Dick is one of the famous five, having formed Transcendit with the other Directors of the company. He was originally a Southerner, having been born just North of London, but now living happily in Northumberland with no immediate intention to leave. He is the first of our team to retire, and spends a lot of time travelling all around the country visiting his children and grandchildren, who are now all grown up.
His favourite things in the world are cooking Indian food, spending time with his family, and playing Bridge with the Morpeth Bridge club and his wife. In his spare time he also likes to stargaze and garden, though not necessarily at the same time.View all staff
Adam formed Transcendit with the other Directors in 2000, and somehow looks exactly the same as he did then. He was born in San Francisco, lived in Brazil and all around the U.S. before moving to the UK in 1993, because he married a Geordie. He has been working in IT since 1990, and specialises in mapping business processes to technology.
Adam now resides in Northumberland, and says its the most friendly and beautiful place he's ever lived. In his spare time enjoys reading, walking his dog along the Tyne and talking with his cat, who meows at him until he says hello to her. He also enjoys board games, although he is routinely bested by his kids.View all staff
Tom is one of our five Directors. He was born in Liverpool, but moved between there and Newcastle until settling here in 1990 - mainly because his wife is a Geordie. He has worked in IT since he left university in 1978, and has a broad background in all things IT - particularly database design and development. Tom also looks after Transcendit's finances to make sure we don't overspend on teabags.
Tom loves living in the North East because of the fantastic countryside, beautiful coastline and the friendly northerners. He likes to get outside and keep active, and belongs to the Claremont Road Runners and Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteering - which he likes because technically it makes him a member of NATO. Tom has completed somewhere in the rei of 17 Great North Runs, but has never ran a marathon. His two main loves are his family and Liverpool Football Club.
Dave formed Transcendit with Adam, Tom, Dick and Lee in September 2000. He is from, and lives in Low Fell, Gateshead. He has been working in IT since he left school in 1989. He has an HNC in Computer Studies and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. Dave also has a whole host of other IT-related certifications that are too numerous to mention.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and socialising with his friends over a few beers. Dave likes to keep fit, and is into circuit and resistance training as well as squash. He says that he can't do anything particularly cool or interesting anymore because he is middle aged. However, he is enjoying learning bass guitar, something that was born from his mid-life crisis. He is also a season ticket holder for Newcastle United.
Lee formed Transcendit with the other Directors back in the day when he had a lot more hair. He was born and bred in Newcastle, and says that he'll probably die here as well - as although the idea of living elsewhere appeals Newcastle will always be home. He has been working in IT since he was 17, and is an expert in Systems Integration, Internet Solutions and pretty much anything IT related that he sets his mind to.
He loves politics, is a basic income advocate and a trustee of a local charity, as well as treasurer for the Newcastle Green Party. He stands as the Green Party candidate for Benwell and Scotswood and will only need an additional 2,572 votes to win next time. He enjoys going on holiday with his wife, and has been to New York, Hawaii, Cuba and a host of other locations which are too long to list.
Paul is a Rails developer, specialising in e-commerce applications and performance optimisation. Before joining Transcendit in 2010, he spent 10 years as a university lecturer, got a Ph.D. in “something artificial intelligence-y”, and has been coding since the early 80s. The real world beckoned after he taught an MSc course on Rails and rather enjoyed it.
He says he has three kids instead of spare time, who are all boys with no respect for remote controls - as well as a dog. Paul also runs a Code Club at a primary school in Durham. When time allows, he likes to escape to the nearest beach with his family and mess about with power kites.
Jonty has dabbled in IT since he first became fascinated with “really big computers” at his sixth form college in 1976. Although he worked in nursing for twenty years, Jonty took online courses in coding and eventually became a Microsoft Certified Professional. He took a three month contract at Transcendit in 2009, and has been solving problems with Ruby, Rails and Sinatra ever since.
In his spare time Jonty enjoys sword dancing with the Sallyport Sword Dancers, who he has been involved with in various capacities (from morris dancer to Rapper Sword dancer and musician) for thirty years.
Support Team Manager
Dave has worked in IT since 1996, and actually received his first position in the industry from now-Director Adam Kuznesof. He has a degree in Computer Science from Stirling University, a sundry of Microsoft and a plethora of other industrial qualifications.
When he's not got his head down in IT support, Dave enjoys hiking and is a keen amateur photographer. He spends a lot of time training his multi-talented dog, who has starred in various films and television roles. Dave also enjoys reading, blogging and re-blogging anything related to technology with a particular passion for the Lenovo ThinkPad Brand.
