User Experience Designer and Product Manager with 13 years of experience in e-commerce, TV and media industries. Commercial Experience
Extensive background in information architecture (IA), web design, and interface/graphic design with a strong track record in capturing requirements, generating wire frames and story boards, and creating site/navigation maps.
10 Years Management Experience, primarily in Agile and Dynamic Environments managing products throughout their life cycle.
I excel in liaising with business owners, sales, marketing, design, development, and production teams to ensure optimal user experience (UX). I have a solid knowledge of best practices in user trends and Web conventions/analytics to gauge success.
I have experience of the following technologies and tool sets: Visio, Axure, Balsamiq, HTML, CSS, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Flash, Fireworks, Illustrator, Premier, After Effects), Expression Blend, Jira, Mail chimp, 3d Studio Max and JQuery.
Responsibilities include Requirements capture, Wire framing and Prototyping, Creating Persona’s and User stories, Site maps, Front end design and development, SEO optimisation, Client liaison, Agile Scrum Master, Usability analysis and enhancement and Information Architecture design.
Front end developer
Contracting as a front end developer on the new Sunday Times web site. Coding HTML and CSS. Liaising with designers and product owners to ensure delivery of requirements.
Front end developer
Contracting as a front end developer. Responsible for HTML and CSS on various projects in the Guardian Media Group. Advising on usability and accessibility.
Visited South America, Mexico, USA, Australia, New Zealand an Thailand
Inca trail, Galapagos islands, NYE in New Orleans, Pacific highway, Grand Canyon, Sky Diving, White water rafting, scuba diving and much, much more.
Responsible for the wire frames, prototypes, site maps, user stories, persona's mock-ups, front end coding, design and usability analysis and enhancement of video download sites for various clients including Tiscali, Filmo TV and Visumi.
I managed a team of 3 designers overseeing their day to day work and personal development.
Eagle Road Studios
To Feb 2007
User Experience Designer and Animator
I was responsible for requirements capture, wire frames, prototypes, mock-ups, site maps, front end design, development and usability for numerous websites as well as on screen graphics, animated sequences, character creation and logo design for the numerous shopping channels produced at ERS including: Factory Outlet TV, Toys, Games and Hobbies, TV High Street, Female Only, Vibe TV and Gems TV
I worked directly with the CEO to ensure that all business requirements were met.
Feb 1999 to March 2002
Design Team leader I was a member of the jungle.com team who launched the site on August 31st 1999.
My responsibilities included liaising with Marketing and Product managers to ensure the meeting of deadlines to full satisfaction of the project brief.
Strandloop New Media
Jan 1998 to Feb 1999
Responsibilities included client liaison, site maps, usability, HTML coding and web design for Tandy UK, Dunlop UK, Chronicle and Omega and the NHS.
Specialised in Fine Art and post modern performance and Audience interaction.
1991 to 1993 - Stourbridge College of Art and Design Level Achieved: BTEC Foundation in Art and Design and BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design, Screen Printing, Photography, Desk Top Publishing and Layout.
1991 to 1991 - Kidderminster College of Further Education Level Achieved: GCSE Math C
1989 to 1991 - King Charles 1st High School Level Achieved: GCSE - English Lit (B) English Lang (B) Music (B) Art (C)
French (C) History (C) Biology (C)
Team Leadership course with the Richard Dene Organisation, Direct Marketing by Paul Gorman, Introduction to 3d studio Max 4, Fire Marshal, First Aid and Basic Health and Safety at work
Jeet Kune Do, Snowboarding, Guitar, Arts, Football - a keen fan of Kidderminster Harriers F.C., Motorbikes.