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The Lead Developer speakers

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Beccy Stafford

Technical Lead at JUST EAT

Beccy has been working in agile testing for 7 years, for companies including ThoughtWorks and the BBC. She currently works as a Technical Lead at JUST EAT, where she leads a team of Test Automation Engineers across Web, iOS and Android.

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Ben Godfrey

Engineering Team Lead, Wonga

Hacker. Father. Cyclist. I ♥ techno.

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Ben King

Full Stack Developer at Planetary

I am a Full Stack Developer working remotely for Planetary, a digital product studio based in New York City. At 23, I am coming up on 10 years as a professional web developer, having started my first freelance business in 2006 at the age of 13. In my spare time I like to go to university studying for a degree in Media and Communications.

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Camille Fournier

Chief Technology Officer at Rent the Runway

Camille Fournier is the Chief Technology Officer at Rent the Runway, a transformative brand that offers unprecedented access to designer fashion.

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Cate Huston

Advisor at Glowforge

Cate is a developer and entrepreneur. Ex-Google and IBM, an advisor to Glowforge and a co-curator of Technically Speaking.

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Dan North

Technology and organisational consultant at Dan North Associates

Dan North uses his deep technical and organisational knowledge to help CIOs, business and software teams to deliver quickly and successfully. He puts people first and finds simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using lean and agile techniques. With over twenty years of experience in IT, Dan is a frequent speaker at technology conferences worldwide. The originator of Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and Deliberate Discovery, Dan has published feature articles in numerous software and business publications, and contributed to The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends and 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts.

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Dan Webb

VP of Engineering at Deliveroo

Dan is VP of Engineering at Deliveroo and former head of Twitter’s web team. Tinker with all things web, collector of sneakers and maker of noisy electronic music.

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Graham Gilchrist

Lead front-end developer at Incuna

I’m the lead front-end developer at Incuna Ltd, a digital agency based in Oxford specialising in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

As lead developer, I’m responsible for setting technical direction, software architecture decisions and code standards for the front-end team, but I love getting my hands dirty at the business end of coding, and I’m currently working with technologies like AngularJS, BackboneJS, Sass and Grunt to name only a few.

I also really enjoy mentoring junior developers. My philosophy is that the more you share your knowledge, the more you can delegate and improve the productivity of the whole team.

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James Abley

Technical Architect at Government Digital Service

James has been building software and obsessing over running it for nearly 15 years. Described by Gareth Rushgrove as “the quiet one that’s always right”, he’s trying to speak up more and learn when he’s wrong.

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Junade Ali

Lead Developer at Creare

Used to build cryptography solutions and security conscious for bluechip and companies; now working as the Lead Developer at Creare, one of the UK’s leading digital agencies targeting small to medium business. Also studying for a masters in Computer Science and a trustee for The Reform Foundation.

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Meri Williams

Conference Chair

Meri is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. She’s a CTO and also runs micro-consultancy ChromeRose, helping digital & technical teams be brilliant. An alumna of Procter & Gamble and the Government Digital Service, she has had a career spanning development, project, programme & product management and more recently engineering & operations leadership. She’s led teams ranging in size from 30 to 300, mostly with folks spread across the world.

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Oren Ellenbogen

Head of Engineering, Forter

Oren is the curator of Software Lead Weekly, author of Leading Snowflakes and Head of Engineering at Forter.

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Pat Kua

Principal Technical Consultant at ThoughtWorks

Patrick is a Principal Technical Consultant at ThoughtWorks who is normally found leading development teams. He is a conference speaker and author of “The Retrospective Handbook” and “Talking with Tech Leads” and is passionate about bringing a balanced focus on people, organisation and technology.

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Russ Miles

Co-author of Head First Software Development

Russ Miles, when he’s not trying to achieve the wealth and, more importantly, the stable of motorbikes and cars of Tony Stark, is Chief Scientist and a founder of Simplicity Itself.

His job is to help Simplicity’s enterprise clients adopt and get the benefits of microservices, period.

He travels the world on this mission and, frankly, loves his job for it.

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Sam Barnes

Development Team Manager at Global Personals

Sam is the Development Team Manager at Global Personals. Although a little short for a Stormtrooper, he can be found writing at thesambarnes.com, a blog dedicated to digital project and team management.

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Trisha Gee

Developer Advocate at JetBrains

Trisha has expertise in Java high performance systems, is passionate about community in tech, and dabbles with Open Source development.

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Una Kravets

Front-End Developer at IBM Design

Una builds front-end systems and prototypes at IBM Design, is a core member of DesignOpen, and founded the SassyDC and ATXSass Meetups.