Curriculum Vitae - Mike Skaife

MEng (Hons) Software Engineering 1st, MBCS

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A talented Senior Technical Consultant educated to Masters level (MEng Software Engineering 1st) with around seven years professional experience across Central Government, Healthcare, Energy and Defence industries.

I have worked as Technical Architect and Lead Developer on a number of innovative, leading edge solutions. With a broad technical skill-set, I am proficient in a wide range of technologies, software products and platforms. I combine this with my strong problem solving and analytical capabilities to help shape, design and implement solutions that are robust, secure, highly usable and industry leading.

I have extensive experience of working in an Agile and collaborative environment with both internal teams and client stakeholders, to ensure that challenging timescales are met.

  • Technical Architect/Tech Lead/Lead Developer on a number of high profile industry leading projects
  • Studying for Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) and Professional Scrum Master (PSM) certifications
  • Extensive industry experience of using Agile practices such as Scrum, BDD and TDD
  • Technical coaching and mentoring of junior staff such as graduates and university placement students
  • Proven track record of self-starting and self-learning new open source and proprietary technologies
  • Professional Member of British Computer Society (MBCS)


Apr 2013 – Present:
Informed Solutions – Senior Technical Consultant – Altrincham/London/Sydney
Central Government/Healthcare/Energy

  • Technical Architect and Tech Lead on numerous industry leading systems
  • Agile experience including Scrum, BDD and TDD
  • Extensive collaborative working with external clients both on-site and remotely
  • Working with a wide variety of open source and proprietary technologies (Node.js, Docker, Jenkins, C# MVC, MSSQL, PHP, Drupal, Postgres, AWS)
  • Technical coaching and mentoring of junior staff members
  • Six months in Australia delivering innovative portal for NSW government
  • Delivery in line with Government Digital Services (GDS) design principles
  • Part of the companies ‘Digital Leadership Team’
  • Recruitment and performance appraisals for permanent staff and contractors
  • Management of university alliances for recruitment of graduates/placements

Sep 2011 – Mar 2013:
Critical Software Technologies – Senior Engineer – Yeovil/London/Eindhoven
Urban Operating System (Smart Cities) – Living PlanIT SA

  • C#, MSSQL, RESTful Web Services

Sep 2009 – August 2011:
BAE Systems – Software Engineer - Yeovil
MCSP Project (Merlin Tactical Mission Computer) - Defence

  • Won award for role in launch of companywide innovation portal

June 2008 – Sep 2008:
Atlas Business Plc – Web Developer - Crewe
Accounting & Business Software (Summer Work)

July 2006 - Aug 2007:
LogicaCMG - Industrial Placement - London
Java Developer – Skynet Project


2004 – 2009:
MEng (Hons) 1st in Software Engineering
University of Wales, Aberystwyth

  • Graduated July 2009
  • Final year project – C#, GPS, Bluetooth, SQL Server on mobile device

2001 – 2003:
Malbank Sixth Form College
A-Level: Information Technology (B), Geography (B), Mathematics with Statistics (C)

1996 – 2001:
Shavington High School
GCSEs: 11 subjects, grades A-B including English, Maths and Information Technology


Key Technologies:

  • Application Design & Development – Node.js, C#, ASP.NET MVC, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, HTML, CSS, XML/XSLT, Drupal, PHP, RabbitMQ
  • Database Technologies – Microsoft SQL Server (2008/2012), SSRS, SSIS, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle
  • CI/CD – Jenkins, Docker, Ansible
  • Key Software Tools – Microsoft Visual Studio (2008/2010/2012), PHPStorm, GitHub
  • Version Control – Team Foundation Server, Git, SVN, Visual SourceSafe
  • Web Server Technologies – IIS, Apache, Nginx
  • Operating Platforms – MS Windows including Windows Server, Unix/Ubuntu, Amazon Web Services

Key Skills:

  • Software Development - Understanding and experience of full Software Development Lifecycle
  • Project Methodologies - Experience of Scrum (Developer/Master) roles, BDD and waterfall
  • Digital Leadership - Tech Lead/Lead Developer on key projects, technical coaching of junior staff
  • General IT - Proficient user of MS Office, World Wide Web & E-mail


  • Full Clean UK Driving Licence with Pass Plus



  • Received award for achieving good A-Level results in face of adversity


  • Completed London Marathon and other events raising money for charity
  • President of University Motorsports Club
  • Captain of team in British University Karting Championship
  • Keen triathlete, open water swimmer and cyclist


Available on request