About us About VME Coop

VME Co-op was created in 2019, to acquire VME Retail, and convert it into a competitive advantage for the global consumer coop movement.

Our Team


  • Leo Sammallahti

    Marketing Manager

    A platform cooperative enthusiast. Started the Wikipedia article about platform cooperatives and was a participant in the worlds first platform cooperative accelerator program UnFound, representing WeCo, an online discussion and link-sharing platform owned cooperatively by the users.

  • Richard Bridges

    Account Executive

    Richard started working in a Clydebank Co-op store, and quickly progressed up to management level. The CEO of Clydebank Co-op actually recommended Richard join VME so he could use his skills to benefit lots of other retailers. Richard heads up VME's account management team, looking after customers both old and new. He enjoys meeting new customers and teaching them how to use IntellIStore to improve their businesses.

  • Richard Coyle

    Director

    Richard has been a director of VME since 2004. He started as a software developer in 2000 and now looks after the entire software development team. He has worked in Retail IT almost all of his working life, so customers and suppliers aside consider him a 'guru' on using software to solve retailer's problems.

  • Callum Wilson

    Sales Development Executive

    Callum is the newest employee of VME and is heavily involved in the shaping of VME’s sale strategy and he has embraced this brilliantly. Callum has over 10 years of experience working with customers face to face and over the telephone to better understand their needs and is able to utilise IntelliStore software to highlight news ways in which customers can maximise profits and reduce their day to day costs.

  • Stewart Ross

    COO

    Stewart has over 20 years experience in epos, specifically implementing change and improvements into the business. Stewart has won awards in the past for his work on improving instore experience for both customers and store managers.

  • Stephen Gill

    Founder CEO

    Stephen started working with Scotmid Co-op in 1995, having an IT background. He joined VME Retail in 1999, and led a management buy out in 2004. Since then, he has worked hard with VME's customers to help them improve their margins and reduce unnecessary admin functions.

  • Pablo Martelletti

    Head of development

    Pablo is the Head of Development here in Malta, his job is to take care of the different Development Teams, make sure they hit their deadlines, and guide them when they look for help. He loves football in every aspect one could think of: watching it, playing it, reading about it. Everything. His dream is to see Argentina win the World Cup next November in Qatar. He also likes to program as a hobby and investigate new technologies as well as playing Padel.

  • Dave Martindale

    Senior Software Developer

    Dave is a senior software developer who works as part of the .NET team in Scotland and has been with us since 2013. He works mainly on our Eposity product as well as doing some work on the Android HHT, Back Office Extra and Branch Charging products. He takes part in the local parkrun (either running or volunteering as a helper) most weeks which is a 5k run around the local park and also enjoys long walks in the countryside. When relaxing he likes to spend time playing video games, building jigsaw puzzles and watching TV/movies as well as listening to podcasts and heavy rock / metal music. "

  • André Grech

    André has been working for VME since 2018. He is currently the PHP Team Leader within VME Coop. The role revolves around coordinating development work flowing into the PHP team with the rest of the company. Outside of working hours he enjoys tinkering with classic cars in my small workshop. In there he does everything from routine maintenance, to engine swaps and also electric conversions. Favourite quote: "If you don't take care of yourself, nobody else will."

  • Ant Kazara

    Project Team

    Ant is part of a project team, which is responsible for liaising with various customers on upcoming projects, delegating tasks to people, ensuring that all boxes are ticked for new stores and fully prepared for the store's "go live" dates. He likes gaming, cooking and motorbikes (he had a Harley Davidson "Road King" until recently). He also collects whiskies (some as an investment and most to drink with friends) and watches (especially Panerai). Favourite quote: “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – The Alchemist"

  • Caillin Campsie

    Support Team Worker

    Cailin is part of the Support Team, helping resolve reported issues for our clients, though there is also a certain amount of testing and project work as well. He also likes Viking-age re-enactment with Regia Angolum, cooking and hand-tool woodworking. Favourite quote: "When properly recited in appropriate surroundings, Viking-Age poetry can taste like cold iron on the tongue, its complex rhyme schemes building upon one another like layers of frost - treacherous but beautiful."

