the work I do

Many strings to my bow

There are a few things I really want to be doing with my professional life; one of these has been to be developing applications for the web. My career to date has been quite varied. I started out as an architectural technician designing buildings; went on to teach 3D animation and modelling at university; worked as a disability support worker; and have worked both in back-end and front-end web development. While I'm not always certain what, how and where this journey is going to take me I'm fairly certain it's within the domain of the Internet.

Following you'll find a very brief overview of the work I have done in the past and the knowledge / skills I have. For more detail I would recommend you head over to my LinkedIn profile.

Jobs

Software Developer

NHS Wales Informatics Service
(present)

As a public service organisation, we supply over 70 software services to users across NHS Wales and to other parts of the United Kingdom. We support doctors, nurses and other clinical professionals, helping them provide specialist care to patients in hospitals, GP practices and across the community. Whether it's providing child immunisations, caring for patients with terminal illnesses or even helping those dedicated to saving the lives of Ebola victims in West Africa – our software makes a difference...

Full Stack PHP Developer

Cardiff and Vale College
(3 months)

I was taken on as a PHP Developer for a short contract to write a web based application to help track the participation of new applicants and progressing students at open days; facilitating the interaction between tutors and prospective students; generating offers for places on courses; and then through to enrolment. I was working on my own using the Codeigniter PHP framework (MVC) in the back end and jQuery / Bootstrap in the front end. This connected to an MS SQL database I built but also integrates through an API with the college’s existing internal database. I have demonstrated an ability to rapidly develop working prototypes and having not used Codeigniter previously proved my ability to learn new technologies quickly. Feedback has been good and staff enjoy having a sleek new front end doing a lot of the work automatically that they would have to do themselves across different systems manually (especially as it works well on tablet devices).

Web Development Officer

Newport City Homes
(2 years)

I am employed as a web developer working on front end design elements for their internal and external sites. This ranges from creating themes for SharePoint sites (reactive to various devices) to creating interactive content to convey information (typically JavaScript / jQuery, XML, HTML, CSS). I put an emphasis on encouraging people to be creative with their visions as I want to help the teams take control of their content and get out of it what they need.

Webmaster / Drupal Developer

Panasonic PSCEU
(3 years 6 months)

Starting out as a webmaster copying / pasting marketing text into a CMS I moved on to writing bespoke applications (PHP, mySQL, JavaScript / jQuery). For six months I worked with Panasonic Japan developing a global dealer portal. I provided advice, research, training and complete builds of Drupal based solutions to meet their requirements. Before being made redundant I had been made lead developer for a new European dealer portal; tasked with identifying the requirements, developing a project plan, researching and selecting technologies, and designing wire-frames for how the site would work / the user journey.

Visiting Lecturer

University of Wales, Newport
(2 years)

I taught Web Page Authoring; Computer Graphics; Interactive Technologies; Multimedia Production. These modules covered HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Flash ActionScript, 3D Modelling, 3D Animation, OpenGL Programming, Project Management and generally encouraging students to be creative with technology! I helped mark dissertations and was given the opportunity to moderate the teaching of our international partners.

Disability Support Worker

University of Wales, Newport
(3 years)

I used my spare time while studying / lecturing to facilitate the education of degree students with learning difficulties or physical disabilities. This ranged from simply helping students physically get around the campus; through to fully engaging in their classes so as to write good notes for them from which to study from.

Architectural Technician

Crowe Caylor & Partners
(5 years)

My responsibilities included meeting with both private and corporate clients; meeting with council officers; surveying buildings and land; producing drawings from conceptual design right through to building regulation and as-built drawings sets; producing 3D visualizations; and attending seminars. I attended both day release and evening classes in order to attain theoretical qualifications, furthering my understanding and abilities in the work I was doing.

Skills / Knowledge

Web

  • PHP
  • CodeIgniter (MVC)
  • MySQL
  • HTML 5
  • CSS 3 / Less
  • JavaScript / jQuery
  • Drupal
  • SharePoint

Graphics

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • LightWave 3D
  • 3D Studio Max
  • AutoCAD

Architecture

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Planning Applications
  • Building Regulation Applications
  • Traditional / Modern construction
  • 2D / 3D Visualisation
  • Surveying

Professional

  • Agile
  • Requirements Gathering
  • Time Management
  • Project Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Support / Advice