Who we are
Who are Code Wizards? Good question!
We're a bunch of people who love working together, creating things and working with clients and partners.
Formed in the mid 2000s we've been growing at a pace that allows us to expand while keeping our ethos and values. We're small by consultancy terms but that enables us to be specialists and for everybody to work together well.
Now we're across two sites: Reading (Berkshire) and Birmingham (West Midlands) which allows us to have a presence nearer to our clients.
It's trite but we like to like our clients; we find that way we have a partnership and we achieve more so relationships are important to us. We want clients who will work with us for many years so we understand each other and so we can have conversations with them. Our best successes are our client's best successes and most of them are because of collaboration making a great idea even better.
Stuart, our Managing Director, is a music, games and book loving software architect who ensures he's hands on with clients daily to make sure we're doing the right things.
Stuart has 20+ years in the IT industry starting in research projects in computer science and moving into leading development and software architecture over his career.
He's worked with major brands and enterprises on their technical strategy and vision and provided Enterprise Architecture and Solution Architecture. Helping companies such as Universal Publishing Group, GAME Retail/GAME Digital Plc, and Multiplay move towards their future potential. Stuart also provided the IT strategy for GAME Digital's Belong esports and gaming proposition.
Stuart's passion is computing and making the impossible possible.
Martin, our CTO, loves games and basketball (and motor sport, football, cricket - well, any sport really!). He's the engine room of the operation making sure that technically our engineering teams are doing the right things and we're doing our best for our customers.
Martin is a true technologist to his core he brings with him a wealth of expertise and knowledge. His previous roles include Technical Architect for the National Student eSports platform and was the Lead Engineer on the following products for Game Retail: eSports tournament platform; game wallet; 1st iteration of game mobile app.
He designed the full API and technically led the development for TheGivingMachine’s ecommerce platform and was also the Lead engineer on the Autino Bayconnect product. Prior to this he held roles within AXA, Universal Music Group and Winterthur Life.
Martin specialises enterprise grade application development and is in an expert in software security
Nicola, who is our Head of Delivery, makes sure customers get at least what they're paying for. She always aims to beat expectations.
Nicola is a technical manager not a project manager and as such she is able to challenge solutions and costs with confidence. Her previous roles include Head of Development For Game Retail and Technical Architect at Amazon UK.
She is also the CTO of the national charity TheGivingMachine. Whilst not still actively still donning her coding gloves, Nicola has run and worked with small and large scale development teams using a variety for development processes from scrum to waterfall with both in house, outsourced and multi location teams
Mark, runs Business Development, the studio and our Birmingham office. He's spent years running agencies so he understands how IT can really enable a business to succeed and why design and UX is a key component.
Martin created a scalable, testable and high performing architecture for a global SAS product that will be the foundation for the company for the foreseeable future. Secondarily to that he up-skilled members of the development team to use SOLID principles and modern design patterns with MVC. He was always approachable and made time to talk to other developers.Linked in Recommendation
I don't think I have worked with another developer.that takes such professional pride in the quality of his work.
Nicola is a strong technologist with an insightful, pragmatic and delivery-focused approach to architecture. As demonstrated many times during some large scale projects, the ability to cut through complexity and design precisely engineered solutions ensured great outcomes.Linked In Recommendation
Working In Partnership
We're up for (almost) anything.
Our partner network is continuing to grow with like-minded companies that can add value to our mutual client offering. If you would like to learn more about how we can grow together get in touch.