Technical Lead - bleech GmbH
January 2017 - Current
I joined bleech this year as a Technical Lead. I have already successfully delivered web based
projects for large automotive and fashion ecommerce brands. As a Technical Lead I am responsible for
all elements of my projects, from sales, through to delivery.
Recently I have been delivering projects that push our component-based development approach into
website that combine simple content management with more advanced user focused features.
Web Team Lead - Carswell Gould LLP
September 2013 - December 2016
Southampton, United Kingdom
I took a small web department and transformed it into into a profitable team turning over £300k+ per
year. During this time I worked with my team to transform all aspect of the department, introducing
modern development processes and technologies.
Freelance Developer & Business Owner
September 2008 - September 2013
Key Leadership Principles
From 7 years experience in leadership I have built a core set of principles. The core of these
principles are founded on the importance of trust. Trusting in the skills of others, trusting people
to organise themselves and simply trusting people.
Respect + Nurture Skills
Everyone you meet is better at something than you and you’re better at something than everyone you
meet. Identifying these skills, that might not at first be obvious, and nurturing the correct ones
allow for the creation of balanced, efficient, teams.
Self Organising Teams
With clearly defined goals and honest communication I truly believe that an empowered self-organising
team will achieve the best results. By inspiring and coaching the team to believe this themselves,
beat thing can be achieved.
Empathy Above All Else
Understanding the needs and desires of your team allows you to enabled the best version of them. All
team members have different personal motivations and they aren’t always clear. An empathetic
approach builds trust and allows these motivations to surface.
Key Technical Principles
I can’t imagine a time when I won’t be coding. Whenever I am not coding professionally, I code for
myself. 17 years ago I realised development was not about writing lines of code, but instead about
solving problems in creative ways with technology. Since this point I have developed an ever
evolving set of principles that educate how I approach technical solutions, and the leadership of
teams delivering them.
Component Base Development
Reusable, quality, simple and manageable code is core to building sustainable platforms and products.
Approaching the entire development process as components allows me to efficiently manage,
communicate and deliver large projects.
It is too easy to be blinded by the technical challenge involved in development and loose track of
the users needs. I believe that the users needs need to be core to every technical decision
We all want to produce the best most amazing work that all our peers celebrate, and quality is
important. However this needs to be balanced with delivery. A pragmatic approach to choosing
technical solutions is critical.
My 15 years of PHP development experience sits central to how I approach all leadership challenges,
and allows me to challenge teams choices and options from a place of strong technical
Although my primary language is PHP I consider myself a polyglot technologist, capable in delivering
full stack web applications. In recent years I have gained a large amount of experience in
- Continuous Deployment/Integration
- LAMP System Administration
Pragmatism sits at the core of my technical beliefs, and leveraging core open source platforms is key
to fast efficient delivery.
Outside of Work
In this part I believe it fairly traditional to say that I enjoy music and traveling. However I
REALLY love music and traveling.
Consuming music a loud volumes is something that still excites me in the same way that is did when I
was a teenager and moving to Berlin has reopened a door to clubbing that was no longer available to
me in the UK.
Being in the centre of Europe has also allow me to easily travel to experience some amazing place,
Since the beginning of 2016 I have visited a new European country every month.