Alan joined the support team at Transcendit in 2004, after six years of managing the IT systems for a chain of eleven hotels. He has moved up and down the country since he was 19, but returned to Newcastle to go to University. Alan has a degree in Business Information Technology, and is a Microsoft Certified Professional.
Outside of the Gateshead office, Alan enjoys a fine malt whisky and a game of golf - although to our knowledge he doesn't do both at the same time. He also likes to visit different parts of the UK, particularly anywhere with a zoo or a wildlife park.
Paul has been messing about with computers since he was first in school, and has been working in IT since 2001. He has studied at Coventry and Northumbria University, has a first class honours degree in Computer Network Technology and is a fully qualified Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator.
When he isn't hunched over a keyboard at work, you might find Paul gaming on his PC at home, or his PS4. He also enjoys a game of pool down his local, attending various music festivals in the area and socialising with his friends.
Philip has worked in IT support since 2004, and has extensive knowledge of Microsoft operating systems and troubleshooting hardware. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional, and also has a BA Hons in Graphic Design that we aren't supposed to ask about.
Philip is “Transcendit's token Mackem” but claims he is coping well with life among the Geordies. Outside of work, Philip spends the majority of his spare time at the cinema or watching the latest releases at home with a chilled pint. He has plans to start his tropical fish and reef aquarium again, but is currently too busy looking after his “flock” of children.
David has worked in IT for 14 years, and is pretty sure that if he works in it long enough he'll start enjoying it. He has a BSc in Business Information Systems, is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, System Administrator, Technology Specialist and Professional as well as a VMware Certified Professional.
In his spare time, David enjoys gaming and can get 6 kill streaks in Destiny, and claims to have convinced the majority of the Gateshead office support team to buy a Playstation 4. He also loves movies, particularly Groundhog Day which he says is the greatest comedy film of all time.
Dan has spent much of his life in the North East. He was born in Whitley Bay near Newcastle. He moved to Sunderland to go to university where he received a BSc in Network Computing, and moved around Newcastle for a while before ending up in Gateshead. He is now a Microsoft Certified Professional, and has been working in IT for the last 6 years.
In his spare time Dan enjoys cooking, particularly with meat. It once took him 6 hours to make a sandwich, and two days to eat it. He also likes working out, drinking various flavours of protein shakes and playing video games like Fallout 4, Destiny and Final Fantasy 7. He says that everything he does is awesome.
Helen has been working in IT since 2002, in a number of different roles from IT support to purchasing. She sees herself as “Transcendit's catalyst” and enjoys doing lots of different things for the business. Helen's main priority is ensuring the smooth running of projects and support tasks, although keeping the rest of us organised occasionally intrudes on this.
In her spare time, Helen travels up and down the UK playing in Pool competitions. She is a former England International, and was a semi-finalist in the World Championships singles in 2009.
Chris is one of our support engineers and has been working for Transcendit since 2010. He has actually been at our Durham office for much longer, having worked at Nectar when Transcendit acquired it. He was born in Sedgefield and lived in Yarm before heading out with the RAF all over the world, but then got the “computer bug”. Chris apparently got lucky and landed himself a job in IT, and hasn't looked back since.
In his spare time Chris likes family history, and spends a lot of time looking for dead people in the archives. He is an avid Leeds United Supporter, and a pretty good photographer - he has provided multiple photos for our website and blog.
Dave is one of our Support Engineers at Transcendit, although he frequently reminds us that the title on his contract is “IT Specialist” - which, “just sounds better”. He has worked in IT since 1998, and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Architect.
Outside of work, Dave has a multitude of hobbies, such as riding motorbikes, paintball and playing squash. His wife says he goes through multiple mid-life crises, but he claims he just gets bored very easily. Dave is also an avid football fan and supports “the only team worth following” - Newcastle United.
Katherine is an Administrator at Transcendit, and has worked in admin and banking for thirty years. She was born in Cullercoats, and currently resides in North Shields.
Katherine absolutely love the North East coast (having lived there all her life!) and doesn't plan on leaving any time soon because she enjoys walking along the beach all year round - even when its freezing cold. Katherine also enjoys being with her teenage daughter, even though she spends a large amount of this time attempting to keep up with her predictably hectic social life.
Kirk was born in Durham to Scottish parents, however identifies as English as “we have better sports teams”. He has worked for Nectar, then Transcendit since 1997 as one of our support engineers. He broke his first computer at age 3, fixed his first computer at age 6, and took on the role of Student IT Manager at school at age 13, and from that point onward has continued to develop his geekyness.
