|Name:||Stephen James Hill.|
|Location:||Swansea, South Wales.|
|November 2008 - Present||
Owner of Nexus Network Technologies, a small company
set up by myself to provide freelance consultancy services.
Specialising in GNU/Linux software development and
|June 2005 - Present||
Technical director of Opendium Limited (technical
manager prior to 2010). Opendium is a small company
set up by myself and business partner, providing
networking consultancy services, server solutions and
developing our own GNU/Linux based integrated email and
web filtering software for schools and small businesses.
I did part time work for the company while in other
employment until November 2008, after which I became self
employed and began spending most of my time working for
Opendium. As to be expected for a small start-up, my
responsibilities are very wide ranging, but the bulk of my
|August 2007 - November 2008||
Software developer at ROK Entertainment, working on
Linux based video streaming products.
|June 2005 - August 2007||
Network Software Engineer at Intel's Modular
Communications Platform Division, which was divested to
Dialogic Corporation (formerly Eicon Networks) in
October 2006. The department produced cross-platform
network stacks for many of the SS7 and SIGTRAN protocols
commonly in use in the public telephone network,
appliances for use within the telephone
network such as signalling gateways, signalling interface
units as well as SS7 accelerator and line interface cards.
My responsibilities included:
|July 2000 - June 2005||
GNU/Linux software developer at Navaho Technologies.
Mostly dealing with Red Hat Linux and Fedora
Core Linux based systems. Navaho Technologies produced
appliance server products for schools and businesses.
The products provided email, calendaring, web content
filtering and network security services. Navaho
Technologies also provided bespoke networking and
security services. My responsibilities were very wide
ranging and included:
|Summer 1999||Software developer at Dial Computer Services. Visual Basic 5 and database design (Microsoft Access).|
|2009 - 2012||Gower College Swansea.|
|WJEC Welsh For Adults, Sylfaen (NQF level 1)||(Not yet completed)|
|WJEC Welsh For Adults, Mynediad (NQF entry level)||(Pass, January 2012)|
|1997 - 2000||University of Wales, Swansea.|
|BSc Hons. Computer Science||(II.2)|
|1995 - 1997||Bilborough 6th Form College, Nottingham|
|'A' level Computer Science||(A)|
|'A' level Physics||(C)|
|'A' level Mathematics (Pure and Mechanics)||(E)|
|GCSE English Language||(C)|
|Royal Society of Arts: Initial Text Processing||(Distinction)|
|Royal Society of Arts: Text Processing I Parts 1 and 2||(Pass)|
|Royal Society of Arts: Text Processing II Part 1||(Pass)|
|1990 - 1995||Bramcote Hills Comprehensive School, Nottingham|
|2008 - 2012||Membership secretary (West) of the South Wales Mountaineering Club.|
|2001 - 2003||Royal Yachting Association qualifications for windsurfing, dinghy sailing and power boating.|
|1999 - 2000||President of the Swansea University Computer Society.|
|1998 - 2000||System administration team member for the Swansea University Computer Society.|
|1998 - 1999||Secretary of the Swansea University Computer Society.|
|1996||Full UK driving licence.|
I actively participate in a number of free software and data projects; such OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/), which aims to collect global mapping data and make it available under a permissive licence. I run a sister project, OpenPisteMap (http://openpistemap.org/), which provides on-line maps of ski pistes, produced from the OpenStreetMap data. I have also done work on a number of other free software projects in the past, including MythTV (http://www.mythtv.org/), an open source project that offers a full-featured digital video recorder, similar to the commercial TiVo and Sky Plus systems; for which I contributed a new audio/video synchronisation routine and several other enhancements including a Bayesian recommendation engine.
I am very interested in leading edge technologies such as voice over IP and began developing and configuring Asterisk and Callweaver VoIP systems in 2004, which give me a good understanding of how VoIP protocols such as SIP/RTP work and experience of the various problems that may be encountered when implementing and using such systems. More recently I have been involved in configuring and supporting Asterisk based VoIP systems both for my own business and a number of customers.
During my time at university, I was extensively involved with the Swansea University Computer Society. I was a member of the system administration team for most of my time at university, and spent two years on the committee. The experience that I gained of working with the GNU/Linux operating system and with the administration of live multi-user systems proved very valuable and my career has allowed me to build on this extensively. I have stayed in touch with the society after leaving university and continue to help and advise the current members, as well as continuing to find the community of undergraduates, postgraduates and alumni a valuable resource.
Since leaving university I have become interested in a number of sports. I regularly windsurf in the sea off the coast of Swansea and Gower and have completed qualifications in dinghy sailing and power boating. I am very actively involved with the South Wales Mountaineering club, regularly rock climbing in South Wales and further afield. I also enjoy skiing and ice climbing during the winter.
References are available on request.