CV

Introduction

Hello! My name is Des Holmes and I’m a Creative Technical Director with 15+ years of experience.

I pride myself in hiring and inspiring talented technical teams, forging successful client relationships and humanising technology whilst using open source technologies to deliver large global platforms, small campaigns, rapid prototypes and mobile web applications.

I am an advocate for open knowledge and I firmly believe in proactively diversifying skills and personal development.

During my career I’ve had the pleasure of working with the following brands: Goldman Sachs, Commerzbank, KPMGBBC, HSBC, JP MorganDeutsche Bank, Ernst & YoungAkzonobelSainsbury’s, Reckitt BenckiserHeinekenPernod Ricard, Diageo, Adidas, Nike and VWG.


Skills and knowledge

Programming, markup and query languages (incl. frameworks)

Hosting provisioning, enviroments and tools

Delivery tools

SCM (Source Control Management)

Testing methodologies and tools

Core technical activities

Development methodologies (SDLC)

Development IDEs (Interactive/Integrated Development Environments)


Work History

Fathom London, Nov 2015 – Oct 2017

Lead small and large scale teams to build desktop platforms and hybrid mobile applications using web technologies (incl. Angular & React) for a range of global blue chip clients using agile methodologies.

Key activities:

  • Defining and refining delivery processes (GitHub, TFS, JIRA, Confluence, Travis, DTaP, QA)
  • Requirements gathering and Solution Architecture
  • Talent hiring and management (Developers & PMs)
  • Stakeholder management
  • Project delivery

AnalogFolk, 2012 – Nov 2015

Creative Technical Director. An all-encompassing role centered around creative technology; leading and inspiring a team of talented developers to conceptualise, develop and deliver a wide range of projects.

Noteworthy achievements include:

Being 38th in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100:

      • The introduction of scalable infrastructure solutions for the global network:
        • Task management tools
        • Knowledge & code management tools
        • Hosting solutions
        • CI release management & workflows
      • Migration and consolidation of legacy tools set
      • Supporting and enabling the company to continue sustainable growth
      • Definition of technical innovation processes, workflows and new business tools

digit, 2009 – 2012

Creative Technical Director. An all-encompassing role centered around creative technology; leading and inspiring a team of talented developers to conceptualise, develop and deliver a wide range of projects using the following:

      • Agile software development
      • PHP 5 (OO)
      • MySQL
      • Actionscript 3 (OO)
      • Web Standard XHTML and CSS
      • JavaScript
      • Many API’s

digit, 2007 – 2009

Associate Technical Director. An all-encompassing role centered around creative technology; leading and inspiring a team of talented developers to conceptualise, develop and deliver a wide range of projects using the following:

      • Agile software development
      • PHP 5 (OO)
      • MySQL
      • Actionscript 3 (OO)
      • Web Standard XHTML and CSS
      • JavaScript
      • Many API’s

glue, 2006 – 2007

Creative Technologist. Collaborated with all creative, design and technical departments to create and develop for a wide range of clients and media. Including the development of the front and back end of glue’s corporate website.

      • Web development using PHP5 (OO), Actionscript 2 (OO), Web Standard XHTML/HTML and CSS
      • Integrated website with windows-based business layer via SOAP
      • Development of CMS for team, job and newsletter management

Onetel, 2005 – 2006

Designed and developed the website, payment corridor and intranet CMS tools for the UK integrated communications service provider.

      • Web development using PHP5 (OO), XML, Web Standard XHTML/HTML and CSS
      • Flash development of dynamic applications and online demos
      • Design and development of CMS intranet tools, website graphics and EDM‘s

Natural Associates, 2002 – 2005

As the head of this Design/Web agency’s New Media division, I focused on the creation and management of websites, EDM design and management, online marketing, corporate reports, CDROMs, database integration and interactive development for a range of clients. Including KPMG, BBC, Diageo, The Arts Council England, City Lit and Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF). Example projects are:

      • Search engine and dynamic CMS website – City Lit
        • PHP, MYSQL, JavaScript, HTML and CSS
      • Underwater interactive website with CMS – Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF)
        • ActionScript, PHP, MYSQL, JavaScript, HTML and CSS

Summerhouse Communications, 2001 – 2002

As a Junior Web Developer with this Design/Web agency I performed the following roles:

      • Coordination and development of the company’s online presence
      • SEO to achieve the top five rank in three targeted search engines
      • CDROM tutorials for KPMG including updating reproduction and delivery
      • Online Diageo environmental reports for three consecutive years

Awards

      • FWA site of the day for impossiblestory.com
      • 4 stars in AbilityNet’s eighth quarterly e-Nation accessibility assessment for the re-branded Onetel website
      • IVCA Biz-net nominee 2005 (Public Information Prize)
      • European Illustrator Award 2000. Winning Illustrations exhibited in the EICH gallery

Education

1997 – 2000: BA (Hons.) Illustration, Lincolnshire and Humberside University, Hull.
1995 – 1997: Advanced GNVQ (level 3) Art and Design, West Notts School of Art and Design.


Testimonials

Ian Brennan (AnalogFolk):

“Working for Des was an absolute pleasure, he facilitated both team and business growth through his friendly and focussed approach. Overseeing career development and promotions he nurtured existing talent within the team, which allowed us to all flourish under his leadership.

Focussed on business strategy, Des helped to transform the organisation into delivering Agile project across a number of key client accounts. All delivered with great success, and glowing feedback both internally and externally.

Above all else he is a very approachable and nice chap, always happy to take you for a coffee and chat over any opportunities / concerns within the team.

Would happily work with him again, and would recommend him to any organisation looking to expand their technical offering.”

John Kilpatrick (AnalogFolk):

“Des is an exceptional Creative Technical Director. He is patient, driven and has an extremely strong technical knowledge with a passion for quality. Working with Des was a privilege, and he consistently challenged me to do more, improve my existing skills and help me gain new ones. Des leads by example and is always approachable and friendly no matter on how much pressure he or his team are under.Personally and professionally a great guy, and an invaluable asset to any company.”

Ray Jopson (AnalogFolk):

“Des is one of the most talented and knowledgable Tech Directors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Solution focused and a great motivator and manager of teams. In my experience he’s a very good creative thinker, and works exceptionally well alongside creative teams or paired with a creative to help realise conceptual ideas. On top of all that he’s a darn fine bloke too.”

Paul Skinner (Digit):

“Straight talking, knows what he’s doing, patient & encouraging, opposite of a slacker, good with clients, great-in-a-shit-fight, Des has his head screwed on, you pretty much need him in your team. Has one of those infectious laughs that you can’t avoid even if you have your headphones up loud. Watch out.”

Benoit Chovet (Onetel):

“Derrick is a very dedicated and motivated web developer, always keen on learning new technologies. I’d also like to mention that he’s a great team player, always willing to support his colleagues on the different ongoing projects and getting on with everyone in the the department. It’s a pleasure to have him in my team and I can only hope our collaboration will last as long as possible.”