Tech Lead - The Hut Group
September 2015 to present
My role at The Hut Group is primarily a technical advisory and decision making position. My focus within the team is to guide development of projects from conception to delivery, ensuring that the most appropriate technologies are used to best meet the requirements of the business. I am also responsible for managing the team backlog, reporting progress directly to our product owner, managing the career progression and day to day activities of my team members and communicating with stakeholders throughout the business. I often report to director level in the company, delivering projects directly to the board, as well as progress reports and reviews.
Project Lead - Ebury
September 2014 - September 2015
Ebury is one of the top 50 FinTech companies to work for in London. My responsibilities included building and maintaining the company’s marketing site as well as managing code releases, content changes and coordinating development operations. My first task after starting my employment with Ebury was to develop the company multi-lingual marketing site from the ground up. Working closely with the marketing team, as well as architecting and overseeing the development of a code and content deployment platform, I successfully launched the project under budget and on time. Technologies used include AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Jenkins, Ansible Tower, WordPress Multisite, New Relic and GIT. This project is continual, adding new languages, improvements and fresh content on a frequent basis so continuous integration and automated testing is a daily process.
Web Developer - Kaplan International
May 2012 - September 2014
My employment at Kaplan started as a contractor role, commuting from Macclesfield to London 3 days a week. I was originally contracted for 3 months to rebuild their corporate site, but after finishing the project on time I accepted a job offer and became a permanent employee. My responsibilities included developing WordPress themes, WordPress plugins, building pixel perfect HTML and CSS, and organising code deployments and project specifications. I worked in a heavy scrum environment, working within a team focused on continuous integration and Agile methodology. Legacy browser support (IE6 upwards) and multi-lingual support were a major part of the development process, as a large percentage of Kaplan’s language course clients reside in the Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern regions of the world.
Web Director - ADOmedia Ltd
September 2006 - March 2012
One of the founders of a successful creative design and web development company based in Macclesfield, Cheshire. I managed the Web and technical department of the organisation. As Web Director, 50% owner of the company and founding member of the board, my role was both business orientated and technical. My duties involved building web sites from the ground up as well as liaising with the client at project conception, right through to completion, launch, and then after sales support. I sourced and researched new technologies, managed our team of staff and frequently met with new clients to develop our business connections.
Scrum / Agile / Kanban
Advanced GNVQ Art & Design
King's School Macclesfield
9 GCSEs including Maths, English and Sciences