Skills

  • Advanced programming skills in C# and VB.NET gained from developing ASP.NET website and web applications as well as Windows Forms.
  • Highly developed database skills using Transact SQL (T-SQL) and the Red Gate SQL Toolbelt.
  • Highly proficient with the Microsoft Visual Studio 2008/2010 IDE, Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2008/2010 and SQL Server 2005/2008/2008R2.
  • Strong knowledge of IIS7, HTML, CSS and XML.
  • Expert with the Iron Speed Designer and Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch rapid application development (RAD) tools.
  • Intermediate skills in C/C++, Visual Basic 6 and assembly language gained from college and university.
  • Detailed knowledge of networking protocols, including Ethernet, IP, TCP/UDP, Cisco IOS and CatOS router and switch configuration gained through CCNA accreditation.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7, as well as the Microsoft Office 2007/2010 suite.
  • Proficient in the Unix/Linux operating system, shell programming and the bash shell.
  • Experience of using virtualisation technologies, such as Microsoft Virtual PC.
  • Customer service skills through regular interactions with clients to discuss project requirements and new features.
  • Project management skills within our sub-team, including coordinating each deployment.
  • Work well as part of a team and under own initiative.
  • Keen to rise to any challenges which have been set.

Experience

.NET Developer
O&M Systems, February 2012 - Present (5 years, 7 months)

  • Developing industry focused web applications, using C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, HTML and JavaScript, as well as Microsoft Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server and Microsoft SQL Server.

Software Developer
Light Speed IT Solutions, August 2009 - February 2012 (2 years, 6 months)

  • Involved in all aspects of the software development lifecycle, from discussing the initial specification with the client, through development, peer review, testing, deploying to UAT servers, and finally deploying to the client's or the company's production servers.
  • Developed over a dozen custom business applications, websites and utilities for aviation and financial sector clients, based in the UK and internationally.
  • Created a custom Windows Form program which integrated with TFS to provide querying, updating and reporting of work items under the team project.
  • Produced both technical and end-user documentation, detailing the workflow, rules and algorithms implemented.
  • Provided technical customer support via phone and email for the use of Iron Speed Designer.
  • Produced technical articles for the Iron Speed community and wrote development blogs on the company website.
  • Contributed to, and implemented, new procedures for our development sub-team.

Catering Services Assistant
University of Essex, January 2007 - July 2009 (2 years, 6 months)

  • Worked in the Hospitality section and was responsible for;
    • Setting up rooms for catering functions and clearing when finished.
    • Serving food and drinks at functions, conferences, and open/visit days.
  • Regularly worked in the restaurant and take away, either serving behind the counter or on the till.
  • Key holder for evening and weekend hospitality, which often involved cashing-up the takings at the end of service.

Web Developer
University of Essex, July 2008 - August 2008 (summer vacation)

  • Summer vacation position to work as part of a small team to improve the Student Union's website.
  • Through the use of project management skills and time prioritisation, all deadlines were met. The major deadline was the site needed to be up and running at the beginning of September for the new students.

Student Computer Technician
The Gilberd School, February 2004 - July 2004 (5 months)

  • Responsible for starting the computers and printers in the mornings, checking for errors, re-filling the printers, supervising student's use of the computers and printers during lunch and shutting down at the end of the day.

Electronics Engineer's Assistant
University of Essex, December 2003 (2 weeks work experience placement)

  • Worked closely with departmental technicians to assist with their daily duties, created material for the department's new multi-media courses and gained experience of the C/C++ programming language.

Education and Qualifications

BEng Computers and Networks, First Class Honours
University of Essex, October 2006 - July 2009

  • Final Year: Achieved First Class Degree with aggregate mark of 84%
    Awarded the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Prize – Top student in department
  • Second Year: Achieved First Class aggregate mark of 85%
    Awarded the K. F. Bowden Memorial prize – Top student in department
  • First Year: Achieved First Class aggregate mark of 89%
    Awarded Distinction
  • Modules studied in final year:
    • Software Engineering
    • Middleware
    • Networked Information
    • Computer and Communication Networks
    • Network Security
    • Final Year Individual Project

A-Levels
The Sixth Form College Colchester, September 2004 - July 2006

  • Computing [A], Electronics [A], Mathematics [A], Physics [B]
  • Qualified as a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Awarded a British Computer Society (BCS) Frank Thilo Prize – Top student in year

GCSEs
The Gilberd School, September 1999 - July 2004

  • ICT [A*], Mathematics [A*], Geography [A*], Double Science [AA], Design Technology [A],
    Graphic Products [B], Business Studies [C], English Language [C], English Literature [D]

Honors and Awards

Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Prize
Institute of Engineering and Technology, July 2009

  • The IET prize is awarded annually to the final year BEng student who achieves the highest degree mark.

