I love solving difficult problems to simplify people’s lives.
I always welcome new opportunities and will travel 1/6 weeks to work anywhere in the world. The other 5/6 weeks I must be able to telecommute from my home in Scotland.
No recruiters who won’t immediately tell me the name of the company.
Porting software between Windows, Mac and Linux. Administering Linux servers (virtual and physical), Windows and Mac machines. Passionately advocating, designing and implementing CI systems.
Considerable experience contributing to open-source software and getting patches accepted upstream.
The University of Edinburgh (2003 - 2007)
Gran Canaria Desktop Summit (2009)
GitHub (2013 - Present)
Test Automation Engineer.
AllTrails (2012 - 2013)
Full stack engineer developing Rails/MySQL back-end and Coffeescript/SASS front-end for AllTrails and AllSnow. Develop features, APIs and optimise performance. Setup CI and automatic deployment for Rails and mobile applications. Manage and improve AWS infrastructure.
Homebrew (2009 - Present)
Core contributor. Invented Homebrew binary packages (bottles), fix users issues and develop features. Started a successful Kickstarter project which was funded in two hours to create a CI system for Homebrew. Installed servers into data-centre and keep them running.
KDAB (2009 - 2012)
Technical team lead providing international cross-platform consultancy. Led several teams who always delivered on time and in budget. Generated successful sales leads and sold a six figure contract. Regularly travel internationally to train software engineers, solve hard problems and kick off projects to consistently positive customer feedback. Created a new CI system which replaced the previous one to improve company productivity.
Mendeley (2008 - 2009)
First employee and lead developer for Mendeley Desktop. Setup all servers and software systems. Created a workflow focused on quick deployment and high quality through automated builds, tests, packages for Windows, Mac and Linux. Designed, ran technical interviews and personally recruited three engineers.
Ported Qt/MSVC++ application from Windows to CMake, OSX and Linux. Proposed, implemented the successful rewrite of problematic contracted legacy code creating a faster application and happier users. Designed, implemented the REST XML protocol used between Mendeley Desktop and Web.
BT (2007 - 2008)
Created record-breaking high-performance network analysis applications on the IBM Cell Processor. Taught others about and setup version control, continuous integration and issue trackers. Won a place on the graduate scheme.
Google Summer of Code (2007)
Wolfson Microelectronics (2006)
Wrote battery driver, improved Auxiliary ADC code for Intel XScale on Windows CE. Wrote WM8711 Linux kernel driver which was released in 2.6.26. Improved AC'97, I2S audio drivers and fixed a noisy LCD issue.
Cycling, guitars, cooking, cinema, politics, photography, philosophy and skiing.