CFG TEAM & CAREERS

MEET

THE TEAM

At Code First Girls, we are on a mission to help women rewrite their future. Through the power of community and our dream team below, change can, and will happen. One day, we hope to meet you in person, but in the meantime, get to know us a little bit below and throw us a connect on LinkedIn if you’d like! 

If you scroll down a little further, you can find out more about any open roles at CFG, plus see some evidence of the fun we have as a team! 

Anna Brailsford
CEO

Anna started her career in tech as the Commercial Director of Lynda.com and LinkedIn. Anna is leading the charge at CFG and focused on getting as many women into tech as we can. Additionally, Anna is a board member for the Institute of Coding. #funfact: Anna loves all things creative and is often found at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Kim Gray

Kim Gray
Assistant Head of Operations

Kim manages our programmes and curriculums, providing free learning opportunities for women across the UK. Kim has experience in events and operations for startups and completed a full stack bootcamp last year. In her spare time, Kim is the googly-eye connoisseur of CFG and master chef / food taster, often giving food reviews on our weekly team meeting.

Jonathan Hewitt

Jonathan Hewitt
Growth Marketing Manager

Jonathan manages all marketing and growth initiatives across Code First Girls. He has experience working with startups and global brands. When he's not creating new coding memes, you'll find Jonathan admiring his trophy as the reigning 2021 CFG Taskmaster, where we witnessed him unleashing his skills across Hawaiian shirt fashion, portrait painting, crushing eggs with his hand, and fancy-cocktail making.

Sherin Helmy-Bianco
Commercial Partnerships Manager

Sherin is responsible for management and growth of strategic accounts. Previously, Sherin worked for various HR tech companies, including LinkedIn. She holds a First Class Degree in Business Psychology from Birkbeck University.

Sophie Bower

Sophie Bower
Marketing Director

Sophie is responsible for all things marketing at CFG. Previously, Sophie has worked across a range of industries including social networks, FMCG / retail, entertainment and travel. It can get confusing with two Sophies in the house, but luckily for us, this Sophie has an Aussie accent and numerous tales of laughing kookaburras, tinnies at the beach, snags on the barbie, and the "benefits" of Vegemite.

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Rahima Ngatika
Social Media & Content Assistant

Rahima gets super creative looking after our social media posts and driving community engagement at Code First Girls. A recent grad from the University of Northampton, Rahima rocks her own YouTube channel in her spare time and loves travelling and experiencing new things with family and friends. Expect to see some coding-themed TikToks to Cardi B’s “Up” real soon.

Helen Cleary
Programmes & Delivery Manager

Helen manages programmes and client delivery on our free coding courses. Her work background is a combination of different industries including recruitment, startups and co-working spaces. Helen is your go-to person for all things musicals and has seen Hamilton five times. Not only that, but she is a budding self defence martial artist, so is sure to keep us all in line.

Sophie Blinkhorn
Head of Operations

When she's not doing water sports or learning Italian, Sophie is responsible for the operations and programmes at Code First Girls, making sure we have the foundations in place to continue to support our rapidly growing CFG community and company partners. Sophie has experience working within global and start-up organisations within recruitment and tech, focusing on client delivery and customer support.

Ceri Taylor
Programmes & Delivery Manager

Ceri manages our programmes, working with our university partners and clients. She previously worked in consumer insights as well as communications for organisations working closely with the EU. Ceri is fluent in French, so we are all avidly learning all the naughty words, and as an added bonus, she met (some may say discovered) Calvin Harris before he was super-famous (with a signed pair of sneakers to prove it!)

Rebecca Eckardt
Commercial Partnerships Manager

Rebecca is responsible for managing and growing new and existing strategic accounts. She loves languages and travelling, and speaks Swedish, Spanish and Catalan - but her secret talent is unicycling. She has previously worked for FinTech and EdTech start ups.

