every day’s a school day, she can't wait to know all about metadata, in parallel with her genie duties.
Tiffany has 5 years of top notch administrative experience under her belt, the last 3 of which were spent with EDF Energy planalysing and kidnapping executives. With a stack of serious qualifications and a desire for things to be flexible, fast and fluid, she seems destined to start granting people wishes.
When not a genie, Tiffany can be found neck deep in oil paint, drinking tea, dancing, taking photos, striking poses, humming and drinking... yet more tea. She’s rather fond of Neil Gaiman, starting with why, keyboards point and click adventures, pylons, robots and ninja art.
Max Tomassi -
Born and raised in bella Roma, Max decided he wanted to become a software engineer when he saw his first Pascal program running at the age of thirteen. So it went, and *some* years later he graduated Computer Engineering with the highest honors from the Third University of Rome.
After developing complex web applications in Rome for three years, and in Milan for one, Max decided to continue his journey in cool London, to improve his technical skills and meet loads of new people. He started in the online betting sector, and came about MetaBroadcast thanks to Sergio. Max got immediately excited reading the blog posts, impressed by what the team produced, the technologies they used and the nice environment you could perceive through both words and pictures. And when opportunity arose, he became part of that awesome team.
In parallel with his passion for programming, Max is serious about sport: he's played basketball for 20+ years, he snowboards, and he also has the hots for football. And then there's music in Max's life: playing bass guitar led him to found a fifties Rock 'n' Roll band with his best friends in Italy, and these days he's looking forward to his first gig in London! What Max definitely likes most, though, is seeing the world with his wife Anna Chiara.
Oana Cocarascu -
A computing student at Imperial College, Oana was en route to finishing her second year when she stumbled upon MetaBroadcast. She read the blog, really liked what the team was doing, decided to apply for a summer of practical experience and… the team loved her back.
Oana considers herself lucky that her first job allows her to do what she likes. Having been a first year's student buddy herself, she also appreciates the buddy system at MetaBroadcast. Oana loves films, movie trailers, theatre and… (metabroad)cats.
And what greater proof than coming back for her industrial placement as part of the third year with DoC?
James Kember -
From the sunny seaside town of Dover, James started programming games at 15 and became absolutely hooked with it. After completing an Artificial Intelligence course at Essex, James has since worked in the Automotive, Tourism and Gambling Industries, while creating games and websites in his spare time.
James loves a good drink and can often be found in one of the many great pubs and bars across London. He has also spent a few years juggling and has a keen interest in rugby and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
After Max told James about the technology stack, the team and the kind of challenging problems that MetaBroadcast can offer, James jumped on the band wagon to get his teeth stuck in!
Tim Spurling -
The product of an isolated rural youth, a mindshredding Imperial College education and an unknown number of years in various dark, computer-filled rooms, Tim joined MetaBroadcast in late 2013 after a long search for an environment more conducive to ‘sanity’.
His attempts at productivity are interleaved with frustratingly incomplete dreams about glorious combinations of desktop computing, concurrency-based languages and distributed systems that probably won’t ever happen.
At technology-free times, he prefers to escape reality through the abuse of drums and other loud noises.
Zach Bagnall -
Zach grew up in the wilds of New Zealand, tinkering with electrics, computers, and bass guitars. After graduating from Auckland University just in time for the dot-com bust, he spent some time building web sites, PVRs and SMS text services until 2008, when the decision was made to up sticks and shift half way around the world to London.
Since then Zach has spent five years at a digital agency in West London progressing a wide variety of web projects, followed by a stint with a financial trading/ media platform in the city to finally land at MetaBroadcast in 2014.
When not plugged in—or planning—the next ski trip, he can usually be found cycling in and out of London, frequently in search of the perfect coffee & eggs or a sunny pub garden.
Garry Wilson -
Born and raised in the tropics of Northern Ireland, Garry studied Computer Science at Queen’s University Belfast before setting up a local web design company, and getting to grips with a bit of everything Internet.
Always looking for bigger and more complex challenges, he moved to London in late 2012 and quickly found work at MrSite, learning to manage infrastructure at scale. After being introduced to the MetaBroadcast team, and getting excited at the prospect of working with new technologies to combine two great loves, TV and Internet, he joined the team as a systems engineer.
When not working—or breaking things in the name of making them better—he can usually be found exploring more of London, heading to a cinema, or spending time with friends. True to Irish tradition, he enjoys the occasional drink and is looking forward to some interesting #MetaBeerTalks to come.
Jamie Perkins -
Jamie is a student from the University of Kent who found MetaBroadcast through a friend while looking for a place to spend his industrial (!) year. After a day in the office, he was convinced that there was no place he’d rather get his first taste of said industry.
Growing up in Kent, the so-called garden of England, Jamie is incredibly happy to be a part of the friendly and energetic team, working in the wonderful city of London. He is excited by the chance to learn how to build efficient and scalable back-ends, create clean and concise code, and find out the things you just can't get from a university education.
When he’s not working, Jamie enjoys web and visual design; making pretty websites that no one has any use for, as well as being a keen reader of all things technology and history and a lover of horror films.
Dan Govan -
A half-Spanish, part Italian Scot, Dan had the good fortune to accidentally discover making websites and photography while studying mech eng at Warwick, and he's been tinkering with them ever since, though things have moved on from FrontPage and film.
Now based in east London with 8 years experience as an agency-side front-end dev, he always seeks to bridge the gap between form and function, design and development, and generally make shiny device-agnostic UIs.
As well as a dedicated responsive webmonger, Dan's a sometime camerajockey, a bit of conference addict, a (PC) gamer and obviously, a web geek.
