Hi, I'm Thomas.

I’m an independent front-end developer and educator based in East Sussex.

I first became interested in development whilst studying logic and its relation to language 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 as well as completing freelance site optimisation work for several charities.

At this point point I took a sabbatical from development because I wanted to learn more about search engine optimisation (SEO). I secured an internship as an SEO analyst at Oban International, quickly assimilating the 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 joined RocketMill 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.

By June 2018 I felt I had learned enough about SEO to confidently integrate it alongside web development and so returned to freelancing and contract work; this time under my own business name. Since then I have secured retainers with a number of E-commerce clients and worked with larger organisations including the University of Sussex.

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