George Brocklehurst’s CV

👋 Hi, I’m George. I’m a software developer and team leader with more than 15 years of experience.

Contact details

Name
George Brocklehurst
Website
georgebrock.com
GitHub
github.com/georgebrock
LinkedIn
linkedin.com/in/georgebrock
Email
Location
New York, USA

Skills

Web development

Desktop software development

Tools and processes

Management, mentorship, and teaching

Experience

Development Director at thoughtbot

Date
– present
Responsibilities

In May 2015 I started leading thoughtbot’s New York development team. I still write code for clients 3 or 4 days per week, and devote the reset of my time to leading the team.

I manage a team of developers, and provide regular coaching on both consulting and technical skills to help people do great work for our clients and grow in their careers.

As a part of the studio leadership team, I also work with the other New York Directors on all aspects of our local strategy, from hiring plans to financial projections to marketing strategies.

Company
thoughtbot inc. in New York, USA

Developer at thoughtbot

Date
Responsibilities

As a developer at thoughtbot my primary responsibility was to build great software for our clients primarily with Ruby, but often also with Python or JavaScript.

Building great software is more than just writing code, and I also work closely with clients to define product, prioritise features, and simplify processes.

Company
Thoughtbot Filial in Stockholm, Sweden until October 2014.
thoughtbot inc. in New York, USA from October 2014 onwards.

Freelance Web developer

Date
Clients
Hampstead Capital: Ruby on Rails development for internal tools that track and display historical financial data for an investment company.
Insiktsfabriken: Ruby on Rails development for a start-up providing online education resources to Swedish schools.
Dinner Company: A rapid MVP build in Ruby on Rails for an early stage start-up.

Django developer at Tripbirds

Date
Responsibilities

At Tripbirds, I worked on every aspect of an early stage start-up, including code, product development, and processes.

I introduced usability testing to the company, and recorded interviews with users to get valuable product insights. I also introduced better front-end development practices that significantly reduced the time it took to get new features to production.

Company
Tripbirds AB in Stockholm, Sweden

Django developer at Artfinder

Date
(five month contract)
Responsibilities

I worked on a range of features for Artfinder, including a new multi-variant home page with a complex Varnish caching setup.

Company
Art Discovery Limited in London, England

Ruby on Rails developer at Reevoo

Date
Responsibilities

At Reevoo I worked on a range of high-traffic Ruby on Rails applications, doing everything from interface development to improving back-end performance.

I introduced better CSS and JavaScript coding practices, building tools for working with CSS sprites and unobtrusive JavaScript.

During my time at Reevoo I was increasingly involved in product decisions. One of the last things I did at the company was to run a week-long offsite for a group of developers, designers and business people where we prototyped a new product.

Company
Revieworld Limited in London, England

Freelance Web developer

Date
Work
I built Web applications for a range of small businesses, initially focusing on front-end development and later transitioning to Ruby on Rails in 2009.

macOS developer

Date
– Present
Products
Choosy – A smarter default browser for macOS, downloaded over 10,000 times.
Iconic (no longer supported) – Custom folder icons for Mac OS X Leopard.

Education and qualifications

Computer Science degree (First class)

Date
Qualifications
B.Sc. (Hons) First Class
Institution
University of Manchester in Manchester, England