Truly multidisciplinary

ROLI is not just a company of specialists, but a community of polymaths creating new synergies between the professional and the personal.

Roland Lamb

Roland Lamb

Job Title
Founder & CEO

After high school, Roland moved to Japan to practise Zen Buddhism. He earned a degree in Classical Chinese and Sanskrit Philosophy from Harvard University. His diverse achievements led to a scholarship to pursue an MA in Design Products at the RCA. There he invented the award-winning Seaboard GRAND and ROLI was born.

Alex Volmer

Alex Volmer

Job Title
Tech Support

When not answering support requests from his dog-filled office in Germany, Alex is writing and recording songs with Fallow Deer Fawn. He graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf with a diploma in social education and an MA in Culture, Aesthetics & Media.

Hong-Yeul Eom

Hong-Yeul Eom

Job Title
Lead Industrial Designer

An RCA graduate, Hong designed the podium for the 2012 London Olympics and joined ROLI to oversee the manufacturing and realization of the product vision. He loves 80s music, Matsuda Seiko and trying new things.

Rafael Szaban

Rafael Szaban

Job Title
Lead Sound Designer

Making music and creating new sounds has always been Rafael’s passion. Encouraging the ROLI software development team for yet more features? if it means a better sound, it’s a must for Rafael.

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Catriona Reader

Job Title
Executive Assistant to the CEO

A classically trained violinist, Catriona grew up in the Winelands of South Africa. After completing a master's in Sociology at Goldsmiths, she jumped into the world of start-ups at a 3D printing company. She is an avid hiker and an enthusiastic cook.

Dimitri Sudell

Dimitri Sudell

Job Title
QA Engineer and Jr. Developer

With a background fluctuating between music performance and software development, Dimitri now works as a Software Tester for ROLI. He likes playing the drums and baking sourdough bread.

Dan Weingartner

Dan Weingartner

Job Title
Head of Creator Support

After 15 years touring the world as Keyboard Technician for artists such as Britney Spears, Lionel Richie and Leonard Cohen, Dan now leads ROLI customer support team. He still tinkers with modular synthesisers and loves physics and cosmology.

Karian Lewis-King

Job Title
Talent Coordinator

Karian is a recent Business Management Graduate, and is helping to grow the ROLI team. With an extensive background in Musical Theatre and professionally trained in 5 disciplines in dance, she is looking forward to never wearing a pointe shoe again.

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Sheldon Gabriel

Job Title
Internal Operations Manager

A background in civil engineering and a BSc and MA in musical instruments makes Sheldon uniquely suited to manage ROLI's internal operations systems. Sheldon likes to make acoustic instruments in his free time.

Rhiannon McLaren

Rhiannon McLaren

Job Title
Senior Software, Developer, & Sound Program Manager

With a degree in Musical Instrument Technology, she co-founded FXpansion with Angus Hewlett and SKoT McDonald. She brings a passion for innovative music technology to the ROLI team and extensive experience of managing cross-functional product delivery. She loves to free-motion quilt in her spare time.

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James Hurst

Job Title
C++ Software Engineer

James is an experienced software engineer, multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer. His spare time is devoured by recording sessions at his nearby studio, learning how to fix esoteric analogue equipment and performing in the band Lola Colt.

Ester Na

Ester Na

Job Title
Creator Support Specialist

With a classical and jazz education in Vienna, Ester is a multi-genre instrumentalist. She recently graduated from Berklee College Of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production and loves to perform and produce music. In her spare time, she enjoys biking along the beach, discovering good food and creating music.

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Adam Narimatsu

Job Title
Creator Support Specialist

When he's not playing jazz piano gigs, Adam assists Creators as a part of the ROLI Support team. His musical endeavors have taken him across the country, playing a variety of venues including a charity event for the Kevin Spacey Foundation. He is an avid martial artist, writer, and eater of pizza.

Penelope Victoria

Penelope Victoria

Job Title
Financial Controller

With vast experience in commercial and strategic finance, Penelope has enjoyed a varied life with roles taking her across the world, including Hong Kong and other parts of Asia. A qualified Chartered Management Accountant, Penelope enhances ROLI's financial controls. She enjoys hiking and military fitness.

Tahmima Anam

Tahmima Anam

Job Title
Director of Leadership Development

Trained as an anthropologist, Tahmima is an award-winning writer. She also writes a column for the International New York Times. She sits on the board of ROLI, coordinates senior recruitment, and heads woman-forward initiatives to the ROLI team and beyond.

Elizabeth Frascoia

Elizabeth Frascoia

Job Title
Education Program Manager (USA)

A professional trombonist and singer, Elizabeth has performed globally and on TV shows like American Idol. She now creates opportunities to unite the US music and technology communities and loves learning about food and culture.

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Trevor DePew

Job Title
Creator Support Agent

After 8 years of working on a farm and performing on the side, Trevor decided to pursue music by way of composition, instrument building, and teaching; joining the Creator Support Team was a natural progression. In his free time you can find him riding a unicycle or building furniture.

