OUR TEAM


Meet the Crowd.

 

David Wilmot
David Wilmot
Server-Side Engineer

David has 10+ years experience in Software Development, most recently as an Analyst Developer working on significant internal systems for Market, Credit, and Counterparty risk for major Investment Banks. Prior to this David developed subscription-based information and analytics products for Insurance, Funds, Indices, Corporates and Governments within Financial Services. David holds an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh specialising in Natural Language, with research on multi-modal semantics understanding and generation.

Iva Gregory
Iva Gregory
UI Designer

Iva has worked as User Experience Designer for VouchedFor, a consumer marketplace for financial advisers, solicitors and accountants.

Prior to that she was running the art department at Las Iguanas, a restaurant chain with 40+ sites, where her work included all artwork, printed communications, web design and branding.

Iva holds a BA in History and Philosophy from the University of Brighton and PG Diplomas in Graphic Design and Journalism.

Charlotte Hudson
Charlotte Hudson
Head of Operations

Charlotte started her career at the Crown Prosecution Service in casework and business operations before joining the Bar Council of England and Wales as Head of Business, Performance and Governance. As well as responsibility for operational governance, strategy implementation, risk and financial management, at the Bar Council Charlotte also delivered responses to government and stakeholder consultations on the delivery of legal services, justice, regulatory reform and legal aid.

Sergi Toda
Sergi Toda
Server-Side Engineer

Sergi is a Software Developer at Basement Crowd. Before joining Basement Crowd, Sergi worked for almost two years at Sky. As a member of Sky’s Recommendations team, he was a Scala developer building the system that provides personalised recommendations to Sky’s customers. Before that he was a polyglot backend developer at Universitat Rovira i Virgili building a Personal Cloud for the EU. Sergi holds a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence and Security from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain).

James Talbot
James Talbot
Server-Side Engineer

Before joining Basement Crowd, James spent five years working as a developer in the financial sector, creating software for the stockbroking and wealth management industries. He has worked with a wide range of languages and technologies, most recently Java and Scala on the JVM. Prior to beginning his career as a software engineer, James graduated with a degree in Physics from Oxford University.

The Anh Nguyen
The Anh Nguyen
UI Engineer

Having worked for different startups in the past 9 years, The Anh has gained significant experience in web technology. After working in Paris for several years, he decided to try London as a new home. The Anh graduated from University Paris 6 with a Master degree in Computer Science.

Piotr Dorobisz
Piotr Dorobisz
Server-Side Engineer

Piotr moved to London in 2014. Before joining Basement Crowd he worked as a back-end developer for various companies including Gumtree UK. His experience is mainly in JVM-based environment but he has also worked with many other technologies and languages.
Piotr graduated from University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland with an MSc in Computer Science.

Mesfin Mebrate
Mesfin Mebrate
Server-Side Engineer

Mesfin is a software developer for Basement Crowd. Prior to joining the company, he worked in the healthcare publishing industry for 3 years, his main focus being on developing and maintaining content pipelines for the British National Formulary. Mesfin holds a BSc in Computer Science from Queen Mary University of London.

Saulius Kerusauskas
Saulius Kerusauskas
UI Engineer

Before joining Basement Crowd, Saulius (Saul) spent two years working as a front-end developer at a small web design agency based in London. Prior to that, he studied Media Culture and Practice at the University of the West of England.

Bin Li
Bin Li
Senior Ops Engineer

Bin [ Alfie ] has more than 8 years hands-on experience in Cloud Computing and specialises in Cloud Systems optimisation, security and governance. He holds Masters and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science both gained at the University of Surrey where his research focused on the correlation between pricing and performance in Cloud Computing. Before joining Basement Crowd he spent 4 years at SwiftKey (acquired by Microsoft) as a Senior Cloud System Engineer practising and applying Devops culture and Infrastructure as code whilst improving and maintaining AWS infrastructure for all developers. Having gained AWS Solution Architect certification at both Associate and Professional level he was also actively participating in various architecture designs together with responsibility for delivering system testing and deployments governing the AWS infrastructure.

Dominic Francis
Dominic Francis
UX Researcher

Dominic previously worked for one of the UK’s largest loyalty schemes and has more recently come from a stint working for an online betting company. He focusses on a user-centric approach and champions the best experiences for users while working within technological and business constraints. Dominic has an MSc in Human Centred Systems from City University London.

