Ben Dunford - Director
I started teaching about 10 years ago and through my experiences in the classroom I was then inspired to develop epraise. The idea was to introduce a positive change to schools through a collection of tools that motivate students, engage parents and save teachers time.
Teaching is my passion and I still teach one day a week at a local secondary school. This allows me to have a working experience of using epraise in the classroom, and means I am part of a school community that can help me understand how to improve what we do.
In my spare time - I love to keep fit through running and cycling. I'm also into photography, and love photographing cities around the world at night.
Fun fact - I once auditioned to become the Milkybar Kid!
Proudest moment - Winning a young entrepreneur award a few years ago.
Louise Dunford - Office Manager
I started working for epraise part-time in 2013 to help out Ben with all the paperwork that comes with having your own business. 12 months later and I became epraise's first full time employee! I’ve stepped into the role of Office Manager since then taking responsibility for our finances amongst other things. I spend my days doing demos, scheduling tweets, updating the finances, doing design work and supporting our customers. Which makes me a pretty good multi-tasker!
The thing that I really enjoy about epraise is talking to our schools and providing them with support and ideas. This is something that I pride myself on and that we all work hard to achieve as a team too!
In my spare time - I like to watch really bad tele. I'm addicted to 'The Real Housewives of...'.
Fun fact - I like playing practical jokes on people. I once made Ben sign some paperwork with an electric shock pen.
Proudest moment - Having my artwork placed on a window at Musgrove Park Hospital.
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Chris Taylor - Web Developer
I joined epraise over a year ago and have loved every moment of it since joining the team, I have learnt a lot and managed to develop my own skills well beyond what I learned at University. I specialise in multiple coding languages such as HTML, CSS, PHP, SQL and Android App Development.
Before epraise I was fresh out of Southampton Solent University after studying a Web Design course where I learnt some of the skills that I use everyday.
In my spare time I like to keep myself fit by running and lifting weights.
Fun fact - I used to do the martial art Tae Kwon Do where I achieved a 1st Degree Black Belt.
Proudest moment - Achieving my degree & winning my schools GCSE ICT award.
Charlotte Lawrence - Sales & Marketing
I've joined epraise recently and it feels great to be a part of the team. My role is really varied and I get to providedaily support to schools, perform demos, assist with marketing campaigns and much more. It's great how no two days are the same and how epraise gives you that opportunity to be creative and have your say. I think epraise is a great business and tool which is another reason I was attracted to working here as I think it is important to enjoy where you work and to feel passionate about it.
Prior to epraise I worked in the sales industry which has been a great step to where I am now. However now that I am with epraise I look forward to a long future with them.
In my spare time - I love baking and spending time in the kitchen but I also love being by the sea rain or shine!
Fun fact - I once worked making wedding cakes in Australia.
Proudest moment - Being present at St James’ Palace with the Duke of Edinburgh to collect my Gold award.
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