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In memory of a friend.

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the death of Simon Shakespeare after a cardiac arrest on the 28 October 2020.

Simon was an exceptional developer, team leader and manager. Well loved and respected in the tech community, he was a friend to everybody who had the pleasure to know him. The Hive family will forever be lacking his expert guidance and unique humour. He leaves behind his wife Emma and son Dougal. Our thoughts and best wishes are eternally with them and Simon’s extended family and friends.

We would like to thank everyone who has been in touch with their thoughts and memories of Simon. If you would like to leave a message about what Simon meant to you or a story or photo of happy times spent together, please share with us at and we will look to include them on this page as a rememberance.

If you would like to make a donation in Simon’s memory, then his family are asking that you donate to the Snow Sport Foundation, a worthy cause who generate funds to promote and deliver snow sports opportunities, to a range of people with additional needs, disabilities, financial hardship or social circumstances - specifically for children and young people.

Simon Shakespeare.

Head of Development

Arte et Labore
(Borrowed from his team Blackburn Rovers)

Simon brings 20+ years of experience to the team. Despite now being primarily web-orientated, he has gained a broad range of valuable programming and implementation skills over the years within the retail, construction, telemetry and telecommunications sectors.

Having worked on many large code bases Simon is a keen advocate of the current trends in microservices, modularisation and maintainability, albeit aware that these bring with them a new set of problems that he is keen to overcome.

Outside of tech interests Simon loves the outdoors and can usually be found running, walking and mountain biking around the fields near his home in Sheffield and when not doing that he'll be off to the Alps skiing.

If Simon could work on any project of the past, it would be...

Having studied languages at Sheffield University relatively recently, I would love to have worked on machine translations and their associated algorithms i.e. Google translate


Java, Spring, Microservices, JavaScript


Skiing, football, and french