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Mark Thomas

Skills overview

HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript

5 years' experience coding, deploying and maintaining websites. Creation and implementation of responsive designs for mobile devices.

Graphic and Web Design

Strong image authoring skills (vector and raster). Ability to create functional designs with harmony and balance, in a range of styles

User Experience and User Interaction Design

Able to design and code website and webpage elements with consideration for customer flow and interaction

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Excellent people skills and able to engage, persuade and communicate effectively with individuals and groups at all levels

Leadership and Teamworking

Experience of leading a multi-disciplinary team, coordinating multiple high-profile projects seen by millions of customers worldwide

Problem Solving

Logical approach to problems honed by scientific training, able to give insight and provide solutions

Adaptability and Skill-learning

Quick to learn and master new skills, and have undertaken self-study to broaden and enhance my skill set

All-round IT Skills

Over 10 years' experience working with a range of desktop applications. Extensive knowledge of MS Office programs, hardware and software installations, programming skills, knowledge and experience of setting up and running hosted services

Key skills

HTML5

CSS3

Javascript

Responsive Design

Photoshop

Illustrator

SVG images

Education

Sep '07 - Jul '08
Macclesfield College
(Evening class)

BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design
Distinction

Sep '97 - Jul '01
Staffordshire University

MPhys in Physics
1st class with Honours

Sep '95 - Jul '97
Biddulph High School Sixth Form

4 A Levels
Physics (A)
Mathematics (B)
English Language and Literature (D)
General Studies (A)

Sep '93 - Jul '95
Biddulph High School

9 GCSEs at A* - C, including:
Science Double Award
English Language & Literature
Mathematics

Employment History

November 2014 - present: Senior Content Management Analyst, bet365

  • Web project management role in a global company, leading a multi-disciplinary team

  • Planning and design of user experience, interaction and customer journey

  • Full project life-cycle involvement, from discussions with internal customers to completion and deployment to live websites

  • Testing, analysis and bug-fixing of interactive customer-facing web elements seen by millions of users worldwide

  • Monitoring performance of projects post-launch and reporting of findings

December 2010 - present: Director, Designmark Graphics Ltd

  • Design and coding (HTML5, CSS3, Javascript) of responsive websites with full consideration for UX

  • Execution of strong Search Engine Optimisation

  • Time and task management skills, managing concurrent projects from conception to conclusion

  • Building constructive and fruitful partnerships with clients to establish quality service for a loyal customer base

April 2008 - November 2014: Sub Editor, bet365

  • Writing and editing engaging and dynamic promotional copy

  • Content management of, and editorial responsibility for, textual and visual elements across five website products

  • Cross-departmental liaison for Software Development team and Publishing user base

  • Analysis and testing of existing CMS functionality, and coordination of work to expand system capabilities

October 2007 - April 2008: Technical Consultant (Employee Research / Survey Analysis), ORC International

  • Database creation, analysis and interpretation using MS Office suite and Transact SQL

  • Production of interactive reporting tools detailing opinions and performance, as well as benchmarking comparators and sector rivals comparisons

  • Rigorous data-checking and validation

  • Determining requirements and feasibility of study analysis, setting timetable for deliverables and managing concurrent projects

March 2002 - October 2007: Data Analyst, Department of Medicines Management, Keele University

  • Analysis of healthcare data to produce high-impact, professional data reports to inform management decision-making

  • Data cleaning and segmentation analysis of carefully selected data subsets

  • Efficient and timely production and distribution of reports to 30 healthcare organisations across the West Midlands area

November 2001 - June 2002: IT Tutor and learndirect Officer, Leek College of FE

  • Teaching ICT skills at a variety of levels to students from differing backgrounds

  • Overseeing learndirect course provision (including training colleagues) in a local learning venue

  • Learning centre management including administrative duties

  • Promotion of centre and involvement in profile-raising activities

Hobbies and Interests

In my spare time I enjoy running, playing golf, badminton and going for countryside walks. I also write articles for my open source graphic software blog which attracts over 2,000 readers every month.

My references are available on request.