I live in Balham, London and I was born near Southampton in the UK. My early years were spent between the New Forest and the beautiful southern coastline.
I went to the University of Plymouth and gained a BA along with some fantastic life experience. I moved to London chasing work, and started off producing presentations for a small bureau.
A couple of years later I found myself in Vancouver pursuing my passion for snowbaording and allowing myself the luxury of six months to do little else.
I've been a web developer since that eventful day in the spring of 2000 when I approached a startup agency and asked if I could work as an intern.
The web had really begun to take off since my initial fascination with it a few years earlier, and I wanted to see if I could make it in the industry when I got back to England.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Thomas and Ali at hottomali.com for giving me the chance, and sure enough I did get that job on my return to London.
I had a very happy time working at ormlondon.com for all manner of clients ranging from the music industry to estate agents.
I currently work as a Senior Developer at bluefroglondon.com, specialising in MVC based PHP, MySQL, front-end build and data management for a number of high profile third sector clients.
When I'm not at work, you'll either find me out on my bike, playing my guitar or climbing trees with my two awesome little boys.
YMCA's Room Sponsor program needed a face lift so we turned it into a responsive microsite for online acquisition and then hooked it up to Bluefrog's in-house donor feedback platform, USPACE.
We also ran a marketing plan encompassing affiliate, social, traditional CPC and offline sources.
Data transfer of new online Direct Debit sign-ups is handled automatically and securely. close
This email-led campaign was aimed at generating financial support for the next generation of undergraduates at Leeds.
Andy Tervit came up with a simple yet beautiful treatment which I really wanted to do justice to with the build, and I hope I have. Data is verified against the alumni database and then submitted to the site and delivered securely for offline processing. close
UNHCR needed an online donor feedback piece with a bit of wow factor. We delivered a beautifully immersive panorama of the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan which is a joy to explore.
Donors are given access to one of the '7 steps to survival' by regular email updates inviting them back to experience fresh content. I built the front and backend in Foundation and Laravel 5 respectively. The image was shot for us, then I stitched and created the panorama using PTGui and KRPano. close
Since it's launch in 2010 lendwithcare.org has become the most popular microfinance site in the UK. A joint venture between Bluefrog and CARE International, the site's main aim is to enable people like you and me to make loans to small businesses in the third world.
This is a vast, feature rich site with as much going on in the lender admin area as there is on the public side. We also built a bespoke CMS to allow UK central office and satellite offices around the world to collaborate on the microloan process.
lendwithcare.org won the Third Sector Excellence Award for Best Website in 2011 and the Charity Times Best Use of the Web for 2012. close
It really was in a sorry state when we were asked to redesign and rebuild so I couldn't wait to dive in. The only issue was the client's insitance on using a CMS I'd never encountered. What ensued was a titanic battle of willpower and common sense over the impenetrable and illogical. But we got there in the end. Oh and it had to be in four languages too... close
Sands came to us after having been thoroughly underwhelmed by the planning and 1st D&C presented by their incumbent agency.
We were tasked with picking up the pieces and they were sizable, with sharp edges and a tight deadline. We pulled it off in Drupal with Zurb's Foundation, sass and Compass. close
Do not be fooled by the modest exterior of the recently re-built and re-launched School Notices, for beneath lies a bang up to date implementation in Laravel 5.
Aside from writing most of the backend and a lot of the frontend, I managed a small team of freelancers who helped us hit a tight deadline on this one. close
Dave The Worm was dreamt up for Parkinson's UK by Bluefrog's creative team. Dave educates you about the importance of the worm in Parkinson's research, and then (hopefully) receives your donation to continue the good work.
Credit where credit's due. I've had the pleasure of working with some great designers over the years, so I think it only right and proper to give a whaduppen to Dave Cosham, a hell yeah to Steve Simmonds, a heads up to James Arnott, a get the kettle on to Liam Faulkner and a thanks mate to Andy Tervit. Oh – and even though he's a project manager, Jon Lucas sure deserves a mention too.