I'm Sam, a web developer based in east London.

The hyper-connected world we live in today means we have a unique opportunity to help thousands or even millions people just by writing and shipping code. I think that's special and I'm proud and grateful to be a part of it. I love the idea of delivering real world value to real people simply by deploying code onto devices and networks.

Commercial Experience


  • JavaScript (ES6), Node.js
  • PHP 7
  • HTML, CSS (Sass)
  • Bash

Frameworks, Software

  • React & Flux
  • Angular 1.X
  • Laravel (5+)
  • Symfony 2.X, 3
  • phpunit (+ limited TDD)
  • Memcached, some Redis
  • MySQL, mongodb
  • Message Queues (beanstalk)
  • Backbone, some Ember
  • Ionic
  • MEAN (MongoDB, Express.js, Angular, Node)
  • Gulp


  • CI Tools such as Travis
  • Cloud e.g. AWS (ec2, s3, lambda)
  • iOS/Android deployment (Cordova apps)
  • Vagrant, Containers
  • API & system design
  • Security
  • Automation
  • Webservers and related e.g. nginx, php-fpm


  • 2008 - 2012 BSc Web Application Development
  • 2011 - 2013 Front-end Developer at UNIT9
  • 2013 - 2014 Technical Lead at UNIT9
  • 2014 - 2014 Full-stack Developer at Ustwo
  • 2014 - 2016 Lead Developer at HAIRCVT
  • 2016 - 2016 Seniot Front-End Developer (freelance) at Code & Theory

Past Work

Code & Theory (August 2016 - October 2016)

Role: Senior Front-End Developer

Built a small React website for a client working in the Hollywood entertainment industry (currently under NDA). It's isomorphic i.e. completely pre-rendered and takes advantage of both React components and the Flux pattern. I met some interesting challenges of React (+ JSX) here, such as unsupported attributes, but also really enjoyed the benefits of the Flux pattern (mainly strong control over state) and the make-it-a-component thinking (it almost forces you to break things up early on).

Key tech: React, Flux, Sass, Node, Gulp

HAIRCVT (2014 - 2016)

Role: Lead Developer & Partner

An incredible experience - a real rollercoaster ride. I led a team of 2 from iterating prototypes, to MVP, to a product delivering record growth month-on-month. Our product was a Laravel/Symfony PHP monolith with a Angular 1.X front-end, with many more technologies and challenges hidden away - including message queues, cacheing mechanisms, a database migration, AWS deployment and a hybrid Ionic app.

You can see a staging version of the HAIRCVT website here.

For a deeper insight into how we built our product, I recommend checking out this excellent article from our designer Josh.

Key tech: PHP 7, Laravel, phpunit, Angular 1.X, ES6

Hello, My Name Means (2014)

Role: Tech Lead

I led this project's technical side from pitch and discovery phase right through to delivery in about 7 weeks (great job team!). The experience, aimed at parents-to-be, takes any name you give it and finds out interesting data from the web about it.

Key tech: Django, Celery, Backbone.js, GSAP/TweenMax, SoundJS

Client: Johnson & Johnson, DM9 DDB

Nexus 5 (2013)

Role: Tech Lead

I lead the technical side of Google's showcase site for the Nexus 5 phone that launched in 2013. A responsive, retina-compatible & parallax project with interactive 'moments', this site was visited by millions during the annoucement week. A challenging but rewarding project including integration with some internal Google systems.

Key tech: AngularJS, GSAP/TweenMax

Client: Google

Slavery Footprint (2011)

Role: Front-end Developer

Slavery Footprint is an interactive platform that estimates the amount of slavery likely to be taking place based on lifestyle choices of the user. Developed for a US non-profit. One of my first projects at UNIT9, I helped build the core backbone app with the tech lead.

Key tech: Backbone.js, RequireJS, Google Swiffy, Underscore

Client: Call & Response, MUH-TAY-ZIK HOF-FER

UNIT9.com (2012)

Role: Co-Lead Developer

In 2011/2012 UNIT9 underwent a minor rebranding process and part of this was getting a new website (which was a simple blog for the past 5 years). A colleague and I were given the project and managed development ourselves. We developed a highly sophisticated and feature-rich bespoke site on top of Wordpress - which was very challenging.

Key tech: Wordpress, PHP, JavaScript

Client: UNIT9

Find Your Way To Oz (2013)

Role: Front-end Developer

This project was an extremely impressive WebGL experience for Disney's 2013 Oz film. Studying at the time, I was drafted in to assist the final few weeks of development. I built an early version of the interactive music jukebox.

Key tech: Backbone.js, Grunt, WebGL, SoundJS

Client: Disney, Google

Eduvee (2012 - 2014)

Role: Front-end & Rails Developer

I worked with Eduvee at intervals over an 18 month period to help develop their Rails app as part of a redesign.

Key tech: Ruby on Rails, CSS

Client: Eduvee