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’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 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 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.
It was a love of automation that led Ben to complete a BEng in Computing at Imperial College London, and then to join our team in London. Day-to-day he translates client requirements into technology requirements and then develops the tools and systems that are needed.
Cycling, swimming in lakes and hiking up mountains keep him busy when he’s not solving business and technology problems. His idea of a summer holiday is cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats
Wilson plays an important role in testing and bug fixing across our systems, and is also involved in developing new features. Interested in technology for as long as he can remember, he started with us as an apprentice in 2018 and has chosen to make his learning curve a steep and steady one, working unrelentingly to develop new skills and knowledge.
A keen gamer, Wilson likes to take part in game jams. His interest in psychology and communications also serve him well in the workplace, and although his scuba diving and piano playing and teaching skills have yet to come in handy in the office, they’re pretty impressive.
Talk to us about how to develop technologies that solve them, meet your business objectives, and are a pleasure to use.Contact one of our team