K. F. Bowden Memorial Prize
Department of Computing and Electronic Systems, July 2008

  • Four K. F. Bowden Memorial Prizes, in memory of a former professor, are awarded annually on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners to the four second year students with the best overall year mark.

Frank Thilo Prize
British Computer Society (BCS), July 2006

  • The Frank Thilo Prize is awarded annually to the top student in A-Level Computing.

Volunteering

parkrun
Pre-Event Setup (twice), Marshall, Timekeeping, Barcode Scanning

  • The Pre-Event Setup role helps the Run Director for that day setup the singage and finish funnel.
  • The Marshals guide the participants around the course, warning of any hazards, as well as ensuring other park users are aware of the run.
  • The Timekeepers record the time across the line for all finishers.
  • The Barcode Scanners record the participant's individual barcode and their position token to allow everyone to receive their time.

Membership Officer
Colchester Climbing Club, October 2013 - Present (3 years, 11 months)

  • The Membership Officer is responsible for processing the club member's application forms and submitting the membership data to the BMC as well as managing the club mailing list.

Communications Officer
Colchester Climbing Club, October 2013 - October 2016 (3 years)

  • The Communications Officer is responsible for managing the club's email account and organising the monthly induction sessions for prospective members.

Career

I studied at the University of Essex, from October 2006 until July 2009, where I graduated with a First Class, Bachelor of Engineering, Degree in Computers and Networks.

I started my career the following month as a Software Developer for Light Speed IT Solutions, where I worked for two and a half years.

In February 2012, I left Light Speed IT Solutions and joined O&M Systems as a .NET Developer, where I have been working for the last five and a half years.

Light Speed IT Solutions

At Light Speed IT Solutions, I specialised in creating back office website and desktop applications from database-driven application generation tools, including Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch and Iron Speed Designer. I heavily customised the generated applications to meet the client's requirements, the most intricate being two investment and portfolio management applications.

O&M Systems

At O&M Systems, I am developing industry focused web applications, using C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, HTML and JavaScript, as well as Microsoft Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server and Microsoft SQL Server.

parkrun

23 parkruns, Best: 25:06, Average: 26:45

Date Location Time Age Grade Pace (/km) Overall Rank
2 Sep 2017 Colchester Castle 25:24 50.85% 5:04
26 Aug 2017 Colchester Castle 26:09 49.39% 5:13
29 Jul 2017 Colchester Castle 25:14 51.19% 5:02
8 Jul 2017 Colchester Castle 25:06 51.46% 5:01
3 Jun 2017 Colchester Castle 27:17 47.34% 5:27
22 Apr 2017 Colchester Castle 26:08 49.43% 5:13
8 Apr 2017 Colchester Castle 25:51 49.97% 5:10
4 Mar 2017 Colchester Castle 26:34 48.62% 5:18
25 Feb 2017 Mersea Island 27:09 47.58% 5:25
11 Feb 2017 Colchester Castle 26:56 47.96% 5:23
7 Jan 2017 Colchester Castle 28:33 45.24% 5:42
24 Dec 2016 Colchester Castle 28:20 45.59% 5:40
5 Nov 2016 Colchester Castle 27:05 47.69% 5:25
15 Oct 2016 Colchester Castle 25:54 49.87% 5:10
24 Sep 2016 Colchester Castle 27:41 46.66% 5:32
17 Sep 2016 Colchester Castle 26:26 48.87% 5:17
20 Aug 2016 Colchester Castle 26:50 48.07% 5:22
23 Jul 2016 Colchester Castle 27:24 47.08% 5:28
2 Jul 2016 Colchester Castle 27:12 47.43% 5:26
25 Jun 2016 Colchester Castle 27:55 46.21% 5:35
21 May 2016 Colchester Castle 25:34 50.46% 5:06
7 May 2016 Colchester Castle 27:43 46.54% 5:32
30 Apr 2016 Colchester Castle 27:10 47.48% 5:26
Last Updated: 2017-09-17

Races

Date Event Time Pace (/km)
Sun 17 Sep 2017 Dedham 10k 53:19 5:17
Last Updated: 2017-09-17

