We are a team of 22 based in Preston, Lancashire, Northern England.
Alasdair did his PhD in Assistive Technology at the University of Manchester and joined Claro Software in the early days. He used to write code – including ClaroRead and the free open-source WebbIE programs for blind people – but now mainly manages Claro Software. He enjoys musical theatre and has appeared on stage many times playing jesters and princes, but he now mainly spends his time playing boardgames.
Michelle joined Claro in 2006 after obtaining her first-class degree in Computation at UMIST (now the University of Manchester). She has coded, tested and even shipped (in the early days!) the software we produce. Nowadays she manages and codes Claro Software’s Mac products. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family & friends, going to TV & film conventions and occasionally taking on an obstacle course race!
Chris joined the company in 2010 after obtaining a First Class Honours Degree in Information Technology and Computing with the Open University. As Technical Quality Manager, Chris ensures that all company products meet quality standards before they go to market. He makes sure that software is as good as our users expect.
In Chris’ spare time he takes ballroom and latin dance lessons, enjoys walking and has ambitions to build a model live steam locomotive.
Ged’s goal at Claro Software is to introduce as many people as possible in different sectors to the assistive technology software that Claro produce in order to help people with dyslexia read, write and study.
His passion is to help people and his previous career roles reflect this, they include setting up workplace learning centres, being the director of a homeless charity, spending eight years as an elected member of a council and developing an apprenticeship business unit at a local college.
Ged believes in the power of education and how it can transform lives and studied with the Open University gaining a First Class honours Degree in Politics and social Policy.
In his spare time Ged likes the great outdoors, enjoys running marathons in the UK and abroad and watches Liverpool FC.
Stuart is a chartered engineer, scientist and product designer and has worked in medical devices, clinical measurement, healthcare innovation and assistive technology. He has made lots of things to aid people’s mobility, comfort, safety, and conversation, including custom walking frames, complex clinical measurement software, special switches for those with very limited mobility, keyboards that can be used with feet, and even a phone app to help someone see upside down!
He is also committed to helping people live with spinal cord injury, and once customised a wheelchair and joined the team to take the chair’s quadriplegic user to the top of a mountain (and back down again)!
In his spare time, he makes beer, fosters hedgehogs, writes short stories, and composts things.
As Claro Software Sales Manager, Elkie has more than 24 years of sales, editorial and publishing experience, Throughout her career, Elkie has worked with organisations across a wide range of industries but more specifically within the Public Sector — from education, cyber security, health care and local and central government. Her role at Claro is to ensure that our assistive technology software connects with the heart-beating people we are trying to help. Her aim is to ensure that people with dyslexia/disabilities have access to software that will create opportunities for them in Education, Inclusion and Participation. In her spare time Elkie is a Mummy to her two lovely little monsters, she loves to travel, eating extremely spicy food and indulging in her guilty pleasure of mindless reality TV and playing on the games console when the kids are not around.
Mary demonstrates our software and apps online and at events. She has 19 years experience as a primary school teacher so uses her teaching skills to help people confidently use our products. In her spare time she likes to visit new places (especially on a cruise), eat all kinds of food, exercise, watch films and occasionally star as an extra in them!
Jamie is an IT Technician. He makes sure our systems are running well and kept up to date as well as managing the phone system, Audio/Visual equipment and other IT Hardware/Software. He also provides customer support and carries out Software Testing/QA . His interests are gaming, technology and spending time with his children.
Mahinda finished his MEng in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at UMIST (now part of the University of Manchester, sadly) and promptly fell into a technical writing job. Over 20 years later, he’s still a technical writer, producing help, manuals, and training courses for Claro Software. Outside work, Mahinda’s interests include hockey, travel, and real ale – but usually not at the same time.
Fallon is a trained business administrator and hairdresser, and is now responsible for sales and admin at Claro. In her spare time she enjoys investigating the paranormal, the spiritual side of life and travelling. Fallon’s favourite all time thing is making memories with her daughter and loved ones.
Andrius joined Claro family as a Marketing Assistant in 2019 after completing a postgraduate degree with Distinction level at the University of Central Lancashire in “Science in International Tourism and Hospitality Management”. He is responsible for social media, events, advertising and Claro website. Andrius speaks three languages: English, Lithuanian and Russian. In his spare time, he goes to the gym, explores the world and plays football for a local team – Ribchester Rovers FC.
UCLan graduate turned full-stack developer, Dan joined us in 2018 as a student and went full time in 2019. He maintains a lot of our code base including ClaroRead Chrome and anything server related (so if it’s down its probably his fault). He enjoys playing video games in his spare time and works on developing his own games with his friends from University.
Danesh graduated from the University of Central Lancashire and working as an HTML/JS software developer at Claro Software. He has a strong passion for making software that is helpful for people. Danesh is a big sports fan, and as well as watching games he loves to compete in sports such as Football and Basketball. His favourite football team is Manchester United.