Chief Executive Officer
Pete is the CEO and co-founder of Brighter IR. Having grown up in parallel with the advent of home computing during the early 80s, his interest and passion for all things digital was cemented at an early age. Pete began his career within investor relations in 2003, and his experience working for other agencies helped define the way we do business today. Outside of work, Pete’s a huge fan of virtual reality gaming (allowing him to fulfil his fantasy of being a racing driver), cowboy coder and devoted family man.
Chief Technology Officer
Sam is the chief architect of Polaris, Brighter IR’s platform for creating and delivering IR tools. Having been a professional backend developer for a decade, and a hobbyist web developer and graphic designer for many years before that, it should surprise nobody that Sam is actually a qualified linguist.
Originally from Chester, Sam headed down South seeking the bright lights, thrilling adventure and beer festivals of the big city, but fate had other plans and he met Pete and Scott instead.
Hi, I’m Scott, Sales Director and Co-Founder of Brighter IR. I have over 15 years experience within the industry formerly working with NASDAQ, Morningstar and Hemscott Group. We formed the business based on our experiences and the distinct feeling there needed to be a better way to serve clients with IR tools and websites. Seems we were right. Outside of work my time is taken up by my wonderful family, hoarding old comics and still playing football until my legs say ‘no’.
Head of Project Management & Client Services
Like a lot good wines in the UK, I was imported from New Zealand. A desire to travel brought me here…fabulous people, great career opportunities and a love of London, have meant I’ve stayed for more than a decade! When I’m not at a gig, shopping, eating or drinking, I’m probably walking my dog Luna in a random countryside location.
I’m originally from the great city of Sheffield but have lived in the south for almost 10 years. I moved to London back in 2009 with my then girlfriend – now wife, and have never looked back!
I’m a certified geek, music junkie and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enthusiast. When I’m not at work or on the mats you’ll usually find me spending time with friends & family, or planning our next adventure with my wife. Previous adventures have included road tripping from Portugal to London, exploring the Yucatán Peninsula and visiting the home of Reggae, Jamaica.
I started working in project management about 4 years ago. During that time I’ve worked on a range of projects across several sectors.
I’m basically your stereotypical geek, studied physics, know a thing or two about the internet but if I’m not trying to code a website you’ll find me probably booking my next safari.
I genuinely take real pleasure in using my experience of the web to help clients reach their full digital potential.
Likes: Tottenham Hotspur, African adventures, clay pigeon shooting and any kind of tech.
Dislikes: Bad websites!
Budapest / London / 80s / 8bit computers / Commodore demo scene / Depeche Mode / David Bowie / Digital & print / Graphic / Design / Digital development / Comics / Board games / TV shows / Douglas Adams / Terry Pratchett / Electronic music / Gigs / Synths / Pets / Animal welfare / Nature / Sports
Senior Front-end Developer
Erika was born in Latvia, is fluent in various languages, and moved to the UK around 7 years ago. She’s now a UK citizen. Coming from a freelance background she’s truly versed in every aspect of digital from the initial scoping stages, through design, development and delivery. Erika also practices clean and efficient accessible code, is super organised, and keeps up-to-date with whatever is around the next corner. As a Mum to twin boys she’s also extremely calm under pressure!
Hi, I’m Jacint. I’m a back-end developer at Brighter IR and joined the team in October 2018. Originally from Budapest, I have been living in the UK since 2005. Until 2016 I’ve lived in Scotland, but stupidly decided to move to the most depressing place in the world, Croydon. While not working you can find me grilling meat in a Japanese BBQ restaurant or planning a dive holiday.
My name is Ramona and I am originally from Romania, such irony, I know. Many people misspell my name to Romona so don’t worry if you do the same, I’m used to it. I moved to UK in 2010 to study for a Degree in Software Engineering at the Aberystwyth University in Wales.
Following my degree, I became a Front-End Developer for a global PR firm in 2014, where I gained direct experience of public companies and corporate communications. I subsequently worked for a couple of other agencies to further my programming skill set, paying particular attention to emerging technologies, processes and workflow.
Outside work my life revolves around travelling and photography.
Remco Van Essen
Traveling is one of my favourite hobbies, but I love a great bargain even more – so Ryanair, I am your biggest fan. I have flown to Germany for 99p and managed to get a return flight from London to New Zealand for just under £350. Food wise – I love it all. I am willing to try anything and I once even ate a “quinoa pizza burger”. It was proper vegan, which put me a bit out of my comfort zone, but I got over it and fully enjoyed the burger.
Likes: tight deadlines, travel, biscuits and belly rubs.
Dislikes: being talked to in a baby voice.
Nickname: “Remy Two-Phones”
Raghav (Ragu) Varsani
Ragu has been working as a web developer since 2015 and recently joined Brighter IR as a website developer. He’s both creative and a great coder – which is a combination that isn’t all too common! Outside of the office, Ragu is far less sedentary and is an enthusiastic football player. He also completed the Cardiff half marathon and raised money for charity.