About

Education

I first dabbled in the world of digital design and development at Poole Grammar School, a specialist computing college. Starting out with Visual Basic I developed a love for programming and quickly moved onto learning web page design and .Net development outside of the classroom.

As well as kindling my passion for development, I left Poole Grammar School with over 10 GCSEs grade A* - C (including As in English and Maths), 1 AS level in Media Studies and 4 A levels graded B and above in Computing, Product Design, Business Studies and General Studies.

I moved on to Bournemouth University to complete a degree in Computing (BSc Hons). Here I improved my skills with SQL, Java and PHP, the languages taught in the lectures and seminars. I achieved distinctions in both year 1 and 2 before taking up a placement.

It was the final year however which suited me best; the focus on critical thinking, problem solving and in depth knowledge allowed me to prove myself. I achieved firsts in every module; this meant that only a 2:1 was needed in the dissertation to acheive an overall first. Despite this I went all out on a demanding dissertation which was rewarded with a mark of 85%.

I graduated from Bournemouth University in November 2012 with a Sandwich BSc (Hons) in Computing with 1st Class Honours.

Experience

In order to get my sandwich degree I had to complete a year working in industry, but I had been working for years before this. Even before starting university I had a small clutch of clients for whom I completed small bits of work, as university progressed my client base expanded and the work became more complex and demanding. During this stage I created brand identities, simple websites and a few CMS implementations. Not only did this improve my technical skills but also gave me confidence presenting and brainstorming with clients.

During this freelance stage I worked with companies from many sectors, including aerospace, security, fashion, education, charities and several more.

My placement year was spent at a local web development company called Redweb. They, like me, put an emphasis on innovation, always trying to use new technologies and adapt to any industry changes as early as possible. Here I became proficient with the .Net stack, mainly using C#, and was introduced to the benefits and drawbacks of working as part of a team on sites much larger than any I'd worked on before.

Due to the innovative culture and all round great bunch at Redweb I decided to return there after my degree finished.

I have now been at redweb for over 2 and a half years, working on a variety of projects for a variety of clients with the great team we have. I am known within the agency for my love of all things Umbraco, a love which resulted in me getting the nickname Sambraco. Despite this typecasting as an Umbraco guy I actually find myself using Sitecore more often.

Outside the Office

I'm fortunate enough to have many interests outside of work. I am a 3 handicap golfer (low enough to become a PGA professional) with a membership at Dudsbury Golf Club. I also play skittles in the small village of Pamphill, which oddly has turned out to be more successful than my golfing career!

I love funk, jazz and soul music, and play the drums, but only to a rudimentary level.

I adore science, technology and history; you'll often see me doing pub quizzes and failing miserably when the movie round comes up.