Joomla Leadership Team
The leadership of Joomla consists of three teams:
- Production Leadership Team (PLT): responsible for coordinating the production of the Joomla CMS and Framework, including code, documentation, and localization.
- Community Leadership Team (CLT): responsible for all Joomla websites, forums, and user groups.
- Open Source Matters (OSM): responsible for managing all legal and financial affairs for Joomla and also the Joomla demo sites.
You can access the mailing lists of these teams using the following links:
Members of the PLT and CLT are listed below. See the OSM Website for a list of the OSM Board members.
Born and raised in South Africa, now living in Australia's biggest city, Sydney.
Brad has years of experience in the web hosting industry. As well as running his own local Web hosting and design business, he has been working for Rochen (www.rochen.com) for a number of years. He's been associated with the project since 2003, and brings his good humor and expertise to the ever-growing Joomla fold. Like many of us, he has succumbed to the hazards of the job and, after years of wearing out keyboards, his handwriting is illegible and spelling deplorable without the use of a spellchecker.
Born and living in Seville, south of Spain, Isidro met web technologies for the first time while studying telecommunications engineering in the early 2000s. He was so cautivated by the www that he finally left his studies to work full time as a web freelancer (site building, webmaster, community manager, english to spanish translations).
Related with Joomla since Mambo days, he owns a blog about Joomla in spanish (www.gnumla.org). He started collaborating actively with the Joomla project during early 2010, when joined the moderator team as local moderator for the spanish forum. After that, he continued to increase his involvement, joining JPeople community managers team and the JCM as Spanish editor during 2010, and becoming JPeople Communications Manager during 2011. Also, during the summer of 2011, he joined the Joomla Tweet Team and the Spanish Translation Team.
Guillermo Bravo O.
Born and living in Iquique, Guillermo meet Web Development early 2000's during his studies at Bussines Administration. Related with Joomla since 2007, when he create he's first Joomla website.
The Joomla community involvement began with the co-fundation of the local community, Joomla.cl. In that community he become administrator of the help forum and editor of the community blog. Then he start to volunteer in the Joomla Community Magazine in which he manage the International Stories section, and prepare all non-English articles for launch. He also lead the Spanish authors and translators group for the magazine, which currently produces half of the total articles in each new issue. He's working with the multilingual team to prepare the magazine for a better in-language experience, and to make it easier to translate articles. The JCM is almost ready to launch the Spanish version of the JCM, and we know that many other languages will follow!
In Social Networks you will find him always in Facebook, from that channel he's doing the effort to keep the spanish speakers Joomla community more involved in the Joomla! project, sharing news, events and bringing suport throught many Joomla related groups.
Peter has been working in the Joomla space since the Mambo days and then moving on to Joomla as the communities spilt. He started learning Joomla by reverse engineering templates and working out what made them tick. He now co-leads a web design and development agency based in Sydney, Australia with his girlfriend and partner providing solutions for clients using the Joomla CMS.
While he isn't working in the studio, he podcasts and videocasts all about Joomla on his weekly show the Joomla Beat where he connects with members of the community from around the world to share their Joomla stories no matter how big or small they are. Some would say it has become more of an obsession than just a hobby.
When he isn't working he is enjoying life with his girlfriend, sipping away on sake on the water of the beautiful harbour city or bending over backwards on the floor of a hot yoga room.
Ruth has always been a passionate supporter of free and open source software, and came across Joomla! in the early days when asked to design a website during her time as IT Technician at a school, and the rest, as they say, is history! She now runs a business - Virya Technologies and Virya Software - which specialises in Open Source technologies including Joomla! website design, management and extension creation, and Linux server management. Her personal area of interest lies within search engine optimisation and helping websites to recover from poor SEO practices. Ruth also founded Joomla! User Group Suffolk and is on the team for Joomla!Day UK events.
When she's not in front of a computer screen she can be found lurking in the countryside assessing young people completing their Duke of Edinburgh's Expedition or hunting out geocaches. She's also training for ordination with the Triratna Buddhist Community and is a field hockey goalkeeper.
A Joomla! Extension developer since 2006, since a few years also a Joomla! Bug Squad member and more recent co-organisor of the Joomla! User Group Rotterdam, Dutch Pizza, Bugs & Fun, Dutch Joomla! Day events, and Joomla! Bug Squad Team Lead.
