Top Influencers: 23 UK Director of Engineering’s To Follow in 2022

3 years ago

Director of Engineering play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Director of Engineering role. We have selected these Director of Engineering’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Director of Engineering’s. The list is in no particular order!

Rahma Javed

Director of Engineering @ Deliveroo

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Rahma is the Director of Engineering for Restaurants group at Deliveroo. She focusses on helping Deliveroo becoming the best partner for its restaurants and driving growth and profitability for restaurants. Prior to this, Rahma was a senior engineering leader at Wealthfront where she instrumental in the company’s shift from an investment management to the much larger financial advisory space by leading initial products like the 529 College Savings Plan as well as the Portfolio Line of Credit, which generated an alternate revenue stream and was the company’s first foray into cash products. Additionally, she’s also focussed on automation by building a risk platform from scratch. Originally from Canada where she did her schooling from the University of Toronto in both Electrical and Computer Engineering. Along with working at startups and mid-sized companies, she’s worked at larger corporations like Microsoft (wherein she was working in the Windows team) as well as IBM Canada and Blackberry. Learn more about Rahma Javed on Crunchbase…

Deliveroo is an online food delivery service that allows users to order restaurant meals using the web and mobile. Read more aboutDeliveroo on Crunchbase…

Jonathan Beddoes

Director of Engineering @ Avast

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Jonathan began his entrepreneurial career at school aged 17 when he founded a web-hosting company which sold within its first year of trading. After developing an early taste of business success, whilst at university Jonathan co-developed a popular music software application that was downloaded by over 30,000,000 people. For his post-graduate studies, Jonathan was the youngest person ever to complete a Masterclass in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Belgium. Following academia, Jonathan joined Zugo in 2008 (a leading search solutions platform and aggregator) that became a cornerstone of distribution for major search engines (most notably Microsoft Bing). In late 2012, Jonathan exited from Zugo and subsequently co-founded Techtopia, a technology incubator located in the heart of ‘silicon village’ in North West London. Today, Jonathan remains a director of Techtopia, a product visionary, angel investor and an ambassador for the Internet industry. Learn more about Jonathan Beddoes on Crunchbase…

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Paul Rawlings

Director of Engineering @ THG

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The Hut Group is an online retailing platform focused on fast moving consumer goods, specifically focused on health and beauty. Read more aboutTHG on Crunchbase…

Christian Mastrodonato

Director Of Engineering @ Digital Catapult

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Digital Catapult drives early adoption of advanced digital technologies to grow the country’s economy. Read more aboutDigital Catapult on Crunchbase…

Keith Frost

Director Of Engineering @ Arqiva

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Arqiva is a communications infrastructure and media services company. Read more aboutArqiva on Crunchbase…

Leonardo Trabuco

Senior Director of Engineering @ Nubank

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Leo is the CTO at DueDil, responsible for leading the engineering team and the company’s technology strategy. He joined DueDil in 2013 as a data scientist, progressing to lead an engineering team focused on the development of data products, before becoming CTO in 2015. Leo holds a PhD in Biophysics and Computational Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. While in academia, he published 20 peer-reviewed research articles, including top journals like Science and PNAS, in addition to contributing to open-source software development, training, fund raising, and working as a reviewer for 7 international scientific journals. Learn more about Leonardo Trabuco on Crunchbase…

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Crystal Hirschorn

Director Of Engineering – Infra Group @ Snyk

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Dmitro Khroma

Director Of Engineering @ Swytch

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Dmitro is an exceptional team member and essential Swytch component. He studied Engineering Design at the University of Bristol, specialising in Mechanical Engineering. Claiming to have been cycling before he was walking he loves being able to combine his advanced mechanical engineering practical experience with his passion for cycling and electric transport. Dmitro is a Royal Academy of Engineering Leaders Scholar and worked at Cambridge Consultants, a world leading engineering firm, where he developed ground-breaking electro-mechanical products with some challenging and exciting technical problems. None of which he will reveal to us, although there were rumours of a fruit-picking robot and a precision delivery drone so we’ll have to take his word for that. It was good enough for us and we are exceptionally lucky he has been such a big part of the Swytch product development and will be with us in the future for our next adventures. Learn more about Dmitro Khroma on Crunchbase…

Instantly convert any bike into an eBike (electric bike) Read more aboutSwytch on Crunchbase…

Ian Cadman

Director Of Engineering @ Sidetrade

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Guillermo Christen

Director Of Engineering @ Monzo

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Monzo is a digital-only bank platform and marketplace that allows customers to access a range of products and services. Read more aboutMonzo on Crunchbase…

John Franklin

Director of Engineering & CTIO @ CityFibre

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John Franklin is the director of engineering at [CityFibre](, an independent provider of fiber infrastructure. He was previously the chief operating officer of euNetworks. Franklin spent a number of years working in the telecoms industry for companies such as British Telecom, Level 3 Communications, Alcatel Telecommunications, and GPT Telecommunications. Most recently he was cluster director at British Telecom. Learn more about John Franklin on Crunchbase…

CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings plc is the UK’s largest independent provider of fibre infrastructure in secondary cities Read more aboutCityFibre on Crunchbase…

Alistair Jones

Director of Engineering @ Neo4j

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Alistair is an engineer at Neo4j, specializing in clustering and consensus algorithms. He also has a side interest in graph visualization. Learn more about Alistair Jones on Crunchbase…

