No, that’s not Bluefruit’s very own Cheerleading Squad – we have 6 new colleagues!
A warm welcome to our new (and very fit) team members. After a few very busy months of hiring, we want to take a minute to introduce our newest team members. Say Hello to Chris Wright (Client Development Co-ordinator), Shona Rock (Test Engineer), Chris Ellis (Senior Software Engineer), Gilly Swift (Financial Administrator) and Rob White (Software Engineer). We also have Trudy Ward, our KTP Business Analyst on board who isn’t pictured.
Chris Wright (Client Development Co-ordinator)
I’ve lived, studied and worked in Cornwall for the last 10 years, even gaining a degree in Surf Science and Technology (yep that’s right). In my spare time, I run a landscape photography business, capturing the beauty of Cornwall. I enjoy nothing more than getting out into the amazing Cornish countryside with my pooch.
Gilly Swift (Finance Administrator)
Originally from Truro, I moved back to Cornwall from London 6 years ago to get away from the hustle and bustle and retrieve some work-life balance. I love to keep active and pole dance at home and in various classes around the country. I also attend adult ballet classes and go for long walks with my husband and friends. I love arts and crafts – painting, lampshade making, needle felting, crocheting – you name it I’ve tried it or have it on my to do list. I love my new job at Bluefruit, which has already given me lots of new challenges and opportunities including starting my AAT level 2 course at Truro College and joining the Social Guild.
Chris Ellis (Senior Software Developer)
I’m a Physics graduate with experience in Defence, Broadcasting and Medical sectors. I spent most of my childhood in the Middle East. I love playing guitar, with 80s rock being a particularly non-guilty pleasure. I’ve practiced martial arts for many years, some Karate and a few styles of Kung Fu (Shaolin is my favourite). I’m a big fan of video games, and in particular, have an unhealthy love of Tetris and hold strong opinions on rotation systems. I got started with programming by teaching myself QBasic so I could experiment with writing my own games.
Shona Rock (Test Engineer)
I have made a career change from my previous job as an Information Analyst in the NHS. I am looking forward to having a more ‘hands on’ role and I am enjoying the steep learning curve so far! Outside of work and having fun with my two young sons, I spend my spare time on various crafting hobbies including knitting, crochet, and sewing.
Trudy Ward (KTP Business Analyst)
I joined Bluefruit on a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Plymouth, to help us develop the medical device and compliance aspects of our business. After graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Business Enterprise in 2015, the study bug has bitten me and I’m still working towards my Ph.D. during my time here at Bluefruit. When I don’t have my head in the books, I enjoy traveling, good food and spending time with my family.
Rob White (Software Engineer)
I’ve been working in software and electronics for 15 years and worked with Paul back when it was only 3 of us (he gave me my first “proper” job). I’ve been self-employed for the last 5 years. I spend most of my (unfortunately limited!) spare time either working on my kit-car or out and about enjoying Cornwall, mostly anything by or in the sea.
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