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Noel Light-Hilary

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Tech stuff  
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Email: Noel @ Noel LH dot com

I've done

I'm learning 

Angular & TypeScript

I'm making 

scalable fundraising support for The Big Give,
an app for festivals & some dubious electro music
  • Now
  • Feb 2020 — Present

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    Greenpeace Plastic Free Rivers campaign


    Outlandish is a digital agency and co-operative working for social good. Collaborating occasionally since 2018 and regularly through 2020, I've worked on projects for Greenpeace, UKSCN, the Wellcome Sanger Institute and many more.

    Agile teams Part of agile project teams

    PHP WordPress Symfony Slim Laravel PostgreSQL Vue.js Nuxt.js React Angular Python Ansible Terraform

    Sep 2018 — Present

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    The Big Give

    The Big Give

    The Big Give is the UK's leading matched fundraising platform, connecting charities, philanthropists and donors to multiply positive impact.

    Since 2018 I've brought a focus on security, stability and scale to the platform to support its continued growth and variable patterns of demand, during which time we've seen charities raise £73m across four Christmas Challenges in addition to more campaigns year-round.

    Championing agile principles, I also introduced the Big Give's first Continuous Integation, containerised apps, automated end-to-end and unit tests, load tests and infrastructure-as-code.

    In 2021 we accelerated a payment provider migration to save charities money and donors time, added multi-currency support, built an in-house Gift Aid solution integrated with HMRC and supported charities to raise over £30 million.

    Co-developer Tech lead

    Terraform Artillery Angular TypeScript PHP Slim MySQL Redis HTML CSS Salesforce AWS + integrations with Stripe & HMRC

    Launched Jan 2019

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    Webful PasswordMaker

    Webful PasswordMaker

    A modern Android & iOS app for making secure, unique-per-site passwords. Follows the deterministic PasswordMaker protocol used in several browser extensions and older apps, while supporting new mobile devices. Built with the latest Ionic and Angular.

    The main app's code and its supporting library are open source.

    Main developer Solo project

    Ionic Angular TypeScript

    Nov 2014 — Present

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    Success at School

    Success at School

    Success at School is a platform that connects students to employers and provides career & study advice.

    Initially 2014 — 2016 and resuming in recent years, I've been the primary developer improving and adding to the site's existing Symfony codebase. Since 2018 I've focused on security and modernising the system's infrastructure & deployment processes.

    Co-developer Lead developer improving existing codebase

    PHP Symfony MySQL AWS Terraform HTML CSS JavaScript jQuery

  • Oct 2015 — Apr 2018

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    Comic Relief Giving Pages

    Comic Relief

    My focus included supporting data-driven services and API integrations for outside tech partnerships, and maintaining a now-retired events management and fundraising platform.

    My team was supported to trial live containers and Terraform-backed infrastructure, gaining valuable insight into the strengths and weaknesses of different containerisation strategies, including serverless functions.

    Working on APIs required to handle huge annual spikes in traffic, I gained practical experience in microservice architecture and large-scale load testing.

    Co-developer Part of cross-functional agile team

    Cloud Foundry AWS Terraform PHP Slim Behat MySQL React HTML CSS RabbitMQ Solr + Concourse for CI

  • Launched Jul 2015

    ↑ Top is a mobile app for planning what to see at a music festival. It uses hybrid technologies to leverage native device plugins across iOS & Android.

    Tests run on PHPUnit, Protractor & Karma. The back-end has used Jenkins and now CircleCI for its tests and quality assurance.

    First launched using AngularJS (v1), the updated app is live in app stores and runs on the latest Ionic and Angular 9.

    Main developer Solo project

    Ionic Angular PHP Symfony MySQL HTML CSS Cordova

  • Sep 2011 — Present

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    Park Cameras

    Park Cameras

    Since working full-time with Park Cameras 2011–12, I have since helped on a freelance basis with projects covering pricing, shipping and customer satisfaction, amongst others.

    I have worked on existing codebases spanning a wide range of technologies, and integration with numerous third-party APIs.

    Main developer Mostly solo projects

    PHP Zend Framework MySQL SQL Anywhere HTML CSS JavaScript jQuery Ruby Rails Crystal Reports Ansible inc. Google AdWords & Analytics API client libraries, and code to consume proprietary RESTful & SOAP APIs

  • Launched Dec 2014

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    Hour of Writes

    Hour of Writes

    Hour of Writes is a weekly creative writing competition. Throughout its development I've worked with several parties to implement a carefully refined design and add features to our initial prototype.

    I wrote the live site's server-side code and most front-end scripts & CSS.

    Co-developer Server-side and most front-end implementation

    PHP Zend Framework MySQL HTML CSS JavaScript jQuery Solr

  • Aug 2013 — Nov 2013

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    First Tutors

    First Tutors

    I prototyped new features, refactored existing code and wrote components for a new bespoke framework to support future development.

    As well as delivering value in new journeys, I optimised database use to speed up key queries by orders of magnitude.

    Co-developer Working with & refactoring existing codebase


  • Aug 2012 — Jun 2013

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    Casting Call Pro

    Blue Compass

    I was often the main developer on hand supporting & developing a network of recruitment sites for the arts, the largest with 300,000 active users.

    I improved database use to cut the biggest site's server response time by over 50%, and led a database conversion to fix a historical text encoding problem.

    I consulted with colleagues to build a more intuitive interface for employers to manage audition slots, and a redesigned newsletter which displays well in all common email clients.

    Co-developer Adapting existing codebase

    PHP MySQL HTML CSS3 jQuery inc. mobile optimisation / responsive design

  • Mar 2011

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    Trackword Facebook game

    Trackword (retired)

    Small word game to try out Facebook integration and mobile web optimisation. Maintained through 2018.

    Main developer Solo project

    PHP MySQL JavaScript jQuery HTML CSS + Facebook integration

  • 2010 — 2011

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    Computer Science course

    Cambridge Computer Science "IB"

    Switched after 2 years of Philosophy; whirlwind coverage of a broad range of technologies including Java, Prolog, C, Unix tools, databases, MIPS and theory around security, algorithms, graphics and mathematical methods, amongst others.

    SQL Java Prolog C Unix tools

  • Sep 2009 — Feb 2010

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    Churchill Spring Ball

    Churchill College Spring Ball

    I developed a new flexible platform which allowed for online ticket payments, and a custom barcode system that made entry faster and avoided the old solution's dependence on antiquated hardware.

    Main developer Solo project

    PHP MySQL HTML CSS + PayPal integration

  • 2005 — 2006

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    Aquatic Plant Central contest

    Various freelance projects

    Took on several development projects, mostly using PHP, including a system to run an aquarium competition and customising CubeCart.

    Main developer Solo projects

    PHP MySQL HTML CSS + PHPNuke CMS mod & CubeCart commerce system