  • Casey Formosa

    Casey is a .NET software engineer responsible for developing the backend of various software and applications. She is a cat person and have adopted 3 lovely cats which are a big part of her life. Favourite quote: "Let everything happen to you Beauty and terror Just keep going No feeling is final" ― Rainer Maria Rilke

  • David Spence

    Software developer

    Dave is a software developer responsible (along with others) for the upkeep of many projects (mostly .NET). He loves sport (including football and rugby) and music with an eclectic music collection. He spends most of his time nowadays entertaining his grand kids (at great cost to myself). Favourite quote: "In the valley of the blind the one eyed man is king"

  • Ian Borg

    Ian is a Junior Laravel developer within the PHP team. He enjoys reading, running & playing guitar. Favourite quote: "The only zen you'll find on mountain tops is the zen you bring up there with you"

  • Ify Agunu

    Support Worker

    Ify is a first line support worker, responsible for troubleshooting, investigating and resolving software / hardware related issues within specified SLA. She enjoys volunteering, travelling and blogging. Favourite quote: "Be the change you want to see in the world"

  • Kenrick Bartolo

    Kendrick is the First Line Support Team leader. His main focus is to lead the team with empathy and encouragement. When not learning new skills (currently Python), he likes to catch up with friends, either by meeting in person or playing competitive games online. "'The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing''

  • Kevin Attard

    Senior Software Developer

    Kevin is a senior software developer, part of the .net malta team, with a main focus on backend systems. Playing drums has been his passion since college, mostly playing at home to relax but occasionally with a band too. PC gaming is also something he enjoys, and he is a bit of a geek when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy books. Since his youth Kevin was involved with a couple NGOs and is currently I'm helping out a local NGO with formatting and installing laptops. Favourite quote: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Marylee Farrugia

    Deputy Chief of Staff

    Marylee is our Deputy Chief of Staff - she support all aspects of VME Coop's overall management strategy for the innovative work in the development for a wider co-operative software sector, our culture, values, principals and ensures equal treatment and opportunities for all our colleagues. Outside of work, she has a lively English Springer Bailey who loves to be taken for walks where she can bounce through long grass and paddle in streams. Favourite quote: "When in Doubt - Close your Eyes!"

  • Nigel Cini

    Nigel is a support officer and the first point of contact with customers when handling IT related issues and support for our software. In his free time he enjoys gaming, cars and football. Favourite quote: "Always keep fighting"

  • Philip Bonnici

    Support Officer

    Philip is a first line support officer, acting as the first point of contact for our customers where we always try our best to resolve the reported issue as quickly as possible. His favourite hobby is PC gaming which he has been doing for the past ~16 years. Recently he has been very interested in design and has been learning Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator.

  • Ryan Camilleri

    Ryan is part of the 1st Line Support Team, which is the first point of contact for VME. He helps ensure that stores are up to date with file transfers, whilst also supporting software & hardware issues. In his spare time he enjoys music events, travelling and trying out international cuisines.

  • Scott Coyle

    Support Officer

    Scott is a part of the 2nd Line Support team, which seeks to resolve escalated incidents, fulfil service requests, and complete software testing for major releases. He is also a snare drummer in one of the world's top pipe bands, Fife Police Pipe Band and has also dabbled into music production. In addition, he trains MMA (boxing, Muay Thai, judo, wrestling and BJJ). Favourite quote: "“The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.” — Mick Kremling

  • Stefan Lia

    Team Leader

    Stefan is mainly responsible for Malta .NET Team, which primarily focuses on POS developments. He plans sprints and workload for our team based on the business needs and makes sure that team members have all the necessary information to carry out the work. He mostly enjoys spending time with family, reading or playing video games (when time permits). Favourite quote: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

  • Steven Blair

    Team Leader

    Steven is the team leader for the .NET Team of our Scotland branch, with his day to day work is mainly based around Eposity, but work in other areas (V2 / Android HHT). He also enjoys writing dance music - you can enjoy his music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7Fdo78Vocc5Ao051FD3gP9.

  • William Burbidge

    Support Officer

    William is part of the Support Team, dealing with the more complex and ongoing issues. His spare time is mostly spent on family matters, e.g. taking his grandchildren to their activities. He also used to be heavily involved in coaching youth football for over 25 years in his local area. Favourite quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."