Hello, I'm Craig Pickles

Digital Professional & Tech Good Guy
York, Leeds, Hull, Doncaster... Your Yorkshire Techy

I am a skilled and versatile technical professional with over 30 years of experience in a multitude of digital roles and industries.

Experienced Head of Development/Tech Lead Technical Project Management Product Owner SEO, Social & Email Marketing Umbraco Specialist Project and Client Management Web and Mobile Dev Support and Maintenance Retro Gaming Geek  Talk To Me!

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Clients and Brands

Some of the companies I've worked with.

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Testimonials

“Craig is a brilliant problem solver, able to switch between high-level strategy and code-level detail. He has the necessary experience to deliver the most complex e-commerce projects in a calm and insightful manner. If you are developing digital projects and services, you need Craig on your team.”

— Paul Fillingham (Creative Director - Thinkamigo Digital)

“Craig was always the person I would turn to for technical advice, presentations and pitches, build work and new technologies. He knows his stuff and is a terrific person to work with. He can do the deep tech chat, but immediately lower his threshold of chat for us mere mortals! 100% recommended.”

— Ken Heptonstall (Northern Trek)

“I worked under Craig at Twelve Oaks Software and always found him to be an amazingly approachable line manager.

Craig's management skills ensured a smooth flow of information from clients to us the developers, meaning we could get on with our tasks without hindrance.
Equally, Craig has never shied away from making employees at all levels feel a part of the development process. Being able to provide feedback back to clients is always daunting for those in the rank-and-file of a company but Craig's methodology made it really easy and we were always encouraged to speak up.
Craig has also consistently provided those under him with encouragement, constructive feedback, and indeed, even hands-on help when required - for example on coding tasks. I believe this gives him a unique position in the software development industry.”

— Bibhash Dash (Software Developer - Twelve Oaks Software)

“I worked with Craig at Headland for almost 20 years from the creation of our very first website through updates and rebrands. He was always very responsive and knowledgeable about trends and changes in the digital space. A real pleasure to work with. ”

— Pat Coyle (Rollits Solicitors - Hull)

“I worked closely with Craig on many of the projects and can safely say that his support and advice were indispensable to me and to the successful completion of our projects. I would gladly recommend Craig to anyone, as I know he'd excel in anything placed before him. ”

— Ayat Clay (General Manager at Merry Makers Events Limited)

“I had the privilege of working with Craig for almost a decade when he was Technical Director at Headland Multimedia. Craig was one of the founding members of the developer team and was integral to the growth of the company's portfolio of services and client base. He has outstanding technical, project and people skills: always up to date with the latest technologies, on top of things with his management skills, inspiring his colleagues and impressing his customers. And he genuinely cares, which is why we're still friends many years later!”

— Sam Heeson (Data Analyst - Leeds Beckett University)

My Blog Posts

Recent posts from My blog

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16th July 2024 - Google Digital Garage Training Day in York

The City of York Council has an initiative to assist small to medium businesses, especially in the digital arena. This week, they teamed up with Google for the second year running to provide a digital skills training day in the heart of the city.

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Celebrating Wisdom and Resilience: A 90th Birthday Reflection

This weekend, I had the privilege of attending a truly remarkable birthday celebration – the 90th birthday of a woman who inspires us as a family every day... The family grandma!

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DotNet York - Build Advanced AI Solutions with Semantic Kernel with Bill Ayers

There hasn't been an in-person event of the DotNet York meetup group for a while, but last night was an exception and possibly the start of regular get-togethers.  The talk was about Building AI solutions with Semantic Kernel by the fantastic Bill Ayers.

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Abandoning Security and Accessibility to Save Money Is Like Stopping the Clock to Save Time

In the fast-paced world, websites and applications serve as the face of businesses, connecting them to their customers. However, some organisations make a critical mistake: they cut corners on security and accessibility to save costs. This decision is akin to stopping the clock to save time - counterproductive and ultimately harmful.

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