Meet the pretty faces that make up the LightSpeed crew

Ashley Shaw

Founder

Ashley founded LightSpeed in 2003. The company changed from computer and network support to a website development company in 2007. His passion for the open source community lead him to get involved in organising WordCamp and WordPress Meetup events. As an avid traveller has attended WordCamps on 3 continents.

Barbara Kerr-Shaw

Operations & Accounts Manager – joined June 2010

Barbs looks after the financial aspects of our business, office administration, our fabulous team and the resident 5 felines. She has 15 years experience in the software development industry, with roles ranging from website development project management through to support and account management.

Ignatius Vermaak

Project Manager – joined February 2011

Iggi has been “WordPressing” since the beginning of 2011 and is our website project and support manager. Iggi juggles his time between client communication, managing our developers’ schedules, handling support requests and ensuring an agile and efficient workflow in our team.

Christian Vancoillie

Systems Engineer & Database Administrator – joined September 2009

Chris is a computer nerd by heart and his main interests lie within the networking, Internet and administration areas of Information Technology (IT). His education comprises of Electronics, Computer Systems Engineering and Logic Controllers programming (PLCs) studied at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Clinical and Biomedical Engineering through UNISA and currently he’s investing time in completing various Linux Administration courses.

Warwick Booth

Senior Web Engineer – joined December 2006

Warwick is the lead developer at LightSpeed and takes care of any back end work where he works mostly with HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript and SQL. He joined LightSpeed in 2006 and since then has worked his way up to a senior position in which he takes on responsibilities such as project planning, mentoring junior teammates and peer code review. 

Xola Sikafungana

Web Engineer & Support – joined April 2016

Xola is a WordPress developer with a variety of skills ranging from HTML/CSS to PHP. He studied at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where he completed a diploma in Multimedia Technology. At LightSpeed he works in development projects and handles support tasks where he provides both backend configuration and code solutions.

Anton van Diermen

Online Marketing – joined May 2015

Ant is the online marketing expert and wordsmith at LightSpeed with a passion for content, data, and analysis. His key skills include SEO campaign management – both paid and organic, copywriting, editing and marketing, Custom reporting, Keyword research, Landing page optimization, Social Media Marketing on all major platforms.

Fernando Tessmann

Developer – joined 2016

Fernando is a web developer with over 10 years’ experience. He’s proficient in languages for both front-end and back-end development (Sass, jQuery, Bootstrap, LAMP, WordPress to name but a few) and applies his skills at LightSpeed to help develop our themes and plugins.

Anke van Reeth

Designer – joined 2015

Anke is our resident designer, with a nack for brand identity and user experience. She’s skilled with Photoshop and Sketch and is also proficient in responsive web development, WooCommerce and designing for mobile.

David Cramer

Developer – Joined 2013

David is a web developer with a passion for writing clean, efficient code and building beautiful UIs. He specializes in custom WordPress plugin development and system consulting. He’s also the lead developer of our favourite form plugin, Caldera Forms.

Our next team member

Anything!

Will you be our newest asset? We’re always on the hunt for new talent in a wide range of areas and professions. Contact us about careers at LightSpeed