Leeds-based Axiologik – the advanced digital delivery firm – has bolstered its technical team with the appointment of David Sugden as the company’s new head of engineering.

With an impressive career behind him, Sugden brings a wealth of experience and expertise in software development, architecture, and end-to-end delivery.

His journey in the technology industry began with a junior developer role at AXA after graduating from university.


He subsequently joined Equifax in the late 1990s, where his passion for technology and interest in other areas started to flourish.

In his 26-year tenure at Equifax, Sugden made significant strides, moving from developer roles on mainframe applications to exploring various positions, including senior developer and architecture roles across the company.

Throughout his career, his focus evolved from what applications are to how they are built, particularly in the realm of full end-to-end delivery.

His proficiency expanded to encompass requirements capturing, project management, development, testing, customer support, and overall service delivery.

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During this time, he led engineering initiatives across the UK team, promoting best practices in a guild format and building ancillary systems to define and uphold excellence.

Sugden’s interests eventually gravitated towards the production space, where he thrived in supporting applications, managing customers, and overseeing 24/7 services.

Notably, five years ago, he established the Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) function at Equifax’s UK branch, crafting and nurturing the department from the ground up.

Before departing, Sugden also embraced a global role and led internal developer tooling efforts from the company’s Atlanta office.

On returning to the UK, he joined Axiologik and is looking to expand and build his team.

He said: “My interest in enhancing development experience and productivity seamlessly aligns with Axiologik’s mission. The firm focuses on delivering effective and efficient solutions to businesses, ensuring they can roll out new features swiftly while maintaining cost-effectiveness.

“This area is currently a hot topic in the tech industry and I hope my expertise will be a valuable asset in achieving Axiologik’s goals.”

Ben Davison, Axiologik’s director, concluded: “We welcome David to our team and look forward to the positive impact he will make in driving the engineering practice forward. We are excited about the innovative ideas and valuable insights that David will bring to the table, solidifying Axiologik’s position as a leading force in the digital delivery realm.”

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Established in Leeds in 2016, Axiologik is an advanced digital delivery consultancy with a world-class track record of shaping, designing and delivering cutting-edge digital services in public and private sectors alike.

They help clients turn their most critical digital aspirations into reality, delivering modern, impactful, resilient services at pace, and often in high-scale and high-complexity environments.

The business now has over 100 employees and an impressive list of customers spanning financial services, automotive, health, utilities, retail, government, and more.