I started web development in 1997 and now provide bespoke solutions mainly on Drupal and WordPress.

If you are interested in hiring my skills to get your project off to a flying start, please view my portfolio or contact me for more information.

Owner,
Sakura Brae Ltd: Oct 2010 - present
(Also: May 2005 - Oct 2005.)

Sakura Brae Ltd is back up and running to provide freelance PHP and web development services and consultancy.

Please check out the portfolio for current examples of my work.


Technical Developer,
Good Creative Ltd: October 2005 - October 2010.

Responsibilities:

  • Assess client's requirements, define technical scope and estimate timescales
  • Liaise with the project graphic designer to build the online application
  • Apache server management and site deployment
  • Application testing
  • Provide ongoing support
  • Provide technical assistance

Senior Developer,
Wheel Ltd: April 2003 - April 2005.

I was responsible for all stages of a project, from the initial specification of the work required through client consultation to final deployment in a live environment and on-going support. Development was mainly Java and used JBuilder X, Eclipse and Dreamweaver MX. Most deployments were made using ANT to an Apache 2 / Tomcat 4 server.

Clients included:

  • Scottish Water: Education: Island Game (CiB Scotland Award: Best Online Communication: 2005) Key technology: cayenne database abstraction, XML with SHA encryption, Jakarta struts, MySQL) www.scottishwater.co.uk/old-education/all-about-water/island-game
  • Scottish Widows: An accessibility report on the site lead to the provision of HTML templates that met priority 2 standards. Supplied ongoing advice and technical support to ensure accessibility compliance.
  • Data Discoveries Ltd: Online registration, requiring Data Discoveries approval before data processing could proceed. A secure signed java applet parsed local data files and checked for data integrity and upload for processing. On processing completion, customer notified where to download their processed data and invoice.

Senior Developer,
Itsnotrocketscience.com: April 2000 - April 2003.

I both lead and assisted in projects to provide online applications such as a bespoke CMS built in ASP with an MicroSoft Access DB, IIS 4 Server, HTML & JavaScript used to quickly and efficiently build a number of sites for a number of companies. Tibco and Oracle 9i development for the Scottish Power portal site.


Developer,
Black ID: Sept 1998 - April 2000.

My role was as part of a team of developers producing both client side and server side solutions. Developing mainly in ASP or ColdFusion. Some Flash animation work was carried out as part of a larger flash development team. Clients included Burger King, SOFA (Society of Financial Advisers), Britannia Asset Management, Tunnel Nightclub & Homelands (Mean Fiddler).


Developer,
The Web Factory: Scotland: Sept 1997 - Sept 1998.

I was the only web developer in the company! Initially hired as a Photoshop operator I saw an opportunity to take on the coding side of the web development process. I quickly learned HTML and JavaScript and became the main web technical adviser to the sales and management teams.


Photographer,
Freelance / CI Media: Nov 1993 - Sept 1997:

I provided a full photographic service from capturing images to developing film and printing. I mainly covered photojournalism and studio work. I was published in National Magazines (for example Country Life), local newspapers and Local Magazines (for example, Meantime Magazine - Glasgow).