Graeme Sutherland

9 Old Court Close

Brighton BN1 8HF

07492 882 604



Professional Profile

I'm a CTO / Engineering Manager / Tech Lead with deep software development and people management skills. I work equally with code, teams, employees, methodologies, product owners, users and management to build high quality, dependable digital products and stable healthy teams.  I've worked in a range of industries and with a wide range of technologies over my 20+ years of experience building quality software for the web, financial services, automation and telecoms.

Employment History

6point6: Engineering Manager - Web - News (Interim) for Global Media Org: June 2017 - now

Interim Engineering Manager for web teams delivering highly respected news content on a massive scale to 30 million users per week. Filling a difficult-to-hire-for interim role requiring respect of technical teams and management, I manage recruitment of the new management team, quarterly feature planning, support and mentor technical team leaders, organise developer and team lead recruitment and work on the key architectural initiatives requiring engagement with business and technical stakeholders across the organisation.

Virgin Holidays: Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

Lead frontend developer for search and merchandising.   The key project was to simplify and decouple pages from a large monolithic backend CMS and re-built these functions as single page apps and components to improve development agility and release frequency.  I was responsible for new architecture for, and leading development of, a new single page application for search and presentation of search results using Angular 2 and existing AngularJS components. My role included:

The resulting SPA achieved goals of allowing rapid development and deployment of A/B testable features for search and merchandising, allowing multiple releases daily.

Pure360: Jul 2015 to Mar 2016

Frontend developer for a new ESP (Email as Service Provider) web application.  As a part of the frontend team, I delivered components, features and pages for the email sending, scheduling and contact applications.  My work involved:

Pearson Education: Apr 2014 to Jul 2015

Tech team lead and Scrum Master for the Identity and Access Management team, where we built and deployed signup and login services across a range of international Pearson Education online products. My work involved:

Message Eggs: Jan 2013 to present

CTO and lead developer of an internet-enabled, prosocial, personalised gift experience for the retail sector,  As co-founder, involved in many aspects of the business, but principally focus on aspects of Message Eggs' unique prosocial technology and processes.  My roles and activities were:

Sabbatical: Oct 2013 to April 2014

Travels in Indonesia, Australia, Japan.

Pearson Education: Aug 2012 to Oct 2013

Lead Python/Django developer for a new series of Single Sign-on (SSO) tools to meet goals for rapid deployment across many language groups to support International learning platforms.  As lead developer, I worked with team Architect and Product owners to:

Free Beer: Jun 2012 to Jul 2012

Freelance development of Python/Django catering menu planner web app, including rebuilding backend from custom python into Django and re-building front end Javascript into HTML5 / jQuery.  This was a re-build of an earlier site updated to latest Django technology.  Involved:

Large Blue:  Jul 2011  to  Jul 2012

Freelance Senior Python Developer for large scale international collaboration platform.  Remote test driven development with existing team on a large OO codebase  including:

Glasses Direct: Sep 2011 to Dec 2011

Development of new service-oriented factory management system using strict agile.   High-performance rapid agile development of a new factory management system.  My development work was:

Large Blue: April  to Aug 2011

Lead developer of a visually-engaging competition web app integrated with Facebook.  This was agile development performed in a TDD environment with high coverage levels. Involved close working with designer to deliver unique animated experience. My work involved:

Plugin Media: Nov 2010 to Apr 2011

I took the lead developer roles in two projects:

TrickleStar: July 2010 to Nov 2010

I developed an embeddable  carbon and energy calculator widget to highlight savings in range of TrickleStar products. In this role I:

Dharmafly Limited: Apr 2010 to Aug 2010

Development of major new version of the BBC World Service Widget, a browser-based new-delivery widget for the world service.  This involved:

Employment 2006 - 2010





May 2009 - Apr 2010

Public Creative Limited for Global Action Plan

Drupal/PHP Platform for group CO2 measurement

Lead developer

Apr 2009 - Jun 2009

Dharmafly Limited for BBC World Service

Python/Django/Javascript/Twitter API News Aggregation tool

Lead developer

Nov 2008 - Mar 2009

Dharmafly Limited for BBC World Service

BBC World Service Widget in JavaScript/jQuery/HTML/CSS

Lead Developer

Jul 2007 - Apr 2009

Global Action Plan

PHP / MySQL  EcoTeams Group CO2 measurement tool

Lead Developer

Aug 2006 - Jun 2010

Recommendation Ventures Pty Ltd

Startup in Social Content Recommendation Web Services

CTO & Founder

Jul 2006 - May 2007

UBS Investment Bank

Global Fixed-interest Securities

Senior Java Developer

1998 - 2006

Barking Owl Pty Ltd

Startup (tourist e-photo service) & Software Consultancy

Founder / Managing Director

1998 - 2001

ELC Technology Pty Ltd

Large-scale building automation product. Tech and company acquired by major building controls company.

CTO & Founder

(Further details available on request, covering a range of contracts and permanent positions from 1988 onwards in Australia, California, UK & Europe;  or see my linkedin profile at:

Education / Qualifications

Currently studying MIT u.lab 1.x: Leading from the Emerging Future