Our team

Aluminati is home to a powerhouse of sector experts, technical wizards and dedicated support staff. Meet us below.

Daniel Watts

Managing Director, Founder

Daniel leads the Aluminati team and has overall responsibility for defining the company’s technical and business strategies and with his deep sector knowledge he leads product innovation. Daniel founded the company in 2002 when he graduated from Oxford with an honours degree in Computation. An expert in online engagement, Daniel is regularly invited to speak at industry  conferences and is in regular attendance at multiple CASE events per year.

In his spare time Daniel enjoys the physical and mental challenges of basketball and has also coached the Darwin College ladies team to Cambridge championship titles for 4 consecutive years.

Derek Watts

Director, Corporate Strategy

Derek has been involved with Aluminati throughout its existence and remains one of the major shareholders in the business. With over 30 years’ experience in founding and growing successful international enterprises, Derek’s knowledge and guidance has been essential to the success of the company. As the owner and Managing Director of Nitritex, a phenomenally successful global cleanroom and medical consumables supplier, he contributes invaluable high-level leadership to Aluminati.

Roger Garner

Technical Director

Roger joined the company in 2005 as a Systems Developer and is our longest serving member of staff. With his comprehensive knowledge of the company’s technical systems, Roger leads the software development team, keeping abreast of latest technologies and ensuring our internal processes run efficiently so we can continue innovating across the range of Aluminati products.

Louise Wong

Client Success Manager

Louise was appointed in early 2015 to lead the client and customer support team, and is responsible for working closely with our clients to understand their needs, identify solutions and advise client deployments and projects. Post-launch she shares expertise on how to get the most from our applications, as well as sharing general best practice amongst the Higher Education sector.

Louise is not only the main contact for clients, but she also manages Aluminati’s marketing, events and internal recruitment. She has a sound commercial background developed in the fast-paced Sales and Marketing Recruitment industry, working with clients across the Education, Technology and Professional Services sectors.

Darren Hermes

Technical Project Manager

Darren joined the company in May 2017 as our Technical Project Manager. No stranger to managing multiple projects, across a broad range of industries from Ballast Water Treatment to Brewing, Darren’s role is to help facilitate the smooth delivery of our multitude of on-going projects.

Cy Robinson

Client Engagement Executive

Coming from a background of managing national sales and corporate employee benefits, Cy enjoys engaging with all sorts of people on all levels of business to ensure the best liaison experience is met.

Spending his lunch times in the gym and being a model/actor and DJ on the side, Cy is a happy. non-stop kind of guy.

Fabio Camilli

Designer / UX Developer

Fabio is our talented Italian Designer, creating new engaging and attractive interfaces for our products, sites and marketing materials. Using the modern wonders of technology, always seen with his trademark cap he only removes it to wear a helmet to ride his classic white Vespa.

Andi Sherratt

Systems Administrator

With 20 years’ experience in the industry, Andi fulfills the critical Systems Administrator role and ensures that our server infrastructure remains available despite constant growth. A truly dedicated hero, Andi responds at any time of night or day to ensure that any problems are resolved immediately. His previous experience working at a company protecting militarily sensitive data enables him to also take a crucial lead on securing our systems and data. Andi is a keen and accomplished homebrewer, often bringing in small samples to share.

Graham Mason

Systems Administrator

In 2017, Graham brought to Aluminati his extensive knowledge from 13 years of working in IT in various local government organisations, games studios and other medium sized companies. He has a world rank in Hunting Field Target and a Chinese Water Dragon called Antirrhinum, so don’t mess!

Krisper Nõlve

Systems Developer

Krisper was very much a 21st century recruit. Having applied for the role from his homeland in Estonia, we interviewed him over Skype and were impressed by his direct no-nonsense answers to our technical questions. Krisper flew over to join us in 2012 and has been a core part of our development team, working on new products and features for our membership. Krisper likes to microwave oven pizzas and no one knows why.

Joshua Welham

Systems Developer

Josh joined us in 2013 and adds several years of web software development experience to our team having worked on several projects through his own company and a new startup. He is currently taking a leading role on a key architectural project. A keen cyclist, Josh pulls up to work on his bike each morning ready to attack his code with the same enthusiasm as he attacks the roads. His dream is to one day have a bouncy castle at work.

