Meet The Team

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor is a well known figure in the Open Source community and participant in the organisations that helped establish Open Source - now into his second decade on the front line. He is the founder, and for 5 years consecutively President, of the Open Source Consortium, is an expert advisor to the Free Software Foundation Europe, the UK representative of the Open Source Software Institute, and occasional advisor to the Free Software Foundation and the Open Source Initiative in the U.S. A long time advocate of Open Source, Mark is a well-known speaker and writer on all aspects of the phenomenon.

As CEO of Sirius, Mark has been instrumental in the adoption and rollout of Open Source software in Businesses, Government and Public Sector, Educational Institutions and third-sector organisations large and small around the world.

Mark's political activities have included acting as a technology advisor to all main UK political parties and multiple Government departments, including a 6 month stint as Chair of the Cabinet Office New Suppliers to Government working group and invited membership of the SME Panel. Mark stands for Open Source, Open Standards and Open Data, for SME engagement with Government, and for equal participation of Women in Technology.

Outside the world of Open Source Mark enjoys spending time with his family, keeping fit at the gym and Karate Dojo, working his way through the Western Canonlearning languages modern and ancient, and is the Early Years Governor of Coworth-Flexlands School.

Matt Farrow
Senior Drupal Developer

Matt has been building, developing and managing enterprise websites for 20 years. Before joining Sirius in 2015, he was Digital Development Manager at the University of Surrey, where he oversaw the implementation of two organisation-wide content management systems, including Drupal. Prior to that, he was Head of Information and Knowledge Sharing at WWF-UK, having overall responsibility for web and internal knowledge systems development.

Rajeev Kumar
Senior Drupal Developer

Rajeev is working as Senior Drupal Developer at Sirius and has been coding since 2010. He started his development career in the educational research sector and since then has been involved in several projects ranging from project management tools to e-commerce, rental systems, e-governance and SAAS. He is capable of developing smooth functioning systems based upon high level concepts.

He is an active member of the Drupal community and has been a key member of the several DrupalCamp committee in India since his start.

Rajeev lives in Bracknell with his wife and daughter. He's been known to escape from work for travelling to the hills, attending technical or classical music events.

He can sit in front of computer screen for many hours while keeping himself busy with coding and planning out projects to make others' life easier.

Simon King
Support Manager

With a diverse background in IT, Simon has performed in a number of roles from development, through quality assurance and test, right up to production support.. From the formative years playing with Spectrum and then Acorn computers, his education extended through to being sponsored by a large corporation on a Computer Science degree. His practical experience includes time in the public sector, financial market IT transport and more, in teams and companies ranging from small to multinational. With a firm grasp on the full life-cycle of IT delivery, Simon is now managing our 24x7 support and operations team.

Paul Turton
Senior Support Engineer

Paul joined us as a first line helpdesk coordinator and has worked up to the role of Senior Support Engineer, he is now one of the longest serving members of Sirius.

Paul has always been fascinated with technology and quickly picks up new skills in various products to help find the best solution and fixes for our clients needs.

Paul recently became a AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate and is now looking for gaining further qualifications in this field.

Samreen Syed
Account Manager

Samreen is an ambitious individual with insatiable drive to get things done, progress and accomplish. Strong professional background in retail, merchandising, customer service and entertainment. Samreen serves as a point of contact with all our clients in building and maintaining relationships. Samreen originally comes from Jeddah, KSA and also has roots in India.

In her own time Samreen enjoys travel and is passionate about Art, Independent Cinema and Music.

Louise Menezes
Office Manager
Daniel Toe
Support Engineer

Computers have always fascinated Daniel. Since the early 1990's Daniel have watched it's development with awe, especially the rapid expansion of the internet. Now by the grace of God and hard work, he is working in this field, having a peak at the inner workings of this vast and complex network which is internet. In addition to computing, his interests are history, theology, systematic study of the Christian bible and study of ancient languages of Hebrew and Greek.

Rianne Schestowitz
Support Engineer

Rianne came to work for Sirius in 2013 and during her spare time she helps with editorship of Tux Machines; she looks after the community’s interests, striving to focus on news that may interest people. Rianne is no stranger to computers; to list some of her credentials:

A Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science.
Works for a FOSS specialist serving high-profile customers in the public and private sector.
Co-edits Tux Machines and runs Trends Right.

James Holland
Support Engineer

James is part of the night-team section of Support. He work evenings and overnight shifts. Apart from responding to tickets and events, he enjoy learning to implement our infrastructure particularly monitoring and backups.

Dr Roy Schestowitz
Support Engineer

Roy is a Software Engineer, interdisciplinary researcher and an advocate of fair competition. He holds a doctoral degree in Medical Biophysics. As a familiar face in the free/open source software world, he has appeared on television several times and has featured in films. He won several awards over the years for his academic achievement, programming accomplishments and also various sports. Roy also runs the site Techrights, which has amassed hundreds of millions of hits over the years.