Purvi Trivedi

Job Title
Creator Support Manager

As a sound designer, recording artist and recent graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Purvi shares her knowledge and enthusiasm of technology with ROLI creators. She enjoys cultural diversity having lived in many cities, is always up for a challenging trek and can be found singing non-stop.

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Chesney Jefferson

Job Title
Personal Assistant to the CEO

With a BSc in Creative Music & Sound Technology and diverse professional experience, Chesney supports ROLI’s CEO. When not at ROLI he can be found performing with his band, exploring hidden corners of London, or learning about nature and science.

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Tyra Lim Ah Ken

Job Title
Accounts Assistant

Tyra lived in Mauritius for over 7 years and developed her passion for Finance after volunteering at a Primary School, assisting the AP team. In her spare time, she loves dancing and exploring different cultures and trying new food!

Jared Fountain

Job Title
Software Tester

A multi-instrumentalist and composer, Jared uses his musical and technical background to ensure ROLI’s creators have a seamless software experience. He loves exploring musical styles from across the world and learning new instruments.

Brian McGovern

Brian McGovern

Job Title
Channel Sales Manager

Having studied Music, Music Therapy, and Audio Engineering, Brian puts this knowledge to good use. His sound design has been featured on The Discovery Channel, and he has spent seventeen years in sales, marketing and product management with MI and Pro AV companies such as Yamaha/Steinberg.

Sol Lee

Sol Lee

Job Title
Design Engineer

A graduate of the RCA and Imperial College’s MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering, Sol works with ROLI’s designers to create beautifully crafted products. In her spare time, Sol loves travelling to Korea and Germany, her beloved home countries.

Jack Dove

Jack Dove

Job Title
Electronic Engineering Technican & Carpenter

As an experienced carpenter and electronics enthusiast, with early works that include building The XX their interactive stage light-boxes, Jack divides his time improving ROLIs’ dynamic spaces and helping to build, test and develop ROLI’s ground - breaking products. He has a lifelong obsession with rhythm and aims to be as ambidextrous at ROLI as he is with the drums.

Chris Slater

Chris Slater

Job Title
Senior Embedded Software Engineer

Already listed as an inventor on a patent in the EU and the US, Chris’ work focusses on the development of software and electronics for ROLI's next products. He has been DJing on vinyl turntables since he was a teenager.

Murtaza Panju

Murtaza Panju

Job Title
Senior Engineering Consultant

A highly experienced embedded engineer who has designed over 60 instruments including award winning medical equipment, Murtaza brings a wealth of knowledge to the development of new products for ROLI. He enjoys playing bridge and badminton.

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Jon Beyer

Job Title
Social Media Manager

With extensive experience heading up social for brands, most recently Etsy, Jon has a passion for finding new creative ways to engage and grow online communities. He's also a seasoned bassist who holds a degree in Popular Music Performance and a love for the UK's craft beer scene.

Henrik Lorensen

Henrik Lorensen

Job Title
Chief Operating Officer

After attaining a PhD in theoretical physics, Henrik held strategic and operational roles at McKinsey and LEGO as well as B&O PLAY. With skills that range from hard mathematics to creative marketing of LEGO building tools, Henrik is a natural leader of ROLI’s multidisciplinary team of engineers, designers, coders, marketers, and musicians.

Yu Kyung Lee

Yu Kyung Lee

Job Title
Senior Product Designer

A recent RCA Product Design graduate, Yu Kyung works with ROLI's product designers. For six years, she taught kids to sing and dance at a Sunday school, and she loves exploring London, cooking and making beautiful leather things.

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Thomas Meaney

Job Title
Junior Web Developer

After spending his younger years teaching guitar at a music school in his native Wolverhampton, Tom graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with an MSc in Audio Programming. He joined the web team at ROLI after a role as a QA Engineer at FXpansion.

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Mimi Smith

Job Title
Talent Administrator

With a degree in Sociology, Mimi is passionate about the study of culture, society and the power of human beings. She uses her knowledge to assist in the important task of growing the ROLI team. She also enjoys listening to R&B, crocheting and competing in dance-off competitions.

Heen-Wah Wai

Heen-Wah Wai

Job Title
Product Specialist Demonstrator

After studying Computing at Imperial College, Heen became ROLI's first Product Demonstrator having now performed at The Royal Albert Hall and Abbey Road. He loves jamming, travelling and eating fried chicken.

Santiago Ortega

Santiago Ortega

Job Title
Design & Development Engineer - Products & Spaces

An Ecuadorian designer/engineer now designing ROLI's spaces, Santiago helped perfect the production of the Seaboard's elastomer keywave. His designs use the physical and the digital to create playful, unexpected interactions and experiences.

Michael Bugh

Michael Bugh

Job Title
Quality, Support & Sound Engineer

With nearly ten years audio engineering experience, Michael has been developing expansion packs for FXpansion's BFD software, carrying out Quality Assurance testing, and creating product audio demos. When not bringing these skills to bear at ROLI, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, playing the guitar and cricket.

