Russell Hicks

Technical lead and experienced manager

About me

Hands on technical lead with agency and startup experience. Proven leadership and management skills. 20+ years working in development and leadership roles in mobile and web.

Pragmatic problem solver. Firm believer in the importance of building kind, nurturing working environments that deliver maximum ROI by enabling everyone to reach their full potential.

Proficient in Kotlin, Java, Android development, Typescript, Laravel, VueJS and database design. Agile enthusiast.

Looking to find a home at a company where I can make a real difference.


Bond Digital Health



A universal data capture platform for the lateral flow industry

Developed prototype versions of the main API, web and mobile apps, as well as acting as sole developer on several successful R&D projects in association with Swansea University.

Designed and implemented Agile based workflows and practices appropriate for the digital healthcare space.

Led recruitment to scale the development team from two to a 20 strong unit, including taking on line management and review responsibilities.

Introduced a CI based deployment workflow that drastically reduced testing time and enabled automated build delivery to clients.

Successfully delivered releases of Transform to our main US client, including securing app store approval and FDA authorisation, to supply Covid test reporting to consumers and businesses across North America.




Lead developer at a BAFTA winning mobile development studio

Led a cross platform native mobile and web development team at Rantmedia, a leading UK mobile agency.

Highlights include work on a BAFTA winning cross platform game, designing a CI driven cross platform build system and shepherding the team towards a more test-driven approach to development, improving code quality and reducing reported bugs.

Successfully delivered projects for dozens of clients during my four years here. Originally recruited as a systems architect then promoted to CTO in 2016.

Various clients

Freelance Web and Mobile Developer


Mobile and web freelance work with clients in Cardiff, London and Bristol

Worked as the sole developer on projects for various clients including a Laravel based timesheet tracking system, an Android app designed to help people give up smoking and a digital asset management system for a chain of estate agents.


Senior Software Engineer

APRIL 2012 - DECEMBER 2013

PHP/Drupal based SASS platform for content providers

Senior developer on Wordpress and Drupal-based paywall subscription content management systems.

Big Eye Deers

Technical Director


Cardiff based agency with great designs

Co-founder and lead developer at Magento and Wordpress web agency.


Software Developer / Digital Marketing Manager


(Now defunct) Independent utility infrastructure installation and management

Worked as a developer on a PL/SQL Oracle 8 based internal asset management product. Promoted to Marketing manager and led development and marketing team in multiple web projects for Inexus products and companies.


Cardiff University

MSc Computer Science

2003 - 2004

A solid foundation in programming and computer science on this MSc conversion course at a Russell Group University.

Java, OOP, database design, UML, discrete mathematics, data structures and algorithms - an excellent foundation for a career in software development.

Cardiff University

BA English Literature

1997 - 2000

Developed communication, problem solving and analysis skills (and a slightly useless lifelong love of desolate, alcohol soaked interwar literature).

Degree class 2:1

A little more about me

Alongside my interests in technology and software engineering some of my other hobbies are:

  • Writing (short stories and longer fiction)
  • Politics (many nerdy podcasts consumed)
  • Cinema
  • Hiking