Curriculum vitae ...my experience and qualifications.

This page details almost everything contained in my Curriculum Vitae (CV) and more. However, although I update my website on a regular basis, this page may not be up to date and has been primarily created to support the hard copy of my CV. Please get in touch if you would like a copy.

Personal statement

A web designer and developer developing UI content for Camelot Group - The National Lottery and a former employee of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the leading e-retailer in the world Tesco.Com. Possesses a good balance of skills and experience in both design and web that can be applied equally within a team environment or working independently. Successfully writes code that is W3C standards compliant, SEO friendly and accessible to all users and devices. Demonstrates a positive outlook, has excellent communication skills and a genuine passion for working within the industry and an eye for detail. Seeking to pursue a career within a progressive organisation that offers new challenges, long-term prospects and the opportunity to develop through training.

Educational background

QA - 36-44 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4DT

Official Microsoft Learning Products as prescribed by Microsoft Corporation

November 2009 Microsoft Certificate of Accreditation: Building Effective ASP.NET 3.5 Web Applications using MS Visual Studio 2008

November 2009 Microsoft Certificate of Accreditation: The Microsoft C# 3.0 Programming Language

October 2009 Microsoft Certificate of Accreditation: M2956 - Core Foundations of Microsoft .NET 2.0 Development

June 2009 Microsoft Certificate of Accreditation: M5061 - Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

June 2009 Microsoft Certificate of Accreditation: M5060 - Implementing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

RedDot Solutions - Mulberry Business Park, Fishponds Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG41 2GY

RedDot Solutions UK Ltd. - A Hummingbird Company

December 2007 RedDot Certificate of Achievement: Advanced - Personalisation with RedDot LiveServer 3.0

October 2007 RedDot Certificate of Achievement: Beginners - Fundamentals of RedDot CMS 7.1

London Metropolitan University - 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB

2001-2005 BSc (HONS) Degree: Computing

Grade achieved: 2:1 with Honours

Modules completed:

  • Preliminary Level: Information Technology Applications (Microsoft Office) • Information Technology and the Work Environment • Introduction to Programming (Microsoft Visual Basic) • Further Programming (Java) • Introduction to Hypertext and Hypermedia (HTML/Macromedia Dreamweaver/Adobe Photoshop) • Introduction to Computer Science • Science and Technology Based Organisations • Mathematics through Information Technology
  • Advanced Level: Systems Analysis and Design • Human Computer Interactions (JavaScript/HTML) • Algorithms and Data Structures • Data Modelling and Database Systems (Oracle/SQL) • Network Technology • Rapid Application Development (Microsoft Access 2000) • E-Commerce Application Design (ASP/HTML/Microsoft Access/JavaScript/Adobe Photoshop) • Gender and Technology • Decision Making for Science and Technology Based Organisations • Multimedia Devices
  • Advanced Starred Level: Technologies for Learning (HTML/Macromedia Director/Adobe Photoshop) • Hypermedia: Principles Design and Implementation (Macromedia Director/Macromedia Fireworks) • Information Technology Strategies • Interactive Systems Design • Software Engineering and Design • Project Individual 2 Semester (Live! Online Ordering System including Extensive Research)

City & Islington College - 444 Camden Road, London N7 0SP

1998-2000 BTec GNVQ Advanced: Business and Financial Forecasting Monitoring

Grade achieved: Distinction / 24 A-Level points

Module/Units Studied:

  • Application of Number
  • Behaviour at Work
  • Business and the European Union
  • Business in the Economy
  • Business Law
  • Business Organisations and Systems
  • Business Planning
  • Careers
  • Communication
  • Financial Forecasting and Monitoring
  • Financial Transactions, Costing and Pricing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Improving own Learning and Performance
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Marketing Research and Statistics
  • Production and Employment in the Economy
  • Working with Others

Highbury Grove School - Highbury New Park, London N5 2EG

1991-1997 GCSE: Information Technology (A), English Language (B), English Literature (B), Bengali (B), Art and Design (B), Mathematics (C), Science (double certificate- C, C).

Non-exam courses: Physical Education, Religious Education, Personal, Social and Health Education.

