About Me

I am 25 years old and am currently studying a BSc Honours in Software Engineering at De Montfort University in Leicester. I am very passionate about what I do, and I like to think I’m pretty good at it. Whilst studying, I also work as a freelance web developer, alongside running a number of commercial and non-commercial websites. I’m also a strong lover of open-source software and I do my bit to contribute back to the community.

When I’m not at a computer I’m usually on my bike, in a swimming pool, or hanging from a rock. I’m a keen rock climber and triathlete, but my real passion is cycling. I’ve recently discovered that armed with my bike and a sleeping bag there are no limits to where I can go, so I’ve been spending any free time I get cycling hundreds of miles across various parts of Europe.

If you’re in need of a freelancer, or even just fancy a chat, please get in touch with me.

What I Offer

I have been practising web and software development, first as a hobby and subsequently as a job, for over 12 years in total. This experience has led me to become proficient in a wide range of programming languages and technologies. My primary focus and passion is working with web-oriented technologies such as PHP, SQL, JavaScript, (X)HTML and CSS - although I also have knowledge and experience in many other languages. Recently I’ve been learning Haskell, Java, and C(++) programming languages and am fairly competent in them.

I am also skilled with Adobe Flash, Photoshop & Flex and enjoy designing. love a challenge and thrive at the opportunity to work out of my comfort zone or learn new skills. Having owned and ran numerous Linux and Windows based servers, I’m very capable when it comes to server administration - although I wouldn’t say it’s my strongest area.

In previous jobs I have been responsible for a variety of important clients; including the Church of England Norfolk Diocese, British Parachute Association, British School of Motoring and Norfolk County Council. This often involved project management, holding meetings, demonstrating progress, and providing phone/email support. Working for a lot of small companies has meant I’ve been involved in every part of the process and although it hasn’t always been easy, the experience I’ve gained is invaluable.

Work Experience

The following is a list of my work experience, in descending chronological order. As shown below, I have a lot of experience in my field and have worked in important roles throughout my career.

  1. Freelance consulting

    PHP/Web Developer

    Through freelance work, I've been able to develop skills needed for organising projects, interacting with customers and meeting deadlines. Freelancing has allowed me to interact with clients and designers from all around the world and experiment with running my own successful websites and business ventures.

  2. Cite DMS – Full time & Freelance

    Web Developer

    June 2010 – June 2011

    Cite is a highly successful Leicester based digital agency. In my role with Cite, I was tasked with leading numerous projects as well as working with other developers. These mostly included Wordpress, Facebook, Joomla, and Magento projects. I also successfully introduced versioning (using Subversion) and automated deployment to staging servers, and helped improve the collaborative development environment.

  3. Selest Limited – Full time & Freelance

    Lead Web Developer

    February 2009 – September 2009

    Selesti is a multi award-winning, creative digital agency based in Norwich. Working as the Lead Web Developer, I was also responsible for maintaining the servers and helping the project managers oversee development of all projects. I designed and created a powerful edit-in-place CMS which is still in use frequent use. I was also contracted for freelance work after my departure.

  4. Hayes Computing Solutions Ltd. – Full time

    Lead Web Developer

    July 2007 – November 2008

    Starting off as a Junior Developer, I quickly rose to take up the role of Lead Developer. Because of the small size of the company, I was responsible for interacting with and providing support to customers on a daily basis. My achievements included creating a central framework and CMS/database management system that powered all of our software and websites. The software was designed with extensibility and SEO in mind and greatly increased the company’s efficiency and the success of its SEO campaigns.

  5. Omega Vortex – Part time

    PHP Developer

    September 2004 – September 2005

    Omega Vortex was an internet-based software products & services company registered in Alabama, USA. My roles included designing interfaces, creating product and function specifications, using version control systems, working with clients, designing user interfaces, and creating PHP software.

  6. Datadrum Marketing & Design – Work experience

    General Assistant - Studio

    October 2004

    Datadrum is a Marketing & Design firm based in Norwich. My main roles were: assisting designers in the studio, artwork and apple Mac designing, assisting on projects for leaflets, brochures, etc.