Meet the team
Chris co-founded PDMS in 1993 and many years and many successful projects later, Chris combined his IT and business acumen with his desire to create a more effective employability environment to form SignedUp.
Chris is involved in a number of groups set up to provide advice on government policy. He is a founder member of the Chamber of Commerce IT committee, and is also involved in the Isle of Man Employability Group, made up of people from industry, education and economic development. Chris also takes a very active role in Junior Achievement on the Isle of Man – sitting on their Board and having served as a member of the JA Europe IT Management Board. Chris is a former elected member of the techUK Public Services Board for SMEs and in 2012 Chris gained his Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
Head of Communities & Collabortion Division
Richard became PDMS’ second employee in our Scottish office in 2013 and has been heavily involved in our growth since then. In 2016 he took on the role of Business Development Manager for SignedUp and is now focused on the growth of the platform around the UK.
Richard is motivated by a desire to see the benefits of a more joined up labour market where education, industry and local government work in collaboration to empower citizens to make informed decisions about their employability and skills development. He believes the same innovation that has completely altered the way we live our lives can be applied to employability and skills services for the benefit of the wider economy.
Richard regularly attends and speaks at conferences around the UK and publishes his thoughts on our SignedUp Blog.
Jayne’s experience and determination ensures the prompt and efficient delivery of each product’s requirements. Her passion for a project shows through in the immaculate planning and production processes. Holding a Master’s degree (with Distinction) in Business Systems Analysis and Design from City University, in her previous roles at PDMS in business analysis and development team management, working with a number of high profile clients, Jayne proved her extensive technical knowledge and project management capabilities are up for the task.
Jayne has lead the creation of a number of ship, aircraft and companies registries through PDMS, demonstrating her ability to take any complex need and translate this into an effective and pleasing solutions for our clients.
Responsible for managing resources, budget and development teams, Jayne works closely with Project Managers to oversee and support carrying out these key business initiatives.
UK Regional Community Projects Manager
Jane has a diverse background in the finance and economic sectors and she has held senior positions in organisations in Jersey, the Isle of Man, the Middle East, and now returns to the UK.
Jane has an in-depth understanding of the regional drivers for supporting growth and stability, drawing from experience as Head of the Isle of Man’s financial services development, Managing Director of the Bahrain Economic Development Board and Chief Executive of the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce, and working collaboratively with the public and private sectors towards delivering economic growth and skills strategies.
Jane works with local authorities, local enterprise partnerships, industry bodies, and education providers to ensure their SignedUp online platform is effective, efficient and joined-up.
Product Development Manager
With an eye for detail and a tenacious attitude, Hannah always gets to the bottom of any problem. Hannah is a natural trainer, with the ability to explain complex issues clearly, so even the most non-technical person can understand.
As Product Development Manager, Hannah is the link between everyone in the SignedUp team, making sure projects are kept on track and overseeing the day-to-day planning and development. Involved in a wide variety of tasks from investigation and analysis of potential new features right through to the management of the teams’ processes and procedures, Hannah works closely with the business development team to translate the needs of clients and liaise with the system architect to ensure everything created with the user in mind. Keeping product development running smoothly and in the right direction is Hannah’s calling, and you can trust that Hannah’s attention to detail will deliver an effective platform.
Nelius De Lange
Senior Fullstack Developer
Joining PDMS in October 2016, Nelius has been putting his extensive knowledge in software and Fullstack developing to good use. Now sharing his talents within the Community & Collaboration team, Nelius joined the SignedUp team a year on as a Senior Developer to support the rapidly expanding growth of both SignedUp’s software package and the passionate team behind the product. As a Senior Developer, Nelius supports the system architect in designing new features, continuous improvements of the product and the implementation of these additions.
Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Nelius has embraced the Island life in PDMS’ head office on the Isle of Man, making the most of the open landscape and fresh air. Nelius enjoys working alongside colleagues who are all enthusiastic about the possibilities offered by SignedUp and seeing the continually evolving platform and being used to great benefit by our clients.
