Joe Tomlinson – Team Leader

My name is Joe, I was born on a farm in Cheshire before moving to the big city. I started my early years milking cows and chasing chickens, before deciding to leave farm life and move south to pursue a career in technology. I initially kept up the farming theme working at an AgTech start-up (hence the carrots at the career fair pic) before moving to ClearBank. Outside of work I enjoy travelling, cooking, HIIT classes, skiing, electronic music and Bloody Mary’s. 

What is it like working in the Front-End Development Team at ClearBank? 

As the Team Leader, I am ultimately biased but working in Front-End at ClearBank is really fun. We work on a broad range of different projects whether that be designing and developing our new ClearBank Developer Portal, our website or customer banking portals. With a lot of our functions in house, there's always something to get involved in. 

What excites you most about your role? 

The development teams at ClearBank are given a great deal of ownership and autonomy for our work. My team has one of the best roles because we are putting the icing on the cake (on a really great product). As an Engineering team we have the freedom to use the latest and greatest technologies which provide the best user experience, security, and stability. 

What has been your most surprising day at ClearBank? 

I was super surprised as to how understanding the HR team were when I explained that I had lost my keys, slept in the courtyard outside my flat and wasn’t going to make it in to work. If that’s not great company culture, I don’t know what is!

What would be the title of your autobiography? 

Trainwreck; see above. 

What would be your karaoke song of choice? 

It has always been and always will be: White Flag – Dido.  

There is no real reason, I just really like the song and have performed it at various pubs around the UK and Bulgarian ski resorts. 

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

Australia, there’s so much space, sun, plus amazing avocados & mangoes. Two of my best friends also abandoned me to move back there :’(. Unpopular opinions – Bushell’s tea bags are better than Yorkshire Tea.