Develop Me is your tech career accelerator – educating a highly skilled community for a digital future.

We believe future innovation will be advanced through disruptive technologies and collaborative social business models. However, more importantly, we believe the change will come from people. Empowered people; people with ideas and most importantly people with the skills and knowledge to make things happen.

The world of digital technology holds so many innovative solutions for society and the web is one of the most democratic tools ever created. Founded in 2015, Develop Me was established as a business with a social mission; to ensure we create inclusive opportunities to enable access for everyone in society to participate in the digital economy.

A platform to allow ideas people, developers, coders, designers and creative technologists to share and expand their knowledge.

Integral to our social business model is the creation of our ‘Opportunity Fund’ and ‘Code it Forward’ initiatives which provide financial support and training for underrepresented communities in society to enter into tech industries.

Our absolute focus is on helping people to get to where they want to go – both in terms of industry-relevant technical skills and also in supporting them with the vital skills required to make their learning journey a success.

Everyone has a different and unique journey. We are here to support you.

Core Team

Oli Ward

Founder & Instructor

Oli Ward Develop Me Founder

Technical Director of development agency Lunar. 15 years working as full-stack PHP web developer.

Pete New

Founder & Hiring Director

Pete New Develop Me Founder

Founder of Develop Me and Lunar. Helping people and tech companies to grow for the last 10 years.

Al Kennedy

Founder

Al Kennedy

Founder, Creative Consultant and Coach – working with the human side of tech.

Nicola Laing

Course Administrator

Nicola Laing Course Administrator

Course admissions, co-ordination and student welfare. Past career, food development industry and health products.

Mark Wales

Curriculum Director & Instructor

Mark Wales Curriculum Director

Software Developer. Creator of taskell, brök, & How Secure Is My Password? Fan of esoteric programming languages

Jack Standbridge

Instructor + Lead TA

Fellowship graduate and now an instructor / lead TA on the course and a Developer at Lunar.

Duncan McKean

Talent & Partnerships Manager

Duncan McKean

Working within the SW tech scene. Background in front-end development, WordPress and project management.

Charlotte Drew

Teaching Assistant

Charlotte

Fellowship graduate and now TA on the course and a Web Developer at Lunar.

Tom Rosenfeld

Teaching Assistant

Tom Teaching Assistant

Fellowship graduate and now TA on the course and a Web Developer at Lunar.

Industry Instructors

Ruth John

Consultant Creative Technologist, Lead Front End Developer, Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies.

Co-founder { Live : JS } and Generative Art Podcast co-host

Keir Moffat

Keir Moffat Instructor

Freelance Front-end Web Developer & Pattern Library/Style Guide Specialist. Adaptive Snowsports Instructor.

Rob George

Rob George DevelopMe Instructor

PHP Developer, Code Club teacher, Organiser of Bristol WordPress Meetup.

Kye Buffery

Full stack Web Developer at Lunar specialising in JavaScript, React, Laravel and WordPress.

Flo Orford

Instructor

Freelance Full Stack Developer and instructor. Coding Fellowship graduate and ex-Brewer.

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