Tom Gardiner

Statement

I am an efficient, results-driven individual who aspires to entertain and inspire people through the creative medium. I believe that taking the computer science path in life is the best way to complete my goal.

Experience

  • Full Stack Developer for Ageas Insurance
    I am the tech lead for our team's development of a React portal, where users can manage their insurance policy. Our back-end services are deployed frequently and efficiently using a microservice architecture on Kubernetes.
    Ageas Insurance Group UK December 2019 - Present
  • Software Developer for CyberScore
    I was in the process of converting CyberScore's Laravel platform into a new Vue.JS frontend for higher performance and better overall user experience, as part of a highly efficient agile team.
    XQ Cyber / XQ Digital Resilience Limited September 2019 - November 2019
  • Full Stack Developer for Railpoint
    I was the project manager for a new mobile app, involving the development and deployment of scalable back-end servers, and a React Native app for iOS and Android, plus the collection and analysing years worth of data to be used for innovative machine learning scenarios.
    Kadfire Limited - as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) August 2017 - August 2019

Skills

  • Web: React, Vue.JS, JavaScript, WordPress
  • Back-end: Rust, NodeJS, PHP, MySQL / PostgreSQL, Python
  • Mobile: React Native (Android, iOS), Swift (iOS)
  • DevOps: JIRA, Azure, GitHub, GitLab, Docker / Kubernetes, CI/CD, Agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban)
  • Machine Learning: Neural networks (deep / recurrent) in Keras, decision tree, scikit-learn

Education

  • Birmingham City University (2014 - 2017)
    First Class BSc (Hons), Computer Science
    • Select modules:
    • Individual Project (87%)
    • Information Assurance and Security (92%)
    • Functional Programming (90%)
  • Evesham High School (2009 - 2014)
    Computing, Maths, and Music A-Levels

Interests

  • Home Server
    My home server (an Intel Celeron NUC, believe it or not!) self-hosts all my websites, several personal applications, and a suite of cloud backup and file management software, contained and managed using Docker running on Manjaro Linux.
  • Music Composition and Production
    I compose and release music online with the alias "TomboFry". I have over 4,100 subscribers on YouTube, and 15 original albums on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. Using this hobby I have taught myself how to market products online, utilising SEO techniques, and communicating with customers.
  • Hackathons
    A 24 hour software development event with sponsors and challenges. Strong teamwork and time management is required to produce software within such a short deadline. During my time at university and Kadfire I entered eight hackathons, and won various prizes throughout my participation.

Certifications

  • Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD)
    Linux Foundation
    Currently In Progress
  • Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA)
    Linux Foundation
    Currently In Progress
  • LPI Linux Essentials
    Linux Professional Institute
    June 2015
  • MTA Networking Fundamentals
    Microsoft Certification
    April 2015
Upd. 14th October, 2021
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