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Meet the Team

Fintan Galvin

Fintan Galvin

CEO/Founder

Fintan is the founder / owner of Invotra. He has a passion for delivery and keeping things focussed and connected. 

With over 25 years in enterprise technology he has a vast array of knowledge in getting large scales systems developed and deployed out to the people that count.

Jonnie Russell

Jonnie Russell

CTO/Founder

Jonnie is the co-founder of Invotra. Over the past 20 years he has worked for organisations such as T-Mobile, Bank of Ireland and TUI, where he was responsible for the development of a range of complex systems. Other systems he has developed include MMS Gateway’s, Cobol to Java Bridge and B2B Fruit Trading.

Alison Galvin, Director of Finance and People

Alison Galvin

CPO/FOUNDER

A co-founder of Invotra, Alison has been Invotra’s Financial Director since its incorporation 10 years ago, and played a integral role in successfully growing the company. She is responsible for the daily operations of the business and uses her multi-sector experience to provide much needed skills in management and business. Alison is also responsible for driving the successful apprenticeship program within the company.

Paul Zimmerman

Paul Zimmerman

COO/FOUNDER

Paul is a co-founder of Invotra, and has been at the forefront of the UK ecommerce and Internet economy since he joined Amazon in 1999. Having served Amazon, Play.com, Firebox and a host of other e commerce companies, he has a strong understanding of what it takes to build consumer-centric platforms and companies.

He also, like everyone at Invotra, has great legs.

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Rachael Alderlieste

Customer Success Director

A Graduate of an MSc. in Project Management from Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School UCD.

Recently she has completed projects in conjunction with IBM, Marie Keating Foundation and LiveMon a South African environmental monitoring firm. In the last 4 months Rachael also completed a case study on Agile implementation in the technology SME environment.

Rachael came to Invotra because she was attracted by our innovative and forward thinking environment and the ambition to become the largest provider of intranets.

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Nqobile Dube

Technology Director

Nqobile joined Invotra in May 2011 as a Software Developer Apprentice. 
He soon found that he was not a Software Developer and more of a Sys Admin. He still finds himself getting involved in some non Sys Admin work i.e Drupal related tasks which has lead to him being a Technical Services Manager. Meaning he has knowledge in two areas that are essential for getting new features and projects live.

Billy Clackers

Billy Clackers

Product Director

Billy started at Invotra in 2011 as an apprentice, joining as a software developer. He quickly realised, with Fin’s help, that he wasn’t a software developer; although officially a contributor to Drupal 8. He then went down the consulting route and never looked back, gaining rapid knowledge in Drupal and sitebuilding.

John Morahan

John Morahan

Lead Architect

John has been with Invotra for many years and is the lead architect on all Drupal work. John is a former member of the Drupal.org Security Team and well known within the Drupal community as one of the highest quality Drupal coders in the world. He is obsessive about the quality of code that we deliver.

Mireille Helle

Mireille Helle

Technical Quality Lead

Mireille started her career as a software engineer on Air Traffic Control systems in Thales. Since then she’s worked on several defence and government large-scale systems in Logica (now CGI), first as a software engineer, then as team leader, development manager and project manager. 


After a few years’ break to follow her husband in Houston, Texas and raise her children, she joined Invotra in March 2016 and is very excited to work in such a friendly, fast moving environment on a product that is used everyday by tens of thousands of users.

Erica Mellett

Erica Mellett

Head of Finance

With over 15 years of experience running the finances for a number of SME’s, Erica joined the Invotra team in 2015 to take over the running of the accounts. She enjoys bringing her expertise in advising and implementing appropriate internal financial controls to Invotra especially as Invotra has grown and added several new companies to the Group.

During lockdown, Erica has taken up nature photography while out on her daily walks with her two canine comrades.

Jamie Garrett

Jamie Garrett

General Manager - Invotra Consulting

Jamie initially joined Invotra as a software developer back in 2013. His strong technical acumen, coupled with his outgoing and personable nature means that he is a perfect fit in his role as Key Accounts Manager. His accounts include the Home Office, DWP, DfT, HMRC and Sierra Club. 

He is genuinely passionate about Invotra and takes pride in ensuring all users are fully equipped with the knowledge required to use the platform efficiently, and to maximum benefit. 

Kim Casey

Kimberley Casey

Marketing Lead

Kim joined the marketing team as a content writer for Invotra in 2018. She is tasked with producing a range of content for the company, running our social media channels and executing campaigns, constantly striving to raise Invotra’s profile.

Luke Parry

Luke Parry

Software Architect

Luke joined in 2012 as an apprentice software developer. During the course of his apprenticeship, he worked with the development/project teams to deliver enterprise websites built on a Drupal platform. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, he has been involved in technical analysis and implementation.

Luke has now progressed on to undertaking a Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship, which makes perfect sense given his passion for cyber security.