Huw Griffiths
Huw Griffiths
Legal Editor and Business Analyst

Huw has spent most of his career working in various roles across the Ministry of Justice, and the past 6 years at the Royal Courts of Justice working in the role of Companies Court Caseworker. In this role he advised the judiciary, court staff and court users in areas of law dealt with by the Companies Court including Company Winding Up, Schemes of Arrangement, Reductions of Capital and Cross-Border Mergers. Huw is currently assisting FromCounsel in the creation of Precedents in relation to the areas of Company Law he previously worked in. Furthermore, Huw conducts business analysis, research and testing for our various software products.

Sumanas Sarma
Sumanas Sarma
Server-Side Engineer

Sumanas is currently on a work placement at Basement Crowd whilst completing a Masters in Software Engineering from Queen Mary University of London. His focus in the past year has been on Machine Learning applications and before that he spent 4 years at a start-up in the finance industry using Groovy.

Francesco Gini
Francesco Gini
Team Lead

Francesco was previously part of the back-end and machine learning development team at Nice Systems working on a real time web analytics solution. Francesco received his master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2013. After his studies he gained practical experience at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore working on a topic modelling related project and then joining the European Development Product team at eBay as a developer. He has been programming on the JVM in Java and more recently Scala.

Chris Gamble
Chris Gamble
Server-Side Engineer

Chris is a Software Engineer at Basement Crowd. Before joining, Chris spent 18 months working as a Java Developer for NICE Systems. Prior to becoming a Java Developer, Chris spent 4 years creating software applications in the aerospace industry.

Rob Hinds
Rob Hinds
Team Lead

Before joining, Rob spent 4 years working as a senior engineer at an investment management start-up in London, building a cutting edge trading platform and market place for money managers. Prior to that, Rob spent 6 years working as a technical consultant at Accenture, working on a range of technology-driven, client-facing projects based across Europe. Rob holds a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from the University of Birmingham.

Krzysztof Frankiewicz
Krzysztof Frankiewicz
Head of UI Engineering

Before joining Basement Crowd, Krzysztof spent 7 years working as Web Developer in various start-ups and advertising agencies. Prior to becoming a Developer, he graduated from University of Wroclaw with an MSc in Theoretical Mathematics.

Gonzalo Fernández-Victorio
Gonzalo Fernández-Victorio
Head of Server-Side Engineering

Before joining FromCounsel and the Basement Crowd, Gonzalo moved to London, from his native Spain, to work for McGraw-Hill Financial, in a business unit generating Mutual Funds reports (Java web development and VB macro software personalization). Prior to this move he worked in both the public (Spanish Ministry of Labour) and private sector (IT consultancy company Getronics). Gonzalo holds a postgraduate MSc qualification from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Matthias Meier
Matthias Meier
Head of Product

Matthias loves working at the intersection of technology and strategy. Before joining Basement Crowd, he worked as Product Analyst at Babylon Health, the world’s first fully-integrated mobile health service provider. In the past, Matthias has been heavily involved in entrepreneurial projects and initiatives such as StartupBus Europe and the Kairos Society. As a Fulbright scholar, Matthias obtained a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago. Matthias also holds a BA in Literae Humaniores from Oxford University where he studied as a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

Sebastian Spiegler
Sebastian Spiegler
CSO

Prior to joining the team, Sebastian was an early stage investor at Reed Elsevier Ventures, and built and led the data & analytics team at Swiftkey that was later acquired by Microsoft. Sebastian is a computer scientist by training and holds a PhD in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing from the University of Bristol. He has extensive experience in startups, venture capital, technology and product innovation.

George Roberts
George Roberts
COO

Previously a Project Operations Manager for the launch of a new mobile advertising tracking application for Somo Global, George worked with international teams on operational strategy, branding, market positioning and product pricing. Prior to that, George was the Director of Operations for CPDcast, a startup he ran on a day-to-day basis from inception through to acquisition and integration into Informa plc. He oversaw the creation of the legal training product from scratch and was responsible for business planning and corporate development. He also prepared the due diligence for the sale of CPDcast and managed the integration of the company into Informa Law.

Andrew Thornton
Andrew Thornton
CEO

Andrew is the founder and CEO of the Basement Crowd. He also founded FromCounsel. He is an active angel investor and sits on a number of boards. He is a former non-executive director of Touchtype Limited (the provider of the Swiftkey keyboard) which was acquired by Microsoft in 2016 and was one of the founders of CPDcast.com Limited which was acquired by Informa Plc in 2010.