The Short Version:
I am a Senior Developer, Tech Coach, Mentor, Public Speaker and Tech Event Organiser, who is passionate about Diversity in Tech. As a Senior Developer I specialise in Java and open source technologies, and have been working in the technology industry for over 15 years (currently working for Transport for London). I have experience of developing a variety of bespoke Java web applications and Java API services for the Public Transport, Education and Employment Services industries, and have worked on some high profile projects such as Job Centre Plus Vacancy Kiosks, TfL TPOMA (Transport Police Online Mapping Application), and TfL Oystercard Mobile services.
More recently I have transitioned to Mobile App Development where I works as part of a team that designs and develops Android and iOS mobile apps that help to deliver better services for the public. I am also exploring the benefits of cloud computing, and becoming a fan of Microsoft Azure (yes even as a Java Developer :-)).
I am passionate about improving diversity in tech, and especially encouraging more Women and BAME people to consider a career in tech and retaining them, in an industry commonly viewed as very male dominated.
I am a member of TfL Women Staff Network Group – Women in Tech committee and delivers inspirational talks, events and workshops to raise awareness of tech as a viable career. I am also the founder of an initiative called “Where’s the BAME in Tech?” (or @BAMEinTech for short), an initiative to highlight successful BAME professionals in tech corporate companies, and provide a safe space for open and honest discussions about BAME experiences in tech. I also provide mentoring and coaching for women wanting to change career and transition into tech roles. I speak at tech related events and conferences on a regular basis.
The Long Version:
I am a highly proficient, customer focused Developer specialising in Java EE and Web Development gained via 15 years commercial IT experience, 10 years Java Web Development Experience, Oracle Certified Java Web Component Developer Certification, Sun Certified Java Programmer Certification, and a Business Information Technology degree. I have a wealth of experience of full-life cycle development, and utilising agile practices (SCRUM). I am self motivated team member, with excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. I am always looking to enhance my existing skill set, and gain experience of new technologies, in a customer focused environment.
My Career Journey:
After spending three years working at the Nuffield Institute, Public Health Division (1996 – 1999) initially as part of my HND sandwich year during University, and subsequent part-time role while completing my Top-up degree, I felt that I had gained a wide range of experience working on small and medium scale projects. Due to the invaluable experience gained and the successful completion of my degree in 1999, I was able to obtain a place on a two year graduate training programme with EDS based in Sheffield. During the programme I gained experience in many phases of the development life-cycle. This included Requirements Capture, Analysis and Design, Development, and Unit and System Testing. I completed technical training in C, Oracle Databases, Unix and many business skills before graduating from the programme in July 2001. I then moved into an Information Analyst/Engineer role at EDS, using Java EE technologies (Java, JSPs, Servlets).
I passed the Sun Certified Java Programmer exam in June 2004 and I went on to enhance my knowledge of Java web and portal technologies. For this I was able to secure a Java Portal Developer role at the University of Nottingham in the Portal Services team (Jan 2005), using Java, XML, XSLT, JDBC, etc. The student portal (http://my.nottingham.ac.uk) provides personalised access to a range of university critical systems through a central channel. I then progressed on to a Senior Java Developer (Portal) role at University of Manchester (May 2006) where I gained more in-depth experience of developing Student Portal (http://portal.manchester.ac.uk), Portlets and the JSR168 specification.
In June 2007 I started a as Senior Solutions Developer at TfL (Transport for London) where I developed Java GIS Web applications for various business departments within TfL and externally, such as LondonWorks Portal and Public Register (http://public.londonworks.gov.uk) – (Java GIS Web apps and web services) used for managing Street Works activity across London, IAP – Information Access Portal used by TfL Customer Services team to provide the general public with up to date information on incidents affecting the London Bus Route network, and TPOMA – Transport Police Online Mapping Application used to assist crime and intellegence analysts and the Transport Police to identify crime hotspots across London.
More recently (Jan 2017) I have moved to the TfL Technology and Data – Customer Technology team, as a Senior Developer writing Java API services for the Oyster project delivered using agile practices, and utilising Azure cloud technology.
I passed the Oracle Certified Professional Java EE Web Component Developer exam in November 2010, and I am currently further enhancing my knowledge of java web, especially around Java Web Services, and the Spring framework, and learning to embrace cloud computing.
I am a Public Speaker and Tech Event Organiser. I am passionate about improving diversity in tech, and especially encouraging more Women and BME people into tech and retaining them, in an industry commonly viewed as very male dominated. I am a member of TfL Women Staff Network Group – Women in Tech committee and delivers inspirational talks, events and workshops to raise awareness of tech as a viable career.
I am also the founder of an initiative called “Where’s the BAME in Tech?” (or @BAMEinTech for short), an initiative to highlight successful BAME professionals in tech corporate companies, and provide a safe space for open and honest discussions about BAME experiences in tech. I also provide mentoring and coaching for women wanting to change career and transition into tech roles. I am also a core member of UKBlackTech, an initiative set up to find, encourage and support BME tech professionals, tech entrepreneurs, and young people new to the tech industry.
I also speak at tech and diversity related events and conferences on a regular basis.