Max Lovric

Max Lovric

Developer

Max joined Invotra in 2015 as an apprentice having worked in various other industries beforehand. He studied Software Development which naturally placed him into our QA team. Since then Max has increased his knowledge for coding and now works in our Development team as a Front End Developer.

Brendan Carikas

Brendan Carikas

UX and Product Design

Brendan has spent over 15 years working with large retail, luxury property, corporate and automotive brands. 

Having made the transition from ink and paper to screen and pixels, Brendan now works closely with the Product design, Marketing and Training teams applying UI and visual design skills and principals  to produce engaging user experiences and effective communication. 

He also acts as guardian of the visual brand identity and ensure all creative output across all channels adhere to the brand guidelines.

Edward Ireson

Edward Ireson

Technical Operations Lead

Edward joined Invotra in 2015 having studied various aspects of computing at university. 

He joined as a Software Developer apprentice and progressed into the Development Operations team. Following this, Edward moved departments and became a Technical Account Manager. Within this role, Edward is responsible for ensuring that technical onboarding and integrations run seamlessly. He also makes sure that our customers have the best technical support at all times.

Ed is an avid sailor, spending most weekends taking to the high seas, often volunteering his time to provide young people with a fantastic opportunity to develop their life skills. 

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor

QA Team Lead

Ben started at Invotra in June 2016 as a software development apprentice and works in our testing team. He’s responsible for testing the latest improvements within Invotra as part of our regular release cycle. When he’s not testing, Ben is an avid gamer and regularly competes in tournaments.

John Carnegie

John Carnegie

Development Lead

John joined Invotra in our Newcastle office, after studying computing at Northumbria University. A graduate developer, he undertook training at Invotra to get a better understanding of the Drupal platform, while also building on the development skills he gained in university. John began his role at Invotra as part of our QA team, but is now doing great work as a developer.

Bogdana Nickitiuk

Bogdana Nickitiuk

Data Analyst

Bogdana joined Invotra in October 2014 as a software tester having studied different aspects of computing at university. After a year of maternity leave she returned to Invotra in November 2017 and is now working part time as a data analyst, supporting Invotra in the reporting of finances, projects and other other areas of the business.

Apart from data analytics she likes walking, travelling, learning about holistic approach to health and spending time with family and friends.

Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor

Junior Project Manager

Ryan started at Invotra in October 2016 as a software development apprentice. He has now progressed to become a Junior Project Manager within the Live Services team. He’s responsible for managing several internal and external projects. When he’s not busy at work, Ryan is a competitive swimmer, competing at a national level!

Lisa Parker

Lisa Parker

Head of HR

Lisa joined Invotra from a retail background within the automotive and home improvements sectors and has over 20 years Sales Support, Office Management and Marketing experience. As Executive Assistant, Lisa takes care of facilities and works closely with the HR Director and Head of Finance Accounts.

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Stephanie Robinson

Website Manager

Steph joined Invotra from a background in education. She began her career teaching English as a Foreign Language then spent 8 years teaching teenagers history in a secondary school. After a career break to raise her young children and a short spell as a childminder shaping very young minds, she returned to the adult world!

She is now part of the Marketing team at Invotra, managing the website to ensure it provides the information customers need about our product and service.

Niall Carolan

Niall Carolan

Junior Developer

Niall joined Invotra in November 2017 as a software developer apprentice after following his gut to switch from studying chemical engineering. Focused to find a fresh start in the IT sector, he returned to his hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne. From there, his path led him to Invotra and he has never looked back.

Joining the growing team in The Core in Newcastle, he is initially taking on a role in testing and will be involved in regular release cycles as part of a distributed workforce.

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Kyle Roberts-York

Live Services Manager

Kyle joined Invotra in October 2017 and works on the Invotra helpdesk as the First Line Support Analyst. He studied Computer Science at Kingston University and takes pride in troubleshooting and solving problems. 
In his spare time, he enjoys building computers, gaming and playing golf on weekends.

Ellen Mellett

Ellen Mellett

Financial Assistant

Ellen started in May 2017 as a Bookkeeping Assistant while studying Accounting and Business in College.  She works closely with the Head of Finance on the day-to-day finances of the Group companies. Ellen counts the beans to make sure they are all there.

Jack Durrant

Jack Durrant

Junior Developer

Jack started at Invotra in July 2017 as a software development apprentice, working in the testing team. He has had frequent involvement in software development projects and now works in our development team.

Georgia Ashby

Georgia Ashby

Customer Success Associate

Georgia joined Invotra in November 2018 as a Live Service Apprentice Administrator, working towards a Level 3 apprentice in Business Administration.

After finishing her A-Levels in 2017 studying History, Psychology and Graphic Design, she took a year out to run her own dog walking business. She also volunteers for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and has helped raise a pup Mary who is now a working Guide Dog. 

