Chris Rowles

Developer from Milton Keynes.

About Me.

I'm a passionate, enthusiastic developer, specializing in back-end & API development. I have a diverse range of experience, from building bespoke reporting & analytics platforms for large, corporate clients to developing consumer and small business websites.

I'm well versed in many skills, methodologies and software architectural patterns involved in technology and product development. I love working with others to make ideas become reality. If you have an idea I'd love to hear about it! Please feel free to get in touch.


  • PHP
  • JavaScript / jQuery
  • HTML5 / CSS3
  • SQL
  • ABAP
  • Bootstrap
  • Yii2
  • Laravel
  • WordPress
  • CentOS
  • Ubuntu
  • Windows 7-10
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Vagrant
  • Apache
  • Solr / Redis
  • Git / Mercurial
  • Selenium / PHPUnit
  • Bash



Sodexo Group
  • Working in conjunction with web and oracle teams to integrate various salary sacrifice and employee benefits platforms under the Sodexo banner into one system.
  • Developing new, scalable platforms for Sodexo services using Laravel 5, and building and maintaining RESTful APIs for our services. Writing unit tests and testing with PHPUnit.
  • Helping to establish and document process, building and maintaining the internal developer wiki.
Company Website Mar 2017 - Present


Market Force Information Europe Limited
  • Working within a close team to develop our new client reporting platform - KnowledgeForce™.
  • Continued development of our RESTful API for our Android & iOS apps - Eyes:On™.
  • Responsible for transferring knowledge and providing developer documentation, so staff are able to assist in migrations to KnowledgeForce™.
Company Website Mar 2016 - Present

Junior Developer

Market Force Information Europe Limited
  • Working within two development teams through the agile software development methodology.
  • Developing bespoke reporting platforms suitable for a diverse range of business sectors.
  • Developing new, scalable technology platforms using Yii – a popular object-oriented MVC framework.
  • Working in conjunction with Hack and Craft GmbH by developing the API backend for our iOS & Android app, whilst documenting the API endpoints with Swagger.
Company Website Jun 2015 - Mar 2016

Systems Administrator

Fastbolt Distributors (UK) Limited.
  • Server configuration (CentOS Linux, Windows Server 2003 & 2008).
  • Backup operations, software / hardware installation, configuration, maintenance and recovery.
  • Working in conjunction with HR Netzwerk to perform network management and system monitoring.
  • SAP Module development and customisation.
  • Warehouse Management System Implementation and integration with our existing SAP platform.
  • Provided intensive support to Finance department due to in-depth knowledge of SAP FI CO processes.
Company Website Jan 2012 - Jun 2015

Business Apprentice

Fastbolt Distributors (UK) Limited.
  • IT – Network management, server configuration and SAP R/3 system management and development.
  • Finance – Credit controlling and banking methods, payment of overseas and domestic manufacturers.
  • Procurement – Communicating regularly with overseas manufacturers to track shipments and pass on required legal documents.
Company Website Jan 2011 - Jan 2013


  • Month of Prizes - A successful reward campaign in conjunction with Sodexo Filmology.
  • Padmin - A system monitor for the Raspberry Pi.
  • VersyxBI - A BI reporting & management platform.
  • CentOS Dev Box - A CentOS-powered development server in a Vagrant box.
  • cmrowlesBOT - An ebooks-inspired twitter bot.
  • Big Blanket Campaign:MK - A campaign focused on providing warmth and protection to vulnerable people in and around Milton Keynes.