• Head of Backend Development

  • C#

  • Sensei

  • Photographer

  • Husband & Dad
  • Leading a team of .NET developers to deliver innovative back-end solutions that drive business success.

    As the Head of Back-end Development at DEPT®, I lead a team of .NET developers in designing, developing, and maintaining the back-end code for our client's web or mobile applications. My primary responsibility is to ensure that our team delivers high-quality, scalable, and secure solutions that meet our clients' needs.

    With my extensive knowledge of .NET development, I oversee the design and implementation of complex back-end systems, and I collaborate with stakeholders across different departments to ensure that our solutions align with our client's business objectives.

    As the head of the back-end team, I also mentor and guide our developers to enhance their skills, stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and best practices, and deliver quality code. Additionally, I ensure that our team follows established development processes and that we deliver projects on time and within budget.

    Overall, my role as the Head of Back-end Development is to ensure that our team delivers top-notch back-end solutions that help our clients achieve their goals and position our agency as a leader in .NET development.

  • Solving problems, then writing code

    As a highly experienced web developer, I have spent over 18 years working for a range of digital agencies, primarily focusing on web development using ASP.NET and C#. Over the years, I have worked with many programming languages, gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field.

    My primary area of expertise is developing websites using CMS/DXP platforms, such as Optimizely, SDL Tridion, Umbraco and Contentful. I am a certified Optimizely Content Cloud Developer and have extensive experience working with the platform, and a Contentful Certified Professional.

    In my previous roles, I played a significant role in developing bespoke CMS and eCommerce platforms used by major companies like JD Sports, A-Plant, and size?. This experience has given me a deep understanding of the technical requirements of businesses and how to align them with their goals.

    I work hard to keep up to date with what is going on in the world of development and digital media. I am always tinkering with something new, like the Konami Code easter egg on this site.

  • 3rd Dan Black Belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu

    I am an active member of the Ruschroft Jiu-Jitsu Club, which is the headquarters of the International Jiu-Jitsu Organisation (IJJO). Under the guidance of Sensei Neville Kershaw, I have been practicing Traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu for several years and currently hold a 3rd Dan Black Belt. In addition to my training, I also mentor the senior coloured belts, helping them to progress in their own Jiu-Jitsu journey.

    Jiu-Jitsu is not only a passion of mine but also a great way to stay in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The physical and mental benefits that I gain from Jiu-Jitsu are numerous, including self-discipline, improved health, focus, and confidence. Regular training helps me to get my blood pumping and stay energized, which is essential for maintaining a productive and healthy lifestyle.

    Overall, my commitment to Jiu-Jitsu not only provides me with physical and mental benefits, but it also helps me to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle, which is essential for success in both my personal and professional life.

  • Snap Happy: My Love for Photography and Capturing Life's Unscripted Moments

    Photography has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I always carry a camera with me, as I love to capture the beauty and wonder of the world around us. Whether I am out for a walk with my family or exploring a new city, I am constantly searching for the perfect shot.

    My love for photography has led me to create a photography page, where I showcase some of my best work. You can find a collection of my favourite photos on this page, showcasing my ability to capture stunning landscapes, portraits, and more.

    I believe that photography is not just about taking pictures, but it is also about capturing memories that will last a lifetime. Through my photography, I strive to capture the essence of a moment and tell a story that can be shared with others.

    Overall, my passion for photography has allowed me to explore and appreciate the world around me in new and exciting ways. Whether I am capturing a breathtaking sunset or a candid moment with friends and family, I am constantly seeking to improve my craft and share my love of photography with others.

  • Wife of a Geek, Thing #1 & Thing #2

    My family is the most important thing in my life, and I am incredibly grateful for the love and support of my wife and two boys. We work together as a team to keep our household running smoothly and make sure everyone's needs are met.

    My wife and I share the responsibility of taking care of our home and children. She is an amazing partner, and we work together to ensure that our family is well-dressed and presentable. I appreciate all that she does to keep our home warm and welcoming.

    I am blessed to have two amazing boys who bring joy and laughter to my life every day. They are the funniest and most entertaining people I have ever met, always keeping me on my toes and making me smile. Whether we are playing games or exploring the great outdoors, every moment spent with them is filled with wonder and excitement.

    Being a father has taught me the true meaning of love and responsibility. I am committed to providing for my family and being there for them through thick and thin. Every day is an adventure with my wife and boys, and I cherish every moment we spend together.

    My family is the center of my universe, and I am grateful for their love and support every single day. They bring meaning and purpose to my life, and I will always cherish the memories we create together.

    You can follow my wife's website: Wife of a Geek.

Father and Son

Bridging the Gap in Computer Science Education: Teaching My Son Python

Posted on Monday, 12th June 2023 - 2 minute Read
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Unlocking Your Potential: My Tips on How Developers Can Become the Best They Can Be

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As the head of development at DEPT®, I've seen firsthand that being a great developer means more than just writing clean and efficient code. To truly excel in this field, you must adopt a mindset of continuous improvement, be open to learning new skills...

My Journey to Sandan: Reflections on Passing my 3rd Dan Grading in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu

Posted on Tuesday, 28th March 2023 - 1 minute Read
I recently passed my Sandan (3rd Dan) grading in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, and it was an experience I will never forget. The journey to this point has been a long and challenging one, filled with ups and downs, but ultimately, it was a moment of triumph that...

Why Martial Arts Can Make You a Better Software Developer

Posted on Friday, 10th March 2023 - 2 minute Read
As a software developer, you're always looking for ways to improve your skills, stay focused, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. But have you ever considered the benefits of practicing martial arts? From physical fitness and mental toughness to...
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Head of Backend Development @ DEPT®

As DEPT®'s Head of Back-end Development, I lead a team of skilled .NET developers in creating and maintaining high-quality, scalable, and secure web applications for our clients. I oversee the design and implementation of complex back-end systems, collaborate with stakeholders to align solutions with business objectives and mentor our developers to enhance their skills and deliver quality code.


Technical Architect @ DEPT®

As a Technical Architect, my role involved pitching, leading discovery workshops, building proof of concepts, and architecting/developing initial solutions while ensuring the best technology stack was used to provide optimal solutions for our clients. I oversaw the development team, focusing on code quality and review, and facilitated project transition and ongoing support for the DOS team.

In addition to technical responsibilities, I also steered the back-end and front-end development teams, supported with recruitment, and handled line management, and mentoring.


Senior Developer @ DEPT®

Here I am one of the Senior Developers. My main area of expertise is SDL Tridion , but I also support with projects built on Umbraco, Contentful, and shortly will begin working with Episerver.


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After an extended break I returned to the world of Jiu Jitsu, working hard to refresh my skills and complete my 1st Dan Black Belt in 2015, my 2nd Dan Black Belt in 2017 and my 3rd Dan Black Belt in 2023.


Technical Director @ Redstar Creative

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