CEO and Co-founder
Simon's the man-in-charge here at miDrive, partially because he worked out pretty much the entire business side of things and partially because he's the only one who's willing to wear a tie [sometimes!].
Si's always the first in the office to try out a new gadget and he's utterly determined to turn our little corner of Kent into the next Silicon Valley. When he's not devouring every startup blog and book he can find, Simon loves to be out in the wilderness with his family. Currently using 'lean' methodology to train the family's new puppy ... and failing fast!
Keeper of the calendar
Mel's our kick-arse, take-no-prisoners project manager. She books the meetings, organises who's doing what and makes sure that everyone's where they should be. Without her around, many members of our team (Jonathan) would end up wandering into the sea.
When she's not scheduling our workloads for the next 18 months, Mel's into outdoorsy activities, most of which incorporate the word 'boarding' in some way.
Product architect and Co-founder
It was Matt who first came up with the idea for miDrive and - with help from Simon - developed the idea into the business we've got today. Matt's a designer through-and-through; he tends to leave the numbers to Simon and focuses on creating an amazing product.
While Marc and Simon make things work, Matt makes things pretty. He works through the night to come up beautiful logos, gives up weekends to design the perfect homepage and spends his days in the office turning sketches and notes into a website and app that we're pretty damned proud of.
Officially, Simon makes the website work and helps Marc and Matt out when things go wonky, but that's not what he seems to do most of the time. Simon's self-imposed duties as our unofficial Android evangelist keep him busy. He's always bursting into the miDrive office, waving increasingly massive smartphones at us and shouting about what he doesn't like about iPhones. We just let him get on with it; every family need their black sheep.
When he's not trying to convert us, Simon's into gaming (he's fantastic at Minecraft), coding and his family.
Le' Developer Webliotec
Croissants, macaroons, Marc: these are all things which - despite being French - are actually rather nice. He's often heard telling managers "I never moan, I just express myself loudly" or spotted dashing to the mailroom to pick up his latest eBay bargain (it's almost always LEGO).
Despite all the 'expressing himself', Marc is a vital part of the miDrive team, especially since he's the only one who knows how half of the app stuff actually works.
We're hunting for a UI developer to join the miDrive team. If you're the sort of person who fusses over fonts, knows that 'front end design' isn't a kind of intimate wax for ladies and wants to work with the assortment of very 'special' people you've read about on this page, email mel.carr@miDrive.com.
He's a man with a fine taste in hats and jazzy t-shirts, but his true skill lies in his writing. When he's not producing content for the site, interacting with our learners via social media or plotting a big marketing campaign, he'll be planning a trip to space or persuading Mel to let him hire a Batmobile for 'marketing purposes'.
In his spare time, Jonathan can be found tending to his vegetable patch, insisting Doctor Who is cool and baking with his fiancee, Lou. Jonathan also has an irrational fear of weasels, but we've never asked why.
Izzy's an unstoppable blogging machine. If you've read it on miDrive, she probably wrote it. She's been filling up our blog with great stuff for over a year and she isn't showing signs of slowing down. When she runs out of room for posts on our own blog, she just jumps on someone else's; she's written about learning to drive for MoneySupermarket, Confused.com and Sainsbury's!
Who would you suggest is the role model for this talented young lady? Someone brainy and bookish perhaps? No. Izzy idolises Kim Kardashian and hopes one day to cultivate a massive bum and vast fortune of her own.
Online video producer
Hired to turn miDrive into YouTube superstars (no pressure) , Phil's the newest member of the miDrive team. He spends his days in the office using a complicated array of expensive Adobe software and searching for the most elusive creature on the internet: a piece of free music that doesn't suck.
Outside of the exciting world of miDrive, Phils plays instruments (he's new, we don't know which ones), writes horror movie reviews and has several disturbingly well-equipped World of Warcraft characters. Several!
Head of Partnerships
Clad in leather and animal print, Shelley's our glamorous front-woman. She visits schools to talk about miDrive, chats to driving instructors about what we can do for them and keeps the world outside our office up-to-date with what we're up to.
When she's not charming driving instructors and shocking the office with bouts of uncontrollable and surprisingly good rapping, Shelley focuses on growing old as disgracefully as possible.
If you were to phone the miDrive office, it's probably Rachael who you'd speak to. She looks after the driving instructors and makes sure that all of our users are happy (which, of course, they always are).
Rach has many great qualities which could be mentioned here, but her best one is the fact she's still new enough to regularly make tea for everyone (she's making me coffee as I write this, bless her).