For the past 16 years I have been focusing my skills on front-end web development and have been working actively in the web development industry to produce a varied portfolio of creative work.
I am extremely focused and dedicated to creating accessible and usable websites using semantic coding, search engine optimisation and the highest standards in front-end web development.
Relevant employment history
Lead Website Developer
Jagex Ltd, Cambridge (2010 - present)
Team Management – This job role requires management of the website development department; a typical day to day scenario would be that I am tasked with solving a problem or creating a new section of a website. I would time cost the project initially and based on that estimate, it would then be up to how I manage my time and that of the team as to whether I reached that deadline or not which would then impact major game releases and updates.
Initiative – This job requires a lot of initiative because I had to code in my own style but keep a global style so that my team would know how to update it if I were on another project. It also involved working closely as a team and a lot of technical skill as well as a steep learning curve, including many programming languages, some of which I learned whilst on the job as there were a few proprietary languages.
Project Management – Taking control of bespoke website projects from start to finish, ranging from small startup company websites and branding to worldwide media sharing websites with thousands of visitors a day.
University of Western England, Bristol (2008 - 2009)
Problem Solving – The most important skill needed for this job was problem solving because it was extremely important to create a solution quickly and move onto the next problem as there were thousands of students and staff to support in the faculty. It was common place not to know the solution straight away but have to think of one on the spot.
Work Flow Management – It was essential to plan my work according to severity of the issue. The way in which I went about fixing the issues presented was up to entirely up to myself and that meant deciding what needed to be done and when.
Management – This job requires a lot of management skills, both in time and project work, because of the nature of my job I undertake and work through many projects at anyone time and have to manage my time and skill set accordingly, constantly liaising with the operations team and Unit leaders.
Communication – This job required a lot of communication between both people and the development building and player support buildings. I had to keep track of all company holidays and chase up anyone that hasn’t booked as well as updates to the resource site which I was team leader for.
Leadership – This job requires me to take responsibility of others most of the time as on most days I would be in control of the department and dedicate certain jobs to certain people in my team, also helping them with their problems and making sure the department ran as smoothly as possible.
Initiative – Working on the General Merchandise department at Sainsbury’s means I am left to problem solve and come up with ways to deal with different situations on the spot, dealing with electrical faults, reductions, customer queries and complaints.
University of the West of England, Bristol (2005-2009)
Result – 1st Class Degree with Honours and Professional Experience.
BTEC National Diploma for IT Practitioners
Wiltshire College Chippenham, Chippenham (2003-2005)
Result – Distinction, Distinction, Merit at Level 3.
Chilton Cantelo School, Yeovil (2000-2003)
Result – English Lang(C), English Lit(B), Mathematics(C), Biology(D), Physics(C), Geography(C), Religious Studies(C), Business/Communication Studies(B), Resistant Materials,Design/Technology(B), Physical Education(C)