Red Mars Digital

About

Hello!

I'm Robin Marsden, a full stack developer based in London, UK.

Following a 15-year career in HR, payroll and finance, I made the switch to concentrate on building a career in web design and development in early 2017.

Scroll on to see some of my education and career milestones so far.

For a full CV, please feel free to contact me.

1980

Born in Chester, to a family of zookeepers.

1993

Assembled my first PC from components: an i386 with 2 whole megabytes of RAM.

1998

Graduated with 4 grade A A-levels from Lancaster Royal Grammar School.

1998 - 2001

Completed a 2:1 BSc in Zoology at the University of Nottingham, creating a science education website as my final year project.

2002 - 2007

Several roles over 6 years with Protocol National in Nottingham, primarily as Payroll Supervisor and BACS signatory for the wages of around 7,000 part-time and interim teaching staff.

2007 - 2008

Various short-term finance, payroll and HR contracts:

  • Glyndebourne Opera House
  • Roedean School
  • Select Appointments
2008 - 2010

Payroll Manager at Icon Live, leading a team of 5 and responsible for the wages of ~2,000 part and full-time employees.

2009 - 2011

Completed a number of physics and astrophysics modules with the Open University, fitting my studies around full-time employment.

2011 - 2017

Senior Reward Manager at Sony Music UK.

MySQL

A broad remit with responsibility for UK payroll, pensions and employee benefits, as well as acting as sysadmin for HR, payroll and reward software - and as the principal MySQL and SAP Business Objects database administrator and MI report builder.

Spring 2017

As a first step to changing career to focus on tech and programming, I refreshed my web development skills from first principles using Udemy's Web Developer Bootcamp.

Across 297 video tutorials, this well-regarded course comprehensively covered the fundamentals of front-end development, from the foundations - HTML, CSS and Javascript - through to popular libraries including jQuery and Bootstrap.

On the back-end, the course focused on the Node runtime and the Express framework, backed with mongoDB NoSQL database architecture.

HTML5
Javascript
jQuery
CSS3
Bootstrap
Node.js
Express
MongoDB
2017

The first Red Mars Digital projects were comissioned later in 2017, including two touchscreen installation pieces for a zoo / visitor's centre in Cumbria and a photography portfolio site. You can read more about all of these on the Projects page.

© Red Mars Digital 2017