Mike Simmonds

Senior Front-end Developer

Work

South West Trains

Zone

Full rebuild of the content site and booking engine for journeys, season and car parking tickets. The build uses a custom, component driven front-end that is built shared between multiple back-end applications (.NET MVC and EPiServer).

View South West Trains

South West Trains

Virgin: Pitch to Rich

Zone

A nationally marketed campaign where entrants pitch business ideas to Richard Branson. The winner receives £1m of investment. Kickstarter meets Dragon's Den.

View Pitch to Rich

Virgin: Pitch to Rich

BBC: Audio/Visual

Zone

Building high fidelity, next generation, HTML5 audio/video prototypes as well as User Interface/User Experience consultancy for the BBC's AVKX team.

Preview unavailable

BBC: Audio/Visual

Prezzo

Zone

Responsive site and email build for one of the UK's largest restaurant chains.

View Prezzo

Prezzo

Real Business

Caspian Media

Responsive design and build for an ad-driven site with a large user base.

View Real Business

Real Business

Real Deals

Caspian Media

Responsive design – a first for the private equity industry – with a focus on legacy browser support.

View Real Deals

Real Deals

Atkins: Angles

Caspian Media

Responsive web app, built on Wordpress, making use of HTML5 cache and history APIs for super-fast loading and offline portfolio.

View Angles

Atkins: Angles

Oktra

Draw (Freelance)

Part of the team responsible for delivering a front end build for the UK's leading office interior's firm.

View Oktra

Oktra

Recommendations

Emma Lewis

Emma Lewis Freelance Senior Front End Developer

I worked on a project that Mike was Tech Leading on and it was a delight! He is extremely knowledgeable and a very competent developer. He pays high attention to detail and is a great person to discuss ideas/approach with. He communicated well with all of the cross-disciplinary team and protected me from a lot of the project admin. Also he's a very lovely person to have on the team!

Amy Willoughby

Amy Willoughby Senior Designer at SapientNitro

Mike is an encouraging team mate and fearlessly forward thinking. He has a great eye for detail, a good understanding of design and more importantly, Mike builds websites that work well! It's a pleasure to work with him.

Luke Zammit

Luke Zammit Freelance Front End/UI Developer

Mike is a top developer! Highly skilled, very knowledge, methodical and a genuinely nice guy - He is a very well rounded developer and has great attitude to life, learning and new technologies. Mike was a great mentor to me, encouraging me to push myself whilst offering great support and brilliant problem solving skills and techniques. I can highly recommend Mike for all things web related!

Dean Faulkner

Dean Faulkner Technical Director at Draw

Mike is an incredibly capable and creative developer. Always eager and capable of taking on new challenges he is constantly learning and improving his skill set. His ability to solve problems quickly with simple and elegant solutions makes him an incredible asset to any dev team.

Kate Bassett

Kate Bassett Features editor at Management Today, Haymarket

Mike is a brilliant developer and a technical genius. Watching him at work with a CMS system was like watching a magician. It was a pleasure to work with Mike and I would recommend him in a heartbeat.

Jason Hesse

Jason Hesse Head of publications and content at the French Chamber of Great Britain

Mike is a fantastic developer. When we worked together at Caspian Media, he was always able to fix any problem we may have had with our content management system. I'm a non-techie, but Mike was always patient and happy to help. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone, and certainly hope to work with him again in the future.

Aneliese Seaman

Aneliese Seaman Senior Marketing Manager at Financial Times

Mike is undoubtedly very good at his job and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone. I worked with Mike on a number of projects at Caspian Media and found him to be efficient, reliable and easy to work with.

Clients

  • BBC
  • South West Trains
  • Prezzo
  • Baking Mad
  • GEMS Education
  • Swinton Insurance
  • Gatwick
  • Virgin Media Business
  • Atkins

Employment

Zone Ltd

Sep 14 - Present2 years, 2 months

Senior front-end developer

  • Front-end tech lead for South West Trains
  • Front-end integration with .NET frameworks
  • Consultant for BBC Audio/Visual team
  • Line management and team support
  • Worked for top end clients such as BBC, Virgin, Swinton and Prezzo
  • Tech lead for GEMS Education
  • Built accessibility app
  • Contributor to the internal Accessibility group

Caspian Media Ltd

Mar 09 - Sep 145 years, 6 months

Lead developer

  • Designed and built a custom CMS and framework that has been in use for over 5 years and manages Caspian's web portfolio
  • Line management and team support
  • Rebuilt all in-house web sites to be responsive
  • Set business up with version control, initally Subversion then over to Git/GitHub
  • Integration with third party systems - Most notable being Workbooks (CRM) and Bureau van Dijk's Amadeus (financial information for public and private companies)
  • Moved web portfolio to Amazon Web Services
  • Client and project management

Sainsbury's Plc

Aug 02 - Mar 096 years, 7 months

Online co-ordinator

  • Learning how to manage a large, diverse, team with different wants and needs
  • Dealing with customers
  • Learning how to take a process, refine it and how to deploy change
  • Organisation and efficiency