Founder, Lead Developer
Northgate Software Ltd.
September 2015 - Present
Northgate Software Ltd. is a software development and training company; clients include Channel 4 Television and SitePoint.
July 2015 - December 2016
Developing web apps for the In-Season Product Team, using React, Sass, ECMAScript 6, and Node.js.
The main goal is to decommission the existing legacy Java solution by moving frontend logic to decoupled microservices. These are deployed to Amazon Web Services for fast, automated scaling during periods of heavy traffic. I have written open source npm modules for logic that can be reused throughout the company and the wider software engineering community, some of which are published via an automated continuous delivery pipeline running on CircleCI. I am also the SEO champion for the overarching In-Season Technology team, responsible for researching the latest best practises and pushing for improvement in this area, as well as liaising with our internal SEO team.
Additionally, I mentored the junior developers in our team.
Software Developer - Sky News
October 2014 - July 2015
Maintaining and developing features for the responsive and accessible Sky News website using Node.js. The traffic-heavy website takes advantage of load balancing and caching to ensure 100% uptime. Test-driven development has been used within this position, and pair programming is commonplace.
Software Developer - NOW TV
July 2014 - October 2014
Associate Software Developer
July 2012 - July 2014
Developing software using Agile methodologies such as Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP). Test-Driven Development (TDD) has been prominent within this role and a variety of technologies and frameworks has been used.
For the most part, I was an app developer in NOW TV's Microsoft development team with a focus on the Xbox 360 client. The application is developed in C# using the Xbox Application Development Kit (ADK/Lakeview), a framework based upon Silverlight.
BA (Hons) Computer Science and French, 2.1
University of Chester
2008 - 2012
Freelance Web and Software Developer
July 2011 - August 2012
Designing, implementing, and testing websites and software, such as Content Management Systems, around clients' requirements.
Online English Tutor
May 2011 - September 2011
Teaching English to French children, teenagers, and adults via video conferencing. Lessons were prepared by the company, including a script relating to the presentation shown on screen. Adult students were also permitted to provide their own materials, such as newspaper articles, for linguistic analysis and discussion.
English Teaching Assistant
Collège Molière (L'Aigle, France)
October 2010 - April 2011
Teaching English to French secondary school students, aged 11-15. Usually, groups of up to 14 pupils were taught for 30-minute sessions surrounding various subjects of cultural and linguistic interest.
Junior Web Developer (Work-Based Learning placement)
May 2010- June 2010
Utilising ASP.NET, C#, and MS SQL, results returned by the organisation's search engine were limited to user-specific locations, defined in coordinates by administration via a content management system.
A-Levels: ICT, French, and Music Technology
Baines Sixth Form
2006 - 2008