Our founders Jake and Tommy met as Head of IT and Lead Developer at Exponential-e and worked together to spearhead the rollout of best practices across the organisation.
They developed truly innovative, industry-leading techniques as they assisted in redefining and standardising processes in order to adopt automation. Realising that others would value their experience, and with the full support of Exponential-e, they created JDLT and began expanding their team and its approach.
Jake started writing software while still at school and began working in IT just as the web took off.
He managed corporate IT systems during the dotcom boom in the late 90s and founded his first technology company at the start of the millennium.
Jake sold that company a few years later and has been consulting and managing software development teams ever since.
Tommy has over 10 years of professional software development experience, with a span from e-commerce to enterprise and from insurance to telecoms.
Tommy likes to speak in plain English and would describe his most useful skill as the ability to quickly comprehend your problem and come up with practical solutions.
Suzy's background is within the retail sector, and she is uniquely able to spot market trends and promote products and services to meet company objectives.
She utilises a wide variety of marketing techniques to grow a brand and has a particular interest in social media marketing.
Having previously worked on products as unique as colour-changing gin, Suzy prides herself on being able to turn her skill set to any industry to create innovative marketing campaigns.
Joe has known Jake Dowie for many years; joining JDLT was about working within the transparent and forward-thinking ideal of business culture that they share.
He has spent 20 years in sales roles, including luxury leisure travel, corporate real estate and a software development start-up.
His experience is that the solution a customer truly wants can only be reached from a complete understanding of their needs.
Informal and candid communication tells us what our customers really think, unvarnished.
Gary taught himself to code because he found his telesales job boring.
Since then he’s developed web applications in both the public and private sectors and found his passion in analysing a problem and building the solution.
Gary is particularly interested in UX and insisting that his philosophy degree is useful.
After moving to the UK from Germany in 2016, Fabian decided to turn a life-long interest in tech into a career.
What he enjoys most about development is the freedom to approach problem solving in a creative way.
Fabian is always interested in advancements in tech and believes that well defined processes and data structures lead to simple and elegant solutions.
Having worked in business development for marketing agencies for a number of years Rachel decided to pursue her interest in programming.
She completed a coding bootcamp at General Assembly where she cultivated her skills and learnt best practices in an intensive learning environment.
Rachel particularly enjoys architecting technical solutions to real business problems that transform the way a business operates.
Richard was an editor and writer before he tried some coding and realised how much fun he'd been missing out on.
Now he's into all things front-end, back-end, serverless and beyond.
He loves taking on challenges, solving problems, building useful things and learning about the world.
Rich has always followed his passions in life.
After studying English with Film at University he started his career in the digital film industry, which led him to Apple.
After falling in love with the tech industry and the unique problem-solving nature of coding, he decided to retrain in software development at General Assembly.
He loves learning about new advancements in tech and believes there is always a better way of doing things.
Previously a PA within the hair and beauty industry, Charlotte realised she was feeling unfulfilled and decided to take the plunge and change career.
She had always been intrigued by coding and as soon as she gave it a try she realised how much she loved it and wanted to follow that career path.
After completing coding bootcamp at General Assembly and then further increasing her experience as a teaching assistant at General Assembly, Charlotte joined JDLT.
What she really loves about coding is the problem solving and logical thinking that is required.
She’s always very keen to try new tech and is continually expanding her knowledge.
After ten years of people-focused roles in hospitality, Francisco was attracted to programming because of its power to make day-to-day tasks easier and efficient.
He started this new chapter in his life by completing an intensive coding bootcamp and taking on some personal projects.
He never imagined becoming a developer but, the whole new world of tech appealed to his curiosity and hunger to learn a new craft.