Steve Rydz -
Steve came to the web via his previous life as an independent musician. After deciding MySpace wasn't enough for his needs, he built his first website, figuring it out as he went along. Over the next years he learned more about web fundamentals and started building websites for friends, family and eventually local businesses.
When not using his laptop, Steve can be found walking ridiculously long distances around London with his Wife, and trying out new vegan/vegetarian eateries.
Jason Howmans -
Straight out of the midlands, Jason first started tinkering with the web during his high school days, building websites for local bands and for other mischievous purposes we won't mention here. It wasn't long until he taught himself server side technologies and learned more about the intricacies of the web.
After deciding University wasn't for him, Jason started working on projects for local web shops. This eventually led him to Spain where he built gambling websites for William Hill Online in Gibraltar. He later decided London was the place to be, and took on the role of lead designer at MrSite. This is where he met Garry, who would later show him the light that is MetaBroadcast. The rest is history.
When he's not wrestling with code or pixels, Jason can be found exploring London, strumming on his guitar, trying to keep up with technology news, reading, learning to cook, playing frisbee with friends, working out at the gym, drawing, playing retro videogames, playing modern videogames, or sleeping.
Romain Deville -
A product of the French countryside around Reims, Romain studied networking and telecommunications at the University of Savoy, Chambéry. His love for the English language (and the amazing Erasmus programme) enabled him to cross the Channel and study wireless communication systems at Brunel University.
Embracing life in London, Romain became a network engineer for Société Générale. After the joys of working in the IT department of a multinational investment bank and the thrill of expensive technologies, he wanted a greater challenge. His passion for technology (thanks, Super Nintendo!) and Garry's Facebook page pointed him in the direction of MetaBroadcast in July 2014. Here he aims to become a badass project manager of online services.
When he’s not looking at a screen, Romain enjoys rollerblading, running, snowboarding, quiz nights at the local pub, and exploring London on his endless quest to find the best burger in town.
As a founding member of MetaBroadcast, Lee built the first version of Atlas (then URIplay), and the BBC Social Media Guide prototype. His work on these early yet pivotal projects informed our efforts from 2007 to 2011. Meanwhile, Lee followed his love of open source by joining world leader, Red Hat, and, following a hop to Google, is set to find gold across the ocean in San Fran, as of 2013.
Dr. Robert Chatley
Rob came to MetaBroadcast via Google, Kizoom and Imperial. He worked on Atlas and our first social networks integration. As his love for mentoring grew, he became a Visiting Lecturer at Imperial, and then the University of Oxford.
With a fresh BA in Economics and Politics, Beth helped MetaBroadcast in the summer of 2011, infused technology into her skill set, and often discussed becoming a management consultant with Chris, before her love for Spain won.
With an Imperial 1st class MEng in Computing, John joined MetaBroadcast twice, and worked on Atlas, social network integration, and real time data visualisation. He's keen on English grammar, musicals, cricket, olives, and now Google.
With a BA in International Relations and Politics, Alex was the first office manager, kiwi, and travel bug victim at MetaBroadcast. Now she could be house sitting in Hampstead Heath, working in an orphanage in Nepal, skiing in Turkey.
With a Digital Media BC, Grace hit MetaBroadcast via NZ, Albania, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France and Alex. A medical studies application saw her sunny disposition and angry pants go back to NZ soon, via Denmark St., Amsterdam and Berlin.
Lucy joined MetaBroadcast from North of New Zealand, via Hawaii, prepared for both extremes of London weather. A Bachelor of Dance saw her binge on shows, in parallel with enhancing her media skills in the European capital of tech.
Keeley came to MetaBroadcast for his Imperial College industrial placement, then graduated in 2013. We eagerly await his return, and that of his project, though this keen cyclist, caving aficionado, and ale connoisseur popped by meanwhile.
A Sicilian via Rome, Sergio joined MetaBroadcast as a long time open source believer and contributor. He worked mainly on the early stages of moving Atlas to Cassandra. It's hardly a surprise you will find him at Datastax these days.
After developing an Android TV Guide using Atlas, Andy explored a relationship with MetaBroadcast. He brought 15+ years of working with Java for the likes of Vodafone and Cancer Research UK, and his love for picking up new technologies.
Augusto came to MetaBroadcast from Sao Paulo, via Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and HSBC, but also community involvement and helping an entrepreneur in the U.S. While with us, he aimed to learn NoSQL, and became a British citizen.
Jonathan joined MetaBroadcast from the BBC, and was instrumental in scoping Atlas 4.0, delivering Atlas 3.0 and shaping our API design thinking. His legacy includes bold prototypes, shiny photos, and bringing fish as post-holiday treats.
A true Lyonnais at heart, Clément spent the first 8 years of his career as a Java developer in France before moving to project management, and London. At MetaBroadcast he worked on broadcast metadata ingest specifications and prototypes. His parting gift was a lesson in how to fake speaking French through tricks and extensive use of putain.
A law graduate turned geek, Liam joined us after six years with the OU. At MetaBroadcast he built a large number or Atlas-based prototypes, its YouTube support, and the first version of Atlas Admin. He blogged extensively on industry topics, and we'll fondly remember our related chats, and his love for web series, Android, hockey and Sweden.
Fred van den Driessche
Fred joined MetaBroadcast with a 1st class MEng in Computing from Imperial College. During his time here he built Leaf and the core of Atlas Deer, and was instrumental in our current implementation of equivalence. He also affixed self-adhesive rolling eyes on anything that moved, and religiously opened our drinks at beer o'clock every Friday.
Hailing from Portugal, Nuno Veiga is a geek and content marketing wizard who originally found the job posting that united MetaBroadcast and their Happiness Officer. Moving to the Big Smoke himself, Nuno embraced MetaBroadcast as a resident guest to its monthly #MetaBeerTalks and finally delivered his first talk in September 2014.