Software EngineerLost My Name (e-commerce), Sep 2016 — current
Front-end DeveloperNice and Serious (agency), Mar 2014 — May 2016
CoachRails Girls London / Node Girls London, Nov 2015 — current

Key skills —

ES6, Node, Express, React, Redux, Functional JS, Ruby, OOP, TDD

Education 🎓

Makers AcademySoftware development course, May 2016 — Aug 2016
Imperial College LondonMSc Science Communication, Oct 2013 — May 2015 (part-time)
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityBSc Chemistry, Sep 2008 — May 2011

I can offer —

A curious mind 💭

I learn by throwing myself in the deep-end and using technology I’m interested in on real projects.

I wanted to try a strongly-typed language, so I built a URL shortener in Go. I’m also curious about GraphQL, so I learnt how to construct queries by converting a REST API into a GraphQL API.

A problem solver 💡

The skills from my scientific background come into use surprisingly often. I try to take a systematic approach to solving a problem, testing a hypothesis either by writing unit tests or intentionally breaking code (and subsequently fixing it, of course).

I'm no stranger to puzzles and can even navigate my way around a Rubik's cube.

Lastly, some of the lovely things my colleagues have (anonymously) said about me during company awards —

"New to the team and has hit the ground running. Very adaptable and has demonstrated she is capable of working in whatever way others need her to."
"Van is consistently smashing it out the park. Her execution is spot on and her output is always over and beyond. There have been a lot of changes in shop in Q2 but Van has been a rock."
"For always taking on work that even the most senior developer would shake at and doing such an incredible job with the work she delivers."