Employment experience

Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd. (The National Lottery) - Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts WD18 9RN

October 2010 - To Date Permanent: Creative Services Production Developer

Responsibilities: Experience working within an Agile environment using TortoiseSVN/GIT for version control; Using IntelliJ IDEA for Grails View development. Worked with TeamSite CMS; Hand Coding HTML5, XHTML, CSS, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery and DHTML on the TNL website compliant to W3C guidelines; DOM manipulation; Work on new UI designs as requested by the Design Team; Build fully functional Microsites to work on LAMP environments using WAMP for local development incorporating UI/Accessibility standards and best practice; Configuration of Apache httpd, htaccess and php.ini. Implementation of standards and accessibility as advised by AbilityNet, Creation and implementation of SEO strategy; UAT as well as functional testing; Ensure site and designs are tested on all platforms and on all browsers; Working across multi-disciplined teams; Ensure all security best practices are adhered to as advised by Portcullis Security; Ensure all members of the team are aware of issues, bugs and solutions and rectify bugs when assigned

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - 26 Chapter Street, London SW1P 4NP

September 2007 - October 2010 Permanent: Web Analyst/Developer

Responsibilities: Worked with EpiServer CMS, RedDot CMS and LiveServer; Hand Coding XHTML, CSS and DHTML on the Global website compliant to W3C guidelines; Editing and re-using existing ASP, Python and JavaScript code; DOM manipulation; Work on new UI designs as requested by the Brand Team; Create RedDot Templates for use by the Content Team; Design and build fully functional Microsites that can be managed via the CMS incorporating UI/Accessibility standards and best practice; Creation and implementation of SEO strategy; Installation and management of web servers; 'On Call' duties to recover web servers after hours; UAT as well as functional testing; Ensure site and designs are tested on all platforms and on all browsers; Working across multi-disciplined teams; Ensure all members of the team are aware of issues, bugs and solutions and rectify bugs when assigned to the HelpDesk system

Active Job Search Ltd. - 23 Vallance Road London, E1 5HS

December 2008 - August 2010 Contract: Web Developer/Designer

Responsibilities: Hand Coding XHTML, CSS, PHP, DHTML and JavaScript on the website compliant to W3C guidelines; Creating and maintaining MySQL Database and integration; Designing the site, liaising with clients on content/design and offering new layouts and design concepts as working prototypes; Add and test (unit level) extra functionality to the site and improve download speed; Create a bug list to ensure all issues are documented and addressed; Understand the requirements and provide suitable solutions to requirements; Work on Photoshop to provide assistance to the print department; Search Engine Optimisation of the company website to ensure maximum market penetration; Ensure site and designs are tested on all platforms and on all browsers; Design and develop banner items using Photoshop and Flash; Ensure clients are aware of accessibility issues as well as PAS78 and other W3C guidelines; Follow best practise guidelines on matters relating to coding and design; Ensure user clarity and ease of navigation on all sites; Document all relevant feedback and decisions made during the design and development phase; Create new designs for website layout using flow charts, story boards and usability guidelines

Tesco.Com - Cirrus House C, Falcon Way, Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1ZR

March 2006 - September 2007 Permanent: Grocery UI Developer

Responsibilities: Received advanced training in Web Standards and Accessibility to hand code XHTML, XML, XSL, XSLT, XPath, CSS and DHTML on the Tesco.com website compliant to W3C guidelines; Editing and re-using existing ASP.Net, C# and JavaScript code; DOM manipulation; Work on new UI designs as requested by Tesco.com steering committee; Perform user and task analysis; define use cases and information architecture; Develop conceptual models, process flows, navigational maps and strategies; Design and build scalable User interfaces incorporating UI/Accessibility standards and best practice; Liaise with all testing departments within Tesco for full UAT as well as functional testing; Ensure the site is fully accessible to all users paying particular attention to PAS78 guidelines; Ensure site and designs are tested on all platforms and on all browsers; Liaise with content providers and marketing departments regarding online content; Create and maintain high quality UI design patterns; Working across multi-disciplined teams; Ensure all members of the team are aware of issues, bugs and solutions and rectify bugs when assigned to the bug fix rota

GEKKO Partners Ltd. - Wessex House, Oxford Road, Newbury RG14 1PA

September 2004 - March 2006 Contract: Tactical Field Representative/Demonstrator

Involved working for companies such as Freeview, Three, Kondor, SanDisk.

