Our Team

Our Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience.

We love what we do, and we do it with passion.

Nick Denning | CEO

Following 8 years in the Royal Signals, reaching the rank of captain, Nick spent three years with Logica Space and Defence on projects such as the Logica Computer Security Evaluation Facility.

 

He founded Strategic Thought Group (STG) in 1987 providing services to organisations deploying enterprise software solutions, particularly using the Ingres RDBMS, TUXEDO and subsequently IBM integration technology, across a wide range of sectors including: government, defence, retail, transport and telecoms.

 

The company developed a specialization in risk management and delivering risk management solutions. Based on their experience STG developed Active Risk Manager (ARM) that was purchased by an impressive number of blue chip corporations such as Nestle, Tfl, AMEC, RTZ, MOD, BAe Systems and Lockheed Martin who used ARM to manage risk on large projects and programs, for example the F35 / Joint Strike Fighter development. After leading STG to a floatation on the London AIM Market and growing the company into a global organization, Nick stepped down from the board in 2007.

 

Nick then founded Diegesis to provided integration and data analytics products and services, predominantly to the public sector, including the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence.  Projects include delivery of an unstructured text mining and analytics solution and the development of battlefield integration software.

 

As cyber security became an increasingly important, Diegesis developed a solution to address the cyber security issues faced by both large and small organizations and founding Cysure Services Limited to develop and deliver a cloud based solution that enables organisations to define and implement their security policy, audit compliance and respond effectively in the event of a Cyber security attack.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickdenning

Wendy | Head of Knowledge Management and Training

Wendy recently joined Diegesis in 2020 after deciding to make a career switch and completing studies with a technical development bootcamp. Since becoming a member of the Diegesis team, she has enjoyed gaining experience in Java and Android development on battlefield interoperability projects, as well as working with Angular on the company’s cloud based cyber security solution. Wendy comes from a broad humanitarian background with a Masters in Art Psychotherapy and career experience in fields such as education, art, government and charity-sector communications, PR and mental health. She brings a diverse skill-set to her work and has over seven years of experience engaging directly with clients and stakeholders.

Wendy.kakuda@diegesis.co.uk

Natalie | Project Manager
Robin | Design Authority

Robin’s software development journey started in his school electronics club, where he programmed microcontrollers for projects, ranging from a radio-controlled plane to electronic musical instruments.

Developing a love for science, Robin read Physics at the University of Oxford, where he was particularly excited by the opportunities to apply computational methods to fluid dynamics, climate science and astrophysics. He also enthusiastically managed the university symphonic band for a year, recruiting many new members and putting on several popular concerts.

Robin joined the company straight out of university and has been working on the Office for National Statistics contract. He moved into the Project Manager role in November 2020, and then the Technical Design Authority role in November 2021, and has felt privileged to have worked with such an important organisation through a particularly high-impact time for the ONS’s statistics. Robin has a particular interest in database performance optimisation and efficient code, and also continues to develop his knowledge of modern best practices of Agile project management and leadership to bring the best out of a brilliant team.

Outside of his work, Robin is a keen musician and plays the trumpet and guitar.

Tom | Project Manager

Tom joined Diegesis in early 2020 as a developer on the Office for National Statistics project, looking after the system that centrally aggregates
and publishes key economic statistics.

Prior to joining Diegesis, Tom worked in journalism and documentary production, where he employed his interest in technology to automate common workflows and support the creation of a grassroots database of local journalists. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of York and is also a keen cyclist.

Hannah | Developer

Hannah joined us in mid 2021, having studied mathematics for four years at Durham University. She first encountered programming in her first year, where she was introduced to Python. This led her to take a computer science module in her third year, where she took a particular shine to web programming, focusing on HTML, JavaScript and CSS. She continued this journey after graduating, completing online coding courses.

Since starting at Diegesis, she has enjoyed learning Java and has pursued courses in Ingres, SQL and OpenROAD, recently having moved to the ONS project, where she is helping to manage the large central database to the system.

Outside of work, Hannah enjoys reading, travelling and baking. She recently took up jogging (weather permitting) and will never say no to a board game.

