To all recruiters: thanks for the interest but I’m currently happily employed and not looking for a new position.

Robin Whittleton

The White House, Station Row,
Shalford, Surrey. GU4 8BY
07855 378784


  1. Government Digital Service

    Head of front-end, and senior developer

    – present

    • Head of the community of front-end developers within GDS: responsibilities include learning and development organisation, allocation of people to product teams and pastoral care of the community
    • Building a cross-government community of front-end developers and providing channels to collaborate on shared code
    • Being a single internal and external point of contact for GDS’s front-end developers
    • Managing recruitment and retention of front-end developers for GDS
    • Line manager to five colleagues; responsibilities include career and progress management, pastoral care
    • Development work on GDS’s shared front-end tooling and on GOV.UK Verify


    – November 2015

    • Front-end developer on GOV.UK Verify, the authentication and sign-in platform for new UK government services
    • Collaboration with user research to increase the percentage of people able to access and complete identity verification
    • Identifying and implementing points of improvement that span multiple services to meet user needs and reduce overall technical debt
    • Planning a rebuild of a microservice in order to increase long-term productivity and meet assessment goals
    • Blogging and working on GDS’s open source projects, with the aim of making the web better for all while increasing GDS’s profile
  2. Kyan

    Senior Web Developer

    • Development of a wide range of web sites and applications for startups and established businesses
    • Project scoping and management with clients, to bring their systems in on time and in budget
    • Close collaboration with designers to realise their layouts in a way that is accurate to their intentions across a range of devices
    • Responsibility for building the entire user interface of the site, including user interaction, performance and accessibility
    • Laying the foundations of an efficient back-end implementation by building skeleton applications ready for business logic
    • Mentoring of interns and providing in-office training in my specialisms
  3. Abacus eMedia

    Senior Web Developer

    • Development of large county council and publishing sites
    • Direct management and training of a team of developers
    • Training clients in both development techniques and the use of our CMS software
    • Extensive experience with developing to strict accessibility requirements
  4. Hemscott Group – Web Developer

    • Styling and integration of investor relations tools
    • Working with large companies (including FTSE 100s) to exact specifications
  5. Freelance

    Web Developer



  • Fluent in the core web technologies used to build responsive and semantic web sites and applications
  • Use of Javascript from progressive enhancement through to custom canvas animation and front-end applications
  • In-depth knowledge of cross-browser compatibility issues and the combinations of technologies that cause them
  • Use of back-end technologies (especially Ruby on Rails) to create views and to manage asset build chains (e.g. SASS)
  • Preference for OS X (or other UNIX) environments


  • Mentoring of junior front-end developers to give them a more fundamental understanding of the techniques they are learning
  • Presenting technologies in an interesting and understandable way, both as a conference speaker and in internal briefings


  • Proof-reading and copy editing, with an emphasis on readable typography
  • Full driving licence


  1. University of Exeter – BSc Computer Science 2:2 Honours

  2. Farnham College, Farnham, Surrey – A-levels

    A-levels in Maths (B), Physics (C). AS-levels in Music (B), Further Maths (D)