Technically proficient Digital Director and Chief Technology Officer with international, multiple sector expertise.

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Winchester
Hampshire SO22 5AH
United Kingdom
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Summary

A versatile, technically astute Digital Director, Head of Development, CTO with extensive IT development, project management, design and process optimisation skills honed on diverse sectors. Leverages detailed knowledge of development, design, programming and providing the full spectrum of services for clients spanning SMEs and blue-chip global corporations. Delivers strategic consultancy, positively liaises with clients and stakeholders, and balances commercial requirements against high standards for all deliverables. Builds mutually beneficial relationships, provides solutions for sustainable advantage, adapts rapidly to change and transforms operations in a competitive market.

Executive Career History

Digital Director

Tribe Studios, Winchester, UK: Jan 2014 - Present

A company for consultancy assignments, delivering technical, strategic, creative and digital marketing services.

  • Utilising almost 20 years’ experience in Internet, programming, consultancy and technical strategy combined with audio and graphic design.
  • Continuing to work with global organisations and local companies, serving clients nationally and globally from a home office setting.
  • Successfully rescuing a slipping Healthcare mobile app project for TalisLife in 2019; fully rebranded company, redeveloped app and rolled out to obtain funding.
  • Redeveloping the CARBOGEN AMCIS corporate website, including CMS to improve corporate presence; set up an Employment system to enable global recruitment.
  • Accomplished at enhancing user experience by creating an eCommerce platform for Idealkit using Magento; Go-live planned in Q1/2020.

Chief Technology Officer

Dash Audio, London, UK: Apr 2016 - Jul 2016

A podcast app provisioning business creating bespoke apps and players to give listeners an optimal user experience.

  • Appointed to create a rapid podcast system prototype to promote brands using ground-breaking audio technology and integrated analytics.
  • Accompanied the CEO to sell podcast release services to the Wall Street Journal and Spotify (NY, USA), and the UK’s News Corp publications.
  • Contributed to building and managing the technical roadmap and growing revenue by aiding new client and user acquisitions.
  • Ensuring high security, best practice for solutions and completed robust technical and quality reviews.

Head of Technology

Remarkable Group, Winchester, UK: Sep 2014 - Apr 2016

A consultancy specialising in personal leadership and transforming concepts into results-driven solutions.

  • Initially turned around a failing Online Holiday Booking project for Shorefield as a consultant, rebuilding the fractured client relationship.
  • Monetised the group’s digital offering to a large customer base, transforming over-budget projects into rapid deployments with profitable deliverables.
  • Initiated offers of additional services to existing and prospective clients including app development and virtual and augmented reality services.

Chief Technology Officer

Dints International, London, UK: Mar 2013 - Sep 2014

A company delivering innovative supply chain solutions to the international mining and construction industries.

  • Managed a team of software developers and company IT infrastructure, transitioning to a more efficient cloud-based solution.
  • Developed a Mining Purchasing system for capital assets with an audit trail for North Africa operations.
  • Constructed a reporting app for a start-up and implemented a new corporate ERP solution in MS Navision.
  • Project managed a global client portal and social platform for a major mining and engineering company.

Head of Software & Development

Monitise/Mobile Money Network, London, UK: Sep 2010 - Mar 2013

A start-up backed by both Visa and Carphone Warehouse to establish a market-leading mCommerce service.

  • Built a Development team, helped to deliver 10 iPhone/Android apps and provided functional strategies and BAU support for processes.
  • Impressively saved the company up to £3m in licensing and development costs by rapid prototyping and proof-of-concept development.
  • Managed the development of all public and corporate facing Internet solutions for media partners, both mobile and desktop driven.
  • Successfully designed and deployed an Automated Purchasing system for online or high street sales.
  • Ensured that the business evolved in a hybrid marketplace and planned for its full eCommerce roll-out.

Technical & Digital Director

Artizanz /TheMediaSet, Winchester, UK: Jul 2002 - Jun 2012
  • Integrated fine art into the company’s offering in 2011 to complement design and technical services on mobile development and Internet projects.
  • Performed a consultancy role, leading sales from concept to build and delivery in a multi-partner retail market place.
  • Completed multimedia assignments with TheMediaSet (2007-2011) involving technical design, project management, installation and handover with training.
  • Delivered a project to the healthcare division of Haymarket Publishing for an interactive web service to sell to global pharmaceutical corporates.
  • Designed and developed an interactive detailing tool that could be tailored to meet the requirements of different Haymarket Global brands.
  • Proposed and delivered a CD toolkit for the Sony client for local level dual-branded marketing, gaining an award sponsored by INM and Adobe.

Production Manager

Netsite Productions, Winchester, UK: Jun 2000 - Jul 2002

Marketing Manager

DPAS, Warminster, UK: Apr 1997 - Feb 2000

Marketing Officer

Denplan, Winchester, UK: Oct 1994 - Feb 1997

Professional Skills, Education, Training and Awards

Soft Skills

  • Global project management
  • Team management and leadership
  • Budgeting
  • Account management
  • Design
  • Consultancy
  • Business development
  • Business strategy
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Sales processes
  • Strategic planning
  • Relationship building
  • Client liaison and management

Digital and Creative Proficiencies

  • PHP Programming
  • HTML Programming
  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • Mobile finance payments
  • Mobile design & delivery
  • JavaScript (inc frameworks/libraries: jQuery, Angular, React, Node etc)
  • Ajax
  • eCommerce Platform Development
  • Financial Technology (FinTech)
  • Business & IT Strategy
  • CMS Systems (Joomla, WordPress, Drupal)
  • MySQL Databases
  • Design (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc)
  • Audio Composition & Production
  • Audio Production
  • Print Design
  • XML, XSLT, XHTML
  • Facebook Applications / fCommerce
  • Email Templates & Marketing
  • Computer Hardware Installation and Repair
  • Copywriting
  • User Experience / Interface Design
  • Mobile Web Development
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Digital Strategy
  • Mobile Application Development (iOS, Android)
  • Security Implementation (IPSec/SSL etc)
  • SMS & MMS Marketing and Software
  • Linux and Apache Management
  • 3D Design
  • Video Production / Editing
  • Photography
  • Music Inscription

Languages

  • English - native
  • French - conversational
  • Rosetta Stone, U 1-20 French

Awards

  • May 2006
    New Business of the Year, Hampshire Business Awards - Winner
  • Oct 2005
    Sony Marketing Multi-Channel Content software - Winner, INM & Adobe contest
  • May 2005
    New Business of the Year, Hampshire Business Awards - nomination

Education

  • 1990-1994
    MSc (Hons) Computer Science - Cardiff University, Wales
    BSc (Hons) Computer Science - Cardiff University, Wales
  • 1988-1990
    3 A-Levels - Havant College, UK
     
  • 1985-1988
    11 GCSEs - British School of Paris, France

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