Senior Developer & Community Leader
Seasoned developer with over 18 years of experience in the tech industry.
Holds almost 6 years years of commercial experience in development teams, delivering projects across various frameworks like Svelte and React.
Previous career of over 12 years as a senior-level Analyst Developer, focusing on Microsoft Office automation for large financial organisations.
In addition to technical skills, a proven track record in leadership and advocacy roles. Passionate about using modern technology and continually keen to improve existing skills and learn new ones.
Location: UK (Swanley, Kent)
Consultant OES Technology Apr 2021 - Present (2yrs 10mos)
Team lead and developer advocate that has played significant roles in increasing best practices, visibility and adoption of clients platforms.
A Svelte ambassador, organising monthly Svelte Society London events for over 2 years now.
International conference speaker. Workshop host (in person and remote).
Continually nurturing and building relationships with community and industry leaders. A demonstrable deep commitment to educating and supporting the Svelte community.
Application Team Lead XtendOps Sep 2023 - Present (5mos)
Oversee a large SvelteKit monorepo codebase. Responsibilities include leading a team of talented developers and ensuring best practices throughout the development lifecycle.
Implementation of a UI package for multiple applications
Developer Relations Engineer Storyblok Aug 2022 - Aug 2023 (1yr)
Helping enterprise customers to understand and get value out of Storyblok in workshops, tutorials, and customer demos.
Write sample applications, prototypes, and code samples to showcase the power and flexibility of Storyblok and the headless approach to content management.
Help external developers to overcome missing functionalities or technical issues by using plugins, tools, apps, or custom scripts.
Contribute code updates and bug fixes to Storyblok’s public projects (e.g. SDKs, sample applications, starter kits).
Building with SvelteKit at Connect Tech 2022, Atlanta.
Representing Storyblok at Svelte Summit Fall 2022, Sweden.
Developer Advocate GraphCMS Apr 2021 - Jul 2022 (1yr 3mos)
Content creation in the form of blog posts, workshops and educational videos.
Coordinating meet-up events and conference talks to gather and energise users.
Creating and maintaining partnerships with community and industry leaders.
Gathering feedback from community and end-users to communicate with product development to improve product designs.
Jamstack Conf 2021 Workshop, “Build with SvelteKit and GraphQL” build a fast secure project that uses SvelteKit’s features.
Jamstack Explorers Mission: ”Building with SvelteKit and GraphCMS“.
Recorded 26 getting started videos for the GraphCMS examples repo on GitHub.
Deep dives on getting started with SvelteKit and Data Binding with Svelte.
Web Developer Karmarama Sep 2018 - Apr 2021 (2yrs 7mos)
Web Developer working in the Creative Products section of Karmarama. Working on varied projects. Mainly front end with React.
Team DevOps. As the longest serving member of the Web Team overseeing deployments of the majority of projects hosted internally. This was using a mixture of old Ubuntu servers (v16) and Rackspace servers (v18).
Built internal Pinstagram used for onboarding and pitch books where staff at Karmarama share articles seen as good, PR, Production, Marketing, etc. Built with NextJS, Prisma (GraphQL data layer) and GraphQL Yoga (Express).
Evangelised the use of Gatsby in the team for sites that did not need a lot of user generated content.
One of the first projects (client design system) to use MDX with Gatsby.
Created a client PWA with Preact using Lottie animations provided by in house illustrator.
Worked on custom built CMS for client using vanilla React.
Front-End Developer Zaizi Mar 2018 - Aug 2018 (5mos)
Evaluate several CMS’ for use, Contentful, GraphCMS and CrafterCMS
Working in an agile team in the delivery of initial sprints of the ncsc.gov.uk site.
Mechanical keyboards, a never ending rabbit hole!
Writing how-to’s and guides on scottspence.com.
Watching YouTube videos on mechanical engineering and restorations.
Massive Drum and Bass fan!