About Annertech

Annertech helps organisations to achieve online success.

Put simply, we are Ireland’s leading and largest Drupal development company. Our work spans government (local, national, and international), third level education, non-profits and charities, and commercial organisations. We are an Irish web development consultancy, architecting, designing, building, and maintaining large content management systems and custom web applications. Our framework of choice is Drupal.

We are active participants in the Irish and international Drupal communities. We have spoken at DrupalCons, organised and sponsored DrupalCamps, and written and shared lots of code on drupal.org.

Annertech is dedicated to providing open source solutions for web-based projects and we are looking forward to working with you.

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Stella Power - Drupal rockstar and managing director of Annertech
Stella Power
Managing Director
Alan Burke - Annertech Senior Consultant
Alan Burke
Consultant
Dermot Frost - Annertech Director and Systems Admin
Dermot Frost
Director
Anthony Lindsay support manager and axe wielder
Anthony Lindsay
Lead Support Engineer
Mike King - Annertech Agile Project Manager
Mike King
Project Manager
Mark Conroy - Lead Frontend Developer & Content Strategist
Mark Conroy
Lead Frontend Developer & Content Strategist
Tommy Lynge Jorgenson - Senior Backend Developer
Tommy Lynge Jorgensen
Senior Backend Developer
Andrew Macpherson - Backend Developer & Accessibility Expert
Andrew Macpherson
Backend Developer & Accessibility Expert
Lisa Corcoran - Web designer & frontend developer
Lisa Corcoran
Web designer & frontend developer
Bren Vaughan - Project Manager
Bren Vaughan
Project Manager
Gavin Hughes - front end developer and kite surfer
Gavin Hughes
Senior Support Engineer
Ricardo Flores-Galan: UX Designer
Ricardo Flores Galan
UX Designer
Rob McCreary: Frontend Developer
Rob McCreary
Frontend Developer
Tom Bamford - Frontend Drupal Developer at Annertech
Tom Bamford
Frontend Developer
Karen Leech Drupal Site Builder and QA Analyst at Annertech.
Karen Leech
Site Builder & QA Analyst
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Stella Power - Drupal rockstar and managing director of Annertech

Stella, Annertech’s founding director, is an internationally renowned developer. Founder of the Drupal Association of Ireland, Stella maintains and/or co-maintains in excess of 30 very popular Drupal modules, such as Code Review (downloaded almost a half a million times and used by top developers to ensure quality code is written), Lightbox 2 (downloaded almost 700,000 time, and used on almost 132,000 Drupal websites), FAQ (which has been downloaded almost 150,000 times and is implemented on nearly 35,000 Drupal websites), and Drupal Commerce Realex (used by any site that wishes to integrate the Realex payment gateway on a Drupal Commerce website).
 
Stella is one of only two Irish people on the international Drupal Security Team, helping to make sure that Drupal is as secure a platform as possible and that our websites are the most secure of Drupal websites. As a Drupal evangelist, Stella has spoken at many international conferences on a variety of topics regarding best practices for workflow, development, and deployment.

 

  • When the work hat's off, I'm usually found ... playing with my two daughters Ailbhe and Ciara.

  • Favourite movie of all time ... Pirates of the Caribbean 1

  • Three things I'd save from my burning house ... family, laptop, shoes

  • Voted "most likely to" ... fly to the moon (or do something space related)

  • Completely obsessed with ... coding standards, todo lists, toasted banana sandwiches, pottery classes. I think I might have too many obsessions.

Alan is a director within Annertech, a hat he wears lightly as his true love is for software development, especially as it pertains to front-end development and site performance.

Alan has been a lead developer or consultant on most Annertech projects. Just recently he re-built the whole of SacredSpace.ie in Drupal 7. This involved migrating all content from Drupal 6 (content on this website is translated into twenty different languages), re-developing the website in Drupal 7, completing all front-end work, server admin functions, client liaising, go live, and on-going support.

