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Expanding our development team

Date
2 Oct 2020

Author
Laura Jones

We are happy to welcome Ian Walker as the newest member of the Reach Studios Development team.

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Ian joins our ever-growing development team and will assist with the multitude of exciting projects we have in the pipeline.

Ian joins the team with an unrivalled amount of experience and has been programming since the 1970’s!

Ian has previously worked as a Mechanical Engineer, undertaken book reviewing for the London Special Collection of Computer books, he has also ran a Military Simulation Development company and started a PA hire company so he’s definitely a talented fella!

Keep on reading to learn a little more about our newest team member.

So Ian, how did you get into this field of work?

I began programming in the 70’s when computers were programmed buff coloured cards that went in a hopper or ticker tape.

What is the best thing you feel you have achieved in your working life?

I introduced Bohemia Interactive’s (BI) Virtual Battle Space (VBS) to UK MOD and NATO. VBS is now the de-facto simulation training software for NATO. I wrote a totally new way of calculating ballistics.

Favourite food or drink?

Salt, Garlic and Pepper Prawns (Ermm….Yum!)

Favourite TV show or film? 

The Expanse

Hobbies? 

Climbing, playing chess and writing songs.

Do you prefer working from home or the office?

The office.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Never give up.

What is your favourite item you’ve bought this year?

Some books and pencils for my nephews, I enjoyed sitting with them drawing pictures and practicing arithmetic and writing.

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep?

Spotify, YouTube, Spectrum Analyser.

Which band/artist – dead or alive would play at your funeral?

George Borowsky

Have you ever completed anything on your ‘bucket list’?

Yes. I climbed two of the highest peaks in Norway, I also climbed Mont Blanc in the Alps. I have climbed in the Arctic Circle. Travelled overland to India. I successfully climbed in the Himalayas including the highest peak in the remote Ladakh rang Stok Kangri 6,153 m (20,182 feet). I have also climbed a whole bunch of rock classics. In addition to playing guitar and singing live in front of an audience of 2000. I organised a music festival for hospital radio in Doncaster, we raised money to allow them to buy all the equipment they needed to maintain the radio station.

Do you know how to speak any other languages?

I know a bit of Spanish and some French.

What is your favourite musical instrument and why?

Voice and the guitar, it lets me express my feelings.

How have you found it working at Reach up to now?

Very good 🙂 (We are enjoying working with you too Ian!)

Ian has settled quickly into the team here and we are looking forward to working with him moving forwards.