Our team

We're a friendly group of software developers who take our work seriously and at the same time enjoy what we do. For a small team, we have expertise in a surprising number of technologies and sectors, as well as an eclectic collection of interests beyond UX design, coding and efficient business systems.

Andy Rix - Director and co-founder

Andy’s career in software development started when he volunteered to fix a bad user interface, even though he was employed as the technical writer. He proceeded to put his BSc Hons in Computer Science and MSc in Advanced Methods in Computer Science to work as a developer, and throughout his career has kept his focus on developing products that people find easy to use.

With 10 years’ experience in software development and project management, much of it in the telecoms industry, Andy set up Purple Crane with fellow director Chris Bond in 2007.

A Crystal Palace supporter, keen hiker, and a professional member of the BCS Chartered Institute for IT (MBCS), Andy enjoys real ale, and if it weren’t for Purple Crane he’d probably be running a small brewery.

Chris Bond - Director and co-founder

Chris has a BSc Hons in Computer Systems for Business and is a professional member of the BCS Chartered Institute of IT (MBCS). When he co-founded Purple Crane in 2007, he had more than a decade’s experience in developing software and managing technical teams in the USA and UK across the retail, logistics, telecoms and finance sectors.

Chris loves the combination of creative, analytical and technical skills that are needed to make technology add value to a business. Despite being a software architect and developer, he still speaks in plain English, and is noted for his ability to solve awkward problems in unexpected ways.

When not in the office, Chris is either spending time with his family, snowboarding down mountains, playing guitar or some combination thereof.

Matthew Yates - Software Developer

Matthew built his first bit of software for his dad’s business while still at school. He joined us as part of a QA apprenticeship scheme in 2015 and has since gained his Microsoft Technology Associate Certification and further ITC City & Guild Qualifications.

He works mainly on developing and deploying new features or evolving existing ones on systems we’ve developed. His ability to produce code that is flexible and easy to maintain or adapt is especially valuable when it comes to adding new features.

When he’s not teaching himself new languages and technologies, Matthew’s either building Lego or high in the sky making use of his shiny, new private pilots licence.

Joe Spraggon - Software Developer

Joe epitomises the Purple Crane ethos of ‘keep learning’. We’re grateful to the friend who urged him to make a career of software engineering and introduced him to coding in 2020. Putting restaurant management behind him, Joe threw himself into the Makers Academy bootcamp and now even dedicates out-of-office hours to solving coding challenges on CodeWars and Exercism.

At Purple Crane, his patience, care and coding skills are put to use developing and deploying new features, testing applications and tracking down and eliminating bugs.

Besides his coding qualification, Joe has a BA in Sound Design. Music is his big love and he’s a DJ, an avid record collector and co-hosts a radio show on Music Box Radio. Outside of music Joe loves film, swimming, hiking and walking his dog, Buddy

Patrick Allen - Business Development

Patrick has worked in business development for his whole career and is responsible for spreading the good word for Purple Crane. Working with companies to understand how and where we can help and then working with the team to ensure projects have lift off.

He's a keen sportsman, playing football and tennis and on the odd occasion, going for a run in the south downs. Often to be heard debating how Liverpool were wronged in every game they don't win. He has two young children who ensure that toes are constantly being kept on.

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