Expert Software Developer
Cloud Services Architect
Digital Technology Expert
I am a Digital Technologist, Data Scientist, Expert Software Developer and Cloud Systems Architect.
I have been working night and day with web based technologies for well over 18 years and have a wide spectrum of hard earned experience from delivering at the forefront of a continually and rapidly evolving industry.
The projects I have consulted on, worked on directly, or have otherwise facilitated technically have resulted in numerous awards in technical delivery, creativity, innovation and other fields for my clients and employers, ranging from chart topping positions in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 to BAFTA's and various others.
I now own and run Digital Tactics Ltd. a boutique technology company specialising in technically interesting (unusual, difficult, challenging) projects for a wide variety of sectors from advanced structural monitoring and reporting systems for the biggest civil engineering projects, to 3D body scanners and visualisation systems for the fitness and healthcare industries and all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff in between.
At the heart of all of these projects lies data, and a deep understanding of how data behaves in isolation and in aggregate and how to move, use and present it reliably, safely, and securely system-to-system is at the heart of what I do.
I live close to the sea in Brighton and Hove (the best city in the UK) which is 50 miles/80 kilometers south of London, with my cat Oggy, my dog Pepperoni, and my wife to be Hania.
Whether a startup or an established business, I have helped one-man-bands to blue chip organisations succeed in technical projects.
I have been creating secure, scalable software solutions for over 18 years. The more unusual the better!
I have experience building IoT systems from scratch using a variety of SoC technologies.
I have developed cost efficient secure and scalable platforms on VMWare, AWS, Azure and the Google Cloud Platform.
"Chris helps us ensure that the projects we deliver are both technically viable and compliant with all relevant data security laws in the UK and abroad, as well as minimise our risk and exposure using a variety of technical expertise."
"After reviewing Chris's detailed application analysis for our client, I would be happy to endorse him for his skills in Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP; as well as his project management of the whole software development life cycle."
"Chris was professional but also very personable and spoke in plain English, a rare thing for IT professionals! The project was well formed at concept stage with good qualitative questioning ensuing our requirements and budget were met on time."
Largest Traffic Spike Handled750,000 users in 5 minutes
Favourite MusicThe Divine Comedy (Neil Hannon)
Highest Annual Turnover£9.8m in a company of 7 people
Favourite MoviesRevolver, Terminator, Alien
Things I like to do or get involved in
Interesting practical technology is my thing!
A scientist at heart and an almost typical early adopter, I always aim to cut through the nonsense and be at the forefront of technology which looks to be going somewhere.
I love working at the hardware/software interface and with many exciting new products coming onto the market I get involved in a number of IoT projects each year.
From a software perspective I'm very interested in what voice, computer vision and 3D can offer business and how these can become high-impact transformative technologies within more traditional organisations when used in novel but appropriate ways.
I am also inherently entrepreneurial and throughout my life (since selling 3.5" games diskettes to kids in the park at the age of 12) I have been interested in "how computers can be used to make money". This commercial driver has just as an important part to play in my technological interests as the tech itself.
18+ Years of Experience
Various professional qualifications
Various qualifications from an NVQ in business startup and administration to MySQL DBA certification, Advanced Cloud Consulting and others.
Optoelectronics PhD (Incomplete)University of Southampton
PhD research into the creation of (CVD deposited) layered novel glass structures for high efficiency photovoltaics (solar panels)
Chemical Physics MChemUniversity of Sussex
4 year specialist degree combining key elements from both chemistry and physics BSc programmes.
A LevelsMid Kent College
A levels in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics plus ancillary computing courses.
June 2011 - Current
Managing Director and Solutions ArchitectDigital Tactics Ltd.
Everything running a growing successful small business entails 🙂
Mar 2010 - Current
Head of TechnologyEndemol Shine UK
Endemol Shine UK is the leading producer behind a diverse range of hits including global entertainment formats, multi-award winning drama, genre defining factual and innovative multiplatform content. Made up of 26 production companies and labels the group produces over 2000 hours of content a year in the UK. The company is part of the Endemol Shine Group.
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
Software Developer and Server AdministratorFreelance
Working with various clients to deliver high quality, advanced PHP based websites including a full, bespoke, social network and various eCommerce solutions.
Sept 2006 - Nov 2009
Developer, Project Manager, Technical ManagerNetbasic Ltd.
One of the seven people who took Netbasic to No. 3 in the Times Tech Track 100; Work involved developing and running the sites and servers delivering some of the most successful online marketing websites in the highly competitive finance lead generation sector of the time.
Jun 2003 - May 2008
Web Developer and Server AdministratorVega Science Trust
PHP 4 & 5 Web development RedHat, CentOS and FreeBSD server administration MySQL Database Administration Streaming Media Server Specialties with Real Helix Server, Apple Darwin Server (Quicktime & mp3), and Red5 Open Source Flash Media Server running on *nix OS's Development of Remote Learning and Education Initiatives and experiments with local schools focused on science eduction outreach Lecture recording projects with Vega and the local branch of the IOP (Institute of Physics)
Accounting, HR, and Other Administration
3D Data Handling and Manipulation
Computer Vision with OpenCV and Similar
Cross-System Data Integration
WordPress as a CMS or Data Platform
AWS Platform Design and Management
PHP Software Development
Python Software Development
MySQL Database Admininstration
MongoDB Database Administration
Linux Server Administration
Windows Server Administration
Server Security and Data Protection
Infrastructure Design and Management
Network Installation and Management
Amazon Web Services
Google Compute Platform
Get in Touch
Get in Touch
I'm a very busy person but am always happy to receive new (strictly non-sales) contact requests via my personal website.
So please get in touch, I'd love to speak to you!