simon edwards
Co-Founder & Ops Director

With 15 years in the digital sector, Simon enjoys creating businesses that take new ideas and products to market fast. Simon started his career as a self-taught web programmer, before moving on to complete a degree in Applied Computing at Leeds Beckett University. He has previously run many different companies ranging from small digital agencies to speciality coffee roasting for businesses.

dan akers
Co-Founder & Business Analyst

With 20 years in the digital sector, Dan is an experienced Business Analyst who has worked in a variety of industries and sectors in the UK and abroad. His experience includes a 2 year spell as Development Manager for a digital agency. Dan is a confident host, fronting events and workshops both for LightStart and in his spare time.

sophie bartlett
head of marketing

Sophie is an experienced digital product marketer, having already launched two mobile apps into the marketplace after raising £500,000 seed investment. She is one of only a few MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) accredited Mobile Marketers in the UK. Sophie is a confident presenter, team leader and tech-savvy marketer.

andrew morgan
principal developer

Expert full stack .net developer of 8 years specialising in large scale web applications with a broad range of skills and experience to call up on. Andy enjoys all aspects of developing throughout the full life cycle of project delivery covering specifications, front and back end development with web standards, search and social and modern day practices all built in.

nicolle moore
junior business anslyst

A recent graduate from the University of Leeds with a Masters in Management Consulting, Nicolle uses her stakeholder management skills to help facilitate analysis workshops, capturing client requirements. She interprets the key themes to create a detailed analysis document, outlining the goals, outcomes and prioritised key features of a project in order to move into the next phases of design and development.