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Liam Cookson

Liam teaches the three-week Develop courses at our Chester campus, helping people new to coding to get to grips with the basics of the industry. Like many Code Nation staff, Liam doesn’t hail from a typical tech background, and as such he understands the position a lot of students find themselves in. As such, he’s brilliant at removing those barriers and mental blocks to make great coders out of all of our students.

Part of what drew Liam to Code Nation was his belief that coding gives people versatility and flexibility whether they’re at the beginning of their working life or looking for a change in career. For this reason, Liam is a strong advocate for digital skills in all walks of life, and by empowering his students through leadership and teamwork, he’s been able to help people improve the outlook in their professional lives.

Although he may not have come via the traditional coding route started out as a librarian, Liam’s pedigree in the area is second to none. After founding CodeUp Chester, a meet-up which offers free coding tuition to adult beginners, he went on to run Chester Makefest, a festival of digital, STEM and maker activities. Liam also helps out at Django Girls Chester, a programming workshop for women.

Outside of work, Liam loves reading and will always have at least one book on the go. He also likes cheesy pop music and watches more than his fair share of films.

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