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Andrew Hosgood

  • Developer
  • UI designer
  • Photographer

CV


Confident and highly professional web developer and UI designer with practical experience dealing with clients from a wide scope of businesses. Tenacious in solving problems and innovative in design and web development projects.

Fully conversant with most industry-standard applications, business suites and coding languages and able to learn new applications with ease. Committed to self-development, acquiring new programming skills and knowledge through formal and informal learning.

Extensive experience in designing and developing a variety of attractive and functional websites, web applications and CMS solutions that conform to current standards. Thorough understanding of the web development industry and its competitive nature by keeping up to date with the latest community news and breakthroughs.

Logical thinker and methodical worker who is not constrained by a 9-5 mindset. Directly interfaced with many blue-chip clients in a design and development workplace environment.

Able to lead, manage and help grow a team of developers through practical experience. Able to integrate well with other departments that share skills with development to promote engagement and discussions around ideas.

Sep 2020 –

HM Land Registry

Senior Software Engineer

Aug 2015 – Aug 2020

Sponge

Senior Developer, Team Leader

Worked as an elearning developer producing modules and solutions for a number of clients using several different LMSs and platforms. Created bespoke elearning and digital solutions when necessary with close collaboration from other teams.

Created a new bespoke elearning framework and infrastructure from ground-up to best suit client's needs with features designed specifically to allow developers more control when creating modules.

Directly managed a team of up to five developers and oversaw another seven. Helped up-skill other developers, allowing them to progress both technically and professionally through formal and informal training. Worked to create personalised development tasks and progression plans, tailoring learning to the learners.

Introduced new processes and tools to increase quality and speed of the development process. Worked with the Innovation team to pioneer new technologies to the workplace and produce working concepts that grew into saleable solutions.

Jun 2011 – Jul 2015

Logo Marketing and Design

Web Designer/Developer

Primary developer for a huge range of websites and web apps, both external and internal. Also developed several internal web-based tools to aid the company's productivity. Helped both designers within the company and designers from other companies to develop site designs whilst interfacing with a number of large clients including SAP.

Built many different proof of concepts to showcase the potentials of using modern coding technologies and techniques to both clients and other developers. Helped to design the front page of the company's website, employing ideas that the directors liked from other sites. Gave help and training to other developers and acted as a consultant on several projects that needed advice on UI best practices.

Worked closely with the company's CTO to help maintain the computing infrastructure after taking control from an external IT company. Provided support for all internal and external systems, including servers, network devices and other hardware.

Sep 2010 – May 2011

Applegate Business Directory

Web Designer

Worked on numerous websites and web apps, both internally and externally facing, bringing a variety of previously unused technologies and languages to the projects. Created many successful web-based tools to increase productivity within the workplace, including efficiency monitoring systems and demonstration tools for use within the company.

Assumed the role of lead designer for the 2011 Applegate facelift and fronted the project from concept, through design and implementation up until the release date in just 15 weeks. Interfaced with external UI specialists beforehand to achieve a detailed specification resulting in a more consistent and better HCI experience.

Further evaluated and redesigned after the initial January 2011 release in order to keep the site up to date. Played a key part in the redesign and aided in the initial redevelopment of the company's CRM. Introduced Web Standards documents in order to bring a new uniformity to the site and its internal systems including documentation for colour, styles, fonts, UI/HCI, file structures and frameworks. Also worked as a Flash developer, designing various adverts and banners for a vast array of companies.

Later asked to attend weddings and business events to provide portraiture and reportage photography.

Jul 2008 – Aug 2009

Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry (PCMD)

Student Web Developer

Directly interfaced with clients to achieve a design brief and specification. Designed, developed, maintained, backed-up and later improved a wide range of bespoke web sites, web applications and CMS's. Trained non tech-savvy clients on these custom CMS's. Designed countless posters, flyers and other printed documents.

Assumed the role of lead developer overseeing from start to finish a number of large projects, one of which was the largest ever redesign of the PCMD website. Personally built the site from ground-up including specifications, concept, design and development, refinement, accessibility, documentation and debrief. Worked closely with other developers and academics for aspects of design and content, end-users for interface elements and members of the disabled community for accessibility features.

Constructed site using HTML, PHP, MySQL CSS, XML and JavaScript with jQuery. Used Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Illustrator, phpMyAdmin, MySQL GUI Tools and MS Project.

Sep 2006 – Jun 2010

University of Plymouth

Bachelor of Science

  • BSc (Hons) in Digital Arts and Technology
  • First year degree honors (1:1)
  • Certificate of Professional Industrial Experience
  • Overall score: 2:1

Sep 2003 – Jun 2005

Bideford College 6th Form

Further Education

  • 3 A2-Levels in Physics, IT and Music
  • 1 AS-Level in Theatre Technical Studies
  • 2 AS-Levels in Mathematics (Old and new syllabuses)
  • "The Physics Prize" and "The IT Prize" for the highest achievements in A2-Level Physics and IT

Sep 1998 – Jun 2003

Bideford College

Secondary School

10 GCSEs with 9 A–C grades, including Mathematics (A), English (B) and Science (Double A)

Personal Achievements

  • Learning Technologies Learning Developer of the Year 2019 - Silver award (see my shortlisting on learningtechnologies.co.uk)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Ten Tors
  • Previously certified first aider for adults and children
  • Grade 6 in Clarinet
  • Grade 1 with Distinction in Oboe
  • Grade 5 Music Theory
  • KS3 & KS4 Maths Challenge Gold Award, European Maths Challenge Competitor
  • "Geek of the Year 2004–05"
  • San-kyū (third grade, green belt) award in Judo and Aikido with competitive awards in Judo
  • Lifesaving certificate from the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
  • "Volunteer of the Year"
  • 10,000m swimming award
  • Achieved 92% score on Rally Driving Course
  • Completed Plymouth Half Marathon

Volunteering

Sep 2004 – Jul 2006


Bideford College Cinema

Projectionist

Sep 2002 – Jul 2005


Bideford Bouncers

Assistant Trampoline Coach

Dec 1998 – Sep 2006


Bideford College Theatre

Primary AV Technician

Sep 1996 – Jul 2004


North Devon Budo Centre

Martial Arts Instructor