Meet Our Team

Alex Willard

CEO

Alexandra’s early professional career involved leveraging her naval architecture credentials for automotive engineering, eventually becoming a technical specialist engineer working at Jaguar.

In 2018 Alexandra joined Tantalum Corporation, initially as VP of Air.Car, and then became CEO of Tantalum and remained there until the company was restructured in May 2020.Alexandra then joined Imagination Technologies as Executive Entrepreneur in Residence, creating a new ‘Edge AI as a Service’ offering, known as Kynisys.ai.

Jason Muller

Founder & COO

Jason has an extensive and successful background in UK business having co-founded a group of healthcare recruitment firms in 2006, grown it to 30+staff and over £28m turnover in four years.

Neil Forrest

Chief Commercial Officer

Neil joined Pivigo in 2018 as Head of Sales and partnerships. He brings 20 years of commercial experience in sales and marketing for tech and data companies. His passion is in helping companies thrive through the successful application of data science and AI and building long-lasting trusted relationships in the process.

Ed Butler

CTO

Ed is the CTO at Pivigo. He has 20 years of experience in DevOps and later MLA Ops. He come to Pivigo from Appnovation where he was the VP of DevOps, a role he also held at the well known design company, Endava. Ed has the perfect mix of cloud computing know-how, production discipline, and data science.

Jon Leslie

Vice President of Product & Data Science

Jonathan Leslie obtained his PhD in Biology from the University of London, studying blood vessel formation at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute. After 22 years in biomedical research, he turned to data science.

He is passionate about promoting open-source software and routinely volunteers as a mentor in the R-programming and data science communities.

Maryam Qurashi

Data Scientist

Maryam completed her PhD in Physical Chemistry at Imperial College London in 2015. Her research focussed on the real-time microscopic imaging of the viscosity of living cells. This led to an interest in image data processing and an aversion to labs, liquids and cells grown in liquids in labs. Maryam then worked with data as a postdoctoral image analyst at the University of Oxford.

In her free time, you can find her watching horror films and getting messy with ceramic sculptures.

Isobel Lee

Community Manager

Isobel is a former educator, with a Masters of Teaching and a BA in History. In 2018, she emigrated from Australia and transitioned into programme management. At Pivigo, Isobel works in the operations team as our Community Co-ordinator. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and skiing.

Alex Hampton

Data Scientist

Alexander obtained his Masters and PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from Durham University. He attended the March 2021 S2DS and the inaugural S2DS Pro before joining Pivigo as a Data Scientist. He currently focuses on arrears prediction and NLP projects. Outside of work his interests are American Football, travelling and rock climbing.

Andras Szabo

Data Scientist

Andras is a physicist by training with a decade of experience working in the biological academic research field on experimental analysis and hypothesis testing through computational simulations. After leaving academia he took part in the virtual S2DS program and worked as a freelance data scientist in a variety of fields, including healthcare and finanace. At Pivigo he works both on our internal data science problems and acts as a mentor for our S2DS programs.

Grace Morley

Data Scientist

Grace is a Data Scientist at Pivigo, working on a variety of projects. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Masters in Physics in 2017 and is currently awaiting her Ph.D in Non-Linear Quantum Dynamics. Grace lives and works from the centre of Nottingham where she enjoys cooking and tending to her many plants.

Ryan Brothwell

Data Scientist

Ryan is a Data Scientist at Pivigo with previous experience working in the Insurance and Education industries. Prior to entering the world of Data Science Ryan spent some time teaching mathematics and completed a PhD in Astrophysics. In his spare time he loves hiking in the Peak District, brewing craft beer, playing guitar, live music and film photography.

Julie Ripplinger

Data Scientist

Julie is a data scientist with a PhD in quantitative urban ecology. At work, she enjoys using her analytical skills to solve real-world challenges, especially to develop data-driven insights and create effective data visualisations. In her free time, you’ll likely find her hiking or camping in the Scottish countryside, listening to a playlist she’s curated on Spotify, or chatting with family/friends across the globe.

Tom O'Connell

Senior Digital Marketing Manager

Tom has a Masters in International Journalism and a BA in Sports Journalism. He is an experienced product marketer, having worked on copywriting and social media campaigns. Outside of work, Tom is heavily involved in Amateur Dramatics, both writing and performing material for the stage.

Michael O'Hare

Sales And Partnerships

A Senior Executive with an accomplished career record and proven success in Real Estate and property projects both in the UK and Europe as well as Digital Marketing within the UK.  An exceptional communicator with a consultative business approach, strong negotiation skills, outstanding problem-solving abilities he can identify opportunities, develop focus and provide tactical business solutions to all his clients.

Chris Harling

Chris joined Pivigo in January 2022 as Partnerships Manager and is responsible for supporting Pivigo’s partners to develop their data science capabilities and grow their in-house teams through S2DS and the Fast-Track. Outside of work he is an avid football fan who also enjoys traveling and hiking in the Lake District.