Resume - The Curriculum Vitae of Gareth Alexander

Professional Profile

I am a professional PHP/Drupal web applications developer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Employing me you would gain a dedicated and enthusiastic I.T. professional with extensive experience creating and debugging Drupal modules, a specialist in Accessible Website and Application Development using PHP, jQuery and MySQL with proven skills in project management.

I am now looking for a new position in a company that actively supports open source technologies who can offer a new and challenging position, one that will make best use of my skills and experience and enable further personal and professional development.

Employment History:

Current Position: Web Applications Developer
Future Publishing
Remote, Edinburgh, Scotland
March 2013 - Present
  • Support, maintain and enhance drupal websites. Site Building, Module development and Theming using Drupal and PHP as required.
  • Site migrations from various CMSs to Drupal as the portfolio has been considerably consolidated.
  • Support and commercial work on various OOP PHP based websites using Futures internally created bespoke templating engine and COPE (create once publish everywhere) system.
  • Integrating third party RESTful APIs as well as fully utilising Google Tag Manager and Ad manager (DFP) for delivery of externally provided functionality.
Previous Position: Freelance Web Applications Developer
GA Web Development
SelfEmployed | Glasgow & Edinburgh, Scotland
March 2003 - March 2013
  • Support, maintain and enhance numerous local businesses Drupal websites and subcontract to local digital agencies for Site building, Module development and Theming as required.
  • Upgrades completed from Drupal 5 to 6 and 6 to 7, including a direct migrations from Drupal 5 to 7 which have included bespoke module upgrades and custom theme development.
  • Drupal theming, Site Building, Module development, Module customisation.
  • Bespoke CMS and contact management and event management systems development.
Previous Position: Web Applications Developer
Ambergreen Internet Marketing
Edinburgh, Scotland
November 2008 – February 2011
  • PHP and Drupal development, with strong emphasis on SEO and marketing. Drupal theme and module development.
  • Using and developing with various technologies, e.g. Zend and cakePHP Frameworks, Wordpress and Joomla.
  • Experience in supporting and reverse engineering applications for clients in a number of programming languages including PHP4 & 5,, both C# and VB and MySQL, MSSQL and Postgres.
Previous Position: IT Manager
Sense Scotland
Glasgow, Scotland
July 2002 - November 2008
  • Technical support for all Desktops and Servers.
  • Maintenance and performance tuning of Linux, MacOSX and windows 2003 Server, including Apache, PHP and MySQL tuning.
  • Supervising and supporting a small team.
  • IT support and management, including developing IT procedures and policy, server support and network administration, enduser support, website development and management as well as the training of staff.
Service Engineering Various agency positions Jun ’98 – July ‘02
Senior Engineer Microtechs Ltd, Effingham: July’00–July‘02
Break Fix/Support Engineer Intelligent Finance, Livingston: Apr’00–July‘00
Service Engineer Direct Care UK Ltd, Rotherithe: Dec’99–Mar‘00
Install/Maintenance Engineer Micro-Route Ltd, Croydon: June‘98–Dec’99
  • All aspects of the desktop and Server support from installing and upgrading the computer hardware to break/fix, fault diagnosis and supporting the end user.
  • Installing networking equipment, which developed a sound knowledge of networking fundamentals in order to troubleshoot and support communications.
  • Worked in large call centre environments as well as Point of Sale locations and Office environments.
  • Supporting engineers and liaising with the clients to ensure the service level provided was acceptable.
  • Many letters of commendation from both the companies employing me and also from their customers.
Various Temporary Work. Reed Employment Agency, Glasgow Feb. ‘98 - June ‘98
Dispatch Operator. NCR, Cumbernauld April ‘97 - Feb. ‘98

Education and Qualifications:

Unix, Linux and OSX Command Line Interface
Self Study
PHP and Object Oriented Programming for Applications Development
Self Study
Diploma in Web Design Level III.
The Learning Library International Ltd, Glasgow
2002 – 2004
Covering: HTML, XHTML, JavaScript and Dreamweaver.
Diploma Intoductory Applications Programming.
Computeach International Ltd, Dudley
1997 – 1999
Covering: Data Processing Principles, Job Control Languages and Programming Design, PASCAL
BTech in General Technology
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
1991 – 1996
BSc Architecture.
Robert Gordon Institute of Technology, Aberdeen
1990 – 1991
Our Lady's High School, Cumbernauld
1985 – 1990
5 Highers; Chemistry-B, English-C, Geography-C, Mathematics-B, Physics-B
7 O’grades; Arithmetic-1, Chemistry-2, English-2, French-2, Geography-2, Maths-1, Physics-1


Internet skills:
Frameworks; Drupal, Cakephp
Support skills:
Desktop; Windows 2000, XP, Mac OS 9, OS X
Server; Windows Server NT, 2000, 2003, OS X Server
Networking; LAN, WAN, DNS, Intranet, Extranet


Online contact:
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