Having been with PDMS for over 15 years, Lewis is fully immersed in the core technologies, processes and ethos of the company, which are exemplified by the SignedUp Platform. He has worked on many of our systems over the years, gaining a wide range of experience over client expectations & requirements, and the best technical solutions to meet them. Lewis manages the team’s interaction with the technical function of the rest of the company, and occasionally even manages to cut some code in the platform, which he really enjoys! Lewis plays a wider role in improving the technical processes around the development of the core system, including the adoption of DevOps principals for the regular delivery of new software to the live environments.
Senior Software Developer
Tim is a Director of PDMS and has been with the company for 24 years. He has experience in all disciplines of software development, from business consultancy and technical design authority, systems analysis and design through development to post-implementation support.
Tim has always been a great advocate of re-usable code and software components, and has helped drive the development of PDMS’ software platforms through their various generations, resulting in the codebase used to support the first suite of PDMS’ Software-as-a-Service products.
Tim is now enjoying bringing his considerable experience and skills to the development of the SignedUp platform, relishing the challenge of learning yet more new technologies, including MVC and Angular JS. He is delighted to be contributing to such a dynamic team delivering PDMS’ most exciting product to date.
Quality Assurance Tester
Joining the SignedUp team from PDMS’ main Support team, David’s experience of support and development using a host of technical languages and technologies – old and new – and his excellent customer service rapport guarantees a client’s needs don’t go unsolved.
David ensures that each aspect of the SignedUp platform is thoroughly investigated, working actively behind the scenes alongside the product development team, assuring a high standard of quality to meet expectations and targets. David’s love of a good problem means he’s the man to seek and destroy any pesky bugs or obscure problems.
Client Services Executive
Rob’s dedication to clients ensures they receive the best system experience and get the most of out of the SignedUp platform. He focuses on finding out about their requirements and resolves any queries which arise. Rob creates SignedUp’s training materials, including guides and video and also helps to add relevant content such as programmes and opportunities to help clients meet their objectives. He works in partnership with our various clients, including LEPs and Local Authorities, to drive up engagement within each region – sourcing new opportunities and encouraging them to make the most of the software available.
As the newest recruit to the team, having joined in September 2017, Rob has hit the ground running and is already working closely with a number of our clients. In fact, Rob was already familiar with SignedUp, having used the platform as a customer in a former position. His enthusiasm for the platform combined with his knowledge of employability issues allows Rob to help clients resolve some of their issues.
Rob’s passion for the platform stems from its ability to simplify the confused and divided labour market as well as unifying the provision of employability resources for the disaffected and the disadvantaged.
Hannah has a passion for marketing and a flair for design. She joined the PDMS Marketing team in 2015 and now provides marketing support for both employed.im and SignedUp. Hannah has input into a range of activities from writing content and managing social media right through to helping clients with their SignedUp implementations.
With a degree in photography and graphic design, Hannah has a keen eye for aesthetics which she puts to good use assisting with User Interface design for SignedUp.
One of our youngest members of the team, Alex joined SignedUp in October 2017 as a trainee developer. Within his first few weeks, Alex demonstrated that he was a fast learner and ready to take on any challenge sent his way. His enthusiasm for really getting to know the depths of what the platform is capable of was refreshing and Alex enjoys getting to grips with all the possibilities SignedUp can offer.
As a recent resident to the Isle of Man, based at PDMS’ Head Office location, Alex has joined us straight from Cambridge as a graduate from the University of Kent, having gained his degree in Computer Science. With his area of expertise based in software development and coding, Alex’s enthusiasm means that his doesn’t shy away from complex requests and strives to create a simple and effective solution.
Alex’s main responsibilities include fixing any bugs that may crop up, implementing new features to the platform, and making sure existing features are optimised to ensure a smooth user experience.
Trainee Software Developer
As the youngest member of the team, Tom joined SignedUp in September 2017 as part of the Isle of Man’s MICTA apprenticeship scheme.
Tom will be working on changes and bug fixes to the SignedUp Platform, under guidance of the technical architect and other developers. Being exposed to the full technology stack, Tom is learning quickly to get to grips with all the different facets of the product and will soon be contributing to ongoing enhancements to the live platform!
Keen to learn as much as possible to and to find area of technical specialism, Tom is already making great progress with his development and is already making a positive contribution to the SignedUp platform.