David Rumball

David Rumball

Job Title
Lead Electronic Engineer

An experienced Electronic Engineer with award winning products under his belt, David strives to reach that perfect fusion of hardware and software for new ROLI designs. Still a Physicist at heart, he is driven by an insatiable curiosity and a desire to know what makes things tick.

Corey Harrower

Corey Harrower

Job Title
Chief People Officer

Formerly a professional contemporary dancer, Corey works to comprehensively cohere the ROLI community. He co-directs VT's Governor’s Institute on the Arts and is passionate about activism and the discourse related to issues of gender, race, non-human animals and social justice.

Lewis Gunson

Lewis Gunson

Job Title
Software Tester

With a creative and technical background in the games industry, Lewis now puts that to use while testing ROLI software. He’s a composer with a passion for exploring how people can experience and interact with music.

Paul Chana

Paul Chana

Job Title
Lead Software Engineer

Paul joined ROLI from FXpansion where he built many step sequencers. He is now involved with the development of ROLI's innovative projects as well as supporting previous FXpansion projects. He is passionate about Formula 1 and model trains.

Ian Larter

Ian Larter

Job Title
Manufacturing Operations Manager

Ian was selected to exhibit at the New Designers exhibition in London in 2015 with a new product and service proposal for sterilising baby feeding bottles. He can be found creating a touch of sustain on his guitar and has performed at the likes of Latitude and the Great Escape Festivals.

James Reyes

Jimmy Reyes

Job Title
Order Fulfilment Manager

Hailing from Sydney, Australia and currently completing his Masters in Business Administration in Technology, Jimmy works with our logistics team to ensure the safe travel of all our products worldwide. An avid music producer, he enjoys searching and sampling old records and is also a big Los Angeles Lakers fan.

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Mike Toon

Job Title
C++ Software Engineer

Mike is a software engineer and brings to ROLI his experience of developing video technologies and his academic background in music technology. He enjoys hiking in the mountains, particularly in his native Scotland where he has bagged 7 Munros in a single day.

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Adriana Minu

Job Title
Creator Support Agent

Adriana loves tinkering with abstract concepts, sound art and all things contemporary. Her masters at Glasgow School of Art led her to develop a system for music improvisation based on visual representation of sound in a moving image form.

Niko Paterakis

Niko Paterakis

Job Title
Direct Sales Coordinator

Originally from Greece, Niko's lived, studied and worked as a singer, percussionist and film composer in 4 different countries and speaks 4 languages. He now applies his skills to support and in his free time, practices Wing Chun with friends and writes music and reads alone.

Barnaby Sellers

Job Title
International Sales Manager

Barnaby’s career has focused on launching and developing brands within international markets, having worked both in the Connected and Luxury industries. A fan of watching and playing sports, outside of work he is likely to be found watching rugby or jogging.

Danny Siger

Danny Siger

Job Title
US Sales Manager

An avid outdoorsman, Danny has taught whitewater kayaking and guided wilderness trips in the Northeast and Alaska and is now dedicated to maintaining the smooth flow of ROLI's sales process. He once paddled alone down the length of the Grand Canyon.

Lawrence King

Lawrence King

Job Title
Junior QA Engineer

With years of experience in electronic music production and music technology, Lawrence now works to ensure ROLI and FXpansion products reach the highest possible standards. He enjoys composing, cycling long distances, and spending more time than perhaps necessary to make the perfect cup of coffee.

John Griffin

John Griffin

Job Title
Senior Servicing & Prototyping Engineer

Part of ROLI's production team with experience in the lighting and furniture design industry, John's responsible for spraying and casting the Seaboard’s unique elastomer keywave. He loves the outdoors and multi-day hikes.

Tom Poole

Tom Poole

Job Title
Senior Software Engineer

With a diverse background in software development, encompassing a PhD in computational quantum mechanics, big data collection frameworks and audio processing algorithms, Tom brings multifaceted expertise to the JUCE team. Before joining ROLI he was developing audio plug-ins at Fielding DSP and creating atomistic simulations of materials. Outside of work you can find Tom up a mountain or in the sea.

Danielle Norton

Danielle Norton

Job Title
UI Designer

Danielle is a multidisciplinary designer who loves designing beautiful, clean and user-friendly interfaces for all devices. She gets excited about new typography, colour fascinates her and she is always inspired by beautiful photography. She enjoys travelling, baking and crocheting.

Yuta Sugawara

Yuta Sugawara

Job Title
Staff Multimedia Designer

With experience in everything from global branding to product design, Yuta works on design engineering, bringing innovative ideas to life. His philosophy is to always try to strike a balance between rigour and creativity.

Amandine Chieux

Amandine Chieux

Job Title
Channel Marketing Manager

A tech and start-up enthusiast, and music lover since she can remember, Amandine uses her Business Administration background as ROLI's Channel Marketing Manager. When she's not running along the canal training for her next marathon, you might catch her at a restaurant with friends or a gig in East London.

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