Who we are - iungo Solutions

Who we are

Co-Founders

iungo was founded upon a unique partnership between driven opportunists Jessica Leigh Jones MBE and Tom de Vall. A powerful combination of human capital management skill and cross-sector industry experience gives iungo a unique positioning within the careers ecosystem to create the connective tissue between employers, training providers, and policy makers.

Tom de Vall

Co-Founder & Executive Chair
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An experienced General Manager having spent over 15 years working across a range of industries and operational environments in South Wales. He has predominantly worked in the Manufacturing Engineering sector for companies such as International Rectifier, KSR International, Sony, and more recently with Amazon.

Tom completed a BA Hons Management degree in Cardiff before enhancing his career development and business acumen through completing an MBA in 2016. He is currently studying a BSc in Economics and Mathematics with the OU.

Tom’s involvement and interest in apprenticeships stemmed from the difficulties experienced in fulfilling specific technical roles across a range of levels and industries. Through more recent successes to grow talent internally, he has developed a strong belief that the potential value creation of an efficient and effective apprenticeship system can radically transform the landscape of industry in Wales and is passionate to support this movement.

Jessica Leigh Jones MBE

Co-Founder & Chief Executive
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An award winning Engineer and Company Director specialising in governance and organisational design and development. She is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor and Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s, where she is leading the flagship Enterprising Engineers Programme for engineering students and apprentices.

Jessica graduated from Cardiff University with an honours degree in Astrophysics in 2015 and is a Chartered Quality Professional (CQP MCQI) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). She is the new Chair of the Centre for Digital Public Services in Wales, a Non-Executive Director of Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE), and Vice Chair of Wales’ largest exam board, WJEC. She is the Womenspire 2020 Board Member of the Year.

Jessica received an MBE for services to women in Engineering in Wales in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Senior Management

Mason House

Software Architect
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Mason is leading our technology strategy and designing our platform and data architecture. He is pioneering the development and integration of new technologies into our evolving platform. 

Mason holds a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is currently completing a BSc in Applied Software Engineering part-time. He is experienced in C#, SQL and developing applications using WPF and UWP Application frameworks and specialises in database architectural design for both SQL and noSQL variants.

Robert Hall

Product Owner
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Rob is managing the development of our mobile and web-based product portfolio. His work is centred on User Experience (UX) and community development.

Rob holds a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is a certified Front-End Developer. He has experience in developing software products and creating data analytics solutions for manufacturing. Rob previously supervised operational and development teams at Sony. 

Bradley Tanner

Learning Manager
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An experienced manager and educator having worked in a range of sectors and in a range of roles within education. He has worked around the UK and in Europe as a consultant and researcher. He focuses on supporting businesses and education providers to meet their customers needs and creating efficient business processes.

Bradley’s involvement in Education and Training started during his apprenticeship when he met an inspirational tutor and decided that once he had learnt his trade he would like to pass on the knowledge to the next generations. Throughout Bradley’s career he has held firmly to the belief that education can change lives.

Solutions Group

Magdalena Majkowska

Business Administrator & Executive Assistant
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Magda is the Business Administrator and Executive Assistant at iungo Solutions.

In the last three years, she has been working as a Medical Administrator at an NHS GP practice. She has great organizational skills and attention to details were crucial to the job role, as I was handling and inputting very sensitive and highly confidential patient information. As you can imagine, she am quite used to a fast-paced working environment. Prior to that she was an Office Administrator and Café Manager at an event venue in the centre of Edinburgh, where her main responsibilities included scheduling events, maintaining professional relationships and communicating with potential clients.

Her other experience includes teaching English as a second language, based in Madrid, Spain. Most of her students were highly successful executives, working at companies such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Recyberica Ambietal, ‘Marca’ and ‘El mundo’ newspaper. Preceding this, she managed a couple of small businesses in Edinburgh, where she was in charge of training a small team and handling different aspects of the companies’ paperwork. She hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and English Philology and is presently studying towards an Honours Degree in Computer Science and Programming, now in her third year. She is also professionally fluent in three languages (English, Polish, and Spanish).

Ploy Nilduang

Human Resources & Recruitment Executive
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Ploy heads up our internal and client recruitment programmes and manages HR operations and employee engagement initiatives.