James Martin

Web Developer

With an Internet Technology degree from Portsmouth and several years of experience working agency-side, developing websites and web apps, James joined the Aluminati family in 2015. James is a master of dog agility, with his trusty sidekicks, Toby, Pepe and Cooper.

Ben Yeomans

Systems Developer

Ben is the latest addition to the development team joining in April 2017, and is responsible for maintaining and developing new features for the Aluminate platform. Ben is an alumnus of the University of Nottingham, with a degree in Computer Science. Ben’s claim to fame is having nearly 74,000 views on a video of his goalkeeper ‘skills’, which was featured on Soccer AM!

Anthony Vine

Customer Support Officer

Anthony is part of our friendly, efficient technical support helpdesk team assisting end users across the world with any technical issues and queries, and works hard to ensure their happiness. He’s a mean drummer and a Captain Barbossa lookalike at the weekends.

Shaun White

Customer Support Officer

Shaun is the latest, chirpy addition to the technical support team. Shaun previously worked in customer services for Spotify, used to be a snowboard instructor and enjoys keeping trim and fit in the gym.

Emily Grant

Quality Control Supervisor and Illustrator

Emily joined Aluminati in our support team and has risen up  the ranks through support supervisor to her current position as Quality Control Supervisor. Emily now works closely with the development team to ensure that new features and bug fixes are up to muster. Nothing goes live without her approval and the development team strives to win it! The multi-talented Emily is our first aider and, having a degree in Illustration also contributes her creative talents.

Michael Cariaga

Quality Control Technician

Michael is an electronic engineering professional with experience working in South East Asia. He works with Emily to ensure quality is maintained by performing thorough feature testing and system testing. He also carries out SEO analysis of our sites and provides direct administrative support to the Managing Director.

Jason Wright

Operations Manager

Having graduated with a first class honours degree in Accounting and Business, Jason joined Aluminati to help manage the day-to-day accounting for the company, working with Mike Dube to fulfill our financial obligations. Jason also manages our global sourcing and supply services and liaises directly with our international trade customers, Shanghai office and suppliers to develop new quality products, ensuring they are delivered to specification and on time.

Julia Wu

Procurement Manager (China)

Julia heads up our Shanghai sourcing operation. With over 20 years experience of dealing with Chinese industry, Julia helps us to find the best manufacturers for the products that we supply. She leads a dedicated team including Wendy (logistics, production), Amy (new supplier research) and Grace (quality control and assurance). Together they guarantee the reliable flow of exceptional value and, high-quality goods for our customers.

Mike Dube

Consultant Financial Director

Mike provides invaluable high-level financial guidance and analysis of management accounts on a monthly basis. Mike is a fully qualified ACCA accountant with over 15 years’ professional experience, including financial responsibility for multinational companies.

Martin Richards

Regulatory Affairs Consultant

Martin Richards has over 40 years’ experience in chemistry and is the expert we consult to ensure that we comply with the various substance regulations surrounding the importing of goods into the EU. He is a long-standing member of the Chemical Hazards Communication Society and a full Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, as well as being a BSI-trained internal auditor. Martin’s expertise on developments in REACH, CLP and, GHS is constantly updated, as he sits on committees such as the HSE’s UN sub-committee of expert stakeholder’s panel and the environmental panel of the British Coatings Federation.

Maria Gutierrez

Mentoring Consultant

Our lead mentoring consultant, Maria has worked in Higher Education since 2009. She started as a Project Manager in the Boston University Community Service Centre, where she partnered with Harvard’s community service initiatives. She then went on to pursue a Master’s in International Business from Hult International Business School, which further developed her expertise in project management, volunteer management and stakeholder engagement. Once in Europe, Maria became Alumni Volunteer Coordinator at King’s College London and led the tender process and deployment of Aluminate as King’s’ mentoring platform. She soon progressed to Alumni Volunteer Manager, leading up a team of four staff members and managing nearly 50000 alumni volunteers worldwide. Maria is a certified Behavioural Coach and is also a Trainer for Mentoring Trainers, Mentors and Mentees.