Digital Project Lead (Freelance)
Internet | London, United Kingdom, GB
Started my first business in 1998 (AC Design) before joining Connectpoint (now Amaze Plc) as a web developer then Technical Lead for 6 years.
Moved to London to join eCRM specialist Underwired - and in the 9 years since then I've worked in leadership roles and project management for great clients within top-class digital marketing agencies.
I've helped launch hundreds of digital projects across most industry sectors, at times managing 30 small campaigns, other times leading a single £multi-million project. Clients include the Royal Institute of British Architects, the British Library, Microsoft Xbox, Virgin Holidays, Cadbury, Citroen, LA Fitness, Nickelodeon.
I've always had side-projects to keep my development skills alive. Having studied Computer Science at degree-level I've developed in Java, Perl, C++, Pascal, Visual Basic. More recently HTML5, Ajax, Objective C, PHP, utilising MVC frameworks and Cloud-based services and APIs such as Amazon CloudSearch and Solr.
On the project management side I'm experienced in agile/Scrum and waterfall methodologies - though more recently my role has been more about strategy, team development and business management.
While maintaining my full-time job I studied part-time with the Open University and achieved a First in International Relations. I am now undertaking a MA programme in Psychotherapy.
For 2 years I was the elected Chair (now Secretary) of a national organisation that campaigns for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, a section of the British Humanist Association. I hosted the national conference and popular monthly meetings in London - with occasional media work on the BBC etc. I am a STEMnet ambassador and Code Club leader at a local school.
My last permanent job was May 2011 (4 years at Elvis) and since then my paid work is a combination of consultancy, work with start-ups and project management contracting.
Specialities: medium to large-scale innovative digital technical projects.