Other notable projects for Annertech that Alan has worked on include the re-development of Oxfam Ireland's website, which involved amalgamating 2 e-commerce platforms, 2 non-Drupal CMSs, 2 donations platforms, and 2 other websites all into one portal. He was also instrumental in the development of the experimental LGMA platform LocalGov.ie, this platform is a sandbox for testing features that can be rolled out to all local authority bodies across the country in an effort to streamline resources and cut down on duplication of work.

Alan has spoken at local, national, and international conferences on various topics. Some of the topics include using version control software (git), multilingual content websites, and configuration management. He has been selected by the international Drupal Association to give a presentation at DrupalCon Amsterdam on “Advanced Grid Systems” this September.

  • When the work hat's off, I'm usually found ... On my bike

     

  • Favourite movie of all time ... Withnail and I

     

  • Three things I'd steal from a burning house ... Wouldn't even steal from a house NOT on fire!

  • Voted "most likely to" ... vote

  • Completely obsessed with ... Understanding how things work

Dermot Frost is a systems and infrastructure manager in Annertech. He holds a primary degree in Computer Science and a Masters degree in High Performance Computing, both from Trinity College Dublin. With 15 years of UNIX systems administration experience, 10 of which focused on high performance and high availability environments, Dermot ensures all Annertech hosted sites are secure and available at all times.

  • When the work hat's off, I'm usually found ... Playing grand strategy video games and listening to loud music

  • Favourite movie of all time ... Conan the Barbarian. (Arnie version, not the remake)

  • Three things I'd save from my burning house ... Kids, Randy Rhoads Flying V guitar, Kindle

  • Voted "most likely to" ... avoid sleeping in order to read more books

  • Completely obsessed with ...  All things George RR Martin related

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Anthony Lindsay support manager and axe wielder
Anthony Lindsay
Lead Support Engineer

Anthony is Annertech's support manager. He makes sure that all support tasks are delegated to the right support engineer and completed in a timely manner. Clients love his affable nature and ability to get even the most urgent tasks completed to ensure there is no critical downtime. An award-winning app developer (not to mention qualified civil engineer!), Anthony is a prized member of the Annertech family.

  • When the work hat's off, I'm usually found ...  rocking out with a fine ale in hand.

  • Favourite movie of all time ... definitely Aliens.

     

  • Three things I'd rescue from a burning house ... my Mac, my chilli plants, my guitar.

  • Voted "most likely to" ... live in a yurt, eating granola.

  • Completely obsessed with ... creating things: software, food, beer, music.

  • Currently reading: Developing Backbone.js Applications - Addi Osmani

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Mike King - Annertech Agile Project Manager

Mike is Annertech's lead project manager. Joining Annertech in 2013, he brings over 20 years' experience to the project management table.

Mike has been responsible for managing all of our larger projects for the past two years. He ensured that the StoryScope for the €4.2m Decipher ran on-time, on-budget, and met the milestones. He ensured that the Royal Museums of Greenwich's new website was launched in a similar fashion, even given the very tight deadlines and the complexity of the data to be migrated. When we were building the Building Control Management System for the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) recently, a portal that was being developed against a moving target (the legislation was still being formulated, even though the deadline was fixed), Mike was instrumental in ensuring that everything went according to plan.

With lots of experience in various project management styles, such as kanban, PRINCE2, and agile, Mike is a very versatile asset on the Annertech team. He is a team player who involves all necessary stakeholders in all necessary decisions. He brings people together. He “gets the job done”.

    • Even Mike can't work out why he goes by the username Emkay.
    • Mike likes to move house.
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Mark Conroy - Lead Frontend Developer & Content Strategist
Mark Conroy
Lead Frontend Developer & Content Strategist

Mark Conroy is a web developer and public speaker based in Galway, Ireland. A former English teacher by profession, he now works almost exclusively with Drupal and embracing open source technology whenever possible. As a speaker, he mostly presents on uses of digital media for effective campaigning for non-profit organisations, groups, and individuals. He has also presented at “Drupal for Government” days in Dublin on creating social networks using Drupal, twice at Drupal Camp Ireland, and is organising Drupal Camp Galway 2014.

Within Annertech Mark looks after content and content strategy - making sure that ownership is taken of each item of content by various members and staff, the blog roster is adhered to, and apostrophes are used correctly and sparingly.

  • When the work hat's off, I'm usually found ... trying to teach the dog to fetch

  • Favourite movie of all time ... Fight Club

  • Three things I'd steal from a burning house ... decent wifi, a wing, and a prayer.

  • Voted "most likely to" ... read a book with a boring title.

  • Completely obsessed with ... the philosophy of open source technology.

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Tommy Lynge Jorgenson - Senior Backend Developer
Tommy Lynge Jo…
Senior Backend Developer

Tommy is a back-end developer, with 5 years of Drupal experience. He has been working primarily on large scale projects which receive in excess of 50,000 monthly users, mostly for government portals and news media.

He started his technical career by managing Linux/BSD servers, then became a .NET developer before embracing PHP and Drupal.

Tommy is a black belt Kung-Fu master (in data migration). He has spent the past number of years gaining deeper insights into how to handle data in Drupal, how to store it, and how to make it available for Drupal and/or other platforms, using his patented cocktail of best practice and common sense.

His toolbox is an Open Source software haven, with such implements as Linux (in almost any flavour), Apache, Git, MySQL, PostgreSQL, PHP and tons of developing and debugging tools. And, of course, a few programming cook books, which he reads, when he needs a break every now and then!

Experience:

  • Technical design of back-end systems
  • Data flow and migrations
  • Lead developing
  • Server maintenance (Linux/BSD)
  • When the work hat's off, I'm usually found ... @home, @playground/@park with the kids or @computer

  • Favourite movie of all time ... The Rock, Firefly (TV serie), V for Vendetta

  • Three things I'd steal from a burning house ... ???

  • Voted "most likely to" ... become a great Dane.

  • Completely obsessed with ... new software.

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Andrew Macpherson - Backend Developer & Accessibility Expert
Andrew Macpherson
Backend Developer & Accessibility Expert

Andrew is a senior developer within Annertech, responsible for solving a lot of our more complex backend tasks.

He was tasked as a solutions architect when we developed the latest version of the Royal Museums Greenwich website. One of the more complex problems we had on that website included creating a feature to allow the creation of over 3,000 individual landing pages, each of which must also configurable in its own right. He also provided solutions on our recently-built website Inspiring Ireland, ensuring that a Drupal backend could communicate with the Digital Repository of Ireland's API to pull data objects into the website and display them on the frontend. As the senior lead on the migration of content for WWOOF.ie, Andrew ensured that all content was migrated from a Drupal 6 site to a Drupal 7 one which was not built by Annertech. He then took over as lead support partner on this website.

We have never presented Andrew with a task to solve that he didn't immediately have a solution forming for.

  • When the work hat's off, I'm usually found ... Telling fireside stories in a magnificent castle. Or a tent. Actually it's usually a tent.

  • Favourite movie of all time ... Scaramouche.

  • Three things I'd steal from a burning house ...  A walking staff, a wide-brimmed hat, and the complete run of Doom Patrol.

  • Voted "most likely to" ... turn his nose up at the "wrong kind" of squared paper.

  • Completely obsessed with ... Haberdashery shops.

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Lisa Corcoran - Web designer & frontend developer
Lisa Corcoran
Web designer & frontend developer

Lisa is new to Annertech, taking over the role of lead designer. For the past number of years she has worked as a designer and developer using a number of platforms to build websites, such as Drupal, Joomla, and Wordpress.

She has been a graphic designer for over a decade working on large and medium sized projects for a variety of local, national, and international clients.

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Bren Vaughan - Project Manager
Bren Vaughan
Project Manager