Technology and Innovation specialist
A highly experienced technology professional with more than twenty years experience in e-commerce, retail, life-sciences, construction and education. Possesses an extremely broad understanding of modern internet technologies across hardware, software and networking, and their best use-cases. Excellent commercial understanding of both large scale corporate and smaller pure-play business models. Friendly and approachable, quick to learn and apply new techniques, with excellent problem-solving skills. Previous work with off-shore (India and Bulgaria) development teams and on international platform developments has built effective skills in integrating geographically diverse resources. Interests beyond these core capabilities include science, technology, business and finance.
June 2017 - Present
GSK - INNOVATION TECHNICAL LEAD
Seeking and discovery of business ideas and challenges.
Deep discovery of emerging technologies including Blockchain and Quantum Computing.
Authoring of whitepapers on new technologies.
Hands-on development of ‘proof-of-value’ concepts for business impact assessment.
Multi-channel educational communication to technical and non-technical business colleagues.
Vendor discovery, relationship management and contract negotiation.
December 2014 - June 2017
GSK - SENIOR TECHNICAL LEAD
Responsible for the technical design and implementation of the GSK electronic lab notebook platform used globally by all GSK researchers.
Vendor management and delivery planning with cross company and globally distributed teams.
Responsible for technical direction and consultation for new systems and architecture upgrades.
Legacy data migration architecture for global platform migration of GSK research data.
January 2013 - December 2014
CHEMISTDIRECT.CO.UK - CHIEF ARCHITECT
Lead technology decision maker within ChemistDirect.
Chief Architect for the ChemistDirect e-commerce platform.
Designed and lead the implementation of a multi-channel, multi-site SOA based e-commerce platform.
Planned and managed the integration of the new e-commerce platform to legacy systems.
Technical owner for the new platform within Agile development teams.
Conducted vendor and tool selections and championed best fit solutions.
Provided technical leadership to development staff, and supported CTO in day-to-day tasks as required to ensure smooth business operations.
Responsibility for PCI-DSS compliance and Infrastructure upgrades and improvements.
Managed vendor and partner selection, integrations and relationships.
December 2005 – January 2013
TESCO.COM - LEAD ANALYST DEVELOPER, SYSTEMS ANALYST AND SCRUM MASTER
Data solutions architect for Tesco.com OLTP UK platform.
Provided solution architecture for the ‘Usuals’ functionality and an adaptive Product Sales Ranking scoring method for improved search result ordering.
Integrated Legacy and Greenfield customer datasets by architecting a custom framework for on-demand synchronisation of customer data to enable both systems to run in parallel with minimum performance impact, but guaranteed data consistency for the customer.
Responsible for the specification, build and virtualisation of test lab environments for multiple international platform releases.
Responsible for management and administration of over 40 SQL Servers across multiple physical and virtual environments.
Developed a release of the Tesco.com mobile REST API using C#, ADO.Net, JSON and SOAP.
Prototyped a new Grocery API using MongoDB and node.js, to significantly improve product data and taxonomical navigation performance.
Developed a 'Why not try' suggestion tool utilising crowd-sourced employee data to provide a very high-quality data set.
SCRUM master for several releases of the UK Tesco.com home shopping platform.
Mentoring of UK and offshore staff.
October 2005 – December 2005
LLOYDS TSB - SQL SERVER CONSULTANT
Provided technical guidance, scoping and estimation for a SQL Server Reporting Services migration project from an existing Crystal Reports set.
January 2002 – October 2005
HANSON AGGREGATES - SENIOR ANALYST PROGRAMMER AND DBA
Senior SQL Server DBA for over 20 servers.
Responsible for Intranet application and database development in SQL Server HTML and ASP for the UK.
Development and management of Hanson UK Intranet System.
Project management and full lifecycle development of national ASP/SQL Server/OLAP complaints application.
Replaced seven regional legacy Access 95 databases with a single Access 2000/SQL Server application using two-way merge replication to provide fail-over redundancy, improve performance and centralise reporting.
Responsible for deployment, security and administration of a national JDE EnterpriseOne ERP system on AS/400, DB2 and WebSphere.
March 2001 – December 2001
ECCTIS - PRODUCTION MANAGER
Management of Production department and staff.
Responsible for design, manufacture and development of company CD-ROM product and web sites to provide a national UK further and higher educational courses database for the UK government.
Responsible for installation, maintenance and auditing of all NT Domain, email, networks, leased lines, firewalls, gateways and software.
July 2000 – March 2001
ECCTIS - DATA PROGRAMMER
Responsible for SQL Server administration and development of MS VB6 applications.
Replaced a complex Access 2000 data export routine with SQL Server stored procedures cutting the job execution time from 1 week to 30 minutes.
Development of SQL Server Stored Procedures for XML and SGML data extracts.
April 1999 – July 2000
CARL BRO (SWECO) - ASSISTANT ENGINEER CONSULTANT
Development of MS Access database application for the Y2K systems compliance of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, involving complete lifecycle from user specification to delivery, reports and training.
Management of the Y2K compliance ASP website and SQL Server database for the UK national water industry.
Full lifecycle development of SQL Server 7/VB6 scheduling and bookings management system for the EU government.
A framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value.