Shona McClarence

Shona McClarence

Junior QA Engineer

Shona recently finished sixth-form in June 2017, where she studied IT, math and chemistry. In November 2017 she joined Invotra as an apprentice software developer, starting off in the QA team and hopes to complete a cyber security degree and progress into a security based role within the company. In her spare time she enjoys video editing and creating digital art, as well as watching movies and TV shows.

Scott Mackenzie Shannon

Scott Mackenzie-Shannon

Junior Devops Engineer

Scott joined Invotra in July 2018 part way through his apprenticeship as his previous company were relocating. At college, he has studied forensics, chemistry and electronic engineering. Scott currently works in our QA team.

Joanna Tsonou

Joanna Tsonou

Market Research and CRM management

Joanna joined the Invotra team in 2018. She works within the Sales and Marketing team as a Sales Administrator. After gaining valuable experience working within public sector organisations, Joanna, who has an interest in all things tech, sought a career change to give her greater insights in to commerical and SaaS enterprises. 

Joanna has a Bachelor degree in Sociology and also has a keen interest in travel and photography. Her ambitious drive makes her a fantastic addition to the team.

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Jake Galvin

Product Manager

Jake finished sixth form in 2017 and went straight into an art foundation course. While undertaking his studies, he decided that he wanted to work somewhere he could implement his creative skills in a marketing format and decided to pursue a digital marketing apprenticeship. 

Jake joined the Invotra team in July 2018 as a Digital Marketing Apprentice so that he could grow his skills and gain first-hand experience at the same time. Once he completes his apprenticeship he hopes to continue to hone his skills and build a meaningful career by starting on the degree apprenticeship scheme that Invotra offers.

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Miller Yuraszek

Junior Marketing Assistant

After completing his studies at college in Media and Sports science, Miller had no clue where to focus his future towards and he fell into a retail job that he had little interest in. Thankfully, he stumbled upon Invotra, even though he had not expected an apprenticeship to be the route for him. With no experience in sales or knowledge in technology, walking into Invotra made him feel like a fish out of water. However, having always been open to trying new things and broadening his knowledge he was excited to see himself grow with the company. He hopes the company can improve not just his career, but his skills outside of work too.

Leticia De Maria

Content and Graphics Marketing Assistant

Leticia joined Invotra in January 2021 as a Content & Graphics Marketing Assistant after gaining experience working with Web Design for 4 years. Communications enthusiastic, she is excited to be back in the Design scene – after a 2-year career break working with Customer Service – to learn new things and develop her skills.

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Louis James

Account Manager

Before joining Invotra, Louis was working in the fitness industry as a fitness centre assistant for over a year. While working he continued to study, focusing on law and sport, but felt he was following the wrong path. Bravely, after completing his first year, he decided to start a new journey as an apprentice. He was amazed to find a company with so many awards for apprenticeships and, having now completed his apprenticeship, is excited to find what the future holds.
Outside of work Louis is a car enthusiast, in addition to his continued commitment to fitness training.

James Anderson

James Anderson

QA Tester Apprentice

After completing a Level 3 BTEC in IT James has joined Invotra to begin his career. He is excited that taking on an apprenticeship in QA will allow him to continue his passion of working with software and is keen to show that his hard working nature will lead to success in this role.

James Knight

James Knight

Junior Developer Apprentice

James joined Invotra in February 2020 as a software developer apprentice after studying IT in college. His keen interest in software and computing has always driven him to learn more, which is why he was set on an Apprenticeship to develop his skills further and kickstart his career in software development.

Nabeela Saleem

Nabeela Saleem

Junior Technical Business Analyst

A graduate of MSc Information Systems Management,  Nabeela joined Invotra in April 2021 as a Junior Technical Business Analyst. She in working in the product development team.

Kalpana Chuppala

Kalpana Chupalla

QA Tester Apprentice

Kalpana joined Invotra in March 2020, undertaking a Software Manual QA apprenticeship. She had completed a degree in computer science in 2004 but commitments meant she had been unable to fully explore her career. In her new role at Invotra she is excited to have the opportunity to build her career and experience.

Hollie Capon

Hollie Capon

Business Administration and HR Assistant

Hollie joined Invotra in February 2021, after having worked in the recruitment sector for 7 years, she thrives in a collaborative environment and brings with her knowledge in HR, Recruitment, Business Support, Office Administration and Marketing.
Hollie works closely with the Head of HR, supporting Invotra Shared Services.

Tim Volans

Tim Volans

Senior Account Manager

Tim joined Invotra in 2021 as a Senior Account Manager having worked in the Fine Art and Photography Industry prior. He is passionate about ensuring customers and clients are happy and engaged.

Outside work, Tim runs a long range shooting club and enjoys catching the F1. He is still involved in Art and runs his online gallery.

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