Our team people

ABOUT
PURPLE BEARD

Purple Beard provides digital skills training aligned with certification bodies in a range of technology areas such as Big Data, Data Science, Cyber security, Cloud computing, Software development and AI & Machine learning. 

 We are passionate about working in the Education sector. The current education landscape is constantly changing and to support you we have an experienced team who can support you during these changes.

OUR STORY

What was the inspiration behind Purple Beard? By the Founder

In 2018 events beyond my control transpired and changed my life completely. They shook my inner core and turned my life upside down. After these events, I decided to go travelling across 10 countries for six months. I have been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22 so taking time out to reflect on what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go was almost a novelty. Everything I had known prior to 2018 was decimated during this time. I suppose it was time for new beginnings.

At this time I did not know what my new venture would look like however through my journey across several countries. I came across ‘Ikigai’ (生き甲斐, pronounced[ikiɡai]), a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. The word ikigai is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile or as the French would say our raison d’être. Providing tech training was an idea that I had toyed with a few times since 2006 however sometimes we have to take a different route to get to where we need to.

During my travels, I decided that I was going to pursue my dreams and founded Purple Beard in 2019, offering tech training to businesses and individuals. On reflection, this was my Ikigai.

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OUR MISSION & VALUES

Support 200-300 women into the tech space either via upskilling or reskilling by 2022

Support 100 young people aged 16 to 24 from the BAME community to progress into Tech careers by 2022

Support returners to work via the programs we offer

Purple Beard Values

OUR TEAM

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Dimple is a serial entrepreneur and loves helping people. She has a mission to deliver apprenticeship programmes and commercial online training to in the digital space and overcome the gaps. She is passionate about working with women and underrepresented groups in Tech. She is curious and has over 25 years in setting up businesses. She is always looking for ways to see how education can bridge the gap. She has worked in across 7 countries throughout her career.

DIMPLE KHAGRAM

CEO

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STUART

Greg is our tech superstar. Greg’s skills and experience includes the following:
- Very good understanding of service oriented, enterprise service bus (ESB), microservices, public/private/hybrid cloud architectures and IaaS/PaaS/Serverless/SaaS models. Significant knowledge of products and technologies such as Microsoft 365 suite, SharePoint, Biztalk, Azure, Cognitive Services, JIRA, Confluence, Azure DevOps,Xerox DocuShare, Amazon Web Services

GREG SELLUM

Head of Strategy & Programs

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Software developer for safety critical software systems - 5 Years
Other software development - 7 years Consultant for Software Testing tools - 10 years Consultant for ITIL software - 7 years Senior Trainer in Software Testing - ISTQB (ISEB) Foundation), BCS Intermediate, ISTQB Advanced Test Manager and Tester, iSQI Certified Agile Tester, TMAP Foundation

PETER

SOFTWARE TESTER TUTOR

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Mike is our Security Superstar, he likes to be in Stealth mode He is experienced in the establishment and management of Information Security practices. Proven leadership skills with an ability to manage and motivate effective multi-skilled and multi-national teams. Passionate about Information Security, demonstrable by being an active member of several professional bodies and holding the CISSP-ISSMP certification.

MIKE

Trainer for cyber and security related courses

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STUART

Kripa is our Software tester and Quality Superstar. Kripa has 7 years experience in the IT starting as a software testing graduate. She has worked withclients like Sainsburys, Phones4u, Ladbrokes for functional and user testing. She has also worked as a test lead working with a team of 15 new testers, mentoring them and providing them on-the-job training and support. She moved on to work as a business analysis and eventually as Scrum Product Owner.

KRIPA

Lead Trainer for Software Testing

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FLORA

Flora is a versatile, results-driven professional with five years of comprehensive experience in marketing, events and social media management, holding academic certificates from four different countries. She loves to travel, read and try new things. She's also an author of three YA fantasy books.

FLORA KAMINSKA

DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER

OUR TUTORS

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STUART

I am a BE(Bachelors of Engineering) in Information Technology, have recently completed my Masters from Cass Business School and have 2years of work experience as a Software engineer. I have been playing with computers since since I was 6. I learnt Coral, Adobe Pagemaker, MS PPT, by myself when I was 7-9. My 1st coding language was C and then VB in 2011 and ever since I am a coder by soul. I started writing HTML/CSS snippets 8years ago, when it was HTML4 and have literally seen the journey of CSS, JavaScript, XML, jQuery getting popular.

SUSHREE MOHANTY

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TUTOR

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FLORA

I am a Frontend developer with good hands-on experience in JavaScript and Ruby. I have worked in this industry for 2 years, including working for a SaaS organization which is a process mapping software using Vuejs for frontend. I have done a part time bootcamp in Reactjs and recently finished a full time bootcamp focusing on Ruby on Rails. My programming skill and experience inc.: React.js & Redux, Ruby on Rails, Node & Express, , XML & XSLT, mySQL & PostgreSQL, KendoUI & Material UI, Firebase & MongoDb, GraphQL Apollo, Jest Testing & Cypress Testing

ZEE MAI

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TA

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FLORA

KAREN PETERS

SOFTWARE TESTING TUTOR

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Madalina-Daniela Mihailescu is a Training Consultant at Purple Beard Ltd who delivers the Introduction to R course in the Data Analytics Bootcamp. In addition to this role, she is currently studying for a PhD in Data Science, with a focus on Bayesian statistics, at the University of Essex. Madalina also holds a BSc in Mathematics and Economics and a MSc in Mathematics and Finance. Madalina has a strong statistical background with practical experience of presenting data in engaging ways. She has 5 years of experience in working with R and 3 years of experience in teaching.

MADALINA-DANIELA MIHAILESCU

DATA ANALYSIS TUTOR

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STUART

Danish Mehra is a training consultant at Purple Beard Ltd. who delivers Introduction to Python course in Data Analytics Bootcamp. Adding to that he is currently studying MSc. Big Data Science at the Queen Mary University of London. With this he has a BTech. Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Danish has a strong Data background with practical experience of working with Data for 4 years. He has worked on multiple projects in Python and has a 3 year experience teaching Data Analysis through Python to undergrad students. He also has been teaching martial arts for 10 years.

DANISH MEHRA

DATA ANALYSIS TUTOR