Name: Ollie Read
Class: Freelance PHP Developer
My name is Ollie Read and I'm a PHP developer based in the centre of Birmingham, with 11 years of commercial experience.
I like to be challenged and as such surround myself with challenges where ever I can. I absolutely love implementing & creating new systems, with new technologies just as much as I love scouring old code bases to find the source of a bug, or to optimise and improve.
Around 15 years ago I found myself going through something which I was having a bit of trouble dealing with, when lo and behold I discovered the internet. In an attempt to turn my fortune around I started scouring the internet to understand it and all its wonders, which is when I started to notice that quite commonly, website addresses would end in PHP. After some short searching I discovered that this was in fact a language used to write websites, and I just had to know it!
Here I am some 15 years later, I’m still writing PHP and I have still to this day, not looked back.
Senior Web Developer
CleverCherry October 2016 – November 2017 (1 year 1 month)
As of October 2016 I’ve rejoined the employed masses, taking on a role at a local agency by the name of CleverCherry. At CleverCherry I get to work on a wide array of clients projects, as well as in house projects. During my time as a freelancer I was able to adapt to new technologies and methodologies with little to no overhead, something that isn’t quite as easy for a fully fledged agency. Fortunately, I am able to bring this knowledge and these skills to the wonderfully friendly team at CleverCherry.
Ollieread.com/Ollie’s Lab August 2013 – October 2016 (3 years)
After leaving OnApp in July 2013 I decided to make the most of my new location and give it a go as a freelancer, building up a nice client base and seeing the city.
OnApp May 2013 – July 2013 (3 months)
I joined OnApp as the lead PHP developer tasked with bringing the current application in house and slowly phasing out the contractors. From there I was to setup standards and practises as well as build up a team to handle the project in the long run.
Virtual Currency Developer
Miniclip (UK) Ltd May 2012 – March 2013 (11 months)
In April of 2012 a friend of mine pointed out an opportunity to go work for a company that I knew very well, a company whose games kept me occupied during my lunch breaks at schools. This company was in fact Miniclip, the free online games provider.
While I was originally taken on as a Virtual Currency Developer, and was tasked with helping to create the new virtual currency system which can be seen running live in a fair few games, with the most notable being 8 ball pool, this wasn’t my only responsibility and I soon moved on to be a general developer, working on projects as and when needed, as well as fixing bugs, optimising code and providing proposals on ways to improve our efficiency and generally make life easier. The last proposal I put forward was a brand new way to handle errors and debugging, which cut down the time required from anywhere between 1 hour, and a few days, to around 15 minutes.
Jetpack HQ Ltd April 2011 – November 2012 (1 year 8 months)
After leaving SalesFunnel I decided to go it alone and set myself up with a company. For this role I took on new clients and handled every stage of the process, including sales, management and planning. Fortunately however, I managed to maintain a working relationship with my old employers, so in most cases, I continued my responsibilities from my old job, but on a contracted basis. Unfortunately due to an unfortunate experience with a client, it was no longer viable for me to continue running the company, so the company was closed and I went on to pursue other options.
SalesFunnel.co.uk Ltd April 2009 – August 2010 (1 year 5 months)
Unfortunately due to failings in QBS Group Ltd, the company was shut down and the web department reformed under the new name ‘SalesFunnel’. Although it was technically a different employer, my responsibilities continued, and I continued to provide the same service to the same clients, and obviously some new ones.
QBS Group Ltd July 2007 – April 2009 (1 year 10 months)
This was my first job as a junior web developer, so my main tasks were fixing issues with clients sites, identifying potential issues, setting up CMS and Ecommerce websites, and creating entirely new bespoke systems for all of our 200+ clients. During my time here my knowledge grew, and this was recognised by bosses so my responsibilities increased, with me taking over management of our servers and general maintenance of servers and equipment.