Andy Derrick

Over 20 years experience of software development



Over 20 years experience of software development, analysis and design, with in-depth knowledge of the most up to date techniques.

A highly motivated, hands-on individual, well qualified and with a very wide range of development experience. I have a proven ability to drive commercial requirements via complex technical solutions, both on and off line.

I technology to make a difference.

From real time location tracking of personnel (on land, underground & at sea) to theme park ride optimisation (trying to efficiently steer visitors around their preferred rides).

My code has tracked, monitored & assessed circus equipment, given you access to airport lounges, helped you fast-track through airport security, & possibly matched you with your perfect job.

My ecommerce solutions have ramped up online sales of trampolines, hotel rooms, coffee, clothing for wakeboarders, ink cartridges, bus tickets, Adblue for cars, printers & villa holidays in Jamaica (to pick an eclectic few!)

I have provided scanning solutions to track down parcels, and even spot holes in crisp packaging.

I've audited pensions software, created FSA regulated systems & work actively to help industry to meet its compliance obligations.

With a wide knowledge of web development, database development, application development and iPhone app development, I pride myself on working within a quality driven environment, providing agile solutions to complex or challenging projects. I have the capability to pull together large teams of specific experts or work as a sole developer depending on the requirements of the project.

In summary, I have over 20 years experience in all aspects of software development including consultancy, specification writing, project management and coding in many software languages. I have comprehensive experience in the analysis, design and implementation of financial, management, web and reliability information systems, plus development of software and hardware for control and instrumentation based applications.

A solid track record in the project management of multi-disciplinary teams with responsibility from Director to Department leader for both commercial, military and technical requirements. Direct responsibility for multi-national projects delivered in countries from Eastern Europe to Hong Kong with budgets up to £1.5M and project teams of 30+.

My track record is in the analysis, design and delivery of technology solutions. This has only been achieved by developing an in-depth understanding of the clients issues and desires, backed up by deploying methodologies for system analysis, design and integration to ISO standards.

Recent Experience Highlights:

Apple iPhone App Development - from simple graphical entertainment apps to complex apps that pull and push data via webservices. I have carried out the entire app process from specification through development to submission. I have developed a mix of paid for and free apps on behalf of clients, all of my apps have been approved by Apple first time.

First Rail Support part of FirstGroup plc (137,000 staff £5 Billion turnover) provides the replacement bus services for train companies who require passengers to be moved by coach/bus whilst there are track outages. A new development valued at over £200K was developed, clever innovation such as cell site location for vehicle tracking eventually won the bid and the new system is now live. Role: Solution Outline, Bid proposal and presentation, Development overview.

Sesame - secure web hosted document scan on demand system: fixed IP access, image and data wrappers, SSL, password security policies etc. Supporting national user base of over 200 users. Role: Requirements Capture, System Architecture, Development. (Sesame provides support to more than 7000 advisers, employs more than 500 people and sold £23 billion worth of mortgages in 2010)

Summary of Education:
B.Eng (Honours Sandwich) Electronic Engineering (1st Class) 1989
National Diploma Computer Technology (Microelectronics) 1985
Oracle DBA 2001, Prince



iPhone App for manufacturers and distributers of musical equipment worldwide. The project has involved designing and developing an interactive app using rich media such as audio and video data to showcase their entire product base of approx 2,000 products. The App has been built for internal use of sales staff when out in the field. Products are searchable by product name/number or a user can browse down through 4 sub category levels until they reach the product they are interested in. We then offer detailed product information including price, a short description, long description, mutiple product images, quick time audio clips and video demonstrations played using the in-built YouTube player. We also offer location based services to help a user locate a dealer with stock, news and promotional articles, a favourites section, linked product accessories, and secure services to show Roland staff only, the latest financial and stock data. This app uses many web services to pull information from the website database to the app to provide up to the minute data.

skills used: C++, Html

Inkjet Direct Ltd

Listed by The Sunday Times as 12th fastest growing company in the UK, parent company Inkjet Direct Ltd hired me to build an oSCommerce based site however it was heavily customised and integrates with their backoffice system in both directions so that latest stock gets automatically imported every night and orders are pushed via XML into their fulfillment system. I built and ajax inkpicker to allow users to find product quicker and easier. Plus to assist the marketing department I built additional modules such as: bundles builder, discount voucher builder, customised reporting and tracking etc. Written in PHP, MySQL, javascript.

skills used: PHP, MySql, AJAX, E-Commerce

No1 Traveller Ltd

Offering executive lounge services at Heathrow, Gatwick & Stansted, I wrote the functional specification and developed their ecommerce store. Taking bookings for everything from lounge access to limousine hire this website queries real-time availability using web API's and pushes bookings through to the relevant airport lounges, plus distributes messaging to all appropriate services eg concierge, beauty therapists etc. For Luton Airport web API's are developed to generate 3d barcodes to allow priority access to the departure lounge through security. There are also affiliate tracking and dynamic discount code features. The latest new features are direct query/booking of 3rd party services via XML for Heathrow Express and Car Parking across 5 airports. Written in, javascript and MS SQL2008.

skills used: C#, JavaScript, SQL Server, E-Commerce

Jessops PLC

Before going freelance I developed and supported 24/7 the main web site. A high transactional ecommerce platform developed in and MS SQL running on clustered blades, 80% of all sales touched the store and accounted for over £60M of on-line sales. Role: Strategic development

skills used: C#, E-Commerce, SQL Server

Merlin Entertainments Group

Part of the Merlin Entertainments Group which includes Alton Towers, Chessington, Lego Land etc. Written in, sql server, javascript, ajax, with flash promotional elements including BBC footage, this website is all about cross and up-selling. There are a variety of animated promotional banners throughout the user journey that Warwick have complete control of via the website's bespoke CMS. The site is also integrated to Merlin's central booking engine.

skills used: VB.Net, Flash, SQL Server, E-Commerce, AJAX, JavaScript

Work Flexibility

Location flexibility

Within Cumbria.
Within North West.
Within United Kingdom.
Can telecommute.

Length of contract