Virya Software

Your resource for ethical Joomla! ® extension development

Virya Software is part of Virya Group Limited, who provide ethical technology services to businesses, charities and not for profit organisations.

Run as a Buddhist right livelihood organisation, we exist to be able to offer services to those who would not normally be able to afford them, by using the profit we make from our commercial work to fund 'dana' - or generosity - projects.

Virya Software is where we provide the software which we have produced to the public.  We're currently updating the site to include more information about our team, watch this space!


Ruth Cheesley - CEO


Ruth is CEO & Director of Virya Group Limited, and manages the day to day running of the organisation.  She oversees the Marketing & SEO and Training pillars of the business.

Ruth is keen to see the extensions developed by Virya Group continue to challenge and innovate, and is always on the lookout for software which needs customising or creating, and Joomla! extensions which need updating or adapting (or indeed writing from scratch) - we're always up for a challenge!

Ruth is the driving force behind the charitable activities that Virya Group support and is a practicing Buddhist with the Triratna Buddhist Community and part of the Young People's Sangha.

Ruth lives with her partner John in Ipswich, Suffolk (UK) and also runs the local Joomla! User Group Suffolk, which meets monthly in Ipswich.


Marco Dings - CTO & Extensions Lead

Marco DingsMarco lives in Weert, The Netherlands, and is CTO of Virya Group.  Marco leads the CMS, Hosting and Consultancy pillars of the business and oversees our extension development team.

Marco comes from a background in embedded software engineering background, and has a fanatical obsession with processes, attention to detail, and doing things right the first time!

Marco supports our charitable activites in mainland Europe, and with his fluency in five languages, is often the first port of call for many of our international support tickets.  He is an active member of the Joomla! bug squad, and runs a local Joomla User Group which meets in Weert and Eindhoven.


Chiara Aliotta - Creative Director

Chiara AliottaChiara is Creative Director at Virya Group and brings her creative flair and imagination to the world of web development.  

Chiara lives in Greece with her partner and world-famouse cat, Kissa.  She is passionate about beautiful design, and can often be found admiring typography wherever she is travelling around the world!

Chiara is the Brand Manager for the Joomla! project, and part of the Marketing Working Group Leadership.


George Wilson - Senior Developer

georgewilsonGeorge joined the team in the summer of 2014 as a senior developer.  George graduated from university with a Masters degree in Physics, but coding is where his interests lie!

George lives in the south of England, and is an active contributor to the Joomla project and a member of the Production Leadership Team.

George is responsible for leading the team who maintain our extensions as project manager, and is an active part of our research & development team investigating and developing new extensions for customers, and for general availability.


Alex Theulings - Web Development Apprentice

Alex TheulingsAlex joined the team in the spring of 2014 as a Web Development Apprentice, having learned PHP and other programming languages controlling complex systems within a family business.  

Alex lives in Ipswich, and has recently started contributing to the Joomla project as a bug squad member.