Stainless Games' management team
Jan Lindner - CEO
Jan has over 25 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience in software development and corporate management. Most recently, he served as the CEO of Leonid Systems, presiding over substantial growth - as well as the company's eventual acquisition by BroadSoft in 2015.
From 2009 to 2011, Jan headed the software division of Spin Master, a large multinational toy manufacturer. Before that, Jan served as CTO at two global games publishers, Take 2 (publisher of Grand Theft Auto) and Vivendi (publisher of World of Warcraft). Prior to these roles Jan started at Ironport together with two founders, serving as CTO and VP Engineering. Ironport was acquired by Cisco for over $800M in 2006.
During his earlier career in the late 20th century, Jan enjoyed a long career in the gaming industry at Mattel, Mindscape and Strategic Simulations.
Patrick Buckland - Chairman & Co-founder
Buckland is what can be termed an industry veteran. He has been programming videogames since the early 80s and has been wholly or jointly responsible for a number of bestsellers including Crystal Quest, Carmageddon and State of Emergency. Patrick's first commercially published game was in 1981. He has also produced a varied range of non-game software over the years, including a security system used by the CIA and NASA.
Aside from his undoubted technical ability, Patrick’s skill set includes strong leadership, planning and design abilities. Patrick Buckland co-founded the original Stainless Software Ltd. along with Neil Barnden in 1994.
Neil Barnden - Game Director & Co-founder
Barnden – AKA “nobby” – started his career as a Graphic Designer after graduating from Kingston with a BA Hons in Design and Illustration in 1986. After gaining experience working for clients including The Conran Group and The Body Shop (spearheading the latter’s design studios’ move into digital design, both in the UK and US), he moved back to his native Isle of Wight and hooked up with old school-mate Patrick Buckland. The pair began working on videogame and software projects that led to them founding Stainless in 1994. Having sampled early retirement in Cornwall for a couple of years, Barnden re-joined Stainless in 2009 to concentrate on a role dedicated to bringing back the Carmageddon Brand.
Matt Edmunds - COO
Graduated in 1992 with a BSc Hons in Business Computing Systems. After freelance programming at BT’s research laboratories for two years, Matt became employee number one at the newly-formed Stainless Software Ltd. He progressed from programmer to project manager and producer, overseeing development of a variety of videogames.
Matt joined Stainless Games Ltd. as Production Manager in 2002. A company reorganisation in 2003 saw him take on his current role of Chief Operating Officer.
Shaun Smith - Creative Director
Design graduate Shaun Smith was one of Stainless’ first employees in 1995, and worked extensively under co-founder and former creative director Neil Barnden. Having risen through the ranks at Stainless, Smith left to take on a succession of senior contract positions at Portsmouth-based developer Climax, before returning to us as Creative Director in 2006.
Ben Gunstone - Production Director
Ben Gunstone has extensive Industry experience in a production and management with the beginnings of his career traceable back to time spent at Nintendo UK and SCI during the mid nineties. With his strong background in QA and customer support, Gunstone quickly moved into a producer role within the SCI infrastructure. Most recently Ben has spent a few years at Sega of Europe involved in the acquisition, and overseeing development of, a number of external projects.
Ben has been a producer on numerous licensed and IP titles including The Italian Job (PSOne) and The Great Escape as well as some massive SEGA IP products including OutRun2, Virtua Tennis and SEGA Rally.
John Cook - Business Development
Since the 80s, Cook has represented some of the world's top game companies, including Maxis, Bullfrog Productions, Sensible Software, The Bitmap Brothers, Geoff Crammond and – since formation – Stainless Games. Cook's involvement with the games industry dates back to the early eighties when he was a journalist on the cult magazine Popular Computing Weekly. In 1986 he joined the Mirror Group where he became Head of Development of Mirrorsoft, its computer game subsidiary. He was influential in the first release of Tetris, as well as the launch of the trailblazing Imageworks label.
He is now Senior Partner of Bad Management LLP, which acts for Stainless Games's commercial side.
Stuart Bayliss - Game Director
Stuart began in the games industry via the time honoured path as a QA Analyst and has since worked at a number of companies on both the developer and publisher sides in various QA and Production roles across consoles, handhelds and PC. Combining these experiences, Stuart was part of the newly formed team that at NaturalMotion arrive on the scene with a string of chart-topping hits on iPhone and Android. Stuart defected to Stainless in 2013 as a Senior Producer before joining the management team in 2017.
Simon Lacey - Technical DirectorHaving been involved in professional software development since the late 80s, Simon has a wide range of technical exposure across multiple technologies, specialities, and industries. Working in senior and lead software engineering roles in entertainment, defence, navigation, and telecommunications markets; partnering with companies from Sega to Lockheed Martin, TomTom to the Met Police, Price Waterhouse Coopers to BP, Simon has developed a broad range of experience that gives a very individual outlook when combined with his core passion of game development.