Our team


Ollie Gardener

Co-founder / CEO

Ollie’s background is in leadership development. She founded the business after getting frustrated there wasn’t a tool like it around. When she isn’t being overly enthusiastic about learning technology, she’ll be practicing her spikes (volleyball) or throwing sticks for her dog.


Stephen Gardener

Co-founder / CTO

Stephen built Noddlepod using his favourite language/framework combo, Ruby on Rails. When he’s not programming, Stephen will most likely be found wrestling with his double bass or making strange electronic noises using his computer.


Duska Rancic

Admin & Finance Officer

Duska is responsible for all the nitty gritty paper work and making sure everyone gets paid on time! When she isn’t worrying about invoices she enjoys reading theological books and playing volleyball with Ollie at the Cardiff Volleyball Club.


Chris Harrison

Ruby on Rails Developer

Chris likes to call himself a programmer, but really just enjoys messing with mechanical things. Outside of poking around inside tech, he is fond of losing himself in books/TV/video games, getting lost in real life, and pretending he knows about a thing or two about basketball.

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Nigel Paine


Nigel Paine is a change-focused leader with a worldwide reputation and unique grasp of media, learning and development in the public, private and academic sectors. He has extensive experience in leadership and consultancy with public service broadcasters, SMEs, global industry players, government and education institutions.

Nigel focuses on the use of learning technologies, organisational development and leadership with a spotlight on maximising human potential, innovation and performance in the workplace. Nigel is a strategic thinker, able to motivate, lead and drive organisations forward to deliver business and training objectives.

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Jeff Bartlett


Jeff Bartlett is a strategic sales & marketing specialist for technology businesses seeking rapid growth. After gaining an Engineering degree he embarked on a career in the IT industry with roles in marketing, sales, product management & customer services. He’s been the catalyst for the rapid growth & exit of an number of SME’s before becoming the global head of marketing for Cap Gemini’s Life Sciences practice.

The past decade has seen him work with dozens of innovative start-ups & SME’s on their business plans, sales & marketing, value proposition, investment readiness and strategic plans. Jeff’s passion is to help innovative technology businesses to realize their ambition with his clarity of thought, boundless energy and commercial business experience.

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Charles Jennings


Charles Jennings is a leading thinker and practitioner in innovative learning and in building high performance strategies and solutions. He is known for his work with the 70:20:10 model.

Charles is a director of The Internet Time Alliance, a multinational think-tank of leading learning and business performance practitioners who work with organisations to exploit emerging practices in informal learning, social learning, and technology-based learning. His background includes roles as the Chief Learning Officer for Reuters and Thomson Reuters, as a business school professor, and as advisory board member for international learning, performance and business bodies.

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Mary McKenna


Mary McKenna is a technology entrepreneur and angel investor.  She co-founded and built the successful online learning company Learning Pool on the back of a long public sector career, growing an online community of 1m learners along the way.

Mary is a trustee for a London based charity Social Care institute for Excellence, one of the Entrepreneurs at Northern Ireland Science park, has been a chairman for Northern Ireland’s Digital Circle since 2010, helped launch ‘Task Squad’, a google backed social innovation platform, and in 2014 was awarded an MBE for services to digital technology, innovation and learning.