My personal interest besides programming lies in travelling, running and going to the cinema. To keep my body happy, a good plate of good food is appreciated.
Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Position: Documentation Working Group Coordinator
Born 1958, Chris first began programming on a DEC PDP8 in 1975. He gained a degree in mathematics in 1979 and, after a brief spell as a mathematician in the aerospace industry, got sucked into the rapidly growing computer industry. Chris has developed software at all levels from assembly language upwards, on everything from microprocessors to mainframes, and has learnt through hard experience the value of good, disciplined commenting and thorough documentation. "Documentation is as much a part of the finished product as the code itself."
He discovered Mambo in 2003 while searching for a content management system for an intranet project. Although impressed by the product itself, he felt that the lack of documentation was a major weakness. Rather than complaining, he set about trying to fix the problem by writing his own and was soon recruited to the Documentation Team. He switched to Joomla as soon as the split occurred and is now responsible for developer documentation.
Robert founded his consulting company in 2002 and first came in contact with Mambo in 2004 while he was looking for a tool to manage his company website. Like many people he was infected by the open source virus and co-founded Mambo e.V. (later renamed to JandBeyond e.V.) and organised in 2005 the mamboday as community event. At the beginning of Joomla! he was part of the Design & Accessibility Team and later co-created the first beez template.
Between 2010 and 2012 he was an OSM Board member and the Events Team Leader and organised the first Joomla! World Conference. Since 2010 he has also organised JandBeyond - An International Joomla! Conference.
Since Feb 2013 he is part of the bug squad team and helped to organise code sprints in 2013 and 2014. He recently joined the PLT. When he is not sitting in front of a computer he likes cooking and making pictures.
Combining a mix of sys admin and marketing skills, Jess works with with major brands including Fortune 500 businesses along with major universities, hospitals, airports, and casinos to provide solutions for their technology needs.
In her free time, she can be found either on the volleyball court or softball diamond. She also enjoys watching the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers with her family and friends. Jess is currently employed at Trivera.
Javier Gomez was born in Barcelona (Spain) and works as Quality Assurance at redCOMPONENT.com. Since 2010 Javier became a board member of Open Source Matters, the non-for-profit that provides organizational, legal, and financial support for the Joomla! open-source project. In 2013 Javier joined the Joomla Production Leadership Team where he volunteers his time to the project.
He became active in the community in 2007 by organizing the first national Joomla! meeting in Barcelona and has participated in several Joomla events in different countries: United States, Chile, Spain, Guatemala, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Germany or Netherlands... he is passionate about the Joomla! community and is focused on enhancing the internationalisation of the project. One of his most known contributions to the project is the Joomla! language installer
After completing a professional certificate in website design at the American University of Paris in 2001, Alice became a Mambo user, followed soon thereafter by Joomla! In 2005 she became a free-lance website developer, specializing in Joomla! website solutions for Paris-based non-profits.
She served a seven year term as Webmanager for FAWCO, the largest federation of American clubs overseas, earning the Circle of Honor award. She is Operations Manager for the Online Publishers Association Europe, a non-profit organization whose mission is the viability of digital media for producers of quality news content.
Alice is Co-Lead Editor on the Joomla! Community Magazine with Dianne Henning.
Dianne lived in Paris, France for 20 years where she received a professional certificate in Web Design and Site Management from the American University in Paris in 2001-02. She has been using Joomla! since 2005 but became more actively involved as a volunteer in the Joomla community in 2010. In October 2013 she completed three years of service on the Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. Dianne is currently the Co-Lead Editor of the Joomla! Community Magazine, serves on the Joomla Events Team, and the 2013 and 2014 Joomla World Conference team. She also organizes the annual JoomlaDay Boston event held in March for local Joomla users.
In her spare time, Dianne enjoys photography, knitting, ceramics, cooking and networking.
Thomas Hunziker works in informatics for a Swiss telecommunication company. He started with Joomla! 1.5 around end of 2007 because the text editor wasn’t working anymore. About two years later he started writing his own extensions. From there it was a small step to help other users in the forums and also to fixing bugs. This is what he still loves doing, especially on the coding side of things.
