I am a front-end web developer, using HTML, CSS and JS to make web sites for the University of York.
My development process uses Sass, NodeJS and Grunt to deliver top-notch web stuff.
I've been working at the University of York since January 2015.
The higher education sector hasn't always been the most up-to-date when it comes to their websites, but York is implementing a brand-new digital strategy which I'm proud to be part of.
I'm building a responsive framework to develop a new and improved digital experience for students, alumni and staff.
Four years, working for some top brands, with some top people.
Working at Epiphany allowed me to flourish, rising from being the single developer in a team of two to be a senior developer in a team of over 20.
I started there in August 2010 along with Gaz Battersby, as a new team dedicated to creating cool interactive pieces. It seemed to work pretty well, and the team grew.
A great place to work, with a brilliant culture and outstanding people. But new challenges awaited at York!
One of Leeds' first digital agencies, which set my career rising.
Although I was there for less than a year, working at Sense put me in touch with the Leeds agency scene, and allowed me to make contacts that have lasted to this day.
It was bitterly sad when it closed its doors, but Epiphany was there to catch a couple of ex-Sense employees to lead their new R & D team.
Running my own business made me realise where my strengths lay.
I'm no salesman, and running my own business proved that to me. I'm proud of the work I did there, and learned a lot of valuable lessons, but I was never going to be able to bring in the business I needed to stay afloat.
It was during this time that my career path started veering towards front-end development. Until then, web developers tended to do a little bit of front-end, a bit of back-end, some copywriting and even sysadmin when it was needed. But the digital world was growing and I needed to specialise.