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.
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.
Will Berg -
Will hails from London, where he survived school to go on to graduate from Imperial College with an MEng in Computing. Since then, he's been working on his Linux and application development skills, focusing mainly on Java, greasing the wheels with Python and Bash.
Will also likes to tinker with Android and, outside of pure application development, he wrangles computers in the aid of more perfectly abusing sound during his adventures in electronic music.
Besides computers, Will plays the piano and bass guitar for leisure, and is an amateur historian and futurist.
As a founding member of MetaBroadcast, Lee built the first version of Atlas and the BBC Social Media Guide. 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, crossed the ocean to San Fran in 2013.
Dr. Robert Chatley
Rob came to MetaBroadcast via Google, Kizoom and Imperial. He worked on Atlas, our first SN integration and our Agile process. Today Rob is a Visiting Lecturer at Imperial, and the University of Oxford.
With a BA in Economics and Politics, Beth helped MetaBroadcast in the summer of 2011, and infused technology into her skill set before fleeing to Spain. She is with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office today.
John joined MetaBroadcast twice, to work on Atlas, SN integration, and real time data visualisation. He has an Imperial 1st class MEng in Computing, and is keen on grammar, musicals, cricket, olives, Google.
With a BA in Int'l Relations and Politics, at MetaBroadcast Alex was the first: office manager, kiwi, and travel bug victim. Today she could be house sitting in NYC, working with orphans in Nepal, skiing in Turkey.
With a Digital Media BC, Grace hit MetaBroadcast via NZ, Albania, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France. But medical school got her angry pants & sunny disposition back to NZ via Denmark St., Amsterdam, Berlin.
Lucy joined MetaBroadcast from North NZ, via Hawaii, prepared for both extremes of London weather and looking to upgrade her media skills. A Bachelor of Dance is another ace up the sleeve of this PA/ TA.
At MetaBroadcast, Bornmouth graduate Dan advanced Voila and was our go-to, underground acts DJ. Before inventing a device for keeping hair out of his eyes, he went to Springer and got a haircut.
Keeley came to MetaBroadcast for his Imperial College industrial placement, and is responsible for the first concerted effort at monitoring equivalence in Atlas, as well as our only brush with caving.
A Sicilian via Rome, Sergio joined MetaBroadcast as a long time open source believer and contributor. He worked on the early stages of moving Atlas to Cassandra, then went on to fully embrace Datastax.
Having developed an Android TV Guide using Atlas, Andy worked closer with MetaBroadcast. With 15+ years of Java for the likes of Vodafone and Cancer Research UK, he also loved picking up new technologies.
Augusto came to MetaBroadcast from Sao Paulo, via Citigroup, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, community involvement and working with a U.S. startup. While here he learned NoSQL, and became a British citizen.
Jonathan joined MetaBroadcast from the BBC, and was instrumental in scoping Atlas 4.0, shipping Atlas 3.0 and shaping our API design thinking. Before moving on to Macmillan, he also gave us bold prototypes, shiny photos, and fish as a post-holiday treat.
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.
Oana Cocarascu -
A computing student now in her final year at Imperial College, Oana stumbled upon MetaBroadcast in 2012 and has since completed an internship and an industry placement with us. We're proud to say that as far as she was concerned, everything was awesome ;)
James Kember -
From the sunny seaside of Dover, James started programming games at 15. After an A.I. course at Essex, he worked in Automotive, Tourism and Gambling before his MetaBroadcast stint. Sadly, the pull of Dover and the Defence industry won over London and Broadcast, and James and his fabulous beard went home.
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.