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Say Hello to the Latest GCD Recruits

19th March 2020

Welcome to the Team Callan, Lauren and Mathew

With COVID-19 dominating the news we thought it was time for a GCD update! We’ve grown as a team, we’ve been shortlisted for two Digital DNA Awards, been involved in STEM programmes in schools, sponsored an award at the Young Enterprise Trade Fair and are supporting the Women Techmakers Conference 2020. It’s been busy and we are looking forward to the events still to come once everything settles.

But we’re always progressing here at GCD and with our latest range of projects well underway we welcomed some new team members into the fold. Thankfully, we’ve had time to get to know them before we headed off to remote work! The talented new recruits are Callan who is with us on his placement year (take a read of his “A Day in the Life of” blog post), Lauren who has joined as a Developer and Mathew, a Junior Developer. Read on to discover a little bit more about them.

Callan – Placement Student

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Callan is in the last stages of completing his Foundation Degree in Portadown SRC but before he does that and heads off to complete his Computer Science degree at Queen’s University, he’s here with us!

When he’s not in the office learning from our Lead QA Engineer, Ally, he’s either at GAA training or in the gym. If he finds some free time outside of that, he loves to spend time in the kitchen cooking (yes really), his favourite foods to cook are Katsu curry or turkey meatball pasta bake. We can’t promise it tastes good, but as soon as he brings some in we can update this post. He is also partial to playing some Xbox.

 

Lauren – Developer

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Queue Lauren – she is another newbie to join the GCD team, she has joined the self-coined Wolves team and has been using her first few months to get to grips with our Stack and projects. One of the things she developed was a team dashboard using React.

Outside of the office, Lauren is mummy to James (3) and Sophie (2).Her hobbies used to be shopping, holidaying and purchasing handbags but now in her spare time you will usually find her tiring the kids out at a play park. When the absolute ‘angels’ go to bed she enjoys a good series on NetFlix and a glass of wine!

 

Mathew – Junior Developer

Mathew Profile PictureWelcome Mathew! Mathew is our latest graduate to join our ranks after completing his Software Engineering degree in 2019 in Queen’s University, Belfast. Like all new recruits he has been spending time getting to know our projects and the languages we use. In particular, he’s been working with his Tech Lead and Project Manager on the frontend and backend development for Global Home Warranties, a progressive web app developed to transform, digitize and automate existing manual and paper based business processes, across all stages of their sale process.

He has enjoyed the challenges brought with learning two new languages i.e. Javascript and PHP.

Outside of GCD, Mathew enjoys going to the gym and is an avid gamer. He’s currently playing World of Warcraft: Classic & Pillars of Eternity 2.

 

Welcome to the team! We are excited to see where your career at GCD takes you.

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on 19th March 2020