Web Designer, Developer & Project Manager
From: Liverpool, UK
Live: Leeds, UK
Leeds Metropolitan University
BSc Computing (1st)
Welcome to my personal website to showcase my work skills and general life. I have worked as a web developer since March 2012 and have learnt a lot in this time. My skill list has grown and I am a comfortable stage where I can say "I'm a good developer".
Thoughout my time I have worked in web design & development agencies as well as working as a freelancer on a number of projects.
October 2016 - Present
Parallax - Head of Backend Development
After my first year at Parallax I was promoted to Head of Backend Development. This involved overseeing all the other developers within my department and leading the way for processes on how the development flow should work. With the increased responsibility I have been more involed in multiple projects and taking on some of the project management. I tend to help with quoting for most tasks and am aware of most projects going on throughout the company.
October 2015 - October 2016
Parallax - Web Developer
As a Backend developer at Parallax I have worked on a huge variety of projects. Most are built on custom CMS called expose and primarily all built in PHP. When I joined Parallax it had began to move towards the use of Laravel and I took on the responsibility of producing the next version of expose to work within Laravel. Before working at Parallax I had not used Laravel before, so it was a big learning curve. But with the help of Laracasts and the extensive documentation on the Laravel site, I was able to pick it up in just a few weeks. Now I know the Laravel documentation of by heart!
May 2014 - October 2015
Little Black Box - Web Developer
This position gave me much more responsibility and flexibility to be involved in some large scale projects that helped shape the direction the web side of the business will go in the future.
I worked with multi APIs whilst at LBB and was responsible for the creation of an in house CMS platform that was built on a custom framework. This was followed on from my university project and extensive research in all the different components of what makes a good framework.
August 2013 - Present
Freelancer - Web Developer
Since leaving Rejuvenate Productions I have been working as a freelance designer, developer and project manager. I have gained a lot of clients since August 2013 and the work has been non-stop!
This has all given me a chance to increase my project management skills more than anything. This is because I had to work with the clients from start to end for every project.
March 2012 - August 2013
Rejuvenate Productions - Web Developer
Rejuvenate Productions is a web development company based in Leeds. Whilst working I was part of a team of developers that I assisted in completing a variety of tasks.
Throughout my time I gained the majority of my technical skills listed above. This company allowed me to expand my knowledge by offering great on the job training throughout my placement year and then allowed me to carry on after I had completed the full year.
August 2008 - March 2012
Sports Direct - Sales Assistant
Throughout my time working at Sports Direct I worked in the South Liverpool Store and the Leeds Headrow Store. Working for this company allowed me to gain great customer services skills and team building skills.
I started here just after finishing my GCSE's and worked right through my A Levels at the Speke store in Liverpool. After finishing my A Levels I was able to transfer to the Leeds store as I was moving for University. This helped me a lot as it can be very hard to find a job as a student.
September 2009 - July 2010
Halewood Centre for Learning - Student Support
During my A Levels I was selected to assist the younger students at the school during lunch times to help them learn how to do more things with a computer. This involved teaching them how to use the different Microsoft Office packages and how to use the internet correctly to find what you need. This job was a great opportunitiy to work with children and was very enjoyable.
2010 - 2014
Leeds Metropolitan University
Whilst at University I have covered a wide ranges of areas. The course mainly looks at programming and is a practical approach to everything, which I think it is great.
Over the last 2 years I have studied System Modeling, Java Software Development, Database Development, Web Development, Networking and Communications and Group Projects.
Through studying these subjects I have learnt what my passion is in life, and that is web development. Before coming to University I thought I wanted to be a System Analysis, but after 1 module in that I realised it was not for me and started to look at other areas of IT.
As part of my course I took a 1 year placement with a company called Rejuvenate Productions. This company was amazing to work for and allowed me to grow massively. When I first started I didn't know anything about Object Orientated Programming, but by the end I was able to write my own classes to do almost anything.
2008 - 2010
Halewood Centre for Learning
Here I studied my AS & A Levels. Over the 2 years I gained knowledge in ICT using Visual Basic, Business Studied learning about how to create my future. Finally I studied Psychology which helped me understand a lot about the human brain and how you think.
2003 - 2008
At Halewood College I studied my GCSE's. I studied Maths, ICT, English, Science, Food Technology, French & Spanish.