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Gihan Munasinghe

Senior Director Of Engineering @ Smartsheet

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Maria Gutierrez

Director of Engineering @ Intercom

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With over 19 years of experience in the software industry, Maria Gutierrez is the Head of Engineering and co-site lead at Intercom London. Maria was formerly the VP of Engineering at Edinburgh-based FreeAgent, one of the UK’s largest and most popular online accounting software providers. She previously worked at LivingSocial leading globally distributed teams, and at Adobe where she worked in the developer technologies group. Maria is one of the directors of the Women Who Code Edinburgh network. Learn more about Maria Gutierrez on Crunchbase…

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Thomas Leitch

Director of Engineering – Delivery, Pricing, Merchandising Algorithms @ Deliveroo

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Tom is director of engineering at Deliveroo, leading teams responsible for getting food from A-to-B quickly, efficiently and reliably; creating financial levers and incentives to dynamically price across all 3 sides of the marketplace; and personalisation, ranking and relevance on the Consumer site. Before joining Deliveroo, Tom was variously a senior engineering manager at Twitter, head of development at the Press Association, and senior development manager at the BBC World Service. Learn more about Thomas Leitch on Crunchbase…

Deliveroo is an online food delivery service that allows users to order restaurant meals using the web and mobile. Read more aboutDeliveroo on Crunchbase…

Julian Bolton

Director of Engineering @ Immersive Labs

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Immersive Labs develops a platform that measures and improves cybersecurity skills across businesses. Read more aboutImmersive Labs on Crunchbase…

Simon Whiteley

Director of Engineering @ Advancing Analytics

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Coming from a world of traditional BI structures, Simon is now obsessed with utilising cloud technologies to revolutionise these traditions. He will dive into any interesting BI problem, whether its ETL patterns, analysis models or building custom D3 visualisations. As a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, his main focus is harnessing Azure Data Services to build the next generation of Cloud Analytics Architectures! Learn more about Simon Whiteley on Crunchbase…

Advancing Analytics is an Advanced Analytics consultancy which specialises in the Azure Data Platform, Data Science and Data Engineering. Read more aboutAdvancing Analytics on Crunchbase…

Jose Pettoruti

Director of Engineering @ Currencycloud

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Currencycloud specializes in a fully cloud-based platform for B2B cross-border payments. Read more aboutCurrencycloud on Crunchbase…

Gavin McWilliams

Director of Engineering @ Center for Secure Information Technologies

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Gavin McWilliams (CISSP) is Director of Engineering in the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) which is a dedicated cybersecurity research centre in Queen’s University Belfast. He is the consortium manager of a large european research project ( which investigates new forms of cryptography offering protection against attacks from quantum computers. Gavin is a software engineer who held senior design and development positions in Mobile Cohesion, Openwave Systems, Nortel Networks and BT’s Research and Development division. He has over 20 years of industrial R&D experience in telecommunication and mobile internet product development. Learn more about Gavin McWilliams on Crunchbase…

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Nick Kuh

Director of Engineering – React Native / React @ Automation Squared

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Automation Squared is a software development company. Read more aboutAutomation Squared on Crunchbase…

Andy Hume

Director of Engineering, Application Infrastructure @ Brandwatch

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Andy Hume is Director of Engineering at Brandwatch, where he leads the Application Infrastructure team. This team is responsible for application hosting strategy and manages infrastructure and tooling across multiple public clouds and on-premise (AWS, GCP, Kubernetes, Serverless). Prior to this, Andy has held a range of software engineering and management positions at companies like Microsoft, Twitter, The Guardian, and Clearleft. Learn more about Andy Hume on Crunchbase…

Brandwatch is a consumer intelligence and social media listening platform. Read more aboutBrandwatch on Crunchbase…

Michael Brown

Director of Engineering @ Telensa

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In his early career with DEC, he managed voice and graphics product design groups, and later large scale data network implementations. Mike moved to Plextek to lead the development of hardware and software for production test and recently was responsible for the development of Telensa’s manufacturing test system. Moving to Telensa, Mike now heads up the team of software and hardware engineers responsible for the design, and development of Telensa’s products. Mike has an Msc in instrument design from Aberdeen University. Learn more about Michael Brown on Crunchbase…

Telensa makes wireless smart city control systems, including the worlds most deployed smart streetlight solution. Read more aboutTelensa on Crunchbase…

David Shield

SVP – Global Director of Engineering & Technology @ IMG Worldwide

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David Shield is currently global director of engineering & technology for IMG Media. After a spell at BBC Television Centre he joined Champion TV, formed to provide the UK’s first satellite sports channel on BSB, as head of sound. He later joined IMG as technical operations manager and was promoted to senior vice-president in 1999. He has overseen the continued expansion of IMG’s studio and post production facilities, culminating in their move to IMG Studios in 2013. IMG Studios is London’s largest facility owned by an independent production company. David has greatly expanded the distribution business of IMG Media, which includes Premier League Football, Rugby World Cup and Wimbledon, among many other properties. David was part of the team to stage the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 and was head of production facilities for the Asian Games in Doha in 2006. He has recently managed production facilities for the Asian Winter Games in Kazakhstan and the 2011 RWC in New Zealand. He was technical producer for CH4’s coverage of the Paralympic Games in 2012. IMG Studios is proud to be the location of the International Broadcast Centre for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. IMG Studios currently provides studios for the Barclays Premier League, the BBC Football League Show and Al Araby, a new Middle East news channel. As well as a busy MCR it provides post-production facilities to a wide range of IMG and third party clients. Learn more about David Shield on Crunchbase…

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