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Mark Van Harmelen

Trainer

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Besides finding computer technology totally fascinating, I work in tech for two reasons: Firstly, the process of building well-engineered IT products as part of a team is immensely enjoyable and, secondly, I thrive on the lifelong learning opportunities offered by advances in technology.

My IT experience is broad and varied: I’ve been a developer, managed software teams, provided strategic advice to clients globally, consulted for tech firms on software engineering methods and IT support for their business activities, and set up and run a software house as its CTO.

My technical skill set includes particular strengths in IT strategy, performing business analysis, designing computer systems, designing user experiences and user interfaces, and developing and testing code. In exercising these skills I particularly enjoy working in a modern agile style.

Part of my career trajectory involves teaching and training: I’ve taught Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Manchester and trained more than 5,000 developers in short courses as a senior trainer for a global training organisation.

Combined, this real world IT experience and my teaching experience enables me to bring much more than just training skills to the bootcamps and accelerators that I run for _nology: Attendees benefit from my broad experience, wide skill set, and accumulated perspectives on software development.

When training and coaching, I focus on growing learners’ practical skills through experiential learning. This applies as much in learning how to use specific technologies as in engendering the soft skills that developers need to work together in teams. In both of these I always emphasise best industrial practice to prepare learners for real-life roles as developers in progressive IT companies.

Certainly, running bootcamps and accelerators for _nology feels like being at home because _nology’s educational approaches are a close match to my own approaches in experiential learning as solid preparation for careers in the IT industry.

Amy Golding

"I’m taking _nology from concept to reality, driving its evolution in line with the changing needs and overseeing every step of the process."

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Alex Crass

"I’m excited about helping to dispel the myth that you need to be a scientist, maths genius or an electrical engineer in order to have a successful career in tech."

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Glyn Blaize

"Together with the _nology team, I’m focused on ensuring those on the conversion course are able to put their skills into practice, not just in theory."

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Ben Ridgeway

"I'm a people person with a thirst for creating partnerships, making deals and building business. The tech industry has brilliant momentum, I can feel that."

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Jenna Wilson

"I’m committed to enhancing the reputation of ‘recruiters’ by ensuring our candidates enjoy a positive experience."

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Liam Farrell

"I think getting into tech should be more accessible and appealing. So I try to do that by incorporating interesting and modern tech where I can."

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Shea Murphy

"To ensure I support candidates throughout their journey, I draw on both my experience learning in intensive settings and years of teaching."

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Hatti Webster

"It’s also exciting to be part of an innovative, connected, driven and hardworking team, all focused on achieving _nology’s ambitions by using our creative and cultural energy to drive success."

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Alex Crass

"I’m excited about helping to dispel the myth that you need to be a scientist, maths genius or an electrical engineer in order to have a successful career in tech."

Meet Alex

Glyn Blaize

"Together with the _nology team, I’m focused on ensuring those on the conversion course are able to put their skills into practice, not just in theory."

Meet Glyn

Craig Livings

"I'm passionate about baking this core skill into the _nology programme, creating developers who are creative problem solvers."

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Peter Anstey

"Beginning to learn code was a revelation for me and spurred me to found _nology. Because if I can do it, anyone can!"

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