Mastodon C

Big Data Done Better

About us

it’s nice to meet you!

alt Mastodon C team


  • Francine Bennett

    CEO & Co-founder

    Francine is an ex-Googler and recovering mathematician. She's a trustee at DataKind UK, board member at Bethnal Green Ventures, and advises the Cabinet Office on data science.

    She likes coffee, running, sleeping a lot, and large data sets.

  • Bruce Durling

    CTO & Co-founder

    Bruce toiled for years writing bash and java for investment banking data systems. Now he likes clojure, big data, open source, and making Mastodon C a mean, lean, agile machine.

    He loves using GNU emacs and finding volunteers for the London Clojurians.

  • Jason Bell

    Machine Learning Engineer

    Jason is author of Machine Learning: Hands On For Developers and Technical Professionals and was previously section editor of Java Developer's Journal. He specialises in large scale data pipelines, machine learning, and deep learning.

    Since 1993 Jason has played the Chapman Stick, he also writes about and teaches technology, data, and automation.

  • Elise Huard

    Data Engineer

    Elise is a software veteran with a Masters in Artificial Intelligence in her back pocket.

    She enjoys sci-fi, baking cakes and working on hard problems.

  • Sunny Townsend

    Data Scientist

    Sunny has academic roots addressing problems in ecology and public health with models and statistics.

    She enjoys getting up hills and under water as often as possible.

  • Antony Woods


    Antony is fascinated by visualisation and enjoys creating compelling, intuitive user interfaces.

    He comes from the Black Country, but he doesn't force us to hold that against him.

  • Chris Taylor


    Chris helps public and private sector organisations to get the most out of technology and work better, with a particular focus on all things environmental and local.

    Chris loves the outdoors (particularly the Thames Basin Heaths SPA) and playing the sax.

  • Seb Bailey

    Data Scientist

    Seb studied as a biologist. He now applies skills he developed analysing genes to data science.

    He enjoys baking bread, playing guitar and retro video gaming.

  • Samantha Softley

    Delivery Manager

    Sam is our proactive polyfiller; she loves making things happen and is constantly anticipating where issues may pop up, and looking to put things in place so that the issues never come about.

    When not polyfilling Sam likes to be in the mountains preferably on her bike.

  • Matt Ford

    DevOps Engineer

    Matt automates all the things and lives by the mantra "infrastructure as code, infrastructure as code".

    When his head is not buried in The Cloud he likes sci-fi, piano, and gaming.

  • Shawn Jhanji

    Business Development

    Shawn enjoys working with talented and inspiring teams and connecting people to build successful, innovative businesses that make an impact. He loves helping ambitious and demanding clients solve big, game changing problems.

    He coaches and mentors entrepreneurs and founders via the Impact Hub in Kings Cross. When allowed, he collects relatively interesting stuff, falls off his bike and plays his guitars badly and without embarrassment.

  • Chris Hall

    Strategic Advisor

    Chris has worked in business and technology strategy for almost 20 years. Ages ago he wrote AI planning systems in Prolog and mainly remembers small programmes that ran forever and returned "No".

    He enjoys skiing and sunshine, ideally at the same time.

  • Henry Garner

    Associate Data Scientist

    Henry specialises in building data-intensive systems and is the author of Clojure for Data Science.

    He likes road cycling and juggling fire, though hasn't yet combined these interests.

  • Chris Adams

    Associate UX Consultant

    Chris is a environmentally focused product manager and UX consultant, with prior background in devops, and both front and backend development.

    He loves cycling around Berlin and London (yes, really), and sharpies.

  • Elisabeth Weise

    Associate Consultant

    Elisabeth enjoys commercialising brilliant tech ideas through agile processes.

    She loves Babybels and likes coffee and cycling in London.

  • Joseph Wilk

    Associate Developer

    Joseph is a programmer interested in code as a form of self expression and destroying the tools of programming to rediscover how they enable us.

    With a wide background ranging from building oil pipeline avoidance systems to AI generated lullabies & brainwave powered music. He sits somewhere between an artist, musician and programmer.

  • Mark Breslin

    Strategic Advisor

    Mark is a Digital Consultant, he helps organisations to solve business problems and develop new business opportunities. Mark also advises a number of startups on growth strategy.

    He is a partaker of many sports and a definite master of none; triathlete, ice climber and mountaineer.