Meet Dominic Sayers, Senior Engineer

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Hello. Tell us about who you are & what your role is at OpenCorporates.

I’m really excited to be part of the engineering team at OpenCorporates. There are some interesting technical problems to solve to provide high quality data in the way our clients and users need it.

I’m hoping to make an impact by thinking creatively about the work we need to do and building robust components to enhance the platform. I’m also looking forward to helping to develop the engineering team as we grow.

I started work as a computer programmer back in the days of green screen terminals. Somehow I ended up as a technology leader in an investment bank where I was responsible for the bank’s internal version of OpenCorporates.

What drew you to OpenCorporates?

I left the bank to build a startup gathering company data for investors in early-stage businesses. When this was taken in-house by my own investors I asked myself what I really wanted to do next.

When the opportunity arose to work with a visionary company that is not only providing a valuable commercial service but is also committed to working for the public good, I jumped at the chance.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Leeds and still strongly identify as a Yorkshireman, but my family moved to Staffordshire when I was in my teens and then when I left home it was for a job in Warwickshire. When I finally moved to London to start my banking career it seemed like the inevitable end of a gradual southward migration.

What’s your favourite childhood snack?

Wright’s Pies meat and potato pie.

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

I’ve lived in a village, a market town and a provincial city before I arrived in London, so I can say with authority that I prefer big cities. For my kids growing up, the breadth of local opportunities for them in cities is incomparable.

Which major global city would I choose? My anime-obsessed son would choose Tokyo; my sport-mad son would probably choose Barcelona. I’m very happy in London.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

I coach my son’s rugby team in the winter and generally operate as a taxi service for their various activities. Spare time isn’t a thing really.

I love cooking; my Yorkshire puddings are a triumph, my ragus are authentic and my victoria sponge is light and fluffy.

What’s your favourite book/movie/tv show and why?

John le Carré is my favourite author. I’ll watch anything with Bill Nighy or Mark Heap in it.

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