RETAIL & PRIVATE BANKING
I started my career at Barclays Bank after leaving secondary school in 1991, spending over
six years from cashier, phone support, Personal banker, then managed to move to Information Technology as I
liked helping the I.T. team and they could see I was more useful working with them.
Then I worked at Lloyds bank for a number of years.
UBS AG, the Swiss private bank, I spent another 5+ years there, I did an awful lot
of day to day IT stuff and was on call to fix any issues that came up over night. Used
and learnt about OpenVMS servers and scripted in DCL (Digital command Language) Also
dabbled in a bit of COBOL.
PURE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
A cool startup called Coconut Software took me on as a trainee Java developer, my
first taste of OOP programming. I also learnt "more than the basics" of PHP, Perl,
I spent my time there developing JSP (Java server pages) based commerical client
sites, converting Perl scripts to PHP scripts and setting up and configuring Red Hat
INTERNET & NETWORK SECURITY
I like the security side of IT, so took a gamble and moved to Evolution. Pretty
much had a ball learning about the security side of IT (pretty important these days!) I
was involved in client PCI compliance, developed an app in PHP/Ajax/mysql to control
Nessus scans and write reports. Plenty of Pen testing, Symantec reporting and
maintained the in-house secure email hosting cluster.
When there, I temporarily moved to an associated company called Fortress Managed
Services and was involved in developing a pretty cutting edge global portal using
I spent a few years (on and off) working for feelunique.com, maintaining their
custom built system, which included warehouse apps, stock, reporting, analytics,
product feeds as well as the actual website viewable to the public.
WILLOW SOFTWARE - From 2015 onward
I decided to become an IT consultant to enjoy a better work/life balance to spend more time with my children so devised Willow Software as my trading alias. My priority is home life and I work from my home office, but I make sure I keep some "me time" to code and help out existing and new clients.