About Me

Who I am, where I come from, what I do.

Hello, I'm Andy, I'm 20 something-ish and from a tiny village in southern Cambridgeshire. I've been programming PHP ever since I was 15, and have amassed a wealth of experience in personal, freelance and commercial ventures.

I currently work for the fantastic food-tech startup City Pantry, building on Symfony4 and Angular5 to help connect business to local food vendors.

Previously, I've worked for the largest magazine publishing house in Europe, TimeInc (UK) - formally IPCMedia - having lead development on TimeInc's affiliate program and video platform, as well as working on the core systems in Symfony2/3 and in-house Content Management Systems.


Skills and Experience

Over twelve years of experience in both Object Oriented and procedural PHP, leading and working as a team throughout design, development, rollout and maintenance of critical, high traffic applications.

I am an avid user of Symfony Components and framework coupled with Doctrine and Twig. Apart from being superbly designed and very well maintained, it is great for creating fast, reusable and elegant code.

An avid user of the React.js, Angular, SASS, and WebSockets to create awesome one-page apps to create great user experiences. 

Extensive experience with Amazon AWS and Google Cloud computing platforms, working with Docker containers to create powerful web service infrastructures for our apps.

The days of static web pages are fleeting, the future is obviously tools like React and Angular. Creating one-page apps based on the Redux predictable state container makes putting a frontend onto your API simple and robust.


Job History

City Pantry

City Pantry is a food-tech startup with the mission to make work awesome, one meal at a time. The idea (supported by numerous whitepapers), is that a team that eats together, works better. This simple idea is what City Pantry live and breathe every day as we strive to build tech solutions to make this as easy as possible for both food vendors and customers.

Build on Google Cloud with a Symfony3/4 API and an Angular5 frontend, the tech team have a solid base to build on as we look to expand our team and grow the business.

TimeInc (UK)

After IPC Media, along with Time (US) split from TimeWarner, TimeInc UK was born. Promoted to a lead developer, I worked on the homes network's growth project The Room Edit and Product Finder, written with a Drupal8 API and Laravel and Symfony front end.
After, I worked on Decanter's bespoke growth project for fine wine reviews - think the IMDB for fine wine! Written in Symfony3 and using PHP 7.1 on Docker, Amazon RDS, Amazon APIGateway, Amazon ElasticSearch Service as an API, and a Symfony micro-framework with React frontend.

IPC Media

IPC Media is a heavyweight in the online and digital magazine world. A subsidiary of Time Inc, IPC is the largest magazine publishing house in Europe and attract near 100 million visitors monthly.

My role in IPC was a Senior Developer for the Core and Mobile Platforms written in Symfony2 and IPC's in-house PHP CMS.

Activ Financial

Activ are a market leading stock market data re-seller. Whilst with them, I was responsible for managing and developing the company Intranet, utilising PHP, MySql, Python, Bash, JavaScript, CSS and Linux across a wide range of complex tools to monitor, maintain, upgrade and setup production servers across the company's global data centres.

DoxDirect

DoxDirect is an Online Document Printer. (Re)written in PHP, the site went from small and unknown to a leading document printer due to a clean and attractive website.