Our team

Tony Ward

Tony is Professor of Engineering Management in the Department of Electronics at the University of York. His research interests are in engineering education, including what skills (specifically generic skills) graduates need; how these are developed and how they can be meaningfully assessed. The concept for Skillsforge emerged from research undertaken over the past 15 years and continues to be a research theme. Skillsforge is a solution founded on relevant Postgraduate Skills development and general training provision procedures from a practitioner’s perspective – with the objective of making them operationally effective and efficient.

Gary Fawcett

Gary has been involved in the design, sale and delivery of complex technology solutions for over 20 years. Having been employed at KPMG and Dell Perot Systems his delivery ethos is consultative and he seeks to deliver significant benefits to all of SkillsForge’s clients. He views SkillsForge as a very exciting solution that can deliver significant improvements to chosen outcomes, reduce clients’ operating costs and support significant growth in student numbers.

Jonathan Carr

As one of the founders of SkillsForge Jonathan has been delivering skills and management solutions across a variety of sectors for over 15 years. He works closely with customers to help them realise the full benefits of SkillsForge, building on years of studying best practice and translating between the real and digital worlds. He remains actively involved in the development and support of the SkillsForge platform.

Dick Whittington

Dick is a serial entrepreneur, business mentor and investor, focusing on the software industry and digital marketplaces, with over 30 years of experience in business. Dick joined the SkillsForge Board in April 2017 at an exciting time, as the company develops its ambitious plans for future growth and achievement.

Matthew Just
Board Director

Stephen Bentley
Senior Development Specialist

Michael Bohea
Development Specialist

Joe Lamyman
Development Specialist

Joe is a recent graduate in Interactive Media from the University of York. He is passionate about great user experience design and understanding our users' needs.

Carmen Strode
Senior Development Specialist

Carmen is a senior development specialist for SkillsForge with an interest in Human-Computer Interaction. She has a PhD in web accessibility and a background in web application development.

Dragos Paun
Development Specialist

Tim Hughes
Senior Development Specialist

Nate Simpson
Senior Security Specialist

Graham Cook
Senior Development Specialist

Prasanna Jeychandra
Development Specialist

Stuart Loose
Senior Development Specialist

Colin Gould
Senior Development Specialist