Meet the pretty faces that make up the LightSpeed crew

Ashley Shaw


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. 

Garth Glaum

Project Manager – Joined 2017

After leaving university, Garth was project manager for several Environmental Consultancies in KwaZulu-Natal, before relocating to Cape Town to diversify his project management skills. Garth manages support requests, website development projects, and is responsible for ensuring that projects are delivered on time, and that our client’s are happy.

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 and Social Media Marketing on all major networks.

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.

Deon Schreiber

Designer – Joined 2017

Deon is a designer and all round creative guy. Proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator, he is rapidly adding skills in Sketch to his repertoire. After studying sculpture at the Michaelis school of fine art, Deon worked in the decorative and architectural glass industry for 11 years. With a keen eye and a passion for design, Deon has joined the team to apply these skills to web design and the world of WordPress.

Joe Hart

Developer – Joined 2016

Joe is the youngest member of the team. Straight out of the freshest batch of “21st Century Kids”. Apart from learning the ropes, Joe is responsible for site styling, custom intergrations and site builds. He is passionate about everything in the industry – from the pure calculations of back-end development to the calculated beauty of front-end design – he’ll get stuck into whatever is thrown at him.

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.

Fernando Dalpiaz

Developer – Joined 2017

Fernando is an enthusiastic front end web developer committed to creating great user experiences. He always strives for simplicity, performance, code readability and code maintainability. He’s a fantastic problem solver and he’s always ready to explore and create solutions to meet and exceed client expectations.

Martin Hugo

Developer – Joined 2017

Martin started out with web development by building websites for bands back in 2006. Since then he’s become an experienced WordPress Developer with a keen eye for use-interfaces and a passion for slick, functional websites built with WooCommerce and Sensei.

Virginia Garcia

Developer – Joined September 2017

Virginia is a Front End Developer with over 5 years’ experience. She is a Systems Engineer with a passion for WordPress and everything related to it. She has Front End skills (Sass, Bootstrap, CSS3, Jquery and others) and is always open to learn new technologies. She says that you never stop learning and she likes to develop simple and user friendly websites.

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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