Billington Cartmell, Brave and Closer Live :: Technical Director

I was appointed Technical Director of Billington Cartmell (www.bcl.co.uk), their sister adverting agency, Brave (www.brave.co.uk) and their experiential arm, Closer (www.closerlive.co.uk) in January 2012. The group of companies between them represent a phenomenal array of leading clients including Carlsberg, Panasonic, Sennheiser, Philips, Unilever, Kraft, GSK, Lexus, Morrisons and Ernst & Young.

UKCIP :: Consultancy, UX, Design & Build

I was required to discuss, spec and build an interactive Climate Change application for UKCIP (UK Climate Impacts Programme) via Oxford Universities Advanced Learning Department. It was built in Flash and featured 5 separate applications with video that educated businesses about the impact of Climate change and how to mitigate against changes in it. The overall UI was 3D based, utilising a carousel-based engine and the individual applications featured a range of interactive, learning-based elements ranging from games to more standard drag and drop interactions.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) :: Lead CBT Consultant

Steria, the leading IT services provider in Europe, employed me primarily as the lead CBT consultant on their clients, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) new Diploma aggregation service that was to be used by schools to manage all UK-based students’ qualifications. I had to attend high level discussions with the client and decide on the best approach to take to roll out the CBT in stages. It was then my responsibility to design and build the web-based and CD-Rom CBT packages for the four different levels of users by utilizing Flash, Xml & Captivate. It was also my responsibility to setup Subversion-based source control running Trac for errors and tasks. At the project I had over 9 people working for me writing tutorials, developing, capturing content and QA.

Orange :: Website Update & eLearning Tools

I was recruited via Sapient to amend and update Orange’s business services flash site to include a new range of services that they were offering. I was solely responsible for all the work and organisation of the project including liaising directly with Orange Business Services Manager, both on site and at Oranges HQ. The majority of the work was Flash-based and I also had to capture and create numerous Captivate Tutorials to accompany the site.

BBC Jam :: Planning & implementation of a BBC Jam project

It was my responsibility to help Illumina Digital, a top digital content provider, plan and implement a Digital Curriculum Project for the BBC’s Jam site. The cutting-edge commission involved users collaborating on a series of missions through which they could learn or test themselves on all aspects of the science curriculum. The project featured interactive video feeds with real-time updates and all content was localised for English, Welsh, Scottish and Gaelic speakers. I was also responsible, after my work at Microsoft, for writing the web service classes that the project was built on.

Cable & Wireless :: eLearning Tutorial Viewer

I was recruited by Cable & Wireless to finish off an online tutorial viewer and Cd-rom that was part of the Secure Email service that they were building for the Criminal Justice System. It was my responsibility to add a range of additional features to the existing viewer that they had built and also to enable the application to work efficiently both online and offline as a CD-Rom. The code was AS2 and tutorials were captured via Macromedia’s Captivate.

Microsoft :: Technical Consultant

The Digital Curriculum (including the now defunct BBC Jam) provided e-learning for all schools in the UK. It delivers high quality video, audio and interactive educational content over the Web. I was employed as part of the IM Group, to work as a consultant for Microsoft (and whilst there, Hewlett Packard). I advised and instructed the project managers on the best way to implement a Flash GUI throughout the Digital Curriculum. I was also responsible for developing a range of Flash/JavaScript API’s in ActionScript 2 for integrating the projects Web Services for use by all content providers.

Standards Unit :: Flash eLearning CD-Rom

Planned the entire project, liaised with the clients directly and developed the functionality. The Quiz Engine was written in Flash and queried an Excel-editable, CSV database to enable easy data updates. All user statistics were tracked to the Shared Object Library for further reports, analysis and printing. Other useful functionality included the ability to host the product online and the potential to both design and print customised examination papers.

NHS University :: Html Intranet Site

It was my responsibility to redevelop and extend their existing Intranet Site to incorporate a “Developing New Processes” section and other additional content. The majority of the work involved converting existing word documentation into xhtml and the editing of existing intranets’ navigation. I was also involved in numerous meetings to establish best practice.

AITC (Association of Investment Trusts) :: Flash-based CD-Rom

Flash-based CD-Rom that I developed for London-based developers, Webb Technologies and their client Egg Interactive. The CD contained a real-time interface for updating text, uploading presentations, interaction with their XML-based extranet, an interactive search engine, the ability to recognise users and write data to the hard drive for use at a later date.