A Little About Me.
Originally from the UK, I now reside in Millbrook, Ontario (a little over an hour from Toronto) with my wife and kids. When I'm not obsessing over analytics, I like to spend my time with my family growing our own food in the kitchen garden, or on my bike exploring the beautiful surroundings of Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
To lead a strong digital team to drive growth through a digital transformation agenda utilizing data driven methodologies, innovation, and lean principles.
DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY, OUTDOORsmart; PETERBOROUGH
As Senior Strategist for Growth Marketing, it has been my responsibility to lead the digital team and transform OUTDOORsmart’s transition into a digital company. The main focus of the role is to lead a team of developers to identify areas of revenue growth and conversion opportunity through data analysis and user research.
System architecture and technical and feasibility planning
Recruit, Mentor, Lead and Manage Digital Team
Digital roadmap and capacity planning
Development best practices
Search Engine Marketing (SEM) ownership & vendor management
SEO Tactics & Best Practices
User Experience (UX) best practice recommendations
Email & Social Marketing Campaign Strategy & Execution
UI Design Guidelines & best practices
Data driven search for growth opportunities
Ownership of product quality and QA process
Realtime analysis of marketing campaigns for growth opportunities
Promote Product Market Fit and identify opportunities
Foster a culture of growth hacking and innovation throughout the entire company
I was brought onboard as Director of Technology to roadmap and improve the core technology across all the SLN properties.
Converting redundant legacy systems into a powerful API to allow for Mobile App integrations, re- use, and easier maintenance.
Migrating from Symfony PHP as our core technology to a NodeJS and responsive HTML5 stack;
Successfully introduced JIRA into the company's internal QA and feedback strategy;
Refactoring of templates to more efficient reusable code base;
Improving security and performance of our technology stack;
Consolidating and re-evaluating third party vendors to better address our business needs;
Improving marketing integrations with Mailchimp/Mandrill goals to provide accurate reporting on user behaviour to improve customer win-back.
Introducing team training and hiring programme
MOBILE TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANT, MSTANCE; FREELANCE
As a freelance consultant, I provided agencies with a clearer understanding of the technology options available to them to deliver outstanding mobile solutions.
Using Bemoko Mobile Platform (HTML5, CSS3, Groovy, Java & Freemarker), I budgeted, designed and built campaigns and corporate sites for brands throughout the UK and US including:
mCommerce site for PizzaHut UK
Seasonal mobile campaigns for JCPenney, Victoria Secret, AT&T, and Huggies
Hybrid app for smart home monitoring for Scottish Power
Mobile & desktop personal health tracking and monitoring for Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Planned, designed & built an mCommerce site for Rogers Media (RDeals) allowing true one-click purchases on the website directly through the customer's wireless bill.
Volunteer consultancy for a mobile freedom of speech NGO based in Zimbabwe. Provided them with guidance on mobile technologies, helped to improve their UX and provided training to partners throughout South Africa and Zimbabwe.
LEAD MOBILE WEB CONSULTANT, MYTHUM; TORONTO
At MyThum Interactive, I was the lead consultant for mobile web solutions. My role was to initiate mobile web solutions as a product and then provide internal training to gear up other developers to take on the magnitude of mobile web work. I worked closely with the sales team and account executives to provide research into how mobile technology could fit into their clients' next campaigns.
Mobile site for CTV.ca to cover the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, providing a second screen experience with TV scheduling, and result tables as they happened
Mobile vacation booking service for Sunwing Vacations.
The WirelessBoxOffice mTicketing solution for LiveNation, to offer exclusive concerts to Rogers customers and fast track entry using QR barcode tickets.
Designed and developed multiple Molson branded (Coors Light, Canadian, Heineken, Corona) projects.
LEAD MOBILE DEVICE ENGINEER/PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONSULTANT, VOLANTIS SYSTEMS; GUILDFORD, UK
At Volantis Systems, I was initially responsible for the management of the device database, but with the speed of the mobile landscape, I had to build up a team of three engineers (two of which were based in Poland) to support me. My team would test thousands of mobile devices from around the world to document their capabilities and quirks. I then went on to the professional services team to deliver carrier-grade mobile portal solutions to global customers and worked as a technical pre-sales consultant, providing the sales team with technical concepts and feasibility research, often in far corners of the globe.
Internet Computing BSc University of Hull, Scarborough, UK - Awarded 1st Class with Honours
With a career in development, marketing, management, and strategy, I'm uniquely positioned to provide in-depth knowledge for the entire lifecycle of a digital product.
What's a growth hacker? We're often unique in that we carry multiple identities. Part developer, part data analyst, part marketer, and full time obsessive. Growth hackers strive to analyze, hypothesize, build, test and repeat to provide a better product for the end user and grow the business.
As a front-end web developer that specialized in mobile web, I have an healthy obsession with site performance and design. If its shaving milliseconds from page load, or decluttering design, my goal is to create an awesome user experience.