About NTI

NTI & The Team

The New Technology Institute - nti Leeds - is part of Leeds Beckett University’s School of Computing and Creative Technologies. We started out in 2003, and moved to our Old Broadcasting House location in Leeds City Centre in September 2007.

We help people get the most from technology.  

We offer a range of training courses which help businesses increase productivity and competitiveness by developing the skills and expertise of their teams.

We support a range of grass roots groups and events, hosting meetups  here at Old Broadcasting House where people come together to network and learn from one another.   

We’re supporting the next generation of talent too. Students from Leeds Beckett get to work on live projects in our Development Studio, which has up to six paid posts for upcoming developers.





  • Dave Verwer

    Dave Verwer


    Dave has developed a number of successful iOS apps. He brings direct experience in designing, developing, shipping and marketing successful apps to his training courses

  • Lorna Mitchell

    Lorna Mitchell


    An experienced web developer working particularly with PHP, the LAMP stack and related technologies, Lorna's also a prolific conference speaker, and writer. She recently co-authored PHP Master: Write Cutting-Edge Code which was published in September 2011.


  • Leonard Austin

    Leonard Austin


    Leonard has over ten years experience of designing and developing around web technologies including HTML, CSS, PHP, WordPress, Javascript, JQuery, SQL, and SEO

  • Jeremy Gledhill

    Jeremy Gledhill


    When he's not training and sharing his 15 years experience of using Macs with you, Jeremy is installing Mac networks, configuring servers and generally helping run the networks for major organisations across the North of England.

  • Marian  Watson

    Marian Watson


    Marian has over 20 years of project management experience working in both public and private sectors and for large and small companies. She’s a specialist in the PRINCE2 methodology and a highly experienced trainer.

  • Gary Bradley

    Gary Bradley


    With 13 years experience in digital print, branding, CGI and illustration, Gary has led global projects in creative multimedia technology, art direction and management for prestigious brands such as Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Nike, and Coca Cola

  • Chris Roberts

    Chris Roberts


    Chris is one of the leading Apple Certified Master Trainers in Europe, working as one of a handful of Mentor Trainers for Apple Europe, with responsibility for running Apple’s European Final Cut Pro Train-the-Trainer classes

  • Patrick Ingham

    Patrick Ingham


    Patrick is the course leader for the MSc Mobile Device Application Development at Leeds Beckett University. He's been working with Android since 2009 and has developed tailored courses for a number of clients including Broadcom.

  • Fash Safdari

    Fash Safdari



  • Nick McKenna

    Nick McKenna


    Nick is the founder and CEO of McKenna Consultants. Nick's passion for quality software is what drives his organisation forward, implementing Agile principles and practices throughout the entire business. Nick graduated from Hull University with a First Class Degree in Computer Sciences. Since then he has gained invaluable experience over 15 years in the software industry, from writing the worlds first electronic invoice system to controlling the computer drivers on racing computer games! Nicks is a SAFe Program Consultant and is one of only a few Certified Scrum Coaches in the UK. Nick also holds his Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Professional awards. You can often hear Nick speaking at Agile Software Development conferences.

  • John Moores

    John Moores


    Music is at the heart of all of John's work. An accomplished guitarist, he has written and produced music and sound design services for TV, radio, film, corporate and multimedia. John works for Apple as their Logic Trainer Mentor, he's an Apple Distinguished Professional and an Apple Certified Logic Studio Master Trainer


  • James Ward

    James Ward


    James works as a Digital Coach and is a Certified Google Partner who has been running AdWords campaigns and analysing Google Analytics for clients for seven years.

  • Mike Bates

    Mike Bates


    Mike heads up the Leeds Met Centre for Project Management, where he leads research and consultancy activities in the field. His current projects include an evaluation of the use of project management approaches between sectors, and a comparative evaluation of project management methodologies.

  • Richard England

    Richard England


    Richard is a twice BAFTA nominated creative coder, whose work includes visual installations, rich internet applications, social media and mobile apps, 3D interactive environments, and games. His client list includes BBC, Channel4, David Hockney Studio, and The National Media Museum.

  • Andrew Devis

    Andrew Devis


    Andrew is an independent media producer working in video and motion graphics and 2d & 3D animation. He's an Adobe Certified Expert and an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Première Pro, Encore and After Effects.

  • Steve Cowie

    Steve Cowie


    Steve Cowie of codeenigma.com is a Drupal expert who has worked on major projects using Drupal for clients including BT, The Economist and Cambridge University. Steve is also an active member of the Drupal community, maintaining code on drupal.org and organising and participating in Drupal events. He delivers courses for nti Leeds along with Matt Fielding of panoetic.com.


