2018 - Present
Head of Web Development - Ekino
As part of the merging of the technical departments within Havas, I was transferred into Ekino; the main technical offering within the Havas Group.
2011 - 2018
Head of Web Development - Havas Media
tmg was bought by Havas Media to create a new media department within a more classic media organization (renamed WebNarrative). My role is to build up and manage the team and integrate new media & media into a seamless experience for clients & end users. The team is now integrated with other offerings (social, mobile, SEO, Brand) to make an overall ‘Creative services’ brand. I am in charge of Web Development, starting from specification & costing, though UI & design, all the way to templates, development and deployment; as well as hosting. This is on top of the continued serving of the clients retained from tmg.
The role as well as creating classic websites includes working on mobile sites, mobile apps, facebook pages & apps; as well social pushing, tracking, monitoring and reporting.
2003 - 2011
Head of Technical Architecture & Development
Manager of a technical, HTML / CSS and supports teams totally up to 14 people (perm and contract); working on small and large projects (~£8k - ~£500k) for governmental, blue chip and smaller clients. Projects written in Coldfusion, Perl, PHP, Drupal, Ruby, .NET, HTML/CSS only. From project planning, technical specification, database architecture, in house coding practice control to self coding (or pseudo coding) as I have kept a very ‘hands on’ approach. Acting as a bridge to the creative department / team to ensure that designs are in-spec, feasible and can be delivered within budget; delivering classic websites, web based applications, off-line applications, API tools, Flex applications & semantic based systems.
Controlled department staffing levels, skill utilization, project & task allocation, holidays and overtime, R&D work and delivery of releases within set time frames.
Worked with the creative team and pitched for creative work (though mood board, conceptional design options and final flushed out versions), with a clear eye on the resulting development of the chosen solution; to aid the company’s options to offer further stage work.
Created a deployment framework called (tmgCMS), which is a standard collection of tools to allow rapid development of website with pre built add-ons (instead of reinventing the wheel) including mailing tools, password protected sections, forums, polls, PDF / Word content generation, Twitter / Facebook and other API integration …etc. Used by both governmental and private clients and allowing easy development of phase II aspects to existing websites / systems.
2000 - 2002
In charge of the companies internal systems and intranet; creating tools to manage the lifecycle of a project. From a proposal generator tool to invoicing via, project planning, task allocation, timesheet recording & P/L analysis. Also other internal tools like meeting booking, personnel records and search tools. This ensured that a user could log in and see what they have to do, what is overdue, what needs to be planned and what needs to be invoiced (based on roles). Additionally worked on client work, however my main tasks were internal
1998 - 1999
Ran the on-line offerings for various E-learning software tools. These included custom built forums, chat rooms, email submission and issue tracking tools. Additionally built tools for on-line software updates for the packaged CD-ROMs. This was somewhat ahead of it's time and resulted in the company being considered ahead of the pack of other such organisations.