Ploy is a Sociology graduate from Brunel University London. University has taught Ploy to be observant, detailed oriented and practical. She loved her experience there and all the skills she have gained. Ploy has always loved talking to people from different backgrounds and ages. She enjoys interacting with people and making their day less stressful. Ploy is quick to solve problems that occur and is easily approachable. She hopes that she will be a valuable asset to the team. In her spare time Ploy really enjoys interior design and seeing all the beautiful home designs people create. She also has a passion for cooking and baking. Her specialty includes stir fry and brownies. Ploy admires what iungo Solutions stands for and their contribution to help young people. She is really looking forward to being part of the iungo Solutions team and working with everyone.

Jack Cousins

Business Development Executive
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Jack is responsible for Business Development across our Learning Experience (LX), Opus IAG Platform, and Business Solutions strands.

Jack is a recent graduate from Cardiff University, with a degree in Journalism Media and Sociology. Jack found the media modules, especially marketing, the most interesting and is hoping to pursue a career within the marketing sector. He is also looking to start up a clothing company with a friend over the next few months, which will provide more business and marketing experience as well as hopefully making a change to the community and the world. In his spare time, Jack enjoys playing on his PlayStation, going to the gym and building and collecting Lego sets. One of his life goals is to travel and explore the world.

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Matthew Ettridge

Software Developer
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A passion for technology and programming. Matthew wrote his first program when he was 12; an awful text adventure game that he intends to remake someday. Since then, Matthew has been working hard at university where he undertook crucial and hard-hitting research such as spending 8 months of his life developing a genetic algorithm that makes the enemies in Ms. PacMan slightly smarter.

All this has led Matthew to his first ever job at iungo, which he hopes will be the first successful step of a much larger journey. As a young person whose employment prospects were severely limited by Covid-19, Matthew has great admiration for the work iungo does and their progressive AAA framework. He hopes to have a real positive impact on this work moving forward.

Simisola Bello

Product Designer
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Simi is the lead product designer for our Opus IAG careers information, advice and guidance platform. Simi designs stunning visual imagery and animation for mobile and web-based user experiences (UX), developing user interface (UI) wireframes and working with developers to implement them.

As a Media Studies graduate, Simi’s main interests lie in Social Media and marketing and content creation. As a new team member, Simi is keen to put her interests to good use and learn more as she goes along. Outside of Social Media and Marketing, Simi’s hobbies include music production, creating short films as well as photography. Simi is excited to work with a brilliant company whose values resonate strongly with hers.

Nicole Sabeva

User Centred Designer
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Nicole project manages Learning Experience Design (LX) design working with virtual reality, 2D film and animation, to create immersive and experiential learning programmes.

Nicole graduated from USW in 2020 with BA Film and has a lot of experience working in film production. She is a very creative person, and that gives her the skills to create content relevant for the business and ‘think outside of the box’. Her recent experience as a Social Media Manager taught her how to successfully create digital marketing campaigns and research the target audience.

Zainab Al-Muhurrami

Graduate Software Developer
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Zainab is responsible for product Quality Assurance of the Opus IAG Platform. She conducts extensive user, functionality, and performance testing and is also developing her programming skills.

Zainab is pretty new to the tech world. She holds two university degrees, a BSc in Criminology and Psychology and an MSc in Cyber Security. She enjoys reading, running, going to concerts and all things ‘girlie’. She’s really excited to work with iungo solutions and  to see what new skills she can pick up and develop.

Cerys May

Cyber Security Intern
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Cerys is currently studying Computer Science after being interested in the field for many years. She has a passion for Cyber Security in particular, and has taken part in many different courses learning from everyone from the NCSC to university professors. Outside of Computer Science she loves music and composes regularly, alongside performances with orchestras, choirs and musical theatre groups. She is delighted to have the opportunity to help out with this project and learn from so many intelligent people in such a great company.

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Josie Smith

Digital Marketing & Social Media Executive
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A dedicated and hardworking individual with a strong creative affinity. Combining this with her love and interest in business has made Josie an aspiring digital marketer with drive and interest in the field. She has spent over 7 years of my life studying film and photography and has extensive knowledge of the use and applications of social media as well as some insight into how marketing and advertising can be used on these platforms.  Josie’s hobby is using technology in digital media and she has gained an array of soft skills from these ventures that have aided her a tremendous amount during her studies in college and university. She is very excited to be a part of the iungo team and is looking forward to working with this company and seeing what she can help to create.

