Our team

Meet the BrightLemon community

 

 

Director

Leon Tong

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On graduating from King's College London, Leon worked for a Department for Education initiative, proceeding to the City of London for a financial services company before founding BrightLemon in 2003. He has presented on education, social psychology and online community at numerous venues including Google and HSBC.

Fun fact: 

Leon's first computer was a Spectrum Plus, which he wrote games on. It had 48K of RAM.

 

 

Project Manager

Amila Premadesa

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Fun fact:

Amila has lived and worked in 4 different continents.

 

 

Project Coordinator

Pippa Thompson

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Pippa studied BA (hons) Fashion Media at London College of Fashion, going on to work for a celebrity publishing house as their Digital Production Coordinator for several years. Pippa is thrilled to be applying these skills to create communities within the charity, education, government, corporate and entertainment sectors. 

Fun fact:

Pippa has a Persian Ragdoll cat that looks like a cloud. Dolly thinks that anything white is part of her so will purr/roar profusely at the site of walls, towels, or fluffy cushions. 

 

 

Marketing

Kayla Toh

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Kayla studied at Southampton Solent University, where she graduated in the summer of 2016 with a First Class Honours in (BA) Magazine Journalism & Feature Writing. BrightLemon is Kayla's first, full-time job.

Fun fact:

She was born and raised in South London, but Kayla has a very mixed ethnicity: half Chinese-Malay, a quarter Italian, a quarter English, and a quarter Welsh. But, unfortunately, she can only speak English.

 

Senior Developer

Vincenzo Gambino

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Vincenzo was previously a bartender at his grandfather's beach bar in Italy(see here) and a sales person for different advertising companies. He started his IT experience fixing PCs and delivering office and IT items to shops in Palermo, Italy. 

He moved from Sicily, Italy to Birmingham, England in January 2010 to start his web development career, and then to London in July 2010, before finally joining BrightLemon a year later. He has attended two DrupalCons and has been a Teacher Assistant and a speaker at DrupalCamp London events. 

Fun fact:

Vincenzo plays football for a local team called Italia Wasteels FC. He enjoys good music and movies. And, no, he's not Cousin Vinny from the film.

 

 

Lead Developer

John Durance

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At 10 years old, John carefully disassembled a home computer and reassembled it. To his surprise, it never worked again. Ever since then he's been curious about how computers work.

John's motivation is to build sites that people find useful and make a part of their daily lives: at work or at leisure. For him, seeing a site that I have made adding value to someone's daily life is what makes his job worth doing.

Before joining BrightLemon, John worked on websites at UNICEF and the NSPCC. He also studied business and computer science at Lancaster University. He likes Drupal a lot, and believes it's a great framework to build sites with, which is why he's chosen to work with it for over four years.

Fun fact:

He independently came up with the idea of the fitted sheet, only to discover that it had already been invented.

 

 

Developer

Eunicia Estrocio

 

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Tester

Ross Warren

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Ross spent 11 years in the financial sector, working as a Disputes agent before he found the wonderful world of testing.

Fun fact:

Ross is able to catch a moving dart.

 

 

Intern

Gianluca Cerniglia

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Gianluca grew up in Italy, Palermo and moved to London when he was 20. He has worked in several different occupations before interning at BrightLemon. This is his first role within a technology-based environment.

He's passionate about tech in general, but particularly enjoys playing around with smartphones.

His hobbies include photography, music (playing the guitar) and sports.

Fun fact:

Gianluca used to be part of the Italian scout movement, FSE, for about 10 years. During that period, he would explore remote woodland areas without any modern day provisions. A favourite adventure of his was a 50 kilometres hike around “Parco delle Madonie” in Sicily that lasted for 3 days.