Curtis Parfitt-Ford

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Curtis Parfitt-Ford

I'm a candidate who offers the advantages of someone with experience in the industry alongside a fresh and highly motivated mind, with a keen and curious interest in technology and digital regulation.

I passionately believe in the power of humans combined with software to change the world for good, and see myself as someone who can help lead that change. Having founded my own company just two months after turning 17 to help campaigns I believed in realise their goals, I've got clear experience working in a self-motivated fashion to achieve key objectives. Unlike many other candidates, I bring this experience on day one - soft skills along with the technical experience coming with it - meaning a faster onboarding process and a greater value to your team.

Places I've worked

Director at Loudspeek: February 2019 β€” present

Loudspeek provides digital advocacy solutions to some of the UK's largest progressive change campaigns and charities. I am the founder and director, and wrote the codebase myself, which processes nearly 2 million user requests per month at peak. I have experience from this role developing with Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL and Redis, among various other technologies. In terms of soft skills, I also overcame significant adversity in the process of founding Loudspeek because of my age, including not being able to open a bank account for the company for more than six months until I finally persuaded a bank to do so.

Computer Scientist at Netcraft: July to September 2022

I spent the summer between my second and third years at university working at Netcraft's London office as a Computer Scientist. In this role I designed and developed automated systems combating cybercrime, as well as exploring ways to work with both government agencies and upstream providers to take fraudulent content offline, protecting brands and consumers alike.

SPARK Scheme Participant at Clifford Chance: July 2021

In my first year at university, this undergraduate placement scheme gave me an opportunity to experience a Magic Circle law firm. Having won my place on the scheme through my being awarded β€œYoung Activist of the Year”, I gained some fascinating insights into corporate and commercial law, as well as opportunities to network with leading industry professionals β€” including from a selection of Clifford Chance clients, who presented to us during the scheme.

My volunteering

Emergency Ambulance Crew and Unit Events Lead at St John Ambulance: June 2021 β€” present

St John Ambulance is the UK's auxiliary ambulance service, its leading first aid charity, and its national health volunteer reserve. Student Volunteering Units in St John act as regular Event Services Units, and we are trained and run to the same standard as any other adult unit.
As Unit Events Lead of the University of Southampton unit, my role is to manage the deployment to events of students at the university who volunteer with us, and ensure we are appropriately staffing our events.
I also qualified as an Emergency Ambulance Crew with St John in October 2022, meaning I attend medical emergencies on behalf of the NHS 999 and 111 services.

Trustee at the University of Southampton Students' Union: July 2022 β€” July 2023

I am currently a serving Student Trustee of SUSU - the University of Southampton Students' Union. In this role I am responsible for ensuring the Union is operating in accordance with its policies, its objects and the law.

Technical Officer at the University of Southampton LGBTQ+ Society: November 2020 β€” July 2022

The UoS LGBTQ+ Society is the Students' Union society for students from gender and sexual minorities (GSMs). In my role as Technical Officer, I was responsible not only for digital infrastructure, but also for data protection, which is critically important in a society for GSM students. As well as designing a new authentication system in PHP and Discord bot in Go, I worked directly with the Students' Union's leadership to create appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect members' data, establish the Society's legal relationship with the Union, and investigate options to inject member data into insurance "pools" without the Union itself having a record of their membership of the Society.

Achievements and awards

Qualifications

University of Southampton

2020 β€” 2023 (current)

Computer Science BSc - average 1st across both first and second years

Elthorne Park High School

2018 β€” 2020

Extended Project Qualification β€” A*

A levels:

  • Mathematics β€” A*
  • Spanish β€” A*
  • Further Mathematics β€” A
  • Physics β€” A
2016 β€” 2018

GCSEs:

  • Computer Science β€” 9
  • Spanish β€” 9
  • History β€” 9
  • Physics β€” 9
  • English Language β€” 9
  • Biology β€” 9
  • Chemistry β€” 8
  • Mathematics β€” 8
  • English Literature β€” 8
  • Religious Studies β€” A*
  • D&T: Resistant Materials Technology β€” A

St John Ambulance

2022

Emergency Ambulance Crew

2021

Event Manager

NationBuilder

2019

Certified Developer

References

Available upon request.