Phil Lowles

About me

Click the link to download my CV [PDF 140kb].

Qualities

Skills

Employment history

Freelance

Jun 2014 - 2016

Freelance Web Designer

Rate: £16 per hour

Worked on freelance projects including: African Victory (a local African cuisine restaurant), 3rd Basingstoke Boys' Brigade (www.3rdbasingstoke.org) and TitanCon (www.titancon.com).

Macmillan - Nature Publishing Group

Feb 2012 - Jun 2014

Web Production Developer

Salary: £31,452

Brunel Road,
Basingstoke,
Hampshire,
RG21 6XS
  • Maintaining and troubleshooting the XBuilder page building system that converts source XML into HTML using XSL Transformation
  • Developing processes for new functionalities
  • Languages: XML, XSLT, HTML, CSS. Also learned JAVA and JQuery
  • Software: Oxygen XML editor, Eclipse, GIT version control
  • JIRA bug tracking system to log work and assign tasks
  • Agile based project management methodology
  • Unit testing
  • Developed process for output of citation documents in various formats
  • Created and led a training programme in CSS for my team members

Macmillan - Nature Publishing Group

Jun 2008 - Feb 2012

Web Production Editor

Brunel Road,
Basingstoke,
Hampshire,
RG21 6XS
  • Responsible for online publication of scientific journals including British Journal of Cancer (BJC) and European Molecular Biology Journal (EMBOJ)
  • HTML and CSS error checking and correction
  • Image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop
  • Worked on website redesign project for EMBOJ and EMBOR
  • Worked on archive conversion and update projects for various journals

Basingstoke Gazette

Mar 1996 - Dec 2007

Production Operative

Pelton Road,
Basingstoke,
Hampshire,
RG21 6YD
  • Responsible for design and production of adverts for local newspaper
  • Responsible for download delivery and content checking of adverts from external sources via Email, FTP, Adfast and other Internet procedures
  • Software: QuarkXPress 4.1, Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe Acrobat 7.0, Multi-Ad Creator, FTP software, Adfast Internet advert delivery system

Education and Qualifications

Online training

2012 - 2016

I keep up to date on the latest technology developments with online training from websites like W3 Schools and Code Academy - including completion of courses in: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, JQuery, Ruby, SQL, PHP and Python. Have also learned responsive frameworks (Bootstrap, W3 CSS) and CSS pre-processors (Sass, Less). There is always more to learn in this profession!

PTR Training (Wokingham)

Completed

Fundamentals of Computer Programming using JAVA

Nov 2012

XML: XSL Transformations

Dec 2010

Computeach Training

Nov 2005 - Apr 2007

CIW Designer (Stage 4: Design Methodology)

Pass - 90%

CIW Associate (Stages 1-3: Foundations)

Pass - 95%

IC3 Computing Fundamentals

Pass

Cranbourne Secondary School

Sep 1987 - Jun 1992

GCSE: Mathematics, Keyboarding Applications (RSA), English Language, English Literature, Modular Science, Art and Design, CDT: Design and Communication

Interests

Organised and run 5 successful Game of Thrones fan conventions in Belfast called TitanCon over the last 5 years (www.titancon.com). This involves all aspects of project management - budgeting, planning and human resources.

Have been an active member of a local Boys' Brigade company for 32 years and now run the Company section for 11-18 year olds. I have undertaken training in expedition, camping and safeguarding (www.3rdbasingstoke.org).

I like to keep fit with cycling, hiking, rock climbing and visiting the gym. In my free time I enjoy computer games, reading books and listening to music.