My name is John Ward and I am B2B Salesperson, Software Engineer and Open Source Maintainer.

My day job is commercial B2B sales working with the big tech companies. I also spent many years as a Software Engineer / Project Manager / Technical Lead / Group Manager (LinkedIn Profile here) working in the telecommunications / semiconductor / automotive industries, on interesting projects.

When I am in the office (pre-COVID), I am based right in the heart of Manchester with , who are part of the thriving technology scene. Codethink is one of the best companies in the world companies in the world at FOSS and Linux.

I have been programming since the ZX Spectrum (+2 with Cassette!- not the original) and BBC Micro was first released.


I also worked on one of the very first smartphones.

Nokia 6600 and Nokia 7610:                      

My Technical Interests:

  • OpenGL / Graphics Technologies, mainly in C++
  • Build Tooling – Bazel and Remote Execution
  • Open Source with GNOME
  • Multimedia frameworks
  • Rust Programming

Away from the office, you will find me spending time with my family, on a windy beach kitesurfing, paddleboarding, or out on my bike heading up a mountain road or trail.

This is me kitesurfing at one of my favourite beaches (Gwithian in Cornwall)