Running

Date Location Event Distance Time (elapsed) Time Pace (/km)
Mon 4 Sep 2017 Colchester Pathway Paradise with Running Colchester 7.4 km 0:47:48 0:42:20 5:40
Mon 28 Aug 2017 Colchester Pathway Paradise with Running Colchester 11.9 km 1:27:33 1:12:31 6:03
Mon 14 Aug 2017 Colchester Pathway Paradise with Running Colchester 10.9 km 1:16:06 1:02:29 5:41
Wed 26 Jul 2017 Fordham Orienteering with Essex SOS 9.9 km 1:13:54 0:55:03 5:33
Wed 12 Jul 2017 Broaks Wood Orienteering with Essex SOS 5.3 km 1:01:32 0:31:00 5:51
Mon 10 Jul 2017 Layer Breton Hashing with Essex SOS 8.6 km 1:03:21 0:49:00 5:39
Mon 3 Jul 2017 Fordham Hashing with Essex SOS 8.6 km 1:13:59 0:50:52 5:52
Mon 26 Jun 2017 Abbey Fields Hashing with Essex SOS 7.7 km 0:54:30 0:41:37 5:23
Mon 12 Jun 2017 Nayland Hashing with Essex SOS 8.8 km 1:12:37 0:55:17 6:14
Wed 30 Nov 2016 Lexden Orienteering with Essex SOS 8.5 km 0:59:24 0:49:56 5:49
Sat 29 Oct 2016 Fordham Orienteering with Essex SOS 3.9 km 0:44:55 0:23:22 5:51
Wed 26 Oct 2016 Chelmsford Orienteering with Essex SOS 3.1 km 0:23:22 0:16:42 5:15
Mon 22 Aug 2016 Nayland Hashing with Essex SOS 7.5 km 1:01:39 0:47:54 6:20
Mon 15 Aug 2016 Layer'de-la-Haye Hashing with Essex SOS 6.8 km 1:10:12 0:45:54 6:39
Wed 27 Jul 2016 Highwoods Orienteering with Essex SOS 8.4 km 1:23:13 0:53:24 6:21
Mon 25 Jul 2016 Cattawade Hashing with Essex SOS 8 km 1:02:45 0:46:30 5:45
Mon 4 Jul 2016 Eight Ash Green Hashing with Essex SOS 8.2 km 1:09:17 0:53:10 6:26
Mon 23 May 2016 Fordham Hashing with Essex SOS 7.0 km 1:04:52 0:42:58 6:07
Mon 16 May 2016 Manningtree Hashing with Essex SOS 7.7 km 1:06:10 0:47:49 6:09
Mon 9 May 2016 Great Tey Hashing with Essex SOS 7.2 km 0:58:50 0:47:36 6:34
Last Updated: 2017-09-17

Climbing

Trad Climbs

The table below shows the proportion of climbs I have seconded, alternate-lead (on multi-pitches) and lead each year.

Year Assent
-
71
Second
47
Alt
3
Lead
21
2017
20
Second
11
Alt
3
Lead
6
2016
30
Second
17
Lead
13
2015
21
Second
19
Lead
2

Lead Climbs

I started climbing outside in 2013, with a trip to Sardinia being my intoduction to rock climbing, but I only started logging my climbs in 2015.

Year Grade
Overall
23
D
6
VD
10
HVD
2
S
3
HS
2
2017
8
D
1
VD
4
HVD
1
S
1
HS
1
2016
13
D
4
VD
5
HVD
1
S
2
HS
1
2015
2
D
1
VD
1

All Climbs

Year Grade
Overall
73
D
9
VD
24
HVD
6
S
18
HS
6
VS
6
HVS
2
E1
2
2017
22
D
1
VD
12
HVD
2
S
4
HS
1
VS
2
2016
30
D
5
VD
8
HVD
1
S
10
HS
1
VS
2
HVS
1
E1
2
2015
21
D
3
VD
4
HVD
3
S
4
HS
4
VS
2
HVS
1

About me

By day I'm a .NET Developer, and by night I'm a climber and runner.

Career

I'm employed as a .NET Developer for O&M Systems where I have been working for the last five and a half years. You can read further details on my career and resume pages.

Climbing

I started climbing in October 2012 and regually climb at indoor climbing walls and on trips around the UK.

Running

On Saturday mornings I often run my local parkrun, which is around Colchester Castle Park.

To date, I have completed 23 parkruns with my PB for the 5km being 25:06. Full details can be found on my running page.

I also often attend running, hasing and orienteering events organised by Essex SOS and Running Colchester.