Team GeoLang

Dr Debbie Garside

CEO of GeoLang
Chief Innovation Scientist – The Shearwater Group PLC

Debbie is CEO of GeoLang and Scrum Product Owner of GeoLang’s Ascema DLP Solution. With 25+ years experience running IT companies, Debbie is an expert in cyber security and natural language processing. Awarded the first Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarship at the University of Wales, Debbie is also a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Glyndwr University. Debbie is currently a member of the Knowledge Transfer Network Defence and Security Advisory Board, formerly sat on the advisory board to HPC Wales and was an Advisory Board Member to the Wikimedia Foundation. An editor of two international (ISO) standards, Debbie also chaired a number of BSI/ISO committees as Principle UK and International Expert and is a named contributor to related internet standards by the Internet Engineering Task Force. Debbie was awarded a PhD in Computer Science for her thesis entitled ‘Human Visual Perception in Cyber Security’ and has patented the resultant Pseudo-Isochromatic CAPTCHA System as well as contributing to patents for GeoLang’s Ascema platform.

Paul McFadden


Paul has over 10 years in senior finance positions within market leading digital information services, training and events businesses creating and leading scalable finance functions within both a private and listed environment. Most recently Paul was responsible for creating and leading a scalable shared service centre at Wilmington plc as the business grew by c60% (organically and via acquisition) in a 5 year period.

James Arnold


An expert in defence technology, security, sensing, natural language and speech, James was Head of Software Commercialisation at SRI in Silicon Valley, led a $150M project funded by DARPA, conceived and led the development of the SIRI programme before being spun out to Apple as the technology that know underpins Apples’ Siri assistant. Based in the USA he provides strategic direction and detailed oversight of the GeoLang software team, as well as insight into US and global markets. James has worked in technology startups as a founder, CEO, CTO, investor, board member and advisor, most extensively in areas involving AI and language technology. James co-founded Discern, a natural language search engine acquired by Microsoft and also led R&D efforts in sensing, man-machine interfaces, and computer vision, RFID and ePaper, and holds a dozen related patents.

Danielle Allan

HR Manager and PA to CEO

As Personal Assistant (PA) to the Chief Executive Officer of GeoLang Limited, whilst concurrently operating as the Human Resource (HR) and Administration Manager across a wide variety of personnel subdivisions, including the implementation of assorted policies and procedures, conducting payroll, and the overall surveillance of staff welfare, Danielle’s principal duties revolve around administrative assistance and support, both on a one to one basis and within the wider team. Prior to joining GeoLang in 2015, Danielle contributed to the research and preservation of various heritage-centred organisations, including a local military-based archive, graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Religious and Theological Studies in 2015.

Paul Woods

Lead Architect

15 years experience in software development, has a degree in Software Engineering from Glasgow University and has spent 15 years in the industry. He is a certified Scrum Master (Scrum: industry standard agile software development framework). Experience includes 8 years with Business Objects specializing in OLAP server technology and 7 years in various startups. Joined GeoLang in June 2013 as Lead Architect for Ascema.

Arjun Ponnusamy

Product Owner and Lead R&D Engineer

Backed by a Masters in Advanced Computer Science from University of St Andrews, Arjun has several multi-disciplinary researches to his credit and has 10 years of experience in multiple programming languages and technologies. He has to his credit peer-reviewed international publications covering social network analysis, rapid sense making, personal, organisational and national security in social media. Arjun is a certified natural language analyst with experience in machine learning, sentiment analysis, ontology and semantic annotations. He is also a Scrum Certified Product Owner. Joined GeoLang in September 2011.

Nicolas Hughes

Test Manager

With 20 years of experience in software development, Nic joined GeoLang in 2018 from 10 years consulting to the lead UK cyber security agency on testing and assurance. He has a wealth of experience from testing in a range of sectors – including finance, government, security and pharmaceuticals – and is also a certified trainer for the ISTQB Advanced Test Manager qualification.

Grace Capper

Lead UI Developer

Grace is the Lead UI Developer for GeoLang and combines design thinking with modern development technologies. She has 10 years of experience in user interface design and development gained in the Education and Health and Safety sectors where she worked on numerous multilingual private and public sector projects.

Alex Cotterell

Product Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist

As Product Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist for GeoLang Limited – specialising in building, supporting and sustaining positive and productive relationships with multiple stakeholders across the fields of information security, management and technological procurement – Alex helps organisations to identify and understand the key risks associated with their information assets and intellectual property (IP), as well as offering advice on product direction to ensure cyber-resilience objectives are continually achieved.