Matthew Bennett-Lovesey
About me

Full-stack Software Engineer with more than 13 years commercial experience, predominantly working with Ruby on Rails, expert in responsive and high performance systems. Agile practitioner, project leader, consultant, excellent communicator and perpetual learner.




Creative development services, on-site & remote contracting. Designing and developing dynamic web applications, large and small. Consultancy, training and project management.

  • Integrated an existing Rails system with Staah, an international hotel reservation intermediary
  • Secure integration of clinical Rails-based CRM with NHS SPINE
  • Emergency disaster recovery, reprovisioned, repopulated and deployed CMS within 24h
  • Built an invoicing system
  • Lead a team in building a blockchain funding platform
  • InnStyle / Staylists | Hotel management suite
    • Rails + MySQL + Elasticsearch
    • High-throughput integrations
    • Customer management and reporting tools
  • SH:24 | Discrete postal STI testing
    • Full stack
    • Ultra-high availability & security
    • NHS N3-hosted, Oracle DB migrated to Postgres
  • Archant Dialogue | Bespoke agency for large companies
    • Rails custom CMS modifications
    • Feature development and Support
  • Medical Research Council
    • High traffic
    • Legacy app (Rails 2/3)
    • Support
  • Newmarket Scientific
    • Project management / Consultancy
    • Legacy app
    • Vagrant / Chef
  • Medway Community Healthcare
    • CakePHP backend, web + on-device frontends
    • Software upgrades & support
  • Methods digital
    • Rails + Phonegap + Angular
    • On-site with client
    • Bespoke CMS with legacy code
  • Bitsilk
    • Greenfield projects
    • Latest Ruby / Rails stack
    • Project lead & client management
    • High traffic legacy app (Rails 3)
    • Redesign and feature enhancement
    • SSL, go-live and support
  • Naked Element
    • Rails Consultancy
    • Python development
    • Devops
  • The App Business
    • High traffic API
    • Data processing pipeline
    • iOS / Android teams collaboration
    • Angular & API
    • Migration from PHP


Award-winning web agency. Prototyping and building new web products, maintaining and rewriting old code, systems administration and project management.

PHP and Ruby - Web solutions agency catering to the publishing industry.

Frequently watch conference talks, read books, learn new languages, give local training and presentations on new technologies.
9-week course, from blockchain basics and development on eventually-consistent systems, to building a final project in Solidity for Ethereum.
5-year course inc. year in industry. Programming (mostly Java), Data Structures, Design patterns, Wearable Computing, Distributed Systems, Real-time Systems, Ethical Hacking.
Dissertation: Built an IDE in Ruby on Rails.

3D Printing. Mocking up 3D models with OpenJSCAD / Cura for printing on my FDM printer (Kingroon KP3S)

Electronics and Microcontrollers. Mostly hooking things up to Espruino, ESP8266 and Raspberry Pi boards.

Making music. Enjoy playing guitar, keyboard, bass guitar and drums - all self-taught.

Networking. Previously run and sponsored the Norwich Ruby User Group and have attended and given presentations at Ipswich Ruby User Group. Previous contributor to Norfolk Tech Journal.

About you

You're looking for an expert software developer or team lead who can balance getting results with producing high quality code, and brings out the best in others. I'm passionate about what I do, and motivated to see your business flourish as a result.

I'm primarily looking for remote or Norwich-based contract or permenant roles. If I don't quite fit the bill, or even if you are looking for a full product development team, feel free to get in contact anyway (details at the bottom of this CV) and I'll try to help if I can.

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