Meet Stuart Friend

Learn more about Stuart, our Product Director. Hear about his role at Chalkstring and why being a Manchester United fan, as a Yorkshireman, turned out to be a win.

What does your average day look like?
A typical day involves scoping new features in response to client feedback, testing Chalkstring as new features are developed, providing consultancy to customers and supporting our staff from a product perspective.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I really love releasing new features for our clients and seeing the benefit Chalkstring offers to real-life projects. It’s satisfying each time we deploy a new feature, as I know we’re adding value to our customers.

Previous role / experience 
I graduated as solicitor specialising in projects & international construction at Pinsent Masons. On reflection, I didn’t feel the legal profession was for me, so I joined my family construction business in a commercial and operational management role for over 10 years. It was during this time that I formed the idea for Chalkstring and developed the software.

Describe yourself in 3 words
Daddy, I want….

Who is your icon and why?
Sir Alex Fergusson. Growing up in Yorkshire as a Manchester United fan was hard enough but it was great that Fergie gave me over a decade of bragging rights to hit back with.

Memorable life moment
Asking my wife to marry me in Machu Picchu, Peru.