London Metropolitan University - Learning Resource Centre, Holloway Road, London N7 8DB

September 2002 - June 2003 Contract: Computing Assistant

Responsibilities: Working as part of the Library and Information Services team, in conjunction with my education within the institution, provided a breadth of experience and has given an insight into the nature of IT Support. Provide support/training face-to-face, via telephone and email to course participants troubleshooting a range of issues, including support for Microsoft Office applications, resolving printer issues, file sharing and internet connection availability; Covering the reception desk and general administration duties; Training users on library and information databases; Logged helpdesk calls, making sure fault calls are resolved and updated effectively; Required the ability to probe non-technical clients courteously as well as applying comprehensive technical knowledge

99p Stores Ltd. - 1st Floor South, Victoria Station House, 191 Victoria Street, London SW1E

August 2001 - May 2002 Contract: Merchandising Manager

Superdrug Plc. - 3/5 Harben Parade, Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 1IP

January 1998 - July 2000 Permanent: Senior Sales Supervisor

Ison Motors - Midland Road, Kings Cross, London NW1

March 1997 - January 1998 Permanent: Trainee Mechanic

Specific skills

Development

  • HTML 5 / XHTML / DHTML
  • CSS / CSS3 / LESS / Media-queries
  • XML / XSL / XSLT / XPath
  • JavaScript / jQuery / AJAX / JSON
  • PHP / OOP / SQL / MySQL
  • Apache (httpd/htaccess) / PHP config
  • Web security: SHA/Salts/XSS
  • Frameworks (CodeIgniter, WordPress, etc.)
  • Cross browser development
  • Responsive design
  • Progressive enhancement
  • Search Engine Optimisations
  • WCAG 2.0 / W3C / Standards
  • Accessibility & Usability
  • HTML emails (eMarketing)
  • Website and Server performance
  • Agile/Waterfall methodology

Software

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • TortoiseSVN
  • RedDot CMS
  • TeamSite CMS
  • WordPress
  • Sublime Text
  • Microsoft Office and SharePoint

Browser experience

  • Mobile browsers
  • Internet Explorer 6+
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari
  • Opera

Other skills

Very efficient at building and have built PCs using latest technology components, including installation of required OS and software, for private sales to specifications provided by the buyer and to recommendations. Setup home wireless network enabling multiple computers to share an internet connection and printer. Also competent at Cat5 and telephone line installation. Capable of adapting to and learning to use new software through training or by self-study using materials such as online help files, text books and other learning resources.

Communication skills

I am a good and confident communicator. Previous jobs required me to be confident and concise in handling and dealing with general enquiries with the public, as well as answering telephone calls. I have experience dealing with many customers from the public of all ages, sex, disability, race and from many different ethnic backgrounds. Some customers - whose grasp of the English language was somewhat limited - every ounce of my communication skills had to be used in achieving sales. I have produced many written reports, dissertations and completed many verbal presentations with regards to projects and these have contributed to improving my communication and interpersonal skills.

Project management skills

The development of Microsites within a corporate environment and my studies have given me invaluable experience of project management, on an individual and group basis, which has taught me to manage time effectively. Deadlines have taught me the importance of organising my tasks well with the available resources. Experience of working within a team-based culture involved planning, organisation, coordination and commitment. The various employment opportunities I have had, have taught me the ability to know when to take the lead and when to let others guide you. I have also learnt to work as part of a team under the role of a delegator, and I have proved in previous companies, my ability in managing others.

Hobbies and interests

  • I enjoy working with computers, surfing the net, communications and information technology.
  • I have a keen interest in Martial Arts and take part in Wing Chun classes at the London Wing Chun Academy which I have benefitted in increased hand eye coordination, conditioning of the body, fitness and improved confidence levels.
  • Enjoy playing various team and individual sports especially Football, Badminton, Pool and I often go to my local gym for weight training.
  • I enjoy listening to a wide variety of Western and Asian music.
  • I have a passion for travelling and experiencing different cultures. I have travelled to places in Europe and Asia.

References and referees

Current employment references available on request.

Academic references

Peter Chalk (Academic Leader)
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
View Certificate of Award

Peter Burke (Lecturer in Business & Tutor)
City Islington & College
444 Camden Road
London N7 0SP
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View Certificate of Award
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