Computer science graduate is first employee for Swansea-based Finnish company

A Swansea University computer science graduate has become the first employee of Leadin, a Finnish company which recently announced that they are locating their UK headquarters in Swansea.

Tom Owen is joining the team at Leadin, which is a Finland-based user experience and service design agency. They provide user research, service design and software development services to companies like Jaguar Land Rover, ABB, and Nokia.  

Leadin are expanding their operations into the UK, creating 30 jobs, building on links with Swansea University and support from the Welsh Government.

Tom OwenPicture:  Tom Owen (left) with Leadin UK managing director Harri Mansikkamäki

Tom Owen said:

“The Computer Science group has provided me with essential skills that have allowed me to now move forward with my career. Elements such as Human-Computer Interaction and industry engagement have been fundamental in helping me secure a role with Leadin. I’m hugely excited to be joining such an exciting company, who share ideas similar to my own on user research and experience.”

Leadin LOgoHarri Mansikkamäki, Managing Director of Leadin UK said:

“I am extremely happy to get Tom on board. His field of research, experience with local businesses and professional yet relaxed attitude fit into Leadin culture perfectly. I am sure that together with Tom we are able to provide our clients the solutions that are highly beneficial for their business.”

Professor Matt Jones, Head of the College of Science at Swansea University, said:

"Swansea University has a world-leading Computer Science team that many industry collaborators and partners find attractive. We are delighted that Leadin has decided to establish itself in Swansea. It’s extremely pleasing to see that one of our students is the very first employee of this exciting new venture".

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Story by Kevin Sullivan