Oct 2016 - Present
Senior DevOps Developer

First Central Insurance (Group Technical Services)

Developing Continous Integration, and standards based best practices.

Nov 2013 – Oct 2016
Security Officer and DevOps Team Leader


Started as Senior Developer and promoted to a Lead Developer Role,and later into a DevOps role bridging the gap between the Infrastructure and the code I write that runs on it. Continuing the development of legacy ground transportation management systems that work both as Windows Forms and ASP.NET web applications. Using a combination of C# and VB.NET to continue business operations globally. Bringing a consumer element to the existing business to business operation with the development of a public facing taxi booking portal with integrated payment providers. This platform being whitelabel and used by several household names. In addition to development of the legacy systems I am responsible for source control using Git with TFS for programming code and Red-Gate for Microsoft SQL Server version control. Working on the Android and iOS development projects to bring a zero -touch approach to ground transportation. Taking the Lead Develper role involved workshops to train less experienced staff both on my team of 8 or across the company. and communicating business requirements through Agile methodologies. In addition to using Agile methodologies I also employ elements of SCRM including Stand-Up Meetings to review development. Extreme Programming by performing Peer Review of code and Pair Programming to ensure that our rigorous code standards are adhered to. Involved heavily in the planning and architectural stages of a replacement for the legacy system. Including data discovery and requirements gathering. Managing the security for existing and future platforms and implementing ISO 27001. Worked on a custom SSO SAML integration between Cabfind and one of the UK’s largest companies. Use of IdentityServer, WIF, and JWT to create an Oauth / OpenId integration for other clients.

Apr 2013 – Nov 2013
Software Development Engineer

Red Touch Media

Developing content delivery systems and client facing applications for a multinational company with offices in England, USA and South Africa. Employing AGILE and SCRUM methodologies to create a variety of C# / ASP.NET / MVC / WPF. Development of content management and delivery systems used on Android tablets to provide to the United States Federal Prison Service. Allowing for a heavily locked down and customised view for offenders to access digital content. Designing and implementing DRM solutions to pair with the requirements of companies like Paramount, Sony and Disney.

Sep 2012 – Mar 2013
IT Consultant

Twysted Systers Events

Creating and implementing custom web based events management solution. Providing hosting solutions bespoke to the requirements. Introduction of ticket management system and mPOS for taking card payments at roaming events.

Nov 2012 – Jan 2013
IT Consultant

The Fairy Wing Repair Shop

Implementing new ePOS system for online and in store sales. Providing hosting solutions. Introduction of mPOS card processing.

Nov 2012 – Dec 2012
Software Development Engineer

Atlas Products International

Development of Software Change Request Management software in ASP.NET, C#, jQuery and AJAX. System uses ASP.NET Membership for authentication with email updates for the process as updates are submitted. The system is used by a number of multinational clients to manage their EDI software Atlas Fusion. System developed in .NET 4.0 with Microsoft SQL Server with Entity Framework 5.0.

Apr 2012 – Aug 2012
IT Consultant

Direct Marketing Support

Creating business plans to improve IT infrastructure and arrange for server hardware to be migrated to a private virtual cloud solution with Star. Support of a busy marketing company internal end user desktops desktops running Windows NT4.0, 2000, XP, Vista and 7. Migrating legacy Oracle database to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2.

Feb 2012 – Mar 2012
Resident Satisfaction Adviser

Wirral Partnership Homes

Carrying out Satisfaction Surveys directly with residents of social landlord.

Nov 2011 – Feb 2012
Scrape Analyst


Responsible for creating web crawlers / spiders that retrieve retailers' product catalogue. This information is then imported into Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 where reports are generated for clients in their requested format to develop pricing strategies.uncommitted-bobtail

Dec 2011 – Jan 2012
Software Developer


Development of Competitor Analysis software. Using Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, Mongo DB, Regular Expressions, C#.NET and ASP.NET. Working along side existing development team utilising SVN to manage source control.

May 2011 – Dec 2011
I.T. Manager


Setting up and maintaining web presence. Search engine optimisation and continuous support of a multi OS based computer network. Including Linux CentOS Webserver, Windows Server, Windows Desktops and iOS Devices.

Jan 2008 – Nov 2011
Software Developer / I.T. Manager

Technology 2

Network maintenance and integration of new systems. Migrating of Client’s data from existing systems or Microsoft Office based systems like Excel, Word and Access to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. Responsible for the determining client requirements, the installation process and training of new and existing clients on the system. This is Management Software and therefore training is primarily on an Office Management or Director level.