David is committed to open source development working with Joomla! since Mambo and serves as both the Community Development Manager for Joomla as well as a member of the Production Leadership Team. He is always looking for other ways to help and writes for the Joomla Community Magazine for developers, a member of the bug squad, the security strike team, the CMS and framework maintainers list, and every other group he can find to join!
David is a founding partner at WebSpark. A company built on making incredible business-oriented solutions. They have created the first and only true Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system built specifically for Joomla. They have also created project management (JForce) and live group chat (Banter) solutions. In addition to creating Joomla based components, under David's direction WebSpark has continued to innovate and create both cutting edge components as well as unique standalone web-based applications built on the Joomla Framework.
In addition to coding and contributing to open source, David speaks extensively around the world on the topics of code, frameworks, open source, business organization, and other topics. But more importantly, he travels around the world to listen to the ideas and gain inspiration from others!
Born and living in Cologne, Germany, David got in touch with web development during school in 2002. After a few years working with plain HTML sites, he started to develop his own CMS in 2004 and switched to Mambo shortly after. He quickly became an active member of the German community and met them in person for the first time during JoomlaDay Germany 2006. After school, he started his business as a freelance webdeveloper and quickly got more involved in the community by giving support in the forums, co-organizing the German JoomlaDay and the J&Beyond conference, starting a Joomla Usergroup in his home town, developing own extensions and joining the board of the German Joomla association "J&Beyond e.V.". In 2012, he joined the Bug Squad and started contributing to the CMS code.
In late 2012, he co-founded the CMS-Garden project, which is cooperation of 12 opensource CMS. In the CMS-Garden, volunteers from all participating systems combine their forces to improve their marketing and reach new potential users.
Besides that he's interested in open source sofware, linux, pasta and archery.
Like millions of others, Peter's computer career began in 1984 with the Commodore 64. Ten years later he got hooked to the Internet during his studies Marketing and Mass Communication. When plain HTML wasn't sufficient anymore he learned PHP/MySQL. In 2003 Peter discovered Mambo CMS but only got actively involved in the Joomla community in 2005 when he started helping other users at Joomla forum. Peter has been a forum Moderator since 2006 & Global Moderator since 2007.
In his hometown he organizes Open Coffee Nijmegen (a monthly networking event for small businesses and self employed people) and Linux User Group Nijmegen. Peter has his own business www.db8.nl (founded in 2005) and supports companies and organizations with Joomla implementations, support and custom Joomla extension development.
His other interests are open source software, Linux (Debian), Nginx, Raspberry Pi, music (collecting vinyl records) and art house movies.
Olaf is an Internet Engineer (M.Sc.) working in Galway, Ireland. He is the founder of Learn Skills, a company providing high quality Learning Management Systems (LMS / LCMS / VLE) and Educational Materials to businesses, schools and government organisations. In the Joomla community, Olaf is working in the Joomla Global Moderator Team and the Joomla Forum Administrator Team.
Sander’s Joomla passion started back in 2005 by building a Joomla website for his rowing team. Next to his studies Architecture at Delft University of Technology Sander is a Joomla freelancer working on all kinds of Joomla projects.
The involvement with the Joomla community started back in 2008, as co-founder of the local Dutch community www.joomlacommunity.eu. In a short period they established a solid community with an active team of volunteers. The volunteers contribute by providing news, translations, documentation, forum support and by organization the Joomla User Groups (14 in a small country!) and the yearly Dutch JoomlaDays.
He is chairman of “Stichting Sympathy,” a Dutch foundation founded in January 2011 that covers all Joomla activities and promoting the Joomla project in The Netherlands.
Viktor Vogel lives in Germany and works for the hosting company 1&1 Internet as their Joomla! specialist. For years he has been developing extensions at his project Kubik-Rubik Joomla! Extensions. Viktor is member of the Joomla! Bug Squad and at the System Testing Working Group and he is committed to take Joomla! to major technology events worldwide.
Location: United Kingdom
Position: Production Leadership Team
George slowly entered of web design during school in 2010 and shortly after he started developing Joomla extensions. In 2011 George found a really annoying Joomla bug which he submitted a fix for and the rest as they say is history. Since then George has been part of the documentation team, the bug squad team and have helped out in many sub groups focussing on code in the CMS and Framework.