About Me


I work as an architect and engineer with most of my experience focussed on distributed data technologies. I manage teams and work with larger organisational issues too.

I’m currently at Confluent working as an Engineer on Apache Kafka although my role has spanned all departments at one point or other over a range of projects from developing a strategy for business systems through to engineering a new version of the replication protocol.

Previously I led the central data platform team at RBS where we built the event-driven database: ODC. I also worked at Thoughtworks and a few financial institutions. I live in London.

Conferences & Lectures

 Academic Publications

  • Test Oriented Languages: Is it Time for a New Era? RefTest at IEEE International Conference on Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST), 25th March 2011, Berlin, Germany (here)
  • Enabling Testing, Design and Refactoring Practices in Remote Locations. RefTest at IEEE International Conference on Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST), 25th March 2011, Berlin, Germany (here)
  • Simulating Software Evolution with Varying Numbers of Developers and Validation Using OSS, Australian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC) 2009 (here)
  • Chapter in the book “Software Process Change” part of the Lecture Notes on Computer Science series (here)
  • ACM Transactions on Modelling and Computer Simulation (here)
  • Paper at the International Workshop on Process Simulation’ at ICSE 2006 in Shanghai (here)

Other stuff

I was honoured to do a best man’s speech for my great friend Piers who, magnificently, returned the favour at my own wedding.

Contact: benstopford(atsymbol)gmail.com