About

Highly skilled, self motivated, IT specialist with over 20 years experience in systems development, information management and user support/training. Uses analytical skills to conceive, design and develop systems that improve user efficiency.

Technical Expertise

  • Grails/Groovy
  • Android application development
  • Java including JSP/Servlets/Beans, Java ME
  • HTML, XHTML, JavaScript, jQuery and CSS
  • Linux (Redhat/Fedora)
  • SQL, especially MySQL
  • Microsoft Windows/Office
  • OpenOffice/Libre Office
  • Novell Directory Services
  • Legacy languages including Paradox Application Language, Organiser Programming Language, COBOL and BASIC
  • Low level languages include Z80 Assembler and Microchip PIC controller assembler

Systems Designed/Developed

  • A mobile data capture system for street wardens, written using Java ME running on Sharp Zaurus handhelds. Captured data was automatically imported into a database. This replacing a paper based system, saving time and costs on data entry.
  • Various intranet systems to allow the validation of service users outside office hours, resulting in a reduction of unauthorised use of facilities. These are JSPs/Servlets running on a Tomcat server.
  • A system to securely store CRB Check outcomes in order to comply with information management policies. The textual outcomes were encrypted to prevent access by all except authorised users.
  • An intranet based check in/check out system resulting in improved team working and lone worker safety. (JSP/Servlets)
  • A survey application on Psion hand-held devices, tailored to client specifications. This was written for the Pennine Way project but adopted by many national trails.
  • Various websites for a range of clients from individuals to small businesses and voluntary groups. I coded the first Pennine Way website.

Employment

  • 2014 to present, Software Developer at a major UK Awarding Organisation
  • 2012 to 2014, Head of Technology, SimpleUsability
  • 1998 to 2012, IT Officer, Communities Directorate, Calderdale Council
  • 1990 to 1998, Systems Development Officer, Leisure Services, Calderdale Council
  • 1986 to 1990, Computer Assistant, Leisure Services, Calderdale Council
  • 1984 to 1986, Clerical Assistant (Computer), Leisure Services, Calderdale Council

Other Interests

  • Roller Derby; I play as ‘sk8geek’ with The Skateful Dead
  • In-line skating; I’m ICP Level 1 qualified, see my skate website
  • Photography; I work with film and digital, see my Flickr account
  • School governance; I have been Chair of Governors at Midgley school since 2007
  • PlayStation (sk0x08geek on PSN; sk8geek was already taken!)
  • Climbing and bouldering

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