- RESTful API Design
- Ruby on Rails
- Test Driven Development
- Sidekiq (Workers)
API Engineer & Tech Team Lead
2013 & 2014 – 2016
Initially migrating the CrowdLab API from CodeIgniter (PHP) & MySQL to Ruby on Rails & PostgreSQL; designing and implementing new features from the API / Database point of view, while also considering the wider reaching effects of elements. I facilitated the implementation and continued use of Scrum within CrowdLab. I became an interface between the Market Research and the Technical teams.
My responsibilities gradually expanded from leading (in 2014) to managing (from late 2015) the development team at CrowdLab. This change in role resulted in me managing the team’s overall workload and ensuring that deadlines were met, conducting interviews with prospective team members, reviewing staff performance and recommending salary changes to the Managing Director.
at Bulb Studios
2012 – 2013
I developed APIs and back-end systems to support mobile applications and client facing websites. I worked with front end developers, mobile developers and designers to ensure a joined-up approach to project work. I liaised with external companies regarding hardware requirements and managed a varying number of servers hosting the company’s projects.
2005 – 2012
I worked on a range of projects including implementing designs, building page structures, creating databases, writing APIs, and working with a wide variety of data sources. I helped Cuttlefish to develop their in-house CMSs and Frameworks, adding new and extending existing features, with a focus on enabling new ways of reading data in and sharing data out. I supported the projects I had developed after launch and regularly recommended improvements.
at Churchhill Systems Ltd
A summer job where I developed and maintained a few internal MS Access databases, and some improvements to their website.
In 2009 I started to help with climbing and crate stacking sessions at my local Scout campsite and since then have worked hard to become a qualified climbing instructor.
I assess candidates for artificial climbing and abseiling permits.
I manage the climbing team at Fox Coverts Scout Campsite, where I run climbing and abseiling sessions for groups, and train new instructors from any experience up to Scout/Guide qualified level.
Freelance Climbing Instructor
2012 – Present
Since passing the CWA, I instruct a variety of sessions at The Climbing Station and The Tower Climbing Centre in Leicestershire.
I lead and supervise groups climbing and abseiling on artificial walls & towers, and on natural rock.
Volunteering & Youth Experience
Queen's Scout Award Coordinator
at Leicestershire Scouts
2016 – Present
I support the administration of the Queen’s Scout Award for Leicestershire Scouts. Advising members, leaders and commissioners about the award and helping to ensure that candidates meet the strict standards.
County Scout Network Commissioner
at Leicestershire Scouts
2012 – 2016
After 18 months as a Network Leader, I took the step up to Commissioner where I managed the other Network Leaders and supported the Network Chairman. I attended County Scout Executive meetings and worked to grow and develop Scout Network in the county by creating new opportunities for young people to engage with Scout Network.
County Scout Network Leader
at Hinckley Unit
2011 – 2012
I set up the Network in Hinckley Area, forming links with local groups and Explorer units.
Assistant & Scout Leader
at 1st Sapcote Scouts
2009 – 2012
During my time as a Leader with 1st Sapcote Scouts, I completed my leader training and achieved the Wood Badge. I helped to grow the section from a minimum of 2 scouts up to 9 scouts at the start of 2012. The section continues to grow under new leadership.
Assistant Youth Work Leader
at Leicestershire Youth Service
2005 – 2011
I supported Youth Councils with both administrative tasks (taking notes, circulating papers, etc.) and supported the Youth Workers in facilitating meetings and activities. I worked closely with the young people to enable them to maintain their sections on The Jitty website by training them to use the content management tools.
Senior Sessional Support Worker
at Connexions Leicester Shire
2004 – 2006
A part-time job where I supported and led groups of young people to carry out various activities including attending meetings.
Youth Democracy in Leicestershire
2001 – 2011
From 2001 through 2011 I was heavily involved in Youth Democracy in Leicestershire through volunteering with the County Youth Council for Leicestershire (CYCLe) and Connexions Leicester Shire’s Youth Executive, which later became part-time paid work.
2003 – 2009
- 2:1 Computer Science MComp
William Bradford CC, Earl Shilton
1999 – 2003
- B Computer Studies
- B Mathematics
- C Physics
- C Business Studies
- Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
- Bronze and Silver
- 5 A’s, 2 B’s and 2 C’s; including English and Double Science