Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office
Front-end developer on the GOV.UK Design System, used across central government (and beyond) to build joined up, consistent, and accessible user-centred services.
Early efforts include extensive rework of character counters, forwarding proposals to remove legacy Internet Explorer support, and introducing full localisation support to GOV.UK Frontend components.
Founder and managing director
at Severn Bronies
Originally the Bristol Bronies, the Severn Bronies is a community hub serving the My Little Pony fandom in south-west England and south Wales. We organise and hold meets every week, ranging from small socials to elaborate events incorporating gaming, cosplay, vendors, live programming, and more. We’ve popped up in the media a few times, including in the Bristol Post, BBC Points West, BBC Inside Out, and Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 show.
We make efforts to be active in the community and have fundraised for local charities, as well as having our own network for supporting transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. I organise the meets, perform administrative and financial duties, and design and maintain the group’s website and brand identity.
Lead front-end developer & accessibility and inclusivity advocate
at Felinesoft, Bristol
Felinesoft is a flat-hierarchy Microsoft .NET development agency. My primary role is to take designs and turn them into design systems whilst embedding progressive enhancement principles, accessibility and responsive design in the process. Here I’ve worked with dozens of clients including the Royal Photographic Society, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Jack Daniel’s, The Kennel Club, and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
In carrying out this role I defined evolutionary (and at times, revolutionary) process changes to embed best practice into every part of the design and development process. I also created a raft of open- and closed-source frameworks including FSForms, a best-practice forms library; Kickstart, a Fractal-based design system framework; and Felafel, a services-oriented bootstrapping library.
I’ve also worked as a PHP developer, graphic designer, UX and UI designer on disparate projects where those skills were required.
Freelance web developer
Self-employed website designer and developer, doing contracted work for agencies and small companies in and around Bristol.
Full-stack web developer
at Goram + Vincent, Bristol
Industrial placement year at a small full-service agency in Bristol. I worked across the stack doing front- and back-end development, CMS management and server administration work for a number of high-profile clients, including Drinkaware, Brothers Cider, the BMJ, and Glorious Brands; working as lead developer on some projects.
Bits on the side
In the past I’ve also served time as a wiki administrator (2008–2012), charity retail volunteer (2011–2012), social network administrator (2007–2011), editor-in-chief of a fanzine (2007–2010), and as a classroom assistant (2006–2008).
In my free time I’ve written a bunch of open-source stuff, including Vanilla Validation (a styling layer over ValidityState), Randomize Everything (a Nova editor extension), and Hourly Bats! (a Mastodon bot that posts freely licensed bat photos approximately once an hour). All of these can be found on my GitHub profile.
2:1 Web Design BSc (Hons)
at the University of the West of England, Bristol
An extensive course focused on website design and development, including focuses on designing information, user experience and programming in a range of front-end and back-end languages. This course was heavily vocational, with several modules focusing on real world applications with real world clients. Actively involved in the university’s video gaming and sci-fi/fantasy societies (and vaguely involved in the Quidditch society too.)
Aquinas College, Stockport
Achieved grade C in A-Level Computing, Politics & General Studies. Achieved grade D in Applied ICT. Also tried my hand at Philosophy, which was super fun, but unfortunately failed the subject.