Our Team


Maria Quinn

Maria Quinn – Director, mariaquinn.com

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Maria Quinn is an experienced software developer and project manager with a passion for understanding people and organisations and for making things work. She started mariaquinn.com in 2004 after being approached by a number of contacts who needed help with software development. Thanks to word-of-mouth recommendation and a reputation for delivering sharply focused solutions to real business problems, Maria’s company has been growing steadily ever since.
“She is an extremely talented programmer and developer, but her truly outstanding capability is her ability to understand and implement what we want with minimum specification.” Julian Hardinge, Mallory International Ltd

Maria learned about the book trade at John Smith & Son during the 1990s. After three years on the shop floor – and with no IT knowledge – she persuaded her employer to create a role for her, managing the chain’s emerging web presence. She helped build the company’s first e-commerce site by reading web development books borrowed from the shop.

There followed a period combining work with part-time study over five years, and culminating in a Computer Science degree, during which time she moved to Foremost IT where she worked as a software engineer and project manager for a further four years. There she gained invaluable experience of Oracle development and enjoyed working in a range of sectors, including healthcare and dairy farming.

In her spare time, Maria practises piano and Taekwon-do in equal measure. She has a black belt in one of these.

 


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Ewan MacIntyre – Director, mariaquinn.com

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Ewan has been providing architectural and design insight towards many projects at mariaquinn.com since the business started up in 2004. He was already well known to many of our customers who welcomed his decision to join the company full-time in May 2013. Since then he has worked on projects to deliver an eBook Lending Application for Libraries and a tool for EDI Invoice Automation. He is highly regarded as a trouble-shooter and problem-solver and has helped to solve a number of pressing technical issues for our customers.
“From knowing relatively little about eBooks at the outset, Ewan has taken Koha [an open source integrated library system] and learned all the features that would be useful to us. He’s done a tremendous amount with a meagre budget, building upon existing components to add whatever we needed.” Alan Lorimer, Baobab Ltd

Ewan began his career implementing fast algorithms for constraint satisfaction at Strathclyde University. This opened doors at the technology startup Atlantech who were building a high-performance Element Management platform to help growing Telcos to build and administer the rapidly growing internet in the late 1990s. Atlantech was acquired by Cisco in 2000 allowing Ewan to move on to projects that exploited the rapidly growing internet, and to work on early prototypes of what we take for granted as today’s Web 2.0 interfaces.

In 2003 Ewan moved to the financial sector, first spending eight years with JP Morgan. Half of this was in an area creating the firm’s research publications: an Office-integrated .NET front-end allowed analysts to produce research data and publications. Ewan’s role was mostly in making this work alongside a Java-based backend for reviewing and publishing the research, disseminating it to email subscribers and collecting readership information.

Ewan’s final four years at JP Morgan were in the Firmwide Engineering & Architecture group, running a team that aimed to take the best open source software and make it usable, while also helping other software development teams to understand the correct way to select and deploy commercial products in the firm.

A move to Barclays in 2011 allowed Ewan to spend two years developing web services to present a unified layer of account information to high net worth clients. This gave him new experience in information transformation and data warehousing.

Ewan is also a keen cyclist. He cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2012 in aid of Action Medical Research, a charity that helps fund research specifically into children’s diseases.

 


 


Allan Cowie

Allan Cowie – Oracle Specialist, mariaquinn.com

Allan joined mariaquinn.com in 2011 and is responsible for Oracle database application development and support for one of our key customers. He is thorough in his approach and has successfully implemented a number of financial modules and enhancements.
“Allan Cowie has done a lot of work to help us streamline our processes, he is always very thorough and happy to tweak things until they are just right. The work he has done now saves us many hours of manual work per month.”
Eileen Kelly, Administration Manager, Batch Ltd

After graduating with a degree in Computer Science with Mathematics in 1994, Allan joined Logica where he worked as an analyst and programmer on a variety of government and defence projects as part of small teams located on-site in the south-east of England.

In 1998 he moved to Glasgow to work on the system dealing with deregulation of the electricity industry for Scottish Power and Scottish and Southern Energy. Having already gained experience in a wide variety of programming languages, this project introduced him to databases and, specifically, the Oracle suite. Through that project and 11 years working on the European subsidy payment system for farmers at the Scottish Government, Oracle has been the mainstay of Allan’s work.

When not working he enjoys keep-fit classes and golf.