Professional Profile: QA Software Test Analyst / Test Engineer

About Me

I am an ISTQB and ISEB-accredited I.T. test engineer, drawing on over 15 years of experience as a test analyst, quality assurance consultant and test team leader.  In addition to this I also have experience as a website designer, software engineer, customer coordinator and technical author.  This experience has been applied to military, commercial and local government projects.  I apply an innovative and diligently thorough approach to all tasks or problems.

I am looking to expand my existing role as a test analyst and test team leader.  I am flexible and willing to learn new skills as appropriate for current and future projects, with the aim of teaching others via good example.  I hold a full, clean driving license and a British passport.

Skills Summary

QA skills:

  • QA test team leading/outsource team leading.
  • Web testing using javascript / puppeteer.
  • Automated WSDL testing using SoapUI/Groovy.
  • Automated Selenium/Webdriver/Java testing.
  • Writing test strategies, test plans, procedures and scripts.
  • Automated testing of web-based systems (for load, concurrency, performance and regression testing).
  • Test planning, execution and reporting.
  • Testing styles include functional and non-functional; requirements-based, unit, ad-hoc/exploratory, regression/confirmation, security, compatibility, accessibility, load/concurrency/performance testing, test automation, system and factory/site/user acceptance testing.  Testing has been requirements-driven and legislation-based.  
  • Requirements analysis/writing.
  • Test environment construction/management.
  • Interviewing and recruiting QA testers.
  • Domain testing experience includes transport, local government, commercial, procurement, military and satellite control systems; also digital TV set-top boxes, satellite telephone, smartphone and energy market testing.
  • Introduction of QA concepts and training to companies.
  • Testing web applications, bespoke Windows applications and embedded hardware.
  • Tools include Jira, TestLink, SoapUI, VMware, iMacros, DOORS, configuration/issue-management systems.

Development skills:

  • Experience using multiple languages (bespoke applications, web systems, RAD prototyping, Groovy/Java).
  • Tools used include MS Windows, Linux, MS Office/VBA, MS Visual Studio, Eclipse, SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle.

Additional skills:

  • Strong customer relationship skills, customer account management and customer training/support tasks.  
  • I have the self-discipline to work from home, and have experience as a technical author.
  • The ability to balance commercial realities against academic ideals.


I am based in Tintern (by Chepstow in the Wye Valley), with easy commuting access to the following areas: Bristol, Newport, Cardiff, Bath, Chippenham and Gloucester.

Travel further afield is possible, but would have to be negotiated as part of any contract.

Contact Me

If you wish to contact me to check on my availability (either as a contractor or permanent employee) then please contact me using the Contact Form.