In his spare time, Kirk enjoys an equally geeky yet infinitely awesome game of Dungeons and Dragons, and likes to spend any spare time picking continuity errors in films and Sci-Fi TV shows. He absolutely hates Sunday roasts, and would always rather have a pizza.
Christophe was born in the North East of France and moved to the UK in September of 2002. He has been working in web design and front end development since 2006, and holds a Diploma in Technology from France and an MA in Electronic Media Design.
In his spare time Christophe likes to keep active and enjoys mountain biking, walks and running, as well as the occasional game of squash. Although he's French and loves fine wines and cheeses, Christophe became accustomed to local pubs, friendly pints and Cheddar.
Anthony was born in Canada, but moved to Greece when he was three, and to the UK in 2011. He has been working in IT since 2012, and has a whole host of qualifications including a BSc in Computer Science, a Distinction for MSc in E-business, Ruby, Rails, Java, C++ and Visual Basic.
When he's not at work, Anthony enjoys yoga, going to the gym and cooking - particularly a good steak which he thinks is a little boring to admit. He can speak English, Greek, French, a little Italian and some Portuguese. He also knows the entire script for all ten seasons of Friends, and all the songs from Wicked.
Gaynor is currently working for Transcendit as a part time receptionist/administrator. She loves animals and hopes to work with them in the future, and gets lots of practice looking after them with her dog, two cats, her leopard gecko and fish.
She also enjoys video games, and is currently playing through Metal Gear Solid 5 and Fallout 4 - although currently spends a lot of her time on MGS5 coddling the dog rather than doing the missions. Gaynor has two pip-boys, one handmade version and one official version. She keeps the official version in a safe place, with the rest of her collectibles.
Support Engineer (apprentice)
Scott joined Transcendit in June of 2014 after leaving school, which he says he didn't like. He studied IT, electronics and biology, before abandoning the latter two and starting here as an apprentice. He has now finished his apprenticeship and holds an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms, and is keen to carry on training.
Scott likes football, and supports Newcastle because Gateshead are terrible. He says that he'd probably describe himself as a hardcore PC gamer, but admits to exclusively playing Counterstrike - and had played it for over 1,700 hours when he last checked. He also really likes the old Skoda advert where they build a car out of cake, and is pretty sure that he could eat the whole thing.
Receptionist / Administrator
Diane works at Transcendit's Durham office as a receptionist and administrator. She has earned the nickname “Spreadsheet Sally” thanks to her obsession with organising and planning with her trusty Excel documents, highlighters and many, many post it notes.
Diane is a “born geek”, having spent a large amount of her childhood taking plugs apart - which she interprets as a sign that she was always meant to work for Transcendit. In her spare time, Diane spends time with her fiance, taking their son out to soft play and farms. She loves pub grub, but hates noisy eaters.
Adam is from Gateshead, but says that he tells people he's from Newcastle because people usually ask where Gateshead is. He has worked at Transcendit since April 2015, and has a BA in Business Studies, and an MSc in Computer Science.
He has always been interested in computers, but was originally training to become a primary school teacher. He finished the course, but ultimately decided he preferred computers to children. In his spare time Adam plays football, and enjoys a good pub quiz - especially when his team gets higher than third place. He also enjoys listening to music - his favourite bands include Coldplay, The Strokes, Manic Street Preachers and The Smiths, and can play Wonderwall on the guitar.
Rebecca is Transcendit's in-house copywriter, and writes the content for our website and blog. She was born and raised in Leicester, but moved to Newcastle to study an MA in Media and Journalism at Newcastle University. She never left because the journey back to Leicester felt like such a long way, and it was just less effort to stay. She received a Distinction for her MA, and holds a 2.1 in BA English.
She loves to sing, and can be heard doing so all over the Gateshead offices. She enjoys dancing, aerial and trapeze, climbing, walking, cycling and starts a new hobby every other week. She also enjoys baking and reading, and spends a large amount of each working day arguing that Harry Potter is better than Star Wars.
Nick was born in Buckinghamshire, grew up in Carlisle, then moved to the Tyne and Wear region and joined the Transcendit support team in January 2016. He started out in IT in 2004, and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and a Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI).
Outside of work Nick enjoys a healthy mix of PC gaming, and a slightly less healthy mix of outdoor pursuits such as fell walking, and cycling. He also keeps snakes, and often leaves little boxes of live crickets in the Gateshead meeting room.
This could be you...
You can't beat us, so join us!
We are always on the lookout for talented, skilled and motivated individuals who love what they do. Whether your expertise lie in IT, admin, design or development, if you're great in your field then we want to hear from you.
Transcendit are a tight knit team who are dedicated to providing the best IT support, web and app development possible.