Web Development Skills
My work requires that I have a familiarity with web and database servers. I am experienced with working with the Apache server on both Windows and Linux platforms. I am also familiar with how to configure a VPS through shell access via TLS. My database experience is with the MySQL database.
In terms of CMS (content management systems), I am more familiar with WordPress than other systems such as Laravel. My experience with WordPress allows me to work with and customise existing themes as well as create custom built WordPress plugins. I have many years’ experience in Ecommerce and help manage and maintain multilingual trading platforms.
Recent years have seen me start to branch into machine learning and HTML 5 App development. I have created automated software systems that using different statistical algorithms attempt to predict the likely outcome of an event given a predefined set of inputs. I have had apps published on both the Google Play Store and the App Store. These apps I now develop with the Monaca IDE.
My work lends itself to the web and I enjoy designing websites as much as I enjoy taking designs from the drawing board into a live environment on the internet. I publish both HTML sites as well as dynamic database driven sites, hosted both on Apache and Nginx servers.
I also work on Search Engine Optimisation and work with compliant web standards defined by Google, Microsoft and the W3C. I am familiar with Google Analytics, Google Webmasters, keyword analysis, image optimisation, rich data snippets and the optimisation of website loading times. As well as search engine optimisation for website traffic I know how to create PPC campaigns with Google AdWords.
Interests of mine are cooking/catering, gaming, music, and the natural world and would love to focus on areas like these in future projects.
2009 – 2012 BSC Environmental Science with Honours (Class 2.1)
Glyndwr University, Wrexham, UK
1st year grades include Math 91% and Lab Skills 84%
2nd year grades include Laboratory Analysis 83%
3rd year grades include Atmospherics 82%
1992 – 1994 Yeovil College, Somerset, UK
A level Biology – B
A level Chemistry – D
GCSE Physics – C
1987 – 1992 Stanchester Community School, Somerset, UK
GCSE Art – C
GCSE Biology – B
GCSE Chemistry – B
GCSE English Language – A
GCSE English Literature – A
GCSE French – A
GCSE Geography – A
GCSE Maths – A
GCSE Technology – B
2012 – 2021 Freelance Website Developer
Essentially, I develop software that runs on web servers. This software can be supported by frontend web development or integrated into the WordPress CMS. I also enjoy the challenge of designing websites but find this often comes second to the actual programming.
1995 – 2009 Chef
I have experience of working in canteens, hotels, cafes, care homes, pubs and restaurants. Was formerly trained up to two rosette level in 1998 by David Burns and then spent two years working in hotels around London with Towngate Employment. Further experience includes head chef work in canteens, care homes and guest houses.
- Menu writing and planning.
- Trained to work up to one and two rosette standards.
- Preparation and service of a la carte cuisine.
- Basic health and safety certification
Employer: Snuggles Day Nursery
Job title: Head Cook
Duration: 2005 – 2009
Address: Sunnymead, Rhyl Road, Denbigh, LL16 5TG.
Tel: (01745) 816655
Reason for leaving: Hours reduced to part time through lack of custom
Responsibilities: Menu planning , cooking and budgeting
Between 2002 and 2005 numerous positions were undertaken part and full time on a seasonal, temporary, and full time basis in a range of establishments in both Denbighshire and Conwy. Jacksons Delicatessen, Bryn Morfydd Golf Club, Seibiant Nursing Home, Plas Isaf Nursing Home and Pickwicks Café were all places where different forms of catering experience were gained.
Employer: Towngate Personnel
Job title: Agency Chef
Duration: 2000 – 2002
Address: County gate house, Westbourne, Poole, BH12 1A2
Tel: (01202) 752955
Reason for leaving: Decided to find more permanent work with less travelling.
Responsibilities: Cover of various positions in the absence of necessary staff. Hotel work with some canteen and guest house positions.
Employer: Albright Hussey Hotel
Job title: Sous chef
Duration: 1998 – 2000
Address: Broad Oak, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 3AF
Tel: (01939) 290523
Reason for leaving: Wanted to expand knowledge with agency work.
Responsibilities: Working with head chef on larder, sauce, and pastry sections
Employer: The National Herb Centre
Job title: Second chef
Duration: 1997 – 1998
Address: Banbury Road, Warmington, Warwickshire, OX17 1DF
Tel: (01295) 690999
Reason for leaving: Parents moved to a new house whilst I was living at home.
Responsibilities: Development of specials menu and service of café style restaurant cuisine under the supervision of the head chef.
Employer: Absolutely Fatty’s
Job title: Larder chef
Duration: 1995 – 1997
Address: 9, Chapel St, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 6EP
Tel: 0871 432 0500
Reason for leaving: Restaurant changed hands.
Responsibilities: Service of starters and preparation of soups and savoury items.