Alfie | Developer

Alfie joined the team in the autumn of 2021, after  graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in Mathematics. Alfie first came across programming during his degree, where he learnt Python, R and MATLAB, which he took a particular interest in.

 

On the weekends, Alfie plays football for two teams which he enjoys. He is also a beginner golfer and is a member at his local golf course.

Otto | Developer
Ismet | Developer

Ismet joined Diegesis in October 2021 following graduating from UCL with a degree in Mathematics. He first started programming during his A level computer science, where he learned Python and continued by undertaking some small projects during university.

 

Since joining Diegesis, he has learned Angular and will be working on the company’s cyber security product.

 

Outside of work, Ismet enjoys watching horror movies and is interested in cryptocurrency.

David | Head of Sales

35 years’ sales, operational and executive thought leadership experience with delivering Data (AI) powered solutions across global financial services, media, retail, telco and government clients.  Working with innovative companies including Digital, Computer Associates, BEA Systems, SunGard, Boston Consulting Group, IBM and Actian.  I enjoy a diversified network of business colleagues, social friends and great contacts.  My passions revolve around anything and everything to do with a ball and an engine.  I am a rugby coach, raced motorcycles and travelled the world following motorsport. When my long-suffering wife and two sporty teenage sons allow me - or wish to join me!

 

David.trott@diegesis.co.uk

Jessica | Project Manager & AWS Specialist

During the course of her Degree in Chemistry at the University of Oxford, Jessica found that practical chemistry wasn’t for her. Her final year project introduced her to programming in Fortran 90 and bash scripting, and she hasn’t looked back.

After graduating in 2013, Jessica started working at Diegesis and built a solid foundation in Java programming. Working on projects in battlefield interoperability, and skilling up in various technologies, including IBM and RedHat offerings, Jessica has gained experience in a wide range of areas, including databases, web technologies, integration tools, and cloud platforms.

As the company grew, Jessica rose to the challenge of project management and now splits her time between managing and developing with the teams working with battlefield interoperability technology and our own cloud product.

Jessica.long@diegesis.co.uk

Georgia | Account Manager

After studying English at university and undertaking a number of internships, Georgia found herself gravitating towards a career in sales, and joined our sales team in September 2020. This is Georgia’s first job in the tech industry, and although she says there is lots of jargon to learn, she loves a new challenge. Georgia is also undertaking a Sales Executive Apprenticeship whilst working with us - led by the Association of Professional Sales - and she is looking forward to applying this training within her role at Diegesis.

Outside work, Georgia is an active individual and played county hockey for many years before joining the university Ladies 1st XI hockey team, where she was also Social Secretary. During her time at university she studied for a year in Canada, where she enjoyed having the chance to explore her passions of travelling and skiing.

Georgia.Cooke@diegesis.co.uk

Joel | Project Manager
George | Developer

George studied mathematics at the University of Cambridge. During his degree he completed a number of computing projects, programming in Python, which he very much enjoyed and inspired him to pursue a career in software development.

George joined Diegesis in April 2020 and after completing his training joined the ONS project in June 2020, where he works on the Inter-Departmental Business Register, a database of UK companies.

Outside work, his hobbies include reading, playing badminton, and going to the gym.

Hong | Developer

Hong joined Diegesis in mid-2021, having spent a year working on Samsung marketing campaigns at a digital marketing agency in London. He first started programming towards the tail end of his undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford, and spent several months retraining during his free time in order to change careers and transition into the tech industry.

Since joining the team, he has been primarily working with Java, Apache Camel, and SQL to support the ongoing development of the company’s internal cyber-security product, specifically with providing solutions for its integration framework.

Outside the office, Hong enjoys graphic design, boxing, and teaching guitar.

Peter | Developer

Eager to kick off his career in programming, Peter spent his time post-graduation engaging with specialist recruitment and training in coding languages, his interest stemming from work he did with MATLAB and C++ as part of his degree. As a Mathematics graduate from the University of Birmingham specializing in Quantum Mechanics and Numerical Methods, Peter was eager to use his logistical skills to carry him through his training, and become a valuable asset to the Diegesis development team. With little programming experience prior to joining us, he has since been working with us on several projects in a variety of fields, from front-end web development with Angular, to back-end integration of third-party software and Relational Database Management.

