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 which is 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.

Employment
Software Developer
TourHound Ltd
(2020 to present)
Details to come :)
Software Developer
NHS Wales Informatics Service
(2016 to 2020)
I'm proud to say I worked for the NHS. While some of the applications I worked on were driven by internal business needs; others are focused on medical needs and used by both medical staff and patients. I got to work with various technologies though my main focus recently had been on .Net Core based web applications working in both the back-end and front-end. I had experience writing automated unit, integration and functional tests. We worked in short sprints with daily stand-ups; peer reviewing other developers work; and participating in sprint planning / review sessions. I helped mentor those new to working with .Net as we gradually moved away from legacy platforms such as ColdFusion.
PHP Developer
Cardiff and Vale College
(3 months)
I was tasked with writing a web-based application to help track the participation of new applicants and progressing students at open days. This facilitated the interaction between tutors and prospective students making it easier to generate offers for places on courses through to eventual enrolment. I wrote what was effectively a single page application using the Codeigniter PHP framework in the back end with a Bootstrap / jQuery front end. As well as its own MSSQL database, the application integrated with existing databases held in three systems. The application was targeted for both desktop and tablet use. I was required to rapidly develop working prototypes in my first week; and having not used Codeigniter before proved my ability to learn new technologies quickly! Feedback was good and staff enjoyed having a sleek new front end automatically doing a lot of the work they would have to do manually across different systems.
Frontend Web Developer
Newport City Homes
(2 years)
I was taken on as a web developer to work on the front-end of internal / external websites to create a better user experience. My work revolved around creating interactive ways of conveying information. Working with an agile mindset I was able to work closely with the different teams to ensure they got what they wanted and could take ownership of the finished product.
Lead 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 taking a lead in 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.
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
  • .Net Core 3
  • C#
  • MSSQL
  • HTML 5
  • CSS / SASS
  • JavaScript / jQuery
  • PHP
  • CodeIgniter
  • MySQL
  • Drupal
Graphics
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Lightwave 3D
  • 3D Studio Max
  • AutoCAD
Professional
  • Agile Working
  • Requirements Gathering
  • Time Management
  • Project Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Support / Mentoring
Architecture
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Planning Applications
  • Building Regulation Applications
  • Traditional / Modern construction
  • 2D / 3D Visualisation
  • Surveying