Hi, I'm Chris.

A Brief Bio

Alum of four prior startups, and MBA graduate, I currently work at Simply Business as an Engineering Lead in our Global Platform teams, where I'm responsible for our US payment gateway integration.

In previous roles I’ve developed payment systems on every continent, except Antarctica, for companies from pre-seed to Fortune 500s, and mobile applciations for clients from health insurance companies, to consumer SaaS products.

I have experience leading teams on both the client code and backend service side of projects, as both a consultant and full-time employee, working with other engineers, product managers, founders, and investors.

Past Clients & Consulting

American Express Eventbrite Medallia

Previous consulting engagements have included the likes of American Express, the credit card issuer, Eventbrite, the multi-national events company, and Medallia, the market research company whose clients include the likes of Apple.

I've consulted with companies in industries as varied as; banking, events, data management, advertising, financial services, insurance, healthcare, pet-tech, and education, with the size of the companies ranging from pre-seed to Fortune 500.

Depending on the client need I work on engagements as; a solo software engineer—a lead for a team of software engineers—or in an entirely advisory capacity helping clients set the strategic direction of their product or project.

The technologies I've worked in have ranged from languages and frameworks like Ruby on Rails, PHP, and Objective-C; to bespoke third-party solutions like Shopify's platform, or one of the many off-the-shelf CMS solutions.

My primary experience currently lies around payment integrations and managing teams of software engineers, and I'm open to discussin short to mid-term consulting engagements.

My Day-to-day Work

At Simply Business, the UK’s largest insurance broker and part of the Travelers Group, I lead a team of software engineers working on our global software platform.

I joined Simply Business at the start of Q2 2017 and have spent time working on projects with Finance, Compliance/Legal, and Insurance product teams.

I'm currently responsible for a small team of software engineers focusing on porting our UK software platform to the US, whilst also contributing to other company-wide projects, including our ongoing work on payments infrastructure, and the containerisation of our hosting environment.

I also line manage three engineers, as well as being involved our hiring process, and supporting a few department wide initiatives to bring our Engineering teams together to share issues and ideas.

Come work with me — we're hiring at all levels and have more roles coming soon.