I’m Stu Coates, the CTO of Finerva. I joined Finerva in 2019 having previously worked with Adam in another organisation for a number of years.
My role at Finerva is to oversee processes and implementation of them within the business.
I am also responsible for the construction of our internal platform that assists us to provide a high quality and consistent service to our clients.
For 30+ years I’ve built software solutions across a diverse range of industries, including Insurance, Finance, Pharmaceutical, Automotive, and organisations of all sizes from one-person startups to established global players employing thousands of people. The insights I’ve gained enables me to empathise with early stage business that require pragmatism at bootstrap and growth stages, but also apply the process discipline to enable larger organisations function at scale.
The most rewarding part of my job is when I hear “This is so much easier than before” – this means we’ve applied technology to solve a problem correctly. Technology should be applied to problems only to help people do their jobs better and delight our clients with service excellence.
Outside of software I admire engineers that create simple, elegant, and functional designs.
Whether it’s Andrew Ritchie who designed the Brompton folding bicycle that’s ubiquitous in London and other cities around the world, or the clean and elegant hardware designs that Apple turned out during the Jony Ive and Steve Jobs years – a design philosophy that endures today.
When I’m not hard at work I enjoy spending time with my family, pottering around the roads of Essex on my bicycle, and cooking for the family. I also enjoy beers from around the world, with my particular favourites being Dubbels and Tripels from Belgium.