Matt Oakley

An experienced software developer and entrepreneur with 15 years of practical workplace experience. Self-driven and strong decision making skills with extensive knowledge of software development and management principles.
Based on the Suffolk coast within easy reach of London.
Currently reading: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
As an entrepreneur, I’m always looking to improve my product management techniques. The Lean Startup provides a unique look at a process which aims to prove that it’s okay to take risks and make mistakes along the way to success.
Work experience

Software Contractor; July 2017 - Present

Providing development services to businesses around East Anglia and London on a short- to-mid term basis. Working largely with Rails monoliths with some Elixir, ReactJS and React Native alongside. Projects have included pre-paid card software on the Mastercard network, internal Learning Management Systems (LMS) for a national care agency and embedded software for golf range machinery.

CTO @ Infabode; 2014 - 2017

Leading technical development side of a well-funded startup in the Real Estate / PropTech sector. Focus on developing a bespoke software platform for research from the ground up. Features included a custom advertising platform and automated administration running on Rails and ReactJS.

Co-founder & Director @ Creative Intent; 2010 - 2014

Creative Intent was born from the success of a custom ecommerce application which I had developed from my growing years of experience. The system incorporated online payments, catalogues, content management and CRM.

Whilst adapting to the challenges of running a business, we succeeded in scaling and winning clients including Adnams and Paddy & Scotts. Hands-on building custom websites and software including mobile apps and Wordpress plugins to support our web designers. Winners of the 2012 East Anglian Business Awards in the “Startup of the Year” category.

The business was acquired by Infotex in 2014 following its success.

Lead Web Developer @ V4 Technical; 2009 - 2010

Decision maker, in charge of creating specifications and managing teams for technical development projects including ecommerce and customer management software. Hands- on in developing the software and websites when required for customers including AXA Insurance and Suffolk Food Hall.

Web Developer @ Shelton Internet; 2007 - 2009

Supporting the development of bespoke websites, largely focussed around ecommerce and online payments. Largely working in small teams handling business logic and databases. Building websites using Wordpress and a custom in-house content management system.

IT Support @ Christies Care; 2004 - 2007

Providing network and software support to a multi-site network of around 100 clients running Windows infrastructure.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate; 2016
AWS Certified Developer Associate; 2016
Volunteer roles

Chairman & Head of Youth Development @ Saxmundham Sports FC; 2015 - Present

Co-ordinating operations within an historic grassroots football club offering open-age and youth football within the community.

The club has undergone a sustained period of growth at both open-age and youth levels with the recent introduction of an additional mens' team and two new youth sides.

As an FA Licensed Coach I have been hands-on with development of youth players aged from 4 to 16 including the introduction of a weekly Saturday Morning Club for boys and girls aged 4 to 11. To date, this has created opportunity for around 30 children to gain their first experience of playing football.

In addition, the introduction of an FA supported SSE Wildcats Centre for Girls has allowed us to offer a unique opportunity to girls in Saxmundham for the first time.

IT Officer & Fixtures Secretary @ Suffolk & Ipswich Football League; 2018 - Present

Overseeing the introduction of a new online platform to manage day-to-day running of a large open-age grassroots football league.

Chairman @ Stowmarket Referees' Association; 2012 - 2014

Organising monthly meetups to support the development of around 30 local football referees with guest speakers and mentorship regularly on offer.