who we are

geek is not an insult

We are IT professionals with an unashamed passion for understanding how things work.

Not everyone understands the beauty of an elegant solution to a difficult problem. But it's what we do.

We take our work seriously; Ourselves? Not so much.


the team

Allow ourselves to introduce... ourselves.

Matt Thornton

Matt "Mr T" Thornton

Founder, Developer

Matt's biggest (and most irritating) asset is his attention to detail. Whether it's spotting bugs in code or spotting grammatical errors in other people's work, Matt will find it and tell you about it.

Usually with an obnoxious smirk on his face.

After a long spell at University honing his analytical skills, gaining a PhD in remote sensing and computer science, Matt has spent the last 15 or so years applying them in Guernsey.

Don't interrupt him if he's in the zone - usual signs are air drumming, fixated stare on random object and/or swearing prolifically - unexpected behaviour may will result.

Trivia: Matt recovered The One Ring from Mount Doom and now stores it in his beard.

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Marc Beavan

Marc "Bev" Beavan

Founder, Developer

Marc is living proof that delivering IT solutions should be fun. With no shortage of inappropriate jokes and a penchant for punishing people who leave their computers unattended, Marc's no holds barred approach means things get done; and they get done right.

(Sometimes even first time.)

With 15+ years' experience spanning London and Guernsey, Marc never shies away from a challenge.

In fact, if you need something doing, tell him it's impossible and watch him prove you wrong, whilst drawing "space rockets" on things, especially your notepad.

Trivia: Marc was the 6th member of Take That

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Jason "Debbie" Magee


Jase is a full-on code monkey with an indefatigable taste for biscuits. He often sports unnecessarily tight ball-hugging jogging bottoms. No joke - it's been known to cause power outages.

He particularly likes systems that are protected by 18 layers of VPN / security / authentication and modifying systems that connect to 10 other systems, none of which can be easily tested. He definitely won't whinge about it at any available opportunity.

But he's pretty handy with Blazor, so we let him off. Just don't leave your foods unattended.

Trivia: was a stunt double in The Goonies.

Actual trivia: he does that there data.gg.

More actual trivia: he's barred from the Number 19 golf course bar after ordering them to prepare 23 piƱa coladas.

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Matt "Danny" Champion

Delivery Lead, Developer

Danny claims to be "passionate about writing clean, maintainable code and producing software that is easy to use, accessible and that effectively meets client needs." We hope that means good things because all we really know is that Danny is easily the politest and most stylish person in the office. Admittedly that's not saying a great deal, given that jogging bottoms are de rigeur around here, but still. His Rupert the Bear impersonation is second to none.

If that wasn't enough, Danny is (a) very tall and (b) drinks tea by the kegful.

Oh, and he's pretty hand with teh codez too, which is useful for a company like ours.

Trivia: Danny was an extra on Back To The Future even though he was born after it was made. He's still never actually watched it.

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Sam Preece

Sam "Kujo" Preece


Sam likes code. And sharks. And being silent. Like a ninja.

She also claims to like Javascript, which we find pretty suspicious. There's probably a shark-themed ninja joke there somewhere. Maybe? Anyway.

When Sam isn't lying about liking scripting languages, she can be found smashing up her fingers on a basketball court.

Trivia: Sam speaks fluent Welsh.

Amy Madden

Amy "John" Madden


Amy is only 4'1" but can throw an american football more than 900m which is pretty impressive and really handy in our line of work.

Fortunately her insane talents don't end there. Not only can she write some well nice code, has somehow escaped years of private banking and regulatory reporting with only mild PTSD, but she's also got an encyclopedic knowledge of champagne-based cocktails. Great!

Trivia: Amy holds the Guinness world record for most spins on an office chair without chundering - 94.

Sophie Lucassen

Sophie "Gidget" Lucassen

Marketing Manager, Future Developer

We popped "Passionate about building seamless brand experiences with a human-centred, creative, and tech-forward mindset" in to Google Translate and it told us that meant Sophie is right gooder at marketing stuff which is good because we have lots of crap and we're stuff at marketing it.

Or words to that effect. Sophie joins us as our first non-developer-person (albeit with an active interest in learning what we do) which could easily a tear a hole in the delicate Cortex-space-time-continuity. Which is pretty exciting!

Trivia: Before moving to Guernsey, Sophie had never seen water.

could be you

Could "it" be you..?

Tea Person Developer

We're always on the lookout for interesting new people to add to the team. If you think you could be a fit for us, get in touch. Just be warned, and this is not a joke, we have four different kinds of milk in the office.

Trivia: 173% of the trivia on this site is made up.

support staff

pretty much do all the real work (despite being completely fictional)



Robotic Developer Squirrel

There's nothing to be confused about. Unless you don't receive the Cortex email newsletter. In which case, yep, this could be confusing. It's a metaphor.



Office Helper

Bob crops up in many places. Usually Git commits and demo portals.



Accounts Clerk

Barbara is a make believe accounts persona. "She" sends invoices but that's about it. And that's mostly just Matt in a dress. (We have an actual proper real-life accountant for actual accountancy duties.)

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