Meet the team – John Cridland, Backend Engineer

Time to celebrate the people that make Pando special.

By Pando Admin

Meet John, our Backend Engineer. As John departs from the company, we are choosing to celebrate his achievements and the incredible impact he has had on the business. His journey from clinical communications into physical healthcare is an inspiring story that helps highlight the importance of digital healthcare within the sector.

We had a chat with John about the challenges of digital healthcare, his greatest learnings and ambitions for the future.

Can you tell us about your career path to date – what led you to this point?

“Two years ago I was studying for my degree in Astrophysics. When the pandemic hit, I ended up dropping out of university and joining Pando full-time having worked with the company as an intern. I then progressed within the company taking on an active role as a data scientist working on data driven solutions to problems the company was facing. For the last year, I have been a backend engineer on Pando and I’ve had an amazing time developing features and working directly with our users to improve the app for them.”

Have there been any challenges along the way?

“I think the biggest challenge has been learning how to code and process data from scratch. When I joined Pando, I had barely written a line of code but thankfully I was supported by an amazing team and grew to take on more and more responsibilities within the company.”

What have been the high points of your career so far?

“High points for me always come when I speak to users who have used the app in weird and interesting ways. I especially like reading our internal wall of love which has various comments and stories from users. It really motivates me to work hard within the company.”

What are your goals for the future?

“As my time at Pando comes to an end, I am becoming a user of Pando myself and embarking on a new adventure within the London Ambulance Service. From my time at Pando, I have been inspired by our users and what they get up to each day and thought that this is something I’d like to do myself. I look forward to working with the team to improve the app for users as a user myself rather than the developer.”