About Nick

I build software and lead teams to develop solutions that help people do more.

I am a passionate technical leader & full-stack software architect with over 14 years’ experience in designing & delivering large-scale commercial cloud SaaS software solutions, predominantly using Microsoft technologies.

As a hands-on leader, I have a proven track record of building effective on-site & remote software teams, based on the sharing of good practice, defining clear processes, implementing best-of-breed systems and shipping quality code.

I am equally comfortable in strategic and hands-on roles across several diverse projects in the telecommunications, entertainment, e-commerce and FMCG sectors.

I love building solutions that help people do more.

Commercial Experience

  • Software Architect
  • Agile Software Delivery
  • Full-Stack Software Engineer
  • DevOps Design & Build
  • Application Scaling & Hardening
  • Creative Thinker
  • Rapid Prototyper
  • Product Design & Management
  • Leading & Mentoring
  • Team Management (Off/Onshore)
  • Redundancy & DR Builds (SQL/IIS)

Technical Experience

  • C#, MVC, API
  • .NET Framework to Core
  • Azure & AWS
  • SQL Server – to 2019 
  • SQL clustering & HADR builds 
  • Continuous Integration & Deployment 
  • Git, Azure DevOps Server
  • Atlassian Design & Build
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Cisco Routing and Switching
  • HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery and CSS
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Node.js
  • APM, New Relic, AppDynamics

Work Ethic

  • Strong communication skills
  • Release mentality
  • Ability to work on multiple projects
  • Demonstrated understanding of how quality software is designed and constructed

Key Career Highlights

  • Co-founded Layer Systems in 2012, delivering SaaS solutions to the UK telecoms industry. The business employs 18 full-time
    staff and reached positive cashflow in 2018. Most recently, won a five-year contract with one of the UK’s largest telecoms resellers & sponsored the UK’s most authoritative conference for IT & telecoms. Built & scaled the platform to accommodate traffic of > 10,000rpm.
  • Delivered payment processing software for £3m vending project for Universal Pictures & Sony Pictures Entertainment joint venture.
  • Designed and built data capture platform for FMGC market, winning a contract with large FMGC companies including Heineken UK, who still use the platform 10 years later.
  • Delivered web & mobile survey solution for Vue Cinemas.
  • Designed & built intranet during internship with Procorp Associates, Inc. in Houston, TX.
  • Whilst studying, founded a web hosting company, hosting over 300 sites for customers around the world & trading premium domains.