Outside of the workplace, Peter has been a keen musician from a young age playing instruments such as the Saxophone and the Drums. His interests also include sports like long-distance running and Badminton as well as exploring leading environmental issues and campaigning against them.

 

Peter.stilwell@diegesis.co.uk

Harvey | Developer

Harvey studied Mechanical Engineering at The University of Bath, where he focussed on completing a range of projects, from Design & Manufacture to Modelling & Simulation.

 

During Harvey's placement year whilst at university, he worked within R&D on coordinate measuring machines, and it is here that he gained an interest in coding. During his final two years at uni, Harvey carried out projects on matlab & simulink.

 

Following graduation, he joined the Covid vaccination programme within the NHS. During his spare time he continued programming: creating a website with html, css and javascript. Harvey joined the Diegesis team in September 2021, and is looking forward to gaining more experience in the array of technologies we specialise in.

Guy | Commercial Director

Guy has over 25 years of sales leadership experience in both small and large companies, as well as an extensive knowledge of the IT industry, across software, services and hardware. He has led UK and multi-national teams, from a handful to over 300 sellers. He has strong direct field management skills coupled with a deep understanding of the partner ecosystem, allowing him to build alliances and work with system integrators and resellers.


As passionate believer in the sales profession and developing sales talent, Guy became a founding member of the Association of Professional Sales to help improve the profession, where he is now a director.


Graduating with a degree in Software Engineering, Guy’s career progressed from software development, product support and consulting to technology sales.

Guy.lloyd@diegesis.co.uk

Sonja McGurk | Chief of Staff
Jamie | Project Manager

Jamie started at Diegesis in 2020. He had previously worked in chemical industry following his Master's degree in Chemistry, before deciding to pursue his hobby of coding as a career and retraining as a software developer. Since joining, he has built on his knowledge of object-oriented programming through Java and Android battlefield interoperability projects, as well as working on the company’s own cloud-based product.

Jamie.baird@diegesis.co.uk

Ben | Developer
Bella | Developer

Bella joined us at the start of 2021 having graduated from Bristol with a first class degree in mathematics. She discovered her passion for IT during a 14 week coding bootcamp towards the end of 2020. Since joining, she has been working on our project with the Office for National Statistics (ONS), focusing the ASHE survey.

 

Outside of work, Bella enjoys playing netball, running, and cooking, and loves a trip to the pub!

 

Bella.royle@diegesis.co.uk

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Leith | Developer

Leith first crossed paths with programming at the age of 10 and has been entwined with the art ever since. Whether he was writing scripts in flash games, recreating classics such as Brick Breaker and Bomberman, or building Windows Form applications in Visual Basic, Leith always had a curiosity in the graphical applications of computer code.

A decade onwards, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Durham University. Here, Leith broadened his knowledge of the field, exploring topics such as web technologies, computer vision, artificial intelligence, computer graphics and, in his final year project, investigated the quality of partition algorithms for parallel computing. Since joining Diegesis in Fall 2020, Leith has spent most of his time providing front-end Angular solutions for the company’s cloud based cyber security SaaS product.

Outside of the office, Leith enjoys travelling, playing board games, winning badminton matches, attempting digital art and coding in his favourite programming language, JavaScript.

Zoe | Developer

Zoe joined Diegesis in October 2021, a year after graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in Biology and Mathematics. On graduating during the pandemic, Zoe returned to the same firm she had worked at during her placement year, where she worked as an Internal Auditor. Zoe used this time to develop professionally whilst teaching herself to code at home, having had her heart set on a career in the tech industry since being introduced to coding at university. At university, Zoe was exposed to languages Python and R and, although intimidated at first, soon realised it was something she loved doing. From then on, Zoe engaged in as many coding opportunities as her course offered, starting her transition into tech.

Zoe’s goal now is to continue learning and developing her knowledge and, some day in the future, would love to combine her different skills to assist in medical and environmental industries. Outside of work, Zoe enjoys everything food, and is always trying to find both new restaurants to eat at and recipes to make. She also loves travel and anything that requires an artistic eye, from painting and sketching - to decorating and designing!

James | Developer