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Dave Sugden

Architect and Technical Lead

Information Services
  1. Equifax,
  2. Goats In Trees,
  3. The State of the Arts
  1. AXA Equity & Law
  1. University of Leeds
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Principal Technical Lead

– Present

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UK & Ireland-based Technical Architect behind the design and delivery of several market leading UK Financial and Insurance Services tools, with 10+ years of technical leadership experience leading teams around the globe.

A growing portfolio of community websites and a continued interest in web development, social media and mobile.

Specialties: Architecture, Technical Leadership, System Design, Software Development, Web Development


Principal Technical Lead

– Present (17 years 4 months)Bradford, United Kingdom and Wexford, Ireland

Architect behind the design and delivery of several market leading UK Financial, Public Sector and Insurance Services tools, with over 15 years of experience leading support and development teams and approaching 17 years in total within a software development environment.

I have 7+ years of experience working with outsource partners and have led virtual teams around the globe (India, Costa Rica, UK, USA) following agile and traditional project methodologies.


From May 2014 my official role title became Principal Technical Lead.

Between 2005 and 2014 I have been designated the titles of Senior Software Engineer, Technical Lead, Technical Architect, Systems Architect, Application Architect, and Enterprise Architect.

Between 1999 and 2005 I held the roles of Senior Analyst and Senior Developer, including a period where I managed a team of developers undertaking Y2K amendments and production support.

Android App Developer

Goats In Trees
– Present (7 months)Ireland

Android app development at Goats In Trees, a software house that was founded by myself in 2014 (primarily as a pathway to releasing my own applications).

Specialising in HTML5, JavaScript, Phonegap/Cordova based applications.

Senior Web Developer

The State of the Arts
– Present (1 year 5 months)United Kingdom

Senior Web Developer - Wordpress theme and plugin development (PHP, MySQL, HTML. CSS, JavaScript) and ongoing general technical consultancy for "The State of the Arts" (


Leeds Music Scene
– Present (15 years 11 months)leeds, united kingdom

Over 14 years as founder, owner, editor, writer and web developer for the Leeds Music Scene website, a not-for-profit site created and run entirely in my spare time.

The entire site design and coding, including a fully integrated content management system, database and close integration with social sites such as Twitter and Facebook, was written from the bottom-up by myself.

Leeds Music Scene is just one of half a dozen websites in my portfolio.

Technical skills: PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery (+UI +Mobile), RSS, XML, Microformats, Apache, Facebook & Twitter APIs, oAuth.

Junior Developer

AXA Equity & Law
(11 months)High Wycombe, UK

Junior Cobol developer.


  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. German

    Limited working proficiency

Honors & Awards

Equifax Chairmen's Circle of Excellence - Team Winner - Q1 2014


Equifax Chairmen's Circle of Excellence - Global 2013 Individual Winner


Equifax Chairmen's Circle of Excellence - Individual Winner - Q2 2013


Nomination from Programme Manager for a project I held the role of Technical Lead:

"Dave acted as technical lead on the [Project]. This is a new dataset with supporting services adding [Project] data to the UK. The project was delivered on time and under budget. Dave's attention to detail and determination was pivotal in achieving delivery timescales, scope, and quality. He provided technical leadership, design, and coaching, as well as engineering many aspects of the solution. He helped create the website design with the Product Owner. He acted as deputy for the Project and Programme Manager, leading large elements of the project. [Project] would not have been delivered without Dave's leadership. Dave sets the example for Integrity. He drove the project through challenges, always with the goal to deliver a new, market-leading service. He adopted and helped drive an Enterprise Agile delivery model, allowing us to deal with uncertainty, manage change, and deliver business value. Dave's mentoring of the team helped to develop team member skills and confidence. He values the individual, regularly calling attention efforts when someone goes the extra mile or where there is a training or development opportunity."

Equifax Customer Recognition


Following a Business Information Services project for a global banking group.

"Through a drawn out and often challenging bespoke implementation for [banking group], Dave was a key member of the project team proving himself reliable whilst always maintaining a high degree of professionalism. However, when [banking group] encountered system issues of their own on the night of implementation Dave's contribution truly went above and beyond the call of duty. Working under stressful conditions, in a fix-on-fail situation, Dave worked with [banking group], whilst also marshalling and coordinating Equifax resource, almost without a break through a seventy two hour period. Dave's focus, tremendous flexibility and willingness to put the client first enabled [banking group] to resolve issues to a more than satisfactory outcome. Feedback from [banking group] since has specifically praised Dave on his tremendous 'can do' attitude. An excellent outcome for Equifax with this important strategic customer."

Equifax Chairmen's Circle of Excellence - Team Nomination - Q1 2012


Nomination from the UK Build Manager for a project I led as the Lead Architect:

"The collaborative efforts of some of the UK's outstanding technology expertise needs to be rewarded at the highest level.

The team operated with laser focus, long hours and challenging timelines in optimizing costs, and not failing the customer, while being able to design and deliver truly innovative solutions to a problem which seemed initially intractable.

This genuine commitment to Equifax's central values of Customer Focus, Innovation and Efficiency are to be commended."

Equifax Chairmen's Circle of Excellence - Individual Winner - Q3 2009



SAFe Agilist (SA)(Link)

Scaled Agile Framework, License 30522881-1308

R Programming(Link)

– Present

Java Performance Tuning and Optimization Ed 1 LVC

Oracle University, License 6889593
– Present

TOGAF Certified Enterprise Architect

The Open Group, License 5688

PRINCE2 Practioner


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