Tina enrolled in Ulster University from industry: She is one of two founder-directors at local game development studio Brain and Nerd, where she is responsible for leading the studio's game design and production activities. Awarded Best Studio at the NI Game Awards for both 2019-2020, Brain and Nerd is a company synonymous with diversity and integrity within the industry. Her keen leadership of the studio was recognised at MCV/DEVELOP’s Women in Games Awards 2020, where she won the Businesswoman of the Year award.

Since founding Brain and Nerd in January 2012, Tina has gained almost a decade of game design and project management experience. She received mentorship and training in leadership, production, and business development while participating in both the NI Screen Pixel Mill accelerator program and the Ulster Bank business accelerator. Tina used her time at university to gain further experience with technical game design, working on a diverse range of projects created in both Unity and Unreal to stretch her skillset and build her fluency in contemporary design theory.



Tina Lauro Pollock