How hiring me works in practice

What development projects should you hire me for?

I program custom interactive web applications. Examples include ecommerce sites, conference registration systems, intranet information systems, content managed sites, archive transcription systems and online research databases.

I work mainly in the Python programming language. You’ll find out more about my technical skills on my Python expertise page.

What kind of business relationship will we have?

I work as an independent contractor on an as-needed basis. I work primarily over the internet, with most contact by email, telephone and other electronic media. I'm also happy to travel to your offices whenever this would add value.

When you hire me I will make an effort to understand how you operate and what is unique to your business. We will discuss your requirements in detail and I will produce working prototypes right from the start that we can refine together until you feel happy with the result.

What motivates me?

Like many natural programmers, I love coding and the challenge of finding the best technical solution to my clients' real world problems.

Producing technically robust work is only half the story though: I also enjoy the challenge of producing a great user experience, an elegant design, and doing all this within the practical limits of your time and budget.

How will you pay me?

I expect payments to be made by bank transfer to either a UK or Euro bank account. If this isn't convenient we can discuss this before starting the project.

For new projects I ask for an upfront deposit, typically 50% of the total estimated cost. For ongoing work I would expect a retainer or regular monthly invoices.

How long have I been in business?

I have been programming for as long as I can remember. I was first paid to program a computer in 1996, it became my livelihood in 1997 and I became a full time freelance programmer in 2006.

Where am I based?

I am located in Liège, Belgium. Until recently I was based in London and I regularly visit the UK for both family and business purposes. Many of my clients are located in London and South-East England but I am comfortable with working for organisations based anywhere.

What are my credentials?

I started my full time career at pres.co (now Digitas LBI), a leading web design and development agency. There I was a senior developer, producing websites and web applications for clients such as Abbey (now Santander), Marks & Spencer, and National Savings.

I moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital / the Institute for Child Heath in 2002. I developed their content management system, numerous websites and internal systems. I led the programming team and my role included mentoring other developers and liaising with project managers, clinicians and academics, putting me right at the heart of the process on major projects.

In 2006 I became a freelance python web programmer, allowing me to use all my skills on a new variety of exciting projects.

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