I studied Computing at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. After graduating with first class honours I took a Junior Developer role specialising in software for the Irish insurance industry. I was the primary developer on multiple websites including one of Ireland’s leading price comparison insurance websites. It was a customer-facing role with strict deadlines for deploying live rates.

My next role involved implementing improvements for an email marketing tool, before making the switch to work on a lead generation web application. I also lead a separate data mining project which standardised and cleansed a database using Business Intelligence tools with an accompanying Angular application. These skills helped when I moved to a Senior Developer role at Draw (my current role), where my first task was to standardise a confused and dated charts database and develop an API with an Umbraco website to consume it. I have lead various projects since then, including creating websites for a law firm and a large private healthcare company.

One of my more defining roles at Draw has been leading a team of developers in the creation of an app for an Australian bank. Although not involved in the actual coding of the app, I feel my strengths in the full life cycle were instrumental to the project’s success. I was involved in the initial project scoping in Melbourne, I managed the tasks in each sprint, and I worked with the client to deliver documentation and diagrams to help them understand difficult parts of the process. I also flew to New York to help guide another vendor in developing the API, realigning the separate teams when blockers arose.

I have now progressed to Lead Developer in my current role and manage a team of developers and contractors.