Our Leadership Team

Meet our community of experts building the next generation of tech talent

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Claudia took on the position of CEO in 2020 following her tenure as Makers Chair since 2019. With a firm belief that the education system disproportionately favours the privileged few, Claudia has dedicated herself to Makers' mission of creating inclusive pathways to tech careers. She is passionate about the transformative power of education, having previously held the position of CEO at The Careers & Enterprise Company, an organisation dedicated to connecting young people with employment opportunities. She was featured on the Queen's honours list in 2021, receiving an OBE for her services to careers education.

Claudia Harris

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick joined Makers in 2021 from his role as COO and CFO of BMJ Publishing Group.

Having enjoyed building and growing education and technology business in the publishing sector, and experienced first hand the challenge of finding the right tech talent, the opportunity at Makers was too good to miss.

As well as keeping an eye on the finances, he actively supports the operational and commercial areas of the business.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and spent the early part of his career in large listed businesses.

Patrick Spencer

Chief Financial Officer

Dana Svoboda is the Chief Joy Officer at Makers. She joined the organisation in 2013 as it's first employee, underpinning Makers' commitment to EI as a key skill for developers. She is a seasoned personal and leadership coach with over 13 years of experience, specialising in empowering individuals by helping them to tap into their personal power, enabling them to achieve greater well-being and success.

Dana has developed and implemented the groundbreaking Emotional Intelligence Curriculum at Makers which is taught in conjunction with the technical programmes, aiding over 3,000 students in their career transitions.

With her wealth of experience and personal insights, Dana has come to recognise the foundational role that emotional intelligence (EI) plays in sustained joy and success. As the importance of EI is increasingly recognised over IQ in today's modern workforce, she champions its central role in promoting holistic wellbeing both in the workplace and beyond.

Dana Svoboda

Chief Joy Officer

Diana joined the Makers team in November 2019, working as Head of Education promoted to Director of Delivery and now as our Chief Experience Officer.  Diana oversees the Training and Delivery team at Makers bringing a wealth of experience of Education as an ex-Head teacher. She is passionate about all things education and learning, committed to building inclusive, representative learning communities.  

Makers’ training is a unique, immersive, transformative experience. Diana endeavours to respond to client needs using cutting edge education and ensure that all stakeholders’ experiences through partnering with Makers, are exceptional.

Diana Constantinou

Chief Experience Officer

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