Luke Watts

I am a full-stack developer with 9 years experience in product and agency teams. I enjoy learning new tools and technologies. This could be part of a business critical project or exploratory research.

The most enjoyable projects to work on are those where I can take part from beginning to end. The starting point could be a loose collection of requirements or quick sketch. Working collaboratively to create something useful, that brings value to people.

Languages & Technologies

Ways of Working – Agile, scrum, mentoring, coaching, design thinking, TDD & RDD
Languages – Typescript, Javascript, PHP, Python, Ruby
Frameworks – Node.js, Express, Koa, Vue, Laravel, Slim, Kirby, PHPUnit, Mocha, Ava, Jest & tap
Datastores – PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Redis & BigQuery
Tooling – Git, webpack & zsh
Operations – Kubernetes, Docker, EC2, Openshift, Azure, Docker & Vagrant

Current Employment

Software Team Lead, Snyk Ltd

September 2019 – Present

Software security tool for developers, helping companies use open source software and stay secure.

Highlights

Developer, Snyk Ltd

October 2017 – September 2019

Highlights

Previous Experience

Technical Lead, Bravo Charlie Mike Hotel

January 2015 – October 2017

Design and branding agency working internationally to deliver projects for clients across a wide variety of sectors.

Alongside the demands of client work I have also:

Highlights

Director, LA Code & Design Ltd

December 2012 – 2014

Worked as full stack web developer on a contract basis with a number of London based design firms.

Highlights

Developer, Signal Noise

September 2010 – November 2011

As the first hire at this data design agency, I worked directly with the design directors in building out web projects and physical prototypes.

Sessional Lecturer, University for the Arts London & University for the Creative Arts

September 2010 – June 2012

I focused on introducing web technologies as a medium for editorial output, across a few undergraduate and postgraduate level courses. The short course was split between introductory sessions and workshopping on a one to one level with individual students.

Developer, Inventive & Co

Summer 2010

Worked alongside a senior developer to design and build out a bespoke CMS for a production studio. Notably this system handled video uploads and transcoding of video formats for playback a custom Flash media player.

Interests

Away from the computer, I’m a keen cyclist and can often be found meandering around the Dutch polders looking for a hill to roll down. I enjoy longer endurance rides, the longest one to date being ~250km.

I’m also in the early stages of learning Dutch, maar het is langzaam proces.

Education

University for the Creative Arts

September 2007 – June 2010

BA Hons - Graphic Design New Media 2:1