I am not open to new opportunities right now.

Hello, I'm Jo.

Name: Joanne Imlay
DoB: 28 September 1984
Location: Manchester
Latest blog: Meetups and Mentoring

I've been interested in coding ever since the age of seven, when I first started writing programs in BASIC on my dad's Amiga 500. When my family got our first PC a few years later, the first thing I made with it was my first website. Within a year, I had taught myself HTML and CSS and done two week's work experience with a web design startup where I learned basic Flash and Photoshop. But that was only the beginning.

I'm a front end developer.

In 2017, I was awarded a scholarship atNorthcoders, funded byEY's Women. Fast Forwardinitiative, to train as a JavaScript developer. I learned many new skills in an incredibly short amount of time, and I've continued to learn and grow as a React developer in my first position since graduating. I'm also really excited to be able to return to Northcoders as a tutor this summer, and share what I've learned in the industry so far with new developers.

What am I looking for?

I love working with close-knit teams that encourage each other to produce high-quality projects that bring value to their users. At this stage of my career, my ideal role is one in which I can feel supported without having my hand held. I'd love the opportunity to learn new tech on the job, so if your project needs me to step outside of my comfort zone, I'm ready for the challenge.

Here's what I use every day.


(I've got experience with these too.)

Jul 2018 - present

LADbible Group

Software Engineer

Rebuilding all company websites, learning deployment technologies, writing for company Medium publication.

React, HTML, CSS, GraphQL, Koa, Docker, Kubernetes, CircleCI, Jenkins, BrowserStack

May - Jun 2018


Tutor (Saturdays)

Supporting Northcoders students on the part-time course with front end development.

React, Redux, Redux-Thunk, Webpack, HTML, CSS

Aug 2017 - Jul 2018


Front End Developer

Currently