So.. what is it that I do exactly? It’s a surprisingly hard question for me to answer, and would probably depend a lot on who was asking the question.
If it was a relative, I might say “I work with computers”.. and there the conversation would probably end with “oh”.
If it was a potential client I might go into a more detailed response with “UI Developer” or “Front End Engineer”.
The number of titles required today to define what you do when you work in the field of web development seems endless. How do you define your title in a field of expertise where the landspace is constantly changing and evolving so quickly? In truth, “developer” is probably the best all-round fit.
I prefer not to be pigeonholed as in reality I do many different things in my role every day. I do what I do to get the job done. I guess that's it.
Ascent Software | Centrica Hive Limited | 2020
Studio Blup® | Wimblewatch | 2015
Wirebox | That's a Result - Citroen | 2016
“Simon is a pleasure to work with, a very patient and skilled development leader. We have worked together on numerous complex projects, very often against tight deadlines and he always delivered top quality work achieving all business goals. On top of that, he is a very nice person, something really important when working together.
I strongly recommend Simon, he will be a great asset to any project or team.”
“As a full-stack developer, I've worked with many designers, UI specialists and front-end developers-- and I'd be reluctant to label Simon as just any one of those. He has a deep understanding of the nuances and practical challenges that come with all aspects of web development, and this enables him to deliver aesthetically pleasing, functional solutions in a way that a siloed UI developer cannot.
A strong sense of ownership is what impresses me most about Simon. It is clear that he cares deeply about the work that he does. He has a knack for asking the right questions, identifying pitfalls, and diving deep to the root of the problem. His willingness to work outside his comfort zone and do all that is required has made him an irreplacable part of our team over the past many years. I cannot recommend him enough.”
“I know Simon as an outstanding professional who always strives to get things done, being focused on quality and consistency of his work, with sharp attention to any details, which is crucial in the UI / UX world. I appreciate working with Simon and I would definitely recommend him.”
“Over 10 years I’ve seen Simon not only excel at his field of web development, but also learn other tasks that extend well beyond the scope of his role. I’ve seen him go above and beyond in collaboration opportunities with different brands during the time I have known him.”
“I had the pleasure of managing Simon for 14 months. Simon joined my team to help deliver a project with an incredibly tight deadline. The team already had 10 other team members at this point. Simon showed great enthusiasm and put in a lot of additional hard work to get up to speed quickly on the project. This was extremely beneficial for the team. Simon also possesses a valuable skill – he enjoys constant learning and improvement.
Simon displayed many key leadership qualities during our time working together. For example, Simon set a good example to those around him by maintaining a consistent output and high levels of effort. I have no doubt that this behaviour inspired those around him to do the same. If the opportunity arises for you to work with Simon, I would encourage you to do so.”
“I worked with Simon during my tenure as Global Head Of Digital and Ecommerce at Hive during a very busy period and Simon always worked with a very high degree of professionalism.
Simon not only did exceptional work based on the specs we gave him for each project, but he also gave input on how to make the end product even better and cared about how users would engage with the build.
Simon is an authority on web development and is clearly in the upper percentile in terms of developer qualifications. Simon’s invaluable suggestions and improvements helped create a stable, cross platform site and he pays attention to improve the aesthetics of the site as well as the functionality. It’s obvious he takes tremendous pride in his work, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend or work with him again.”