Cottage Labs began as a concept in discussions between Mark, Richard, and other developers in and around Higher Education
concerning the idea of making sure anyone doing research or education could get access to the data and software and development
services that they required, regardless of academic affiliation. In July 2010 Mark quit his job to make this idea
a reality; by March 2011 Richard had done the same; and in July 2011, we founded the Cottage Labs partnership. Since then we have grown in number and you can learn about each of us below.
Mark does all sorts of development work and manages CL sysadmin, whilst also researching social and technical
development issues. He likes to be the architect, to creatively plan systems and projects, and to encourage people.
Richard is in charge of CL relationships, and he codes furiously whilst leading people to project goals as if
it was what they always wanted. He likes to make sure everything is just as it should be, and he is quite often
our sprint manager.
Martyn became our third partner in August 2012. He always appears perfectly calm, and can organise himself and others with reassuring certainty. He likes
to apply his development skills where they are most needed, and he is in charge of CL accounting.
Emanuil is our very smart and enthusiastic graduate developer, he will try anything once, and is learning which ones are worth sticking to. He became our fourth partner in May 2014.
Our associates help make CL what it is, providing their skilled input to suitable projects on a very regular basis.
Bex is a languages expert who helps us stay in touch with our wider community, and she usually provides comms and project
Nevelina is a recent graduate and software developer who joined us as an Associate in early 2014. She also has an eye for project management and helping clients understand their business cases.
Steve became our first actual employee in early 2014 and is interested in software development and systems administration. As a recent graduate he also is interested in text mining and semantic interpretation.
Laura takes care of all our admin tasks, making sure we get our accounts in order and do all our banking and
paperwork in time. She occasionally assists on projects as an extra set of eyes on data, collecting all the most
important details we need to succeed.