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We are a team of 22 based in Preston, Lancashire, Northern England. 

Alasdair King
Alasdair King
Managing Director

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.

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Michelle McArdle
Michelle McArdle
Director
MacOS Product Manager

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 is one of the company directors and codes Claro’s Mac products. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family & friends, going to TV & film conventions and occasionally taking on an obstacle course race!

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Anne Dickinson
Anne Dickinson
Operations Manager

Anne is the ops manager, she has worked for Claro over 10 years and started as a sales assistant. She refuses to grow old and has her City & Guild in photography, is an avid reader and is the company champ at jigsaws.

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Chris Miller
Chris Miller
Quality Manager

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.

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Ged Bretherton
Ged Bretherton
Business Development Manager

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.

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Stuart Marsden
Stuart Marsden
Product Manager

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.

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Elkie Morton
Sales Manager

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.

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Mary Wilcox
Mary Wilcox
Product Evangelist

Mary enjoys talking to people and travelling which is good as this is what she does at Claro. She also likes to watch films (and occasionally star as an extra in them!), exercise and eat all kinds of food.

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Jamie Mulvey
Jamie Mulvey
IT Ops / QA & Support

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.

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Mahinda Kularatne
Mahinda Kularatne
Technical Writer

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.

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Fallon Swales
Fallon Swales
Administrative Assistant

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.

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Andrius Kantakevicius
Andrius Kantakevičius
Marketing Executive

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 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 Preston team – Sir Tom Finney FC. 

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Aaron McGranaghan
Aaron McGranaghan
Software Developer & Product Manager
iOS (iPad and iPhone)

Aaron is responsible for designing and developing the iOS solutions at Claro Software, including ClaroSpeak, ClaroPDF and Claro ScanPen. In his free time he enjoys travelling, watching Manchester United and drinking Bourbon.

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Dan MacArthur
Dan MacArthur
Software Developer
Chrome

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.

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Danesh Iqbal
Danesh Iqbal
Software Developer
HTML/JS

Danesh is studying Computing at 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.

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Jack Fisher
Jack Fisher
Software Developer
Android

Jack is studying Software Engineering at the University of Central Lancashire and is currently working at Claro Software on placement. He is interested in web development and machine learning. His other major interests outside of Computing are Football and Physics.

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Juan Ferrer
Juan Ferrer
Software Developer
Windows

Juan loves games and programming, so he makes games in his free time.

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Nathan Dewhurst
Nathan Dewhurst
Software Developer
Windows

Nathan is currently completing his undergraduate degree in Computing at Edge Hill University, with a focus on games design and development.  He enjoys playing guitar and cooking.  He also likes to spend time fixing faulty items, from broken phones to cars, as well as developing his own software applications.

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Tom McKeown
Tom McKeown
Software Developer
Windows

Tom enjoys programming and graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a 1st in his Software Engineering degree. He also plays multiple instruments and loves to make music in his free time.

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David Browne
David Browne
Software Developer
Windows

David is a recent graduate from Warwick University and joined Claro Software in 2019. He is interested in anything related to software and enjoys playing games.

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Liam Stockwell
Liam Stockwell
Software Developer
Windows

Liam joined Claro in 2019 as a Windows software developer. It is hard to find something that doesn’t interest Liam, but if he had to choose it would be games, music or problem solving.

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Paul Bond
Paul Bond
Software Developer
Full-Stack

Paul found sea sickness an insurmountable hurdle in his career in the navy so swapped the high seas for C# and C++, joining Claro Software as a student developer in 2011 and now focussing primarily on JavaScript and web technologies. He enjoys hiking and climbing in his spare time, but what’s a mountain on the weekend when you’re climbing mountains of (efficient, sustainable, and modern) code in the week?

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Team Events and Photos

Svalbard Group Photo
In 2019 we joined forces with Lingit to visit Svalbard, the North-most point of Norway.

Rough Runners Team Photo
In 2019 some of us took part in the Rough Runner 2.5km race in Salford which included running up a Gladiators-style travelator at the end. We survived!