Meet the team

Our values mean the world to us (literally!) Which is why we’ve put them on our recruitment page. It’s important that as a team we’re all on the same page. So check out values and browse our open positions. If you just want a cup of tea and a chat that’s fine too of course!

StJohn Deakins

StJohn Deakins
CEO / Founder
StJohn Deakins

StJohn founded CitizenMe with the aim of taking on the biggest challenge of the Information Age: helping digital citizens gain control of their digital identity. Personal data has meaning and value to everyone, but there is an absence of digital tools to help people realise its value. With CitizenMe, StJohn aims to fix that. With a wealth of experience digitising and mobilising businesses, StJohn aims for positive change in the personal information economy. Oh… and he loves liquorice.

Josh Hedley-Dent

Josh Hedley-Dent
Strategy Director
Josh Hedley-Dent

Josh is a creative and strategic Innovation Partner. He helps clients leverage their digital and data assets in a way that creates value for both businesses and customers. He has experience helping international brands inject insight into their innovation, CX and digital strategies. Josh has a History degree from Warwick University and is a sports fanatic. He is captain of his North London Hockey team and also enjoys football, golf, skiing and cycling. He loves art and cooking and has a penchant for quality olive oil and cheap ham (although not together).

Kat Williams

Kat Williams
Product Manager
Kat Williams

Kat enjoys problem solving and finding solutions, so as a Product Manager that’s 90% of what she gets to do. Good eh! Kat is super proud of her MA in photography and the path it took her on to; a role that requires the thoughtful patience of a good photographer. Photography, is a huge passion for Kat as well as music, singing in particular, she claims to be pretty shocking at the guitar and piano but enjoys it all the same. Her all-time favourite film is Wayne’s World.

Cedric Ferretti

Cedric Ferretti
Lead HTML/JS/Python Developer
Cedric Ferretti

Cedric graduated top of the class at Sophia Antipolis University. We thought this was a great accolade but if you ask Cedric he considers it “unimportant”. Instead, Cedric is motivated by positive outcomes. He is excited about being at the forefront of making the internet a more human-centred domain. Born in France and working in London, Cedric has an eclectic set of interests. He loves the romanticism of Asian culture and thrash metal music.

Chris Norman

Chris Norman
Junior HTML/JS/Python Developer
Chris Norman

Chris loves being a developer as he’s always learning new things. The development world is constantly evolving and he enjoys getting stuck into developing new designs and fine-tuning functionality to improve the CitizenMe Exchange. Unlike a lot of developers Chris thrives in the outdoors and loves a challenge, he enjoys climbing and mountaineering, oh and supporting Arsenal. Should you ever meet Chris, something you really ought to know is that he is actually allergic to camels.

Laura Willis

Laura Willis
UI / UX Design Lead
Laura Willis

Laura is Design Lead at CitizenMe, she is a skillful user experience designer with a passion for producing high-quality, user-friendly interfaces. Her interests in psychology and reading have helped to shape the creative path she has taken. Laura is also very passionate about illustration and won an award for Macmillan children’s books before she graduated from University of the Arts, London. She enjoys exploring London with a particular love for the tiny city farms dotted around the place.

Mark Rawsthorne

Mark Rawsthorne
B2B Marketing Lead
Mark Rawsthorne

Mark is an experienced marketer with a background in Fintech, EdTech, FMCG and ecommerce. His professional interests include brand equity development, advertising and segmentation. He is an active sports participant and supporter, with masters provincial representation colours for hockey and enjoys training for, and running, half-marathons. Mark has a Masters in Marketing and is completing his MBA. He is a husband, and father to two busy boys.

Lulu Laidlaw-Smith

Lulu Laidlaw-Smith
Partnerships & Business Development Director
Lulu Laidlaw-Smith

Lulu is a seasoned business strategist with practiced skills in Sales Process Design, Management and Implementation.
Operating at a C-Suite level, Lulu seeks to get under the skin of the businesses whom she advises and assists. Her natural inclination towards the science driving the convergence of technology and creativity, combined with her many years of results in the disruption economy, make her a leading authority in data-driven businesses.
She enjoys her kids (most of the time!!), swimming, diving, reading, skiing, fast driving and anything which combines a degree of speed and fear…and is mum to four.

Hadi Tok

Hadi Tok
Lead Android Developer
Hadi Tok

Hadi has a breadth of knowledge and experience. He is our Lead Android Developer, but also has experience working on server-side Java development and building Windows Phone apps. Oh, and he is currently learning iOS too. In his work, Hadi pays close attention to detail and is both surprising and playful. He currently lives in Istanbul, having lived in the US for four years studying Computer Science at the University of South Alabama. In his spare time Hadi loves playing Circassian songs on his treasured accordion.

Morten Jensen

Morten Jensen
Lead DevOps Engineer
Morten Jensen

Morten is working on his bio as we speak. (Along with writing some very awesome code)

Arda Dogantemur

Arda Dogantemur
Lead iOS Developer
Arda Dogantemur

Arda is CitizenMe’s Lead iOS Developer, with a background in augmented reality, and advanced image processing. If that wasn’t enough, he has completed an MBA focused on organisational learning. He likes to surprise the team with prototypes of his ideas. He recently showed off an application that sees through physical boxes! We are all very excited about how Arda will apply his Jedi skills to future CitizenMe services. Outside of work, Arda likes photography, snowboarding and touring chess tournaments in Turkey.

Baris Iriz

Baris Iriz
QA
Baris Iriz

A Computer Engineering graduate from the American University in Cyprus, Baris is a Software Quality Assurance Lead at CitizenMe who is dedicated to success (which is obviously very good for us). He has a great sense of humour, which comes in handy when he is trying to find creative solutions to complex technical issues. Baris likes to focus on keeping everything moving smoothly and delivering projects to his high standards. He loves motorcycles and extreme sports but definitely has a calmer side, having gained a top score in a chess tournament in Turkey. His interests include cooking, sampling new foods, gaming and discovering new cultures.

Alexia Keller

Alexia Keller
CitizenMe Exchange Consultant
Alexia Keller

Alexia is awesome and is working hard to write a super bio for the website.

Katherine Le

Katherine Le
Content and Community Executive
Katherine Le

Katherine is working on the perfect bio. Watch this space!