Meet The Team

The Skelton Thatcher Consulting team is made up of industry leading professionals with expertise in the best technologies to help our clients to understand, adopt and sustain good practices for building and operating software systems.

Team Associates

Matthew Skelton

Co-founder & Principal Consultant

Rob Thatcher

Co-founder & Principal Consultant

Jovile Bartkeviciute

Researcher

Manuel Pais

Internet of Things (IoT) Lead

Rich Bosomworth

AWS Lead

Chris O'Dell

Lead for Build and Release Engineering

James Betteley

Coaching Lead

Matthew Skelton

Role: Co-founder & Principal Consultant Specialism: Organisational Design, Continuous Delivery, Software Architecture

Matthew Skelton leads our consulting in Continuous Delivery and Organisational Design, helping organisations to shape and evolve their teams for modern software. He is co-author of the books Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET and Team Guide to Software Operability, and speaks regularly about software and teams at conferences around the world.

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Rob Thatcher

Role: Co-founder & Principal Consultant Specialism: Financial Services, IT Operations, IT Strategy

Rob Thatcher brings substantial experience in the City of London to lead our consulting in the Financial Services sector with a particular focus on audit and compliance. He also advises on IT Operations, having built and run IT Ops teams for many years. Rob is co-author of the book Team Guide to Software Operability.

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Jovile Bartkeviciute

Role: Researcher Specialism: Digital Presence, Events

Jovile Bartkeviciute is our in-house researcher, whose background in technology keeps our reading lists full and provides us support exploring new technology as it appears. She has been working as an administrator, manager and business coordinator since acquiring a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2011.

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Manuel Pais

Role: Internet of Things (IoT) Lead Specialism: Build & Release Engineering, Test Automation, Continuous Delivery

DevOps advocate with a diverse background as developer, build manager and QA lead. Manuel enjoys helping organizations adopt test automation, continuous delivery and cloud, from both technical and human perspectives. He has worked on a range of technologies (Java, .Net, web, mobile) and industries (banking, telecom, legal, defense and aviation). Co-author of the books “Team Topologies” and “Team Guide to Software Releasability”.

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Rich Bosomworth

Role: AWS Lead Specialism: AWS Architecture, Security

Richard Bosomworth has worked amongst IT systems from hardware to enterprise since 1995 and is now an AWS Certified Solutions Architect with focus for design and support of resilient web scale infrastructures and highly available database deployments. He enjoys helping organisations realise potential for efficiency and growth through adoption of cloud technologies and thinks you shouldn’t need any other operating system than Linux.

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Chris O'Dell

Role: Lead for Build and Release Engineering Specialism: Web APIs, .NET, AWS

Chris has been developing software with Microsoft technologies for over 12 years. She has led teams delivering highly available Web APIs, distributed systems and cloud based services. She has also led teams developing internal build and deployment tooling using the unconventional mix of .Net codebases onto AWS infrastructure. Chris promotes practices we know as Continuous Delivery, including TDD, version control, and Continuous Integration; she brings build engineering, development and cloud knowledge to the team.

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James Betteley

Role: Coaching Lead Specialism: DevOps, Agile, Continuous Delivery

Luckily for the software development world, James doesn’t work as a developer or a sysadmin (phew); instead James makes a living as a DevOps Evangelist, trainer and Agile Coach, which is thankfully something he’s much better at! James has spent the last few years neck-deep in the world of DevOps Transformation, helping a wide range of organisations optimise the way they collaborate to deliver better software, faster.

Associates

John Clapham

John Clapham is an experienced coach, trainer, and consultant, specializing in DevOps and Agile. He helps teams to build great products, creating environments and systems which are effective, productive and enjoyable to work in. John draws on broad experience as an engineer and lead, he has built web and enterprise applications in publishing, telecommunications, commerce, defense and public sector arenas.