Born in the small town of Forster, NSW Australia and now living in London, UK. Keen interests in Web Development, Ethics, Culture, and Travel.
James has worked in Web Development professionally since 2006, starting at the University of Newcastle Australia working on the corporate Website in client side development, then moving to server-side Java EE development.
From 2014-2016, James worked at The Guardian as a Senior Full-Stack Developer on a number of areas, including: Editorial Tools (the internal CMS), the User Sign-in service, and then as Team Lead on the Guardian's front-end News website. During his time at the Guardian, he worked with many technologies across the stack, including Scala, Angular JS, ES6, SystemJS, Sass, and AWS.
After the Guardian, James started contracting and consulting with Contino, working with Barclaycard UK to work in modern Continuous Delivery methods and Container based micro-services. This involved working heavily with React, NodeJS, Docker, and OpenShift.
In 2017, James started a contract with Zühlke Engineering, working with HSBC UK on their retail mobile banking app, and supporting micro-services. Primarily focussing on Delivery, improving the path to production. Involved working full-stack with TypeScript, Java, Jenkins, and Pivotal Cloud Foundry.
Throughout 2018, James worked with 11:FS and Capco building Mettle, a challenger bank for small to medium sized businesses. Involved working across most of their systems with React Native, NodeJS, AWS, Terraform, Kubernetes, and Concourse CI.
From December 2018 to September 2019, James was the Head of Engineering at the Ambassador Theatre Group, building out their new Digital Platform across their theatre ticketing experience. Achievements included: growing the permanent engineering team from 4 to 11, and launching their new Website built with React, Node JS, AWS ECS, Cloudflare, Terraform, and GitLab CI. Transitioned the team to Serverless architecture utilising AWS Lambda and Cloudflare workers.
Since November 2019, James has been working with Stuffstr as a Lead Engineer, helping them grow their Engineering team, and building out their systems, providing a simplified buy-back process of used clothing, footware, and other goods from customers.
For more information on my Professional career, please contact me on LinkedIn