  • Matt Fielding

    Matt Fielding


    Matt Fielding of panoetic.com is a Drupal expert who has worked on major projects using Drupal for clients including BT, The Economist and Cambridge University. Matt is also an also active members of the Drupal community, maintaining code on drupal.org and organising and participating in Drupal events. He delivers courses for nti Leeds along with Steve Cowie of codeenigma.com .

  • Ant  Pearson

    Ant Pearson


    Ant has over 15 years experience of working with the web for clients including the BBC, ITV, Sony, and M&C Saatchi. He combines lecturing at Leeds Metropolitan University on Interactive and Web modules with freelance development work, specialising in HTML, CSS, mobile design, WordPress and Actionscript programming.

  • Sarah Allison

    Sarah Allison


    Sarah Allison is the founder and director of Social Yorkshire, a social media marketing company in Leeds. Operating as a social media trainer, consultant and strategist, she works with a wide range of organisations to help them gain confidence in using social media - to improve customer relationships and grow their brands online by engaging target audiences through social channels.


  • Duncan Colman

    Duncan Colman


    Duncan is the founder of Spike Digital Marketing and has 8 years of specialist search marketing experience from local to international, large scale SEO campaigns.

  • Fran Mcgee

    Fran Mcgee


  • Anne Headen

    Anne Headen


    Operating as a WordPress website designer and trainer, Anne works with freelancers and small business owners to help them design and take ownership of their own website.


  • Peter Buckingham

    Peter Buckingham


    Peter has more than 30 years in the film business – starting as a 35mm projectionist. Since then he has worked almost every possible role in cinema and film distribution. He is committed to helping independent film reaching its audience – the central theme of all his work in the industry. For the last few years he was Head of Distribution & Exhibition at the UK Film Council and subsequently the British Film Institute. There he worked on increasing the breadth and diversity of film audiences across the UK, as well as encouraging audience appreciation of UK films. All the many projects that Peter manages produce business and market intelligence about how audiences respond to particular films and audience behaviour which has been shared with the industry to help the development of film and cinema businesses.


  • Mark Solomon

    Mark Solomon


    Mark Solomon has contributed his talent and experience to many of the most memorable animated films of the past decade. Recent projects include Tim Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE, Oscar and BAFTA nominated as Best Animated Feature, 2013 and Mark’s work was nominated by ACE for Best Editing of an Animated Feature. Previously, he edited THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX for Gary Ross (Hunger Games), CHICKEN RUN, a Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture and SHREK, winner of the first Oscar for Best Animated Feature, 2001. As a writer/director, Mark has completed a number of short films, with several animated feature scripts in development. His current project, FLYING COLORS, is a sci-fi adventure set aboard the International Space Station and follows the perilous mission of a colorblind astronaut. Committed to positive entertainment with international appeal, Mark continues to develop projects for family audiences and engages artists and collaborators of the highest calibre. Mark is also an enthusiastic educator, and has published, lectured and led workshops for film schools throughout the UK and in the USA.


  • Dave Ellis

    Dave Ellis


    Dave has been designing websites for over 15 years for the likes of Disney, Nickelodeon, Guinness, BBC and many more. He’s appeared in numerous industry magazines along the way such as Net Magazine, Web Designer and has even appeared in publications in Japan


  • Carl Taylor

    Carl Taylor


    Carl Taylor is a professional iOS developer with 3 years experience on the platform. He created Direct Line's DrivePlus app and an e-commerce application certified by eBay.

  • Kiran Voderhobli

    Kiran Voderhobli


    Kiran Voderhobli is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University with over 5 years of teaching experience in Network Management and Network Security among other areas related to networking systems. He is the course leader for M.Eng. Computer Science and M.Sc. Networking Systems Engineering. Before joining as an academic, Kiran also worked in industry developing secure commercial VoIP solutions. He has led curriculum development and delivery for networking for undergraduate and postgraduate students at Leeds Beckett. His research areas include network security and sustainable computing.

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  • Mike Abbott

    Mike Abbott


    Mike is a highly experienced designer, visual creative and software trainer. In addition to his training work he runs his own studio focused on digital imagery for marketing communication, serving clients in the UK, Europe and USA. He has a broad and deep skill set across graphic design, illustration, photographic based imagery, 3D CGI, and motion graphics. Mike has over 15 years experience as a trainer and is an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects.