In the second instalment of our “Meet the Team” series we’d like to introduce you to Mat Linaker, Head of Development.
Mat joined Cloudsource in late 2016 to develop our Cloud product portfolio and has since become an asset to the business thanks to his nearly two decades of experience in software development, web development and database management both in Telecoms and IT.
Q. What does a typical working day at Cloudsource look like for you?
A. Most of my days are spent in the office designing and developing future products for Cloudsource, with the occasional trip out to see a customer for larger scale projects. I also inherited the role of the go-to person for technical advice for many people in the company as I’ve gained a lot of knowledge of the IT and Telecoms industry over the past 20 years.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your role?
A. Typically developing can be quite a repetitive role, however I find it incredibly rewarding when we come to the end of a project, in particular one which makes a significant difference to the business through cost savings or potential future sales.
Q. How did you end up becoming a Head of Development?
A. Having completed a HND in Computing at John Moores University my initial desire was to become a programmer, however circumstances at the time lead to me taking a more technical role which I continued for a number of years. During my time in technical roles I often tried to use my passion for coding to improve the support team’s efficiency through scripting and automation. Ultimately this theme continued until such a time that the scripting and coding became the bulk of my work, which has led to where I am today.
Q. What advice would you give to anyone looking to become a Head of Development?
A. Never stop learning and improving your skills and always try to push the boundaries in what you do, it may just surprise you one day.
Q. How would you describe the company culture at Cloudsource?
A. We have a good culture at Cloudsource where everyone is part of the team, no one is afraid to talk to senior management or Directors and everyone is happy to chip in to help others out.
Q. What would you be if you weren’t a Head of Development?
A. Hard to say really because my whole working career I have always pushed myself in this direction even when roles have dictated that I shouldn’t. I used to dream of becoming a commercial pilot, though looking back now, the thought of piloting a glorified flying bus is somewhat less appealing!
Q. How do you relax outside of work?
A. I enjoy cycling which helps my get rid of any stress and keeps me relatively healthy. I also have a wife and two young children who all keep me very busy!