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Phil Mooney
Learning Experience & University Lead

Phil is our resident learning & teaching specialist, who started his career in corporate training before making the move to HE, spending time as uni lecturer, and then working with the academics to enhance their professional practice. Digging deeper, we’ve discovered Phil (who is also a keen rugby player!) will be joining us in our communal love of food, rolling in with some amazing recommendations from across the globe including some out-of-this-world steak in Argentina! We’ve all voted for this to be the next team activity.

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Anu Panday
Programmes & Delivery Assistant

Anu is part of the Programmes & Delivery team and you’ll see her working with clients, CFG members, and being busy planning out all our courses! Anu was previously working in retail, but got the coding bug after taking a CFG Web Dev course! An avid Harry Potter book lover, outside of coding and reading, you’ll find Anu learning how to play the keyboard or watching the Korean dramas.

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Ruth Everett
Programmes & Delivery Manager

Not only is Ruth part of our Programmes & Delivery team, but she is also an amazing digital marketer, specialising in SEO and data analysis (*cue marketing team poppin’ bottles*). Ruth was shortlisted for Young Search Professional of the Year at the 2019 UK Search Awards for her killer skills, and in her spare time, enjoys building weird niche websites, watching videos of dogs or trying out a new yoga pose.

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Raneen Ibrahim
Programmes & Delivery Assistant

Raneen is a trained pharmacist who has always had a passion for tech but couldn’t find an avenue to learn, that is, until she came across Code First Girls. A Web Dev course later, and Raneen is now part of the CFG team! In her spare time, she rules the world of FIFA on her Playstation and loves to explore the hidden foodie gems of London. An epic combo! Raneen is also a travel immersion enthusiast, visiting new countries and embracing local cultures.

Patricia Perez Simpson
Programmes & Delivery Manager

Patricia has five and a half years’ experience as a project manager for a translation company. So, it won’t come as a surprise that she is fluent in three languages. Patricia loves to live her best life at Zumba class or the theatre and also really enjoys live comedy with her idea of heaven being a permanent Edinburgh Fringe. Did we also mention that Patricia completed our first ever Nanodegree as part of our Summer 2021 cohort before starting her role at CFG!

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Mehdi Varandi
Technology & Education Lead

Medhi will already be well-known to some CFG members as one of our rockstar instructors. With teaching as his passion (and his super-power!), Medhi will be working on developing all of our courses and curriculum with loads of new content coming up! Not only that, but we are all looking forward to Mehdi giving us a fencing demo and showing us his debating trophies (he repped Newcastle at the European Championships 2020 for those playing at home!). Outside of this, books, music and travel all rank highly in Medhi’s world, with new recommendations welcome!

JOIN

OUR TEAM

See below for roles currently available at Code First Girls. If you scroll down a little further, you’ll read about some of the great benefits of working here too!

AVAILABLE ROLES:

INSTRUCTORS

NANODEGREE EVENING INSTRUCTOR (FREELANCE)

Code First Girls has expanded on our current offering by delivering a range of new courses and course content for women who are interested in pursuing a career in tech. Our aim is to double the size of the current community by offering a variety of Mass Open Online Courses, revamped Introduction Classes, and our newly introduced Nanodegree.

CFG is looking for committed and experienced developers to become instructors for our 13-week, remotely-accessible, evening Nanodegree programme.

● Remote working
● £50 per hour as a Lead / £30 per hour as an Assistant
● Start date: February 2022
● Part-time

General Requirements
+ A UK/IE based developer with 2+ years of experience in a professional setting
+ Strong Python skills (experience writing production code, knowledge of APIs)
+ Good  SQL skills (ability to work with databases  and write queries to access data)
+ Understanding of a product development lifecycle
+ Advanced Python skills OR Data analytics experience/understanding  (Pandas, NumPy, etc. packages) OR Web Development (JavaScript, React, TypeScript)
+ Comfortable troubleshooting installation and software issues on both Windows and Mac machines
+ Experience deploying the code to production
+ Strong presentation skills
+ Ability to work with a group and handle unexpected situations
+ Passion for teaching and mentoring

‘Good to have’ requirements
+ Understanding of basic statistics techniques
+ Understanding of basic programming algorithms
+ Understanding of UI/UX Design, and interface planning via wireframing and blueprint design
+ Previous teaching experience (e.g. CFG courses)
+ Previous mentoring experience
+ Previous experience delivering MOOCs or workshops

All classes will occur Monday – Thursday from 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm. In total, you will work approx 100 hours over the 13 weeks (including core delivery, prep and assessment/homework marking). Our sessions are conducted remotely via Zoom, so you can be based anywhere with good wifi.