Charlie Fisher

Content Creator
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Charlie is a talented content creator, graphic designer and storyboard artist. She has a wide background and education in the Arts gained through a foundation diploma at Cardiff Arts Academy, graduating to my achieving a degree from the Arts University in Bournemouth. Since graduation, she has started my own business, creating personalised designs for clients. Her main passions lie within design and developing my skill set around all things media. Outside of work, she is an advocate for mindfulness and positive wellbeing. She believes these to be truly important in achieving fulfilment in life. She likes to meet new people and has used her abilities to help young people understand the value creativity can bring to their wellbeing and life. She is looking to bring her skills and energy to the team and very excited to be part of such an innovative and forward thinking company.

Jessica Lubrani

Content Creator
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Jessica is a purpose driven individual with experience in product design, events, fashion and social media. She has an artistic flair and a background of creative studies. Her desire to work for an oganisation adding value to peoples lives, led her to iungo. Prolifically curious by nature, Jessica is a keen learner and loves to work immersively. She is thrilled to be part of the iungo team and is eager to expand her knowledge on all areas of the business. Taking a particular interest in video, animation, audio and/or VR/AR, UX and IX design. She is looking forward to utilising her creativity in a digital medium to create engaging and valuable content. Initially Jessica struggled finding direction in her career path, so working for a company that educates and helps people navigate their own career is an honour. She is an advocate for mental well being; physical health is very important to her. She enjoys engaging in open, authentic discussions on the topic. She loves cats and powerlifting, she looks forward to working for a company that also values wellbeing.

Josie Starkie

Project Administrator
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Josie is managing key relationships with project partners and also supports with Welsh language interpretation and translation.

Josie Starkie a Welsh speaking Rhondda girl. For the past 8 years she has worked in Project Management and Digital Training in Education, working with some great clients and partners such as: LEGO Education, NHS, BBC, Microsoft. In her spare time she have recently started doing some freelance photography. It’s a bit of a passion project for her as she loves to capture special moments.

Chanel McKenzie

Project Administrator
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Chanel is supporting with HR administration and employee engagement activities at iungo Solutions.

Chanel McKenzie lives in South Wales. She has two dogs and a cat! She likes taking the dogs for walks along the beach when the weather is nice. She appreciates spending time with friends, and going long walks, and she especially enjoy listening to music in the majority of her spare time. She likes to read and write though she doesn’t do so as often as she used to. She is excited to join iungo to see what she can come to learn and see if she can maybe excel in knowledge she potentially already has and put it to good use to help out wherever needed!

Stacey Jones

Impact & Sustainability Intern
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Stacey is currently a student at the South Wales Business School university course for Business Management. This came after becoming interested in business start-ups and the idea of creating her own brand and business. Having a background in catering and many formal qualifications in the sector Stacey has learned to work within a revolving team and strive to deliver top notch finished results. Outside of education and work she loves baking, listening to music, writing collaborative fiction stories and playing video games (particularly ones that contain farming sims or zombies.) She also has a strong interest in D & D.

Our Partners

Jacques Bonfrer

Co-Founder & CEO, Bot-Hive

An award winning commercial leader with a track record of building and commercialising digital solutions across a range of industries. Having started life as a young professional footballer, Jacques moved into the business world following a series of injury setbacks. Establishing himself as a sales and marketing professional, Jacques saw the transition of corporate life during the financial crisis and the emergence of industrial digitalisation. In 2017, Jacques fell in love with all things robotics and saw the need for organisations to adopt flexible automation using new and emerging technologies. A digital marketing professional at heart, Jacques applies a highly agile and iterative approach to engineering and is a regular speaker on the topic of Industry 4.0, flexible automation and micro-services.

Chris Hayes

Co-Founder & CRO, Bot-Hive

Raised in the engineering and sporting heartland of Loughborough, UK, Chris has developed into a high achieving global business professional, having represented FTSE and NYSE listed corporations in digital and commercial roles around the world. Now settled in Amsterdam and driven by a passion to combine sophisticated engineering with critical business challenges, Chris saw robotics and automation as a key component in the evolution of industrial manufacturing. He continuously challenges organisations to embrace adaptive & flexible automation using new age and emerging technologies from around the world. Chris applies his knowledge of the digital and robotic landscape to help businesses achieve their goals and solve problems, with industry 4.0 and IoT technologies at the heart of his approach.

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