About us

Thyngs is an enterprise-grade technology platform that enables businesses to easily connect offline and online marketing at scale.

Our solutions and services help our clients enhance real world experiences by connecting consumers to digital content and payments via their smartphones.

We aim to demystify the technology behind all forms of ‘contactless’ mobile marketing, and make it easy for any organisation to turn a physical object or space into something that people can interact with – without needed any specialist technical knowledge.

So whether you’re a marketer, fundraiser, venue owner, events manager or technology enthusiast, it’s easy to use Thyngs to create integrated offline/online experiences your audiences will remember.

Executive team

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Dr Neil Garner

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Before Thyngs, Neil was founder and CEO of Proxama plc [PROX], the global leader in Proximity Marketing. Proxama pioneered mobile proximity marketing and mobile contactless payments (now commonly known as Apple/Android Pay) for many global brands, which helped inspire his thinking behind Thyngs.

As well as developing and leading the future of Thyngs, Neil is also co-founder of Norwich-based tech hub, Whitespace which is now also part of the Barclays Eagle Lab network.

When he needs to unwind from all that tech, Neil enjoys spending time with his family in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, playing the guitar, and strategy games.

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Wayne Taylor

Chief Technology Officer

Wayne is the brains behind the Thyngs tech: he keeps the team up to date with the latest tech and software developments. He also designs and builds the tech behind the Thyngs platform (with a little help from the rest of the team).

His first software gig was building simulations for the UK and Italian MOD, before moving on to consultancy and games development. More recently, he founded the software products and team at Epos Now, and won Queens Award for Enterprise Innovation.

His passions outside work include his VW camper-van, and being a dad.

Niall Cook

Head of Marketing

Niall is responsible for all aspects of Thyngs’ marketing and communications, focusing on driving awareness and adoption of the platform amongst enterprise clients, agencies, and partners.

With a wealth of digital, social, PR and martech experience, he spent over 10 years in senior roles at WPP-owned PR agency H+K Strategies, before co-founding social benchmarking consultancy Sociagility. He is a published author and holds an MSc in entrepreneurship from UEA.

Niall lives in Norwich with his wife, daughter, and a menagerie of cats, dogs, ducks, chickens, and alpacas!

Christian Duerden

Head of Design

As head of design, Chris is responsible for ensuring a seamless user journey for clients and end users, and helps clients promote effective user education.

Chris has worked in the contactless industry for over seven years, covering secure element TEE design through to innovative NFC/beacon enabled marketing campaigns. He designed the digital experience for the world’s first NFC interactive poster campaign, and has worked on numerous other NFC projects across a variety of industries.

When not at his desk, Chris supports Barclays Eagle Labs as a technical engineer and enjoys 3D model design, illustration, and swimming.

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Chris Chapman

Chief Financial Officer

Chris manages the financial aspects for Thyngs on a part-time basis. Chris previously worked with Neil as CFO for Proxama, successfully raising funds and managing the financial backbone of the fast growing business.

Chris is also CEO of Numitas, managing a team of experienced FDs and CFOs providing financial consultancy to growth businesses across the UK. He is an NED or adviser to several technology ventures and on the board of The Cambridge Phenomenon.

He is an avid F1 fan, an Ipswich Town season ticket holder and enjoys weekend time with his wife, 2 boys and an endless list of jobs in the garden

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Oliver Steeley MBA

Chief Strategy Officer

Oliver has been at the forefront of innovation in banking and payments for over 20 years. Most recently Oliver was responsible for a number of strategic investments and partnerships at Visa Europe, where he played a key role in bringing Visa’s Tokenisation services (that underpin ApplePay, AndroidPay etc.) to market in Europe.

As an early pioneer of contactless payments and NFC Oliver has worked across the payments ecosystem to develop and launch numerous products and services in both retail and mass transit environments.

Oliver lives with his family in Bedfordshire where he enjoys playing golf and planning his next fine dining experience.

Current vacancies

Sales Director/Manager – Competitive Salary

This role would suit a tech/mobile business development manager or sales manager with experience of selling software solutions to agencies and brands operating in the retail, FMCG, entertainment and leisure sectors...


Lead Software Developer C# – £32-38k

Thyngs is the latest tech start-up in Norwich. We are on the look-out for an A-game Software Developer to join our growing team. Join us at the early stages of the Thyngs journey and help shape the future of the...