Read the full job description here.

Inclusivity & Equal Opportunities: we are committed to attracting and recruiting diverse candidates as the CFG team continues to grow. We actively welcome applications from people of colour, applicants with disabilities and from minority groups.

Community Language: we use an inclusive definition of the word ‘women’ when talking about the Code First Girls community, which includes cisgender and transgender women.

INSTRUCTORS

NANODEGREE MASTERS EVENING INSTRUCTOR (FREELANCE)

Code First Girls has expanded on our current offering by delivering a range of new courses and course content for women who are interested in pursuing a career in tech. Our aim is to double the size of the current community by offering a variety of Mass Open Online Courses, revamped Introduction Classes, our Nanodegree introduced in 2021 and our first Masters extension in June 2022.

CFG is looking for committed and experienced developers to become instructors for our 4-week, remotely-accessible, evening Masters programme.

● Remote working
● £50 per hour as a Lead / £30 per hour as an Assistant
● Start date: June 2022
● Part-time

General Requirements

+ A UK/IE based developer with 2+ years of experience in a professional setting
+  Strong Python and Software skills (experience writing production code, knowledge of APIs)
+ Experience working with Cloud platforms, Docker, Kubernetes, Pipelines
+ Knowledge of theoretical concepts and Design Principles in HCI
+ Good knowledge of React, Redux, Hooks, State Management as well as React Native
+ Advanced Cloud & DevOps OR Mobile App Development OR Analyst & Product Management
+ Comfortable troubleshooting installation and software issues on both Windows and Mac machines
+ Experience deploying code to production
+ Understanding of a product development lifecycle
+ Strong presentation skills
+ Ability to work with a group and handle unexpected situations
+ Passion for teaching and mentoring

‘Good to have’ requirements
+ Understanding of Project Management and Business Analysis
+ Understanding of basic programming algorithms
+ Previous teaching experience (e.g. CFG courses)
+ Previous mentoring experience
+ Previous experience delivering MOOCs or workshops

All classes will occur Monday-Thursday from 6:30 pm – 8.30 pm. In total, you will work approx 40 hours over the 4 weeks (including core delivery, prep and assessment/hw marking). Our sessions are conducted remotely via Zoom, so you can be based anywhere with good wifi.

Read the full job description here.

 

Inclusivity & Equal Opportunities: we are committed to attracting and recruiting diverse candidates as the CFG team continues to grow. We actively welcome applications from people of colour, applicants with disabilities and from minority groups.

Community Language: we use an inclusive definition of the word ‘women’ when talking about the Code First Girls community, which includes cisgender and transgender women.

WERK

PERKS

The best bits! From extra holidays, to team socials, learning opportunities and more. And did we mention helping loads of women to code also gives you an amazing sense of purpose? 🙌

BASE HOLIDAY

28 days base holiday (20 days + 8 bank holidays). But the question is, are you a beach, city or jungle holiday person?

CHRISTMAS BREAK

Bonus two weeks over Christmas when our office shuts. 

FLEX WORKING

Work from home or come into the office (when restrictions lift), we’ve got those flexible working vibes.

JAZZY SET UP

Well, you get a new laptop + extra screens if you need it and of course some cool CFG merch. Fidget spinner anyone?

FUN STUFF

Team bonding happens once a month where we get someone to organise something ridiculously fun.

COOL CODER CLUB

Learn how to code. You’ll get access to our classes where you can learn some new skills –  Python & Apps, Web Dev or Data & SQL.

TEAM

MOMENTS

We are a fun bunch who love to get out and have fun as a team or meeting our Code First Girls members at our events! But don’t just take our word for it, we’ve got some photographic evidence to get you excited!