Don't be fooled by the CTO thing. I've had experience running Sales teams and managing multi-million £££ annual sales budgets. I'm not your average geek.
Since leaving university, I consciously decided to take roles that would enable me to grow understanding and competency in multiple disciplines - from accounts, to sales & marketing, to production & operations. I knew I'd need all of these skills when starting my own business and they've stood me in good stead. My clients have benefited from an open-minded multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving and creating solutions.
I have been successful at winning sales & delivering business from small customers, large multinational organisations and top brands, from £5k to £5m.
As Technical Director of Integrated agency Bright Blue Day, I managed a team of highly talented .NET and front end developers, with responsibility for the company's digital offering, working with clients like Visa, UBS, Scottish Power, Zurich Insurance, Bournemouth University and Skins.
I have delivered small local projects of limited complexity through to large globally distributed teams with complex supply chains, multiple stakeholders and regional variations.
I have a particular expertise in the recruitment of remote dev teams and invest considerable time and money in the process of identifying new talent, ensuring workflow consistency and best practise.
I have always been a creative person. I enjoyed art, in particular drawing and painting as a child. In recent times, I've embraced digital technologies for the creation of my art.
I enjoy working with the Adobe Creative Suite and can competently create unique designs for web, graphics and user interfaces, though typically I'll leave this up to the trained professionals - it just helps that I speak their language and understand the creative process.
I enjoy using Sketch and more recently Adobe XD for UI designs and I dabble somewhat in Adobe After Effects as a tool for animation.
I have had the pleasure of working with some extremely talented creatives at top global agencies and I hope some of their talent has rubbed off on me.
As Technical Director, CTO and developer, I am an experienced technical leader, mentor and hands-on coder. From initial concept, I apply lean and agile philosophies to product development.
From here, I structure and manage projects in Production through a modified Scrum-like process, adapted for use with remote teams involving Test Driven development, Continuous Integration, peer to peer code reviews and pair programming.
I'm well versed across the Amazon Web Services product set, including EC2, S3, Cloudfront, IAM and more recently, the IoT platform.
I've built a range of things myself, including an iOS app for monitoring mood and heart rate correlations with machine learning, a chatBot nutrition assistant for iOS and many more...
Though it has to be said, since having my first little boy and starting my own business, I'm not as active as I'd like to be or indeed used to be. I have a passion for adventurous activities, anything that gets the blood pumping. I've tried most things and I'll try anything once, you can read about my adventures here, including
Jumping out of aeroplanes
Jumping off of cliffs
Jumping down waterfalls
Flying big kites
Riding down hills very fast
Snowboarding down mountains
As well as the more extreme side, I also enjoy golf, football, road cycling and used to be into martial arts.
I once cycled 750 miles from St Malo to Santander with my best friends, since we all turned 30 and had an early mid-life crisis.