Our Experts

Cake Solutions’ unique combination of web savvy and business acumen blend to create the perfect mix for your business. The key members of our team are:

Management Team

Guy Remond

Managing Director

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Guy Remond brings over sixteen years of business experience to Cake Solutions. Guy has been pivotal to the company’s success buy building relationships with securing major public sector and private sector clients such as UK Trade and Investment, Protomed, VMWare and Friends Life. Cake also engages with many technical start ups though its Cake Invest model with Guy personally investing in several of these start ups. Guy has overseen the continual development of Cake in to what it is today, a highly respected software services company.

Guy is the IT Chairman for the Variety – the children’s charity, responsible for continually improving the IT infrastructure and process for the organisation. Guy is also Chairman for the Manchester Variety committee and North West region of Variety raising money via local fund-raising events and corporate relationships and ensuring the money raised is spent on very worthwhile causes.

 

Ian J Brookes

Non-Executive Director

Ian started his career with Price Waterhouse where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, subsequent to which he founded his own management consulting firm specialising in corporate finance for SMEs.

This business was subsequently acquired by an IT services company, and as Finance Director, he led the business to an AIM Listing. Latterly as Group Managing Director, the business achieved a FTSE main market listing, and a capitalisation of £150m.

He left the firm in 2007 to become involved with a number of start-up ventures, including Winning Pitch, taking the business to a £2.5m PLUS Market listing in 2008. The business has subsequently won a £10m NWDA High Growth business support contract in 2009, and a £30m national business support contract in 2012. He is a non-executive director at Winning Pitch.

Ian has worked with a number of Business Schools and Post-Graduate programmes at Lancaster, Manchester and Sheffield Universities, providing lecturing and tutoring services in entrepreneurship, management and finance. He was part of the team which established the MEnt programme at Manchester, and a business incubator for technology start-ups.

He has also worked on a number of private and public funded business incubator initiatives, working with high tech start-up businesses in the ecommerce, digital media, business services, internet and software sectors.

A Companion of The Chartered Management Institute, he is a Trustee and Governor of Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (funded by Rod Aldridge, ex-Capita) where the specialism is Entrepreneurship. A member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, and a Freeman of the City of London, he hasn’t yet taken up the opportunity this affords to drive a herd of sheep across London Bridge.

 

Pete Evison

Commercial Director

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Pete has over 11 years business experience within the consumer electronics and IT sectors. His experience includes; retail buying, working with, and visiting companies in the Far East, USA and Turkey; product development and OEM project management with companies such as Marks and Spencer s and British Telecom; and trading/business manager responsible for all areas of business including the key blue-chip accounts. 

Pete’s arrival at Cake brings a wealth of business development and customer relationship experience that will help support the growth aspirations of the organisation. 

 

Jan Machacek

CTO / Renowned Author / Java, Spring & Scala Expert

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Jan Machacek is the technical director at Cake Solutions. He is a highly experienced Java enterprise architect, consultant and developer with very strong technical skills, author of Pro Spring 2.5, Pro Spring and other books, blogs and articles. He regularly speaks at conferences and developer events in the UK and abroad and he is the editor of the Open Source Journal. Jan regularly works on open source projects; he is the author of Specs2 Spring, Scalad, Spock Spring Integration and Spring Workflow Extension.

Jan’s technical interests and expertise include lightweight JVM-based applications in Scala, Groovy and Java with the help of the Spring Framework, Grails, Akka and Play 2; with asynchronous, resilient and scalable messaging, deployed on cloud infrastructures.

Jan has demonstrated his technical and agile management skills on numerous projects in the public and private sectors; working with the in-house teams as well as delivering projects at Cake Solutions. He has led teams through the perils of agile software delivery, bringing control and value to the business and the joy of programming back to the technical teams. Jan shares his agile leadership experience in publications for the NCC, at public events and at national conferences.

In his spare time, Jan likes to explore new programming languages and experiment with microcontrollers. Jan also competes in time trials and road races as a member of the Manchester Wheelers Cycling Club.

 

Anirvan Chakraborty

Technical Director / Java, Spring & Scala Expert

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Anirvan (Ani!) was born and raised in Kolkata, India. Anirvan studied Internet Software Systems at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2005 with a first class MSc degree. Anirvan is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, an accreditation he has held since 2002, he also holds an Advanced Certificate in Software Engineering from IBM Advanced Centre of Education.

Since joining Cake Solutions, Ani has worked on a number of Cake’s major projects, leading agile teams on several of them. On one of these projects, Ani has been leading a Cake team developing a big central government, knowledge base system and web platform.

Ani was one of the main authors of the best selling ProSpring 2.5 books and has quite a following on his blogs on Java and functional programming. Ani is also one of the SkillsMatter trainers taking the Core Spring (Spring Source) course.

 

Pallay Raunu

Projects Manager

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Pallay Raunu graduated with a joint degree in Masters of Physics and Mathematical Physics (Honours) and brings over 10 years commercial experience to Cake’s PMO. After leaving an IBM partner, Pallay was head-hunted into several start-ups in the North West and primarily involved in the development, testing and delivery of web-based software in the UK and US.

As one of the lead technical engineers at Cake, Pallay has a proven record of project delivery and has been responsible for large infrastructure and enterprise software rollouts across the majority of Cake’s client portfolio.

Pallay is a certified Scrum trainer facilitating change across both private and public sector organisations such as: UKTI, Protomed, and Paycasso, to name but a few. This multi-sector experience and approach means that Pallay can successfully manage and drive projects, both in the start-up and corporate world with equal effectiveness.

Pallay continues to deliver successful projects on time for all of Cake’s clients. His ability to foresee potential issues, find order amongst the chaos, and bringing the best out in people, means Pallay is a valued and pivotal member of the Cake team.

 

 

 

Chris Cundill

Senior Developer/ Team Leader

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With over eight years in software, Chris is an experienced software developer & project manager who has built enterprise systems supporting over 10,000 users, processing over a 1,000 transactions per minute.  He has solid experience in leading agile teams and a strong focus on delivering value to the customer as early as possible.  Chris specialises in Java, Spring and Oracle technologies. He has a keen awareness of software application security and his work has been verified by the NCC on a number of occasions. Chris is a CIW associate and holds a GIAC certificate in Web Application Security.

More recently, Chris has been honing his functional programming skills with Scala and maintains a popular weekly blog on the latest developments in the Scala ecosystem. He is also part of the editorial team for the Open Source Journal and contributes to open source projects regularly. 

 

Alex Lashford

Senior Developer/ Team Leader

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Alex is an experienced software developer specialising in the Java/J2EE toolset. Alex’s commercial experience has exposed him to the support, re-architecture and feature enhancement of large enterprise J2EE applications. This has given him exposure to large data volumes, legacy code, green field development and services integration. From this he has gained a strong core knowledge of development, design, implementation and interpreting the intricacies of the business domain.

More recently he has been involved in programming in a more functional style. Taking advantage of the functional concepts in languages such as Scala & Ruby. This has enabled him to create scalable, feature-rich applications that are not only terse but are a joy to develop. As software development moves towards a purely functional style, languages like Haskel will come to the forefront and this will provide an exciting learning curve.