My Experience

July 2009 – present – Freelance Web Developer

Functioning as a sole trader, available for all types of web development work.
Clients include: News UK, Hey Moscow, Coreware, Liveline, Mike Leach Creative, and Digital Nation.

Some of my recent work:

2016

Working with News UK on a variety of projects.

Continued work on Care for the Family website with Mike Leach Creative.

Working with Digital Academic Ltd

2015

Working with a major international news organisation – building websites in Laravel, WordPress, and Angular.js.

Also 2014-2015 I worked with Bonapeti – led the development team building a responsive WordPress / WooCommerce solution for a food-delivery startup.

Education software supplier – I have developed an Node.js / Sails.JS based server API for their mobile app, and continue to consult on their PhoneGap-based mobile app.

2014

Care for the Family – working with Mike Leach Creative, led the development of a large Christian charity site, integrating with a CRM, donations integration with SagePay, events booking, ensuring it is a mobile-responsive and accessible site.

FussFreePhones – developed a WordPress site for a mobile phone service for the elderly.

2013

Foundee – launched a startup and as technical director, led the development of the Foundee system in Laravel.

2012

Harrington Porter – managing and implementing update of existing website, bringing entire website under WordPress.

Geo-sight – mobile application for mobile data capture for civil engineering company. Implemented cross-platform solution in PhoneGap + jQuery Mobile + Backbone.js for iPhone and Android devices. Technologies include: location aware, camera capture, secure web service planning and integration, Google maps API.

Mobile app project – lead developer from April 2012 to Sept 2012 developing iPhone app in PhoneGap + Backbone + Zepto + iScroll, with GPS, integration with web service, server-side admin tool.

Worksnug – blog – implemented location aware WordPress theme with Google Maps API integration.

Circulation Foundation – implemented charity website in WordPress, including connection to JustGiving donation service.

Social mobile app – implemented PhoneGap app (iPhone), based upon integration with Facebook API, using Backbone + PhoneGap Facebook plugin.

Media share – media sharing site for employees of large mobile company – WordPress site – implemented updates to functionality, added widgets and video upload functionality (integration with encoding.com).

Swansea Community Church site update – gave the WordPress site’s design a facelift, added membership functionality, audio podcasts, integration with Amazon S3, private sections to website for church members.

Beibl.net – Welsh common language Bible site (based on Drupal) – styled site, and added Javascript to smooth site functionality.

Addstow – working for Liveline, developed refresh to static HTML site.

Acquisitions Daily – updated site functionality, refreshed responsive graphic HTML email.

2011
Acquisitions Daily – put together team that designed, specified, and developed a WordPress-based paid membership-based news site, with custom elements such as creating custom magazine PDF per user, daily customised news emails, and drag+drop sortable news stories in admin, plus developed mobile theme.

Ambassador Theatre Group – worked as part of small team developing the ATG tickets site. Key elements I worked on include two custom carousel sliders (containing video, overlays, custom animations, etc), and general UI enhancements.

Gentleman and a Van – working for Liveline, I made a WordPress (CMS) version of a static website, also adding in a blog.

Liveminds – working for Liveline, I created this WordPress site (including custom widgets), implementing Liveline’s design.

Epilepsy Action Children’s site – working for Hey Moscow, I created two WordPress network sites giving epilepsy information to children and young people, based on a Hey Moscow design. Includes a gallery allowing submission of images (with confirmation email to parents), tagged question and answer system, videos, events, news, and custom widgets.

Logan Tod – developed WordPress-based corporate website, with multiple custom templates, and custom client and partner post types. Later, added database registration to events calendar.

London Apprenticeships Company – working for Hey Moscow, I created WordPress Multisite system for college apprenticeships, with apprenticeships displayed on dynamic Google maps, multiple taxonomy autocomplete searching, online application system with backend application management system.

Rowan Chocolatier – designed & developed WordPress-based site, including online chocolate shop (WP-Ecommerce) system, plus wholesaler’s site.

Dreamfit Joinery – customised and set up site based on a template for a joinery/kitchen fitting business.

2010
Ffald-y-Brenin – designed and built Joomla based site for Christian retreat centre, incorporating VirtueMart shop, and using components such as ChronoForms component, events system (JEvents), newsletter functionality (AcaJoom).

Barking and Dagenham College – developed WordPress-based site, dynamically integrated with electronic course data, with elements such as autocomplete course search, online application, and custom post types for elements such as events, news, and careers.

www.reference-tree.com lead developer of Reference Tree application platform (Jan 2010 – Sep 2010). Working on the CodeIgniter application framework and Doctrine ORM.

hft.thomson-reuters.com – developed media rich focus topic site for Thomson Reuters, based on WordPress, with extensive plugin and widget development.

www.ecmexchange.com – developed news and web community site for Thomson Reuters, based on WordPress MU.

2009
Swansea Community Church – designed and developed site

Other work:

2011
Feba map – implemented map and voting system based on design from Mike Leach Creative, with database and link to Constant Contact. Also implemented mobile registration site.

The Hubble – implemented site modifications to prepare site for launch.

2010
Love to Move – developed custom form component for Joomla site.

CCC – added in custom Glossary component for Joomla site.

www.dkcnews.com – WordPress site. Added slider, and modified various pages.

www.leeandthomson.com – WordPress site. Site modifications and updates in line with client requirements.

2009
www.harringtonporter.com/blog – added WordPress-based blog element to site, integrated with site look and feel.

Other sites:

2010
Choice Friends – to be published, awaiting content. Significant WordPress development, custom database, shop, custom events plugin, category-based menus.

www.energy-uk.org.uk – (replaced due to Energy UK organisational issues) developed Joomla-based site for energy organisation. Theme and components developed / customised.

2009
www.optasportsdata.com – (now inactive) created interim corporate website in WordPress, based on supplied graphic design, incorporating video playback and a custom jquery video selector.

www.software-dynamics.co.uk – site modifications (added data collection form, automatic file listing and download functionality, drop down menus, additional static pages).

Sept 2007 – July 2009 – Student at Bible College of Wales, Swansea

Took a two year career break to study for a Diploma in Theology with Ministry Studies.

July 2005 – Aug 2009 – Applications/UI Team, Motorola

Managed the Messaging application components for the Motorola Z8 handset from conception to launch, managing third party companies, and developing related components in Symbian / UIQ.

Sept 2003 – July 2005 – UI/Application team – Feature Phones, Sendo

Handled development of UI widget integration layer for Teleca Mobile Suite 2 (MS2) – for MMS, WAP browser, and Content Management System on embedded GSM mobile handsets. Also travelled to Singapore (May 2005) to train colleagues in MS2 and system

March 2001 – August 2003 – Games team, Sendo

Development of games for embedded GSM mobile handset, including 2-player SMS games – from conception through development to customisation for mobile operators.

October 1999 – March 2001 – Software Developer – Communications, DERA

Worked on Corporate Research Project investigating intelligent adhoc network algorithms, developed test application in MFC (Visual C++) to enable and development analysis of algorithms.

Jun 1999 – Sept 1999, Jan 1999, Jun 1998 – Sept 1998 – Intern Web Developer, Reuters

Student internship. With small team I developed the Reuters Graduate Recruitment website, which won the Times Best Graduate Recruitment Website Award.

My Education

  • 2007 – 2009 – Diploma in Theology with Ministry Studies, Bible College of Wales
  • 1996 – 1999 – 2:1 BSc (Hons) Computer Science / Software Engineering, University of Birmingham

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