About Me

Personal Statement

I am a reliable and resourceful computer science graduate with a proven track record of software development and teaching.  Combining sound knowledge and experience of computer theory with a full range of teaching, leadership and instructing practice.

I consider myself a highly skilled educator with over 13 years experience at ages 6 to 60+ including outdoor instruction and more traditional classroom teaching.

In addition to extensive experience working and teaching Java and Python I have considerable knowledge of Web Application Development including PHP, MySql, HTML, CSS and Javascript/JQuery. Experienced in working in teams and managing both people and projects to ensure that objectives are met to the highest standard.

 

Experience

Self‐Employed Web Design and Application Development (2009-2012)

Involved in Website Design and Development since leaving University in 2003 and completing paid work since 2006. Experience based around LAMP systems where in addition to many website designs; a full featured CMS has been produced ground up using best practice such as OOP and MVC; WordPress and Joomla Extensions written; and custom web applications using the Codeigniter and CakePhp frameworks developed. Clients have also been advised on SEO, Adword and Social Media development with work being undertaken on their behalf. Notable projects are documented across this site and in particular on my Recent Development Work

ICT Secondary Teacher (2003 – now)

Through working as a climbing instructor a connection was made that teaching would be an enjoyable and challenging way of utilising computing expertise.  For  more information on teaching experience please view my Teacher CV on my teaching website.

Outdoor and Climbing Instructor

The Bristol Climbing Centre, Bristol (1999 – 2011)

As a qualified SPA (ML/WGL trained) Climbing Instructor I worked at UCR in a number of roles including Duty Manager, Casual Staff, Route Setter & Instructor between 1999 and 2003 before working on casual freelance basis until 2011. During my time I increasingly focused on the higher risk courses and sessions requiring greater technical skill. The climbing centre ran a full range of course for anyone aged 6 upwards from indoor climbing sessions to outdoor rock experience weekends.

Box Hedge Farm Events, Bristol (2007 – 2012)

Through contacts made at the centre I freelanced periodically for a local firm who run off-road driving sessions in a variety of vehicles including 600cc 2WD Rage buggies and 125cc automatic quad bikes. They also offer high ropes courses which lend to my climbing experience

Professional Sound Engineer (1992 ‐ 1999)

Started with Audio Forum as a Live Sound Engineer and progressed through to the position of Area Sales Director. Sales responsibility involved the national launch of a new project at the annual trade show followed by sales to nightclubs within the UK. The sales process included: demonstrations, technical specification and quoting; and installation.

The management of a sound system could involve working with anything up to 80 Kilowatt sound systems powered by as many as 30 amplifiers providing any number of different live mixes. Managing such a powerful and expensive system took a great deal of focus and during live events the potential for problems such as blown amplifiers or cable failures was never far away. The pressure and focus required by live events, particularly when providing the onstage sound for artists, was most enjoyable.

Education

University Of Gloucestershire

ICT PGCE – (2003 ‐ 2004)

Based at Cirencester Deer Park School the PGCE was undertaken alongside the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) which fast tracks graduates into the classroom. PGCE Subject Project looked at an Electronic Markbook written using MS Access and significant VBA.

University Of Bristol

2:1 BSc Computer Science ‐ (1999 ‐ 2003)

Focusing on Software Development and Multi Media over three years. In addition to Software Development and Programming, where the main languages of choice were C and Java, units of applied study included: Multimedia, Computer Vision, Sound Processing and Cryptography.

City Of Bristol College

3 x A Levels @ ACC – (1998 ‐ 1999)

Business Studies, Maths and Physics AS and A2 were successfully completed in one year from scratch, after a considerable break from education.

Other Awards and Qualifications

  • Level 2 Powerboat
  • Open University – Introduction to the Environment (11/2008 to 02/2009)

Skills

Computer Based

In addition to those programming skills previously mentioned, experienced in C, Java, Python (& Django), VB, Prolog and Haskell. History of managing Unix servers notably Ubuntu and CPanel based VPSs. Competent user of both Mac and Windows with many hours experience of MS Office, Adobe Design Suite, etc.

Personal

Pro‐active solution seeking individual who is keen to offer support and advice to colleagues and clients. Highly experienced in communicating new and/or technical ideas to non‐technical persons. Dependable team player that is able to adapt to changing priorities. Excellent attention to detail and high personal standards.

Other

Additional skills include: Qualified Climbing Instructor; Full clean LGV Class 1 Driving License; Current First Aid Certificate.

Interests

Keen interest in the outdoors including Kitesurfing, Sailing and Cycling.  A mild obsession with the weather and an interest in building and programming robots/control type systems.