Red Mars Digital
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.
Born in Chester, to a family of zookeepers.
Assembled my first PC from components: an i386 with 2 whole megabytes of RAM.
Graduated with 4 grade A A-levels from Lancaster Royal Grammar School.
Completed a 2:1 BSc in Zoology at the University of Nottingham, creating a science education website as my final year project.
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.
Various short-term finance, payroll and HR contracts:
- Glyndebourne Opera House
- Roedean School
- Select Appointments
Payroll Manager at Icon Live, leading a team of 5 and responsible for the wages of ~2,000 part and full-time employees.
Completed a number of physics and astrophysics modules with the Open University, fitting my studies around full-time employment.
Senior Reward Manager at Sony Music UK.
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.
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.
On the back-end, the course focused on the Node runtime and the Express framework, backed with mongoDB NoSQL database architecture.
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.
In February 2018 I began working at Royal Museums Greenwich as their Digital Media Developer, designing and creating all manner of (hopefully!) entertaining and educational interactive visitor-facing digital content across the museums' four famous sites: the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Cutty Sark and Queen's House.
So far I have produced a number of digital interactives now installed in permanent galleries, including in the Maritime Museum's brand new 'Endeavour' wing that opened in September. I have also created several installations for temporary exhibitions, including the fantastic Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition 2018.
In January 2019 I moved across London from one famous cultural institution to another, joining the Digital Media and Marketing team at the Natural History Museum.
My role here is in many ways the polar opposite of RMG, working in a large department on high-traffic online applications such as the museum's popular (and vast) website, as opposed to a lone developer producing single-instance kiosks for installation into on-site galleries. This change has brought invaluable experience of teamwork in a digital context, practicing whole new ways of working in an agile environment. It has also brought the opportunity to work alongside dedicated UX and design professionals and in-house producers of great content such as video - not to mention many other fellow developers!
On the technical side, the hugely varied codebase has brought fantastic exposure to and the chance to learn all kinds of languages, frameworks and new workflow tools - including (but definitely not limited to):