Jul 2006 – Jan 2008
Fault Analyist

IBM Global Services

Analysis of faults and and outage surveillance for the Virgin Media network. Analysis of telephony faults and television services. Awarded Best Performance from a Newcomer in 2007, during an internal awards event called The Oscars. I was used as a Point of Contact for many new starters and existing staff. Dealing with software packages such as ICOMS, CCCS, ISA and internal Fault Diagnostic Tools.

Sep 2004 – Jan 2008
Software Developer / Owner

Rapid Dr3am Technologies

Production of both bespoke and general purpose software mainly for web based systems. Financial processing and investment management software along with telecommunications platforms developed and installed.

Jun 2007 – Jun 2007
I.T. Consultant


Worked on establishing the structure for file storage.

Aug 2005 – Aug 2005
I.T. Assistant


General IT Support of desktop users. This is a maximum security facility and required security clearance.

Dec 2004 – Dec 2004
Sales Advisor

Next Retail

Temporary sales position to cover the boxing day sales.

Jun 2004 – Aug 2004
Management Consultant

Dr3am Designs

Helping to establish processes and management structure during the establishment of the new design group.

2003 – 2004
Web Developer


Developing PHP and User Interface components for a large scalable communication platform. The first platform of it's kind to meet government requirements for UI and data security.

Sep 2002 – Jun 2004


Development of custom systems for a multinational client base and managing design teams of people I put together. Working in PHP, MySQL, HTML ,JavaScript and CSS. I was the principle developer on a system called phpBB Passport, which predated the use of Open ID based login systems. This used nuSOAP to allow logins for the phpBB system to be retained in one place that would allow the user to login to any other phpBB forum that supported the modification. Experience in using phpBB, Workpress, Joomla and osCommerce.

Jun 2003 – Aug 2003
Database Technician


Worked on correcting issues with their existing Microsoft Access Database in anticipation of their migration to a new Microsoft SQL Server based software package. I later went on to work at the providing company of the software (Technology 2 Ltd) as they were very impressed by my skills.

Nov 2002 – Dec 2002
Sales Adviser

T.J Hughes

Temporary position on the run up to Christmas.

Jan 2001 – Jul 2004


Open Source forum software modifications.

Mar 2005 – Mar 2005


Creating extensions for osCommerce.

Windows Server
SQL Server
VB 6.0
Crystal Reports
Data Security
Source Control
Node JS
Jul 2013
Culture Fair IQ Test

Score: 143

Aug 2008
Newcomer of the Year

IBM Global Services

In an internal awards ceremony modeled on The Oscars, I was awarded Best Performance from a Newcomer.

2004 – 2005
Liverpool Community College

Computer Science, Business Studies

I attended two colleges at the same time. They were Hugh Baird College and Liverpool Community College. This was due to a conflict in scheduling for Computer Science and Government and Politics courses. I would travel between the two campuses ensuring I could attend all classes.

2002 – 2005
Hugh Baird College

Computer Science, Government and Politics, Sociology, Psychology, Law

I attended two colleges at the same time. They were Hugh Baird College and Liverpool Community College. This was due to a conflict in scheduling for Computer Science and Government and Politics courses. I would travel between the two campuses ensuring I could attend all classes.

1997 – 2002
St. Bede's R.C. High School

GCSE, English, English Literature, Science (Dual Award), I.C.T., Systems and Control, French, History

I worked on a Systems and Control team who built an entry for Robot Wars.

Activities and Societies: Remote Control Car Club

1990 – 1997
St. Matthew's R.C. Primary School

I was selected for a group of students for a test of intelligence against other gifted individuals from the North West.

I am

A young keen Software Developer with over 10 years of experience working both independently and as part of a multi faceted team. With a real passion for developing new systems and enhancing existing. I am an excellent communicator and work with others to achieve goals to deadlines and within budget.  I have been an active staff member of several development and IT related online fora including HotScripts.com. I have created my own personal web page in valid HTML 5.0 with valid CSS 3.0 with associated Android Application with a newly integrated Magento store for selling both digital and physical products as well as a heavily self-modified WordPress self-hosted blog with associated Android Application that is currently being migrated to Octopress. In addition to this I have also contributed to various open source projects including phpBB, Bitcoin, Litecoin and Octopress on Github. I have worked with several local businesses to improve their ecommerce platforms with migrations to different ecommerce platforms such osCommerce, Zen Cart and Magento.

I love to

Solve problems with new thought patterns and think of abstract concepts. Research new technology and contribute suggestions to open source projects. Watching movies and listening to music. My favourite movie is Dr. Strangelove and my favourite band is Nine Inch Nails.

I hate to

Surrender. I've never found a problem I can't fix, and I never hope to. I also dislike cheese.