Customer operations manager
Anna brings technical expertise to the commercial team, working on customer success and operations. She has nearly 20 years' experience looking after customers at tech startups. She has a masters in AI and computer science.
Business development manager
Emma communicates with new and potential customers. A designer by background, she studied media and communications before joining Flourish.
Sales development representative
Lana focuses on identifying prospective customers and introducing them to Flourish. With a background in art and design, she has previously worked in business development and account management at Datasite, Funko, and REDBOX.
Head of support and content
Luisa oversees a team of product experts that operates across support, help docs, blogs, examples and training. She has an MSc in digital journalism and previously worked in product development at NZZ and social media at Metro.
Tim works across visualizations templates and the Flourish platform. Before joining Flourish, he completed a PhD in nuclear-structure physics and established his own data visualization consultancy.
Support & content intern
Mafe works between our support and content desks on our intern program. She is currently completing her masters in computational and data journalism and has worked in newsrooms in the US, Venezuela and Spain.
Cofounder & CEO
Before co-founding Kiln and Flourish, Duncan was a data journalist (Guardian), author (Profile Books), honorary researcher (UCL) and publisher (Rough Guides/Penguin), with a focus on data, technology and climate change.
Senior visualization developer
Peter is a leading visualization developer, the author of “D3 in Depth” and founder of the visualization consultancy Animated Data.
Verity makes sure the Flourish office is a home away from home, plans social events and activities, and helps with recruiting and hiring tasks. She has a background in drama and theater.
Loukia keeps our product development process running smoothly by connecting the dots between teams and coordinating ongoing projects and sprints. She has a background in corporate communications.
Raphaëla uses a mix of analytics, user testing and direct user interaction to help us better understand Flourish users and base product decisions around them. She has a PhD in ancient Greek history.
Customer success manager
Chisara creates strong relations with our Enterprise customers and helps them get the most out of Flourish. She studied international business and management and has worked in customer success for a number of SaaS companies.
Senior developer / Tech lead
Mark is a tech lead on the Flourish platform, overseeing the development of new features. He has more than a decade of engineering experience in addition to a PhD in quantum optics.
Vanessa helps create serviced visualizations and bespoke projects for customers on our services team. She has a background in media management and data journalism.
Head of hiring & happiness
Solana oversees hiring and staff wellbeing, making sure Flourish is a fun and rewarding place to work, and that job candidates have a great experience. She has a decade of experience in HR roles in startups and corporates.
Jane keeps Flourish running smoothly, overseeing finance and contributing to operations and admin. She was previously an Executive Editor of Web Design and Production at the Guardian, managing teams and working on production tools.
Eade maintains and develops Flourish templates and components. She started her career as a coder after studying PPE and furniture design.
Freddy introduces Flourish to new customers. After studying History & Politics he developed an interest in tech and visualization while working in business development for an innovation intelligence platform.
Cofounder & CTO
Robin is Flourish's technical architect. He previously ran the pathogen informatics team at the Sanger Institute, created web applications for mySociety and built the original Guardian website. Robin has a PhD in computer science.
Senior WebGL developer
Hugh develops WebGL templates such as the 3D time maps. He previously worked with the Google Creative Lab in Australia and has contributed to a number of open source projects including stack.gl and glslify.
Head of development
Mark oversees technical development at Flourish. Before joining the team, he worked as a senior developer at civic-technology charity mySociety, building data-driven websites and applications. Mark has a PhD in neuroinformatics.
Olivia helps our customers get the most out of Flourish through answering their requests, writing help resources and sharing her product expertise in trainings. She joined Flourish after completing a masters in data journalism at Birmingham City University.
Head of product
Daan oversees Flourish product development, from platform UX to visualization templates. A developer and designer, Daan joined Flourish from the Guardian where he created award-winning interactives, data projects and VR experiences.
Connor works on serviced visualizations and projects. He studied industrial product design and has a background in graphic design and teaching.
Chris is a graphic designer and developer specializing in visualization and interactive content. Before joining the team at Flourish he worked at several leading newsrooms, including the Guardian, the Telegraph and Tortoise.
Senior DevOps engineer
Florin works on maintaining and improving our technical infrastructure. He has a masters degree in neuroscience and a PhD in linguistics.
Business development manager
Annie helps introduce Flourish to new customers. She joined the Flourish commercial team after graduating with a first in media studies from UEA.
Head of services
Lyndsey runs a team that helps Flourish customers achieve great results through custom templates, serviced visualizations and expert consultancy. She was previously Data Visualization Editor at the Bank of England.
Allan works across key customer accounts, new business and commercial strategy. He previously held similar roles at startups and agencies including Freespee, Vitrue and Havas.
Helena solves problems for users and shares her product expertise through trainings and help resources. She has a masters in computational and data journalism, was a Google News Initiative Fellow, and has experience in the Guardian and FT newsrooms.
Callum works in our commercial team, identifying and converting revenue opportunities. He has an MSc in Marketing and has previously worked as a sales representive at various software companies.
Support & newsrooms
Ilias supports our customers and administers our newsroom program. A data journalist by background, he co-founded the Mediterranean Institute for Investigative Reporting and won fellowships from Columbia University and Google.
Bobby works on the Flourish backend, across everything from testing and features to accessibility. He joined Flourish from Founders & Coders and has also worked at the British Council.
Simona supports our users with their queries and contributes to blog posts, social media and help resources. She studied journalism at City, University of London and has previously worked in social media and copywriting.
Senior developer / Tech lead
As a tech lead on the Flourish platform, Joe oversees the development of new features. He has more than a decade of experience as a full-stack developer and previously worked in tech education.
Senior visualization developer
Lars develops visualization templates and works on bespoke projects. He has over 20 years of experience as a data scientist, visualization designer and developer and founded the visualization consultancy datamake.
Support and content intern
Yaning works across the support and content desks at Flourish. She's currently completing her undergrad degree in Population Health with Data Science at UCL.
Bandana oversees our information security management system at Flourish. She has over 15 years of experience in information security across multiple sectors, more recently focusing on small to medium-sized businesses in the software industry.
We are always happy to hear from interesting people. See our jobs page for more details.
Flourish was co-founded by Duncan Clark and Robin Houston. Duncan comes from a storytelling background in data journalism and publishing, while Robin is a mathematician and developer. The pair started working on visualizations as a side project in 2012.
Their first projects, such as the Carbon Map, generated a lot of interest, so they set up a visualization studio, Kiln. Over the next few years, they worked with clients from the Guardian and Google to the WHO and LSE, and won prizes at the Data Journalism Awards and the Information Is Beautiful Awards, among others.
Throughout this time, Duncan and Robin were working on an idea: a tool to allow non-coders to create high-end visualizations and stories without the cost and delays of commissioning bespoke projects. By 2016 they had a clear vision for such a tool and Flourish was born.
Following are staffers and interns who were part of the Flourish team in the past and contributed greatly to the company's development. Thanks to you all!
Head of business development
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The role comes up every few months but you can drop us a line any time.
Investors and advisors
We are proud to be backed by two of the world’s leading seed funds (LocalGlobe in the UK and FounderCollective in the US) and to be alumni of the media accelerator program at FoundersFactory. We have also assembled a team of expert advisors to help us make Flourish as useful as possible for each sector. These include Aron Pilhofer (Temple University, Guardian, New York Times) for newsrooms and Nigel Morris (DentsuAegis) for agencies.