The Synapse Team
Brian Donnelly

Brian Donnelly

CEO

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Brian Donnelly founded his first major business; Constellar, in the late 1990’s. In the process of growing the business he migrated to Silicon Valley after being offered US VC funding. Brian took Constellar to a total of 70 major customers and 160 staff before being sold to IBM. Brian has seen companies large and small struggle with spreadsheets to automate business critical operations. The fundamental solution to this problem became the basis of Synapse. Outside of work you will most likely find Brian on the Squash court.
Josef Baker

Josef Baker

Product Manager

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Josef joined Synapse in July 2013 as an experienced Software Developer in order to focus primarily on back-end development and support for all clients. He has spent time on site with major clients to improve the efficiency of releases and provide training and support to all users. Previously a Research Fellow at University of Birmingham, Josef has worked on projects in Japan, China and throughout Europe focusing on scientific document analysis and semantic web for mathematics. He holds a PhD in Computer Science, M.Eng in Computer Science & Software Engineering both at the University of Birmingham. When not at work, Josef enjoys combing and waxing his moustache.
Gary Liddle

Gary Liddle

Senior Software Engineer

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Gary joined Synapse in June 2015 as a Software and Systems Engineer. He is responsible for internal process improvement for a number of areas including service management and time management. Gary graduated from Swansea University with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and his previous employers include the Press Association, Demon Internet and Vodafone. Outside of work, Gary’s hobbies include electronics, home automation and swimming. Once, when bored, Gary practised a meditative technique mentioned in a book he had read on the training of Shaman..which caused his wife to scream upon seeing him, claiming his eyes were glowing. Gary confesses he can’t live without red wine and books.
Josie Byrne

Josie Byrne

Head of Support

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Josie joined the company as one of the first testers in May 2015. She tests software, documents and analyses findings, liaises with engineers and provides support to Synapse’s clients. When asked why she joined Synapse, she said – “Because I love spreadsheets” – and really wasn’t joking. Prior to joining Synapse, Josie taught and tutored A-Level Literature and completed her MA in English Literature earlier this year at the University of Birmingham. She has also previously taught accredited courses in IT for a private training provider and gained a lot of experience working with excel in previous job roles. Josie is a bibliophile by nature and has a fire hazard level of stacked books at home. Can’t live without: Comic books and tea.
Tara Keaveny

Tara Keaveny

Telemarketing Team Leader

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Tara is Synapse’s Telebusiness Team Leader, she has been working in Telebusiness for over 10 years across various verticals, starting on the phones full time and working her way up to training and managing teams.

Tara joined Synapse as she found it to be a growing business with a fantastic culture and felt welcome from the moment she came for her interview.

She says she loves Synapse because “it is fast paced and constantly dynamic, it is a company which offers the freedom to look at new and innovative marketing practices, whilst promoting new and innovative products.”

Greatest achievement?  “A little cliché, but my children.”

What can’t she live without? Spreadsheets. (And a nice glass of Chardonnay on a Friday.)

Damla Elliot

Damla Elliot

Business Development Administrator

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Coming Soon.
Sean Blencowe

Sean Blencowe

Principal Consultant

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Sean started working at Synapse in 2009 and jointly built the first Synapse solution with CEO Brian Donnelly. Sean is responsible for solution design and client relationship management. He is experienced in project management of international teams, software architecture, design, development, test and validation, in addition to Product scope and requirements analysis. Outside of work, Sean can be seen restoring classic sports cars and taking them for a spin. Sean has three children and enjoys spending time with his family.

We make spreadsheets work for teams

 
Synapse Information was founded in 2012 by Brian Donnelly, a British entrepreneur and Silicon Valley veteran. As a database expert, Brian saw the problem of spreadsheets becoming error-prone and unmanageable as they grow in complexity, and with more users, forcing companies to replace the spreadsheets with unfamiliar, inflexible and expensive systems.

 

We are proving you don’t have to ditch the spreadsheets as you grow, you just need to manage them differently. So we started out solving the problem for a UK high street bank and global Swedish retailer, before developing our flagship CloudCFO product. We are based at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, with a team full of accountants and technologists, and a brilliant team of business development and support staff who are delighted to receive phone calls or visitors anytime.

 

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