Hi, I'm Thomas.
I’m an independent front-end developer, SEO analyst and educator based just outside Brighton.
I first became interested in programming and development whilst studying logic and its relation to natural languages as part of my B.A in Philosophy at the University of Warwick (2006-2009). After finishing university I worked within the further education sector as a digital resources facilitator at colleges across South London, promoting student's digital literacy and managing access to online resources. I completed my teacher training at Middlesex University, qualifying as a primary school teacher in 2012 and completing my professional induction in 2013. I worked in several primary schools in London teaching KS2 and working as curriculum head for computing.
In 2016 I retrained as a web developer and secured my first commission: building the official website of the Rt. Hon Clare Short, Britain's former Secretary of State for International Development. During this period I also worked as a development consultant, conducting a site and social media audit for the Labour MP Seema Malhotra who currently sits on the UK Parliament's Committee for Exiting the European Union, as well as completing freelance site optimisation work for several charities.
Seeking the opportunity to work with a more diverse roster of companies and brands, I secured an internship as a junior SEO analyst at Oban International, quickly assimilating the protocols and principles of SEO. At Oban, I had the opportunity to conduct data-driven research into organic engagement and uptake for brands including the BBC World Service, Camper, and AXA Insurance.
After completed my internship I joinedRocketMill, an award-winning digital marketing firm, as a Technical SEO Executive. Here I managed my own client accounts, working for brands including Dropbox, the Financial Times, and Kimberley Clark conducting site audits, organic reporting and on-going cycles of optimisation.
At this point I felt I had learned enough about SEO to confidently integrate it alongside web development. I also wanted greater freedom and control over the fruits of my work. So in 2018 I bit the bullet and went completely solo, establishing myself as a freelance SEO analyst, developer and budding data engineer. ॐ