About Us

 

Our mission is simple. We design and build apps that improve peoples’ lives.

That might sound like a bold statement, but technology can be used to help people understand a process, to interpret their surroundings, to enable them to learn a new life skill, or to support them in times of stress, illness or those with learning difficulties or disabilities. The apps we’ve built really have made a difference to peoples’ lives – enabling them to gain employment, to travel more easily, to access information and to gain skills for life and work to help them to live life to the full.

 

We originally started to develop apps through our associated company, Hunter Bevan Ltd – a marketing, web development and graphic design company. It soon became apparent that our services would be clearer to our target audiences if we separated out the app development provision – and Starfish Labs was born! Our team have diverse backgrounds – from creative design and marketing, computer science, retail management, pharmacy and academic research. This eclectic skill set enables us to bring real-life experience from a diverse range of industries to the solutions we develop – ensuring they are commercially viable while being innovative – and delivering measurable outcomes to the individuals who use them and the organisations that commission them.

What we do

We design and build Apps to train staff and support bespoke company training procedures

If your organisation has a need to train people in a particular process, in a particular way, we have experience in converting paper-based training manuals into interactive training apps for native iOS and Android devices so your staff can take the manual with them on a phone or tablet.

We create apps to help people with learning difficulties and disabilities learn new skills

We’ve built a suite of apps to help people with learning difficulties and disabilities to learn the skills they need to get into the workplace. From customer service to working in a café – our apps break down the tasks into simple steps and use Makaton symbols and pictures to re-enforce learning.

The Starfish Labs Key Team

Neil Bevan FCIM MInstLM

Neil Bevan FCIM MInstLM

Chief Executive Officer

It’s been 25 years since Neil worked on his first client website – and technology has moved at an amazing pace since then. With a background in marketing and design, Neil develops strategy and processes for client apps, specialising in SEND and healthcare. He is an Industry Champion for Derwen College, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management. 

Kirsten Bevan

Kirsten Bevan

Director

Kirsten is a skilled and experienced operations and marketing manager working with global clients to develop their operational strategies and systems and ensuring project scope and deliverable objectives are met. Her background was in Retail Management before moving into marketing and management in the oil & gas sector. Kirsten offers an objective input into user friendliness and commercial viability of apps we develop.

Dr Tim Pearce

Dr Tim Pearce

Director

Tim’s experience includes strategic planning, project management, technical studies and the application of artificial intelligence to interrogate and interpret large scale data sets. He has a personal interest in the provision of the best possible educational and supported living outcomes for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Tim is CEO of the Hafren Scientific Group of companies offering data analysis to a range of sectors.

Manjit Jhooty

Manjit Jhooty

Director

Manjit is the CEO of Jhoots Group. His expertise is consolidated through successful building of relationships with other key partners and professionals in the industry. Jhoots are an independent community pharmacy, placing a strong emphasis on being able to provide the best products, services and professional advice to our customers. Manjit is driven by vision, innovation and passion and places the customer at the heart of everything we do.
Ben Pearce

Ben Pearce

Chief Technical Officer

Ben graduated from Durham University with a Master of Theoretical Physics and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Theory. He is an experienced programmer with strong data analysis and data visualisation skills. Ben is passionate about developing apps to enhance the lives of vulnerable people in society, and the application of AI techniques in healthcare and wellbeing.

Spencer Nicholas

Spencer Nicholas

Lead Developer

Spencer is a recent Computer Science graduate from Aberystwyth University, having completed a four-year course including a placement year. He is an enthusiastic programmer with an interest in developing mobile apps for Android and iOS as well as responsive web applications. He is passionate about delivering the best possible user experience for people of all technical abilities.

Starfish Labs is a Disability Confident Committed Employer

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