Our Team.

The only thing we are serious about is our work.

We're passionate about what we do. And we love to have fun while doing it.

Our Story.

Founded in 2001, Fluent Technology has become a market leader in grant management software.

In our early days, we specialised in case management and local information systems (LIS) building many successful systems.  Then a request from our local tourist organisation to build them an online system to manage grant applications started us on the road to developing our grant management product.  By now a new Director had come on board and, with his background working for a grant-giving organisation, we were perfectly poised to head down this new path (we just hadn’t quite realised it yet!).

It took the global recession to really focus our minds on the direction to take.  With local government budget cuts we saw sales drop and a need for change.  We took the bold and somewhat risky decision to secure bank funding, seek no new business and pour all our creative energies into designing and building a brand new grant management system from the ground up.  Our goal was to come out the other end with a product people needed and wanted. The bank account got lower, staff got nervous and the Directors suffered many a sleepless night but everyone stuck with it and pulled together as all good teams do.

And so, in 2013 after a long gestation, Flexi-Grant® was born! Or at least the first version.  Crucially we know we cannot take for granted that Flexi-Grant® will always remain the most modern GMS on offer.  So we constantly improve, modify and add new features.   Our reward for our hard work and perseverance is an expanding Flexi-Grant® customer base and a growing Fluent team (we’re running out of room in the office but that’s a good thing!).  We still have many of the same valued case management and LIS clients we had in the beginning (and we are even adding new ones) but now we are getting to work with an even more diverse range of people, dedicated to helping others and (dare we use this cliché?) making the world a better place.  We love being part of this and adding to our Flexi-Grant® family.

In some ways our story is just beginning…

Meet our team.

Keith Turkington

Managing Director
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Keith Turkington

Managing Director

Keith Turkington

Managing Director

Keith has a Masters in Computer Science, a Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance, is a Chartered Manager, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Chartered IT Professional, a Member of the British Computer Society & a Certified PRINCE2 Practitioner. He brings almost 30 years of business experience to his role as MD as well as a background working for a grant-giving organisation. His main areas of responsibility are finance, strategy and business development and, like all business owners, never really switches off from work but when he does he loves to travel, play golf and cook.

David Cordner

Technical Director
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David Cordner

Technical Director

David Cordner

Technical Director

David is one of Fluent's co-founders. When he's not designing game changing features for Flexi-Grant®, he's trekking up the Mourne Mountains, travelling or trying to digest every trend and new idea he can through podcasts & articles.

Martin Graham

Operations Director

Martin Graham

Operations Director

Martin Graham

Operations Director

Martin has a degree in Computer Science & over 9 years' experience at Director & Senior Manager level (and before that 10 years as an IT Manager including in a grant-giving organisation ). He will focus on competency, performance & quality in all areas of Fluent as we face the challenges of a period of rapid growth. Is a keen footballer & Liverpool fan (a growing sub-set in Fluent as we now have 3 of the poor blighters), is very active in his local church & is learning to play the drums (possibly to punish his teenage twin girls?).

Jackie Turkington

Office Manager
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Jackie Turkington

Office Manager

Jackie Turkington

Office Manager

Jackie has a degree in Social Sciences & manages everything from the accounts, invoicing & credit control to the office refurb & our social media. Some would say her most important function is to buy the monthly supply of coffee without which Flexi-Grant® might never have existed.

Gary McNally

Implementation Manager
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Gary McNally

Implementation Manager

Gary McNally

Implementation Manager

Gary has a degree in Management Science & a Masters in Business Administration & is a PRINCE2 project manager. With over 20 years experience as a manager in both the private and public sectors, his serious approach to work belies his great sense of humour & his bottomless well of amusing stories on every topic keeps us all entertained! Indulges his life-long passion for photography in his spare time (a skill we put to good use for our early team photos).

Damian Hughes

Senior Solutions Developer
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Damian Hughes

Senior Solutions Developer

Damian Hughes

Senior Solutions Developer

Damian has a degree in Interactive Multimedia Design & is PRINCE2 qualified. He has been with Fluent from the very early days and so he takes care of many of our valued long-standing clients & also plays a vital role working on quality issues. Out of work is a long-suffering Newcastle United fan and Dad to 2 young children (not in that order of importance obviously!).

David Boyd

Product Engineer
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David Boyd

Product Engineer

David Boyd

Product Engineer

David has a Masters in Computing & brings a focussed engineering talent to the development of Flexi-Grant®. In his spare time he is working on an online game (skills he develops there happily pass over to his Fluent work!), his detailed knowledge of WW2 military equipment and his ever-expanding whiskey collection (possibly all at the same time - after all this is a man who until recently was taking a Physics degree for fun!).

Alan Finlay

Product Engineering Team Lead
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Alan Finlay

Product Engineering Team Lead

Alan Finlay

Product Engineering Team Lead

Alan has a degree in Computing & IT & is a PRINCE2 project manager. He is now responsible for excellence, innovation and general awesomeness in Flexi-Grant® & aims to ensure that our technical team are at the top of their game so that Flexi-Grant® remains a market leader in grant management. In work he is known as 'Ask Alan'. Away from work his dedication to having a good time on staff nights out has earned him the nickname 'Shot Alan'.

Gordon Sloan

Software Tester & Quality Assurance
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Gordon Sloan

Software Tester & Quality Assurance

Gordon Sloan

Software Tester & Quality Assurance

Gordon has a degree in Computing Science & is an ISTQB Certified Tester (Foundation Level). He is largely responsible for testing and quality control for Flexi-Grant® and also audits many of our ISO27001 policies. He works so hard that he has to be reminded to take his annual leave. We know he has a life outside of the office but we haven't really discovered what it is yet (although we've heard rumours that he's partial to a game of golf).

Claire Speedy

Marketing Manager
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Claire Speedy

Marketing Manager

Claire Speedy

Marketing Manager

Claire has a degree in Management & Leadership Development, a Masters in Marketing & an advanced Diploma in Management Practice. Our resident marketing expert, she helped design our websites, is responsible for our marketing plan & plays a key role in Business Development. Known for her sense of fun & non-techie expressions #WifiCable #GoOnTheGoogle.

Joe Donaghy

Solutions Developer
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Joe Donaghy

Solutions Developer

Joe Donaghy

Solutions Developer

Joe has a degree in Interactive Multimedia Design & develops some of the more complex features for Flexi-Grant®. Unwinds through games development and is a real hands-on DIY man at home (will he ever get his kitchen finished?). Having become a new Dad in 2017 we suspect his time for DIY is even scarcer ...

Steven McStravog

Solutions Developer
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Steven McStravog

Solutions Developer

Steven McStravog

Solutions Developer

Steven has a degree in Computing and works on improving and adding client-led features to Flexi-Grant®. He unwinds designing mobile games and is a big DC/Marvel and comic book fan. We think we might have collected the IT equivalent of the Big Bang Theory cast by now!

Michael Turkington

Flexi-Grant® Consultant

Michael Turkington

Flexi-Grant® Consultant

Michael Turkington

Flexi-Grant® Consultant

Michael has a degree in Geology, is a PRINCE2 qualified practitioner & an ILM Certified Trainer. His rock solid logical & process driven mind (see what we did there?) is crucial in helping implement, train & support Flexi-Grant® clients & he provides our technical team with a much-needed customer perspective on Flexi-Grant®. Outside work he loves following sport, especially football (he even plays a bit) and cricket, and has an almost encyclopaedic recall of stats from both.

Lauren Williams

Flexi-Grant® Consultant

Lauren Williams

Flexi-Grant® Consultant

Lauren Williams

Flexi-Grant® Consultant

Lauren has a degree in Computing (Artificial Intelligence) and a Masters in Cyber Security. Instead of fighting off hackers she will be making sure Flexi-Grant® implementations are smooth and trouble-free. In her spare time she loves to bake and the Fluent Team has already been the very willing recipients of her excellent salted caramel brownies. Needs both a blanket & hot water bottle to operate at peak efficiency in the office in cold weather.

Gareth Hillen

Junior Solutions Developer

Gareth Hillen

Junior Solutions Developer

Gareth Hillen

Junior Solutions Developer

Gareth did his first degree in Economics but decided to leave the world of sums behind to pursue a career in IT. He joined us fresh from his Masters in Software Development. As well as being eager to develop his skills at Fluent he brings a once rare degree of sportiness to the team as he plays for his local rugby team. The technical team morning scrums suit him very well, we just have to stop him grabbing people's shirts!

Chris Shields

UX Designer

Chris Shields

UX Designer

Chris Shields

UX Designer

Chris has a degree in Interactive Multimedia Design and comes to us from a games design and testing background. He is applying his skills to enhancing the usability and design of Flexi-Grant® so we are all looking forward to an even better looking and easier to use GMS! Outside work he enjoys indulging his passion for Arduino projects and is currently building a miniature magnetic hovercraft. Just to see if he can.

Dave McNeely

Senior Solutions Developer

Dave McNeely

Senior Solutions Developer

Dave McNeely

Senior Solutions Developer

Dave has almost 20 years experience in software & web development and customer service; he has ILM training in leadership & management and has been a Team Leader for the last 5 years. In 2000 he spent a year and a half volunteering in Mozambique as an IT Development Instructor. Dave has joined Fluent to take the lead on major client bespoke projects. Outside work he is a keen cycler ('keen' is the word if you can cycle across Italy, as he did recently) and is also busy preparing his garden for chickens (anticipating free eggs already!).

Niall Hanna

Trainee Flexi-Grant® Consultant

Niall Hanna

Trainee Flexi-Grant® Consultant

Niall Hanna

Trainee Flexi-Grant® Consultant

Niall has a Masters degree in Physics, with experience working as a Data Analyst. He is one of our new graduate trainees who will get to know Flexi-Grant® inside out before helping clients with their implementations & training. He plays guitar in a couple of bands so we hope he's not just biding his time here while he waits for a record company to come knocking on his door! And just to thoroughly end any geek/nerd stereotypes he also loves to play Gaelic football in his spare time. We're becoming quite the athletic bunch around here ...

Nicole Wilson

Trainee Flexi-Grant® Consultant

Nicole Wilson

Trainee Flexi-Grant® Consultant

Nicole Wilson

Trainee Flexi-Grant® Consultant

Nicole has a degree in ICT but after working full-time as a supervisor in retail after graduation decided that her ideal job would combine IT with a customer-facing/support role. Happily we have been able to provide her with that in our graduate trainee role. Her passions out of work are baking, her miniature Schnauzer Harvey & TV crime dramas.

Lyndsey McBride

Account Executive

Lyndsey McBride

Account Executive

Lyndsey McBride

Account Executive

Lyndsey has worked in customer-facing roles in her family businesses from a very young age. She came to us after 2 1/2 years working for the first Google Agency in NI & Ireland, specialising in 360 virtual tours. Quite the adrenaline junky she is an expert skier, surfer & former quad bike racer but also likes to practise yoga & is a trained dog groomer & lover of unicorns (we're not sure she realises they're purely mythical creatures)!

Andrew Gibson

Principal Engineer

Andrew Gibson

Principal Engineer

Andrew Gibson

Principal Engineer

Andrew has 18 years of industry experience in various parts of the world, including Dallas & London. His experience encompasses diverse roles including UI Architecture, Solutions Architecture, Enterprise Development & Agile Practice/Transformation (apparently if you need your autoexec.bat fixed then Andrew is your man!). He refuses to succumb to Fluent's largely casual way of dressing but does entertain us with a wacky shirt/tie combo on a Friday! Out of work he is a sci-fi nut (Iain M. Banks), frustrated musician (tenor & violin) & occasional book editor.

Do you want to be part of our team?

We are currently looking for exceptional people to join Fluent! If you want to be part of a
team that’s passionate, fun and always striving striving for excellence, then you’re in the right place! Go to our Flexi-Grant® Careers page for further information.

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