- 16 Osborne Close, Kidlington, OX5 1TU, United Kingdom
- +44 7795 100046
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In a Nutshell
A developer and "hacker" with a genuine passion for security, technology, and the Internet. I bring the best in standards, compatibility, and accessibility to web application development.
With 20 years of experience of development on web and desktop and a dedication to lifelong learning, I'm proud to be a full-stack developer with a level of understanding as deep as it is broad.
Outside of my work I'm a keen volunteer, with experience as a tutor to new developers, a helpline counsellor, and a charity trustee. I perform magic and play GPS-based sports, though rarely at the same time.
Web & CMS Developer / Digital Engagement Manager
- Development on a number of adapted and bespoke content management platforms.
- Overseeing a large redevelopment project spanning 40 public-facing websites.
- Implementing new platforms for blogging, digital signage, and interactive exhibitions.
- Designing and delivering training programmes including on security, TDD, and UX.
- Managing a small team comprising both technical and non-technical staff.
Web Applications Consultant
- Specification and delivery of software tools to a variety of clients, including a national charity, an insurance company, a defence contractor, an academic institution, and private individuals.
- Providing web application security training and consultancy.
- Working ethically and with integrity, often with confidential or sensitive data either on or off-site.
- Maintaining self-discipline and time management and a focus on efficiency and client needs.
Founder / Technical Director
- Invented and realised a secure, flexible volunteer management system supporting tens of thousands of volunteers at hundreds of charities daily.
- Managing and training a team of volunteer developers of varying experience levels.
- Developing new features in an agile, test-driven environment with a commitment to accessibility and security.
- Producing a product designed to be suitable for users across the whole spectrum of computer confidence and physical ability.
- Involvement with the entire lifecycle of developing bespoke software.
- Responsible for managing small teams on some projects; working alone on others.
- Took the initiative in researching, training in, and introducing new approaches including the use of open-source technologies, the web as a platform, and automated testing.
- Primary responsibility for the company's Linux-based web, email, and database servers.
- Key technologies: PHP, ASP Classic, Perl, .NET languages, LAMP stacks, BIND, Java.
I have been an active contributor to the open-source community and research into the evolution of the Web, some of which can be explored via my GitHub profile and my blog, including:
- Twee2, a command-line compiler for the Twine interactive fiction engine.
- FreeDeedPoll.org.uk, a tool to assist with the production of legally-accepted deeds poll without the need for a solicitor.
- The de-facto standard Ruby implementation of the MOTP authentication mechanism.
- Original security research and training resources covering topics such as EV SSL spoofing, mobile HTTPS interception, and ethical disclosure.
- Possibly the first public demonstration of what would later be known as HTTP 301 'Evercookies'.
- The original implementation of OpenID for WordPress.
- Various projects relating to museum interactive exhibitions both on- and off-premises, and creative applications of digital signage.
- Steer!, a demonstration of using WebSockets and a mobile device accelerometer as a wireless game controller.
- Projects suitable for teaching probability theory, OTP cryptography, CSS steganography, screen scraping, mathematics, and decentralised and progressive web applications, among others.