As part of our ongoing ‘3 minute series’ of blog posts, we’re chatting to various members of the talented gomo team around the world to get to know them a bit better. Today we’re talking to Phil Wilkinson, gomo’s new Developer who’s based in our Brighton, UK office.
If you haven’t already seen them, check out our previous ‘3 minutes’ Q&As with and Customer Support Specialist Adam O’Gorman, Director of Product Development Gavin Beddow, Business Development Manager in the US Thom Tate, Lead Test & Support Guru Pratibha Shah, Developers James Hough and James Gowen, Senior Mobile Architect Adam Fox, Marketing Operations Manager Elle Brown and Managing Director Mike Alcock
Now, let’s meet Phil.
Hi Phil. Tell us about yourself – who are you?
I am a developer here at gomo and an avid badminton player. I tend to think of myself as a problem-solver first and a programmer second, and have been known to lose track of time and forget to eat when tackling an interesting problem. As much as I will fiddle around with computers and generally act a nerd, a healthy balance between this and being active tends to keep my head clear and sanity in check. If you spot me swearing at my screen, it’s probably best to drag me to the gym!
What’s your greatest achievement?
The first thing that comes into my head would have to be peaking at 22nd in England in my badminton junior days. I used to tour the Badminton England circuit between the ages of 11-17, when I was based in High Wycombe. It has been my go-to sport ever since.
What do you do at gomo?
I principally specialize in the backend web development of SaaS (such as API, integrations or interoperability). At gomo, I’m currently responsible for the maintenance and creation of bespoke features for the portal/authoring section of the gomo service. In the short to medium term, I will be looking to deploy the upgraded framework that we use for the portal, re-engineer the server architecture and processes from development to production, and optimize areas that we have identified as being slow.
Why do you love working at gomo?
The people, and especially those I work with closely in the team – they are a fantastic bunch of talented and humorous individuals and they laugh at my lame jokes. I love tinkering with software and hardware alike, so there’s a big overlap between my hobbies and work.
Finally, favorite chocolate bar and why?
It’s not a chocolate bar, but I love Ferrero Rocher. Creamy inside surrounded by a nut – I love it. Unfortunately, it’s not something I can savour nowadays. I need to fill my meals with protein as a result of being punished by the lads at the gym.