Simon Gardner

Simon Gardner

Marketing and Technical Director at Sophont Technologies

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Computer Software

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Simon Gardner's Overview

  • Marketing and Technical Director at Sophont Technologies
  • Programmer at Freelance
  • IT Consultant at Sherwoods International
  • Software Developer at Sowester
  • Senior Programmer at Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • Electronics Engineer at Parker Digiplan
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Simon Gardner's Summary

Marketing, business and security aware full stack software developer and technologist.

I've worked in the enterprise content management industry since 2000 and as a programmer of enterprise class business systems in various industries since 1988.

Simon Gardner's Experience

Marketing and Technical Director

Sophont Technologies

August 2014Present (2 months) Wimborne

Building something exciting relating to content management and real time web.


Holistic Systems

Sole Proprietorship; 1-10 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

October 2008August 2014 (5 years 11 months)

Research and development in the areas of internet of things and and real time web apps with node.js

For those that haven't yet realised, the web is in the process of becoming something fundamentally different. Gone will be stateless html pages and "in" will be real time ("push") communication between server and client and from browser to browser via rich applications built with webgl, svg, websockets, webrtc and local storage. Of course, html will still be there, just not like before.

Marketing Technologist

Immediacy -> Mediasurface -> Alterian

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; ALN; Computer Software industry

October 2006September 2008 (2 years) Poole, Dorset

Developing the online presence for one of the UK's leading .NET CMS vendors. Built and managed an online community of 2000 devs, marketers and business managers, built one of the first responsive sites, built a sophisticated real time analytics and user tracking database. Helped out wherever I could. Got to work in/with possibly the most enthusiastic and effective software sales & marketing team ever assembled.

Web Developer / Consultant


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

February 2001October 2006 (5 years 9 months) Poole, Dorset

Delivered countless cutting edge .NET content managed websites and re-brandable travel insurance sites. Developed and delivered the Immediacy CMS developer training course. Generated always happy, reference-able top name clients. Developed the "Immediacy Public Sector Solution" responsible for £5?million worth of software sales.



March 2000February 2001 (1 year)

Various projects including a large scale membership database migration for a national charity and development of a bookshop stock counting system.

IT Consultant

Sherwoods International

March 1998March 2000 (2 years 1 month) London

Programming consultant as part of a team contracted to DEFRA developing the IAACS/APS payment system responsible for managing annual payments of over £1billion GBP in EU subsidies to UK farmers each year.

Software Developer


March 1997March 1998 (1 year 1 month)

Development and support of bespoke business management software using Pick (Universe) databases. Migration of in-house systems from Unix (AIX) to Windows NT.

Senior Programmer

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

February 1991March 1997 (6 years 2 months)

Development of financial systems and a lifeboat fleet maintenance system using Pick and &Pace 4GL. Migration of in-house systems from Primos to Unix.

Electronics Engineer

Parker Digiplan

August 1988February 1991 (2 years 7 months)

Engineering apprenticeship which lead to managing and developing business critical IT systems supporting ERP/MRP/CRM systems in an electronics manufacturing environment.

Simon Gardner's Languages

  • French

  • Spanish

Simon Gardner's Projects

  • Drupal Authcache Module

    • March 2011 to Present
    Team Members: Simon Gardner

    I am co-maintainer for the Drupal Authcache module which provides very dramatic performance improvements for authenticated users of Drupal websites.

Simon Gardner's Skills & Expertise

  1. Difficult Questions
  2. Lateral Thinking
  3. Information Architecture
  4. Web Content Management
  5. Software Development
  6. User Experience
  7. Drupal
  8. PostgreSQL
  9. node.js
  10. Open Source Software
  11. Web Analytics
  12. E-commerce
  13. Security
  14. Robotics
  15. Electronics
  16. Direct Response Marketing
  17. C#
  18. PHP
  19. SQL
  20. Web Development
  21. CRM
  22. ERP
  23. Enterprise Software Marketing
  24. Linux
  25. Drupal Commerce
  26. CSS
  27. MySQL
  28. Content Management
  29. CMS
  30. jQuery
  31. Aegir
  32. Web Project Management
  33. HTML5
  34. HTML
  35. IIS
  36. .NET
  37. ASP.NET
  38. Pick
  39. Microsoft SQL Server
  40. Scrum
  41. HTML 5
  42. JavaScript
  43. Usability
  44. Unix
  45. Arduino
  46. Analytics
  47. Agile Methodologies
  48. Python
  49. XHTML
  50. Enterprise Software

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Simon Gardner's Education


Self educated

Simon Gardner's Additional Information


Mountain biking, 5-a-side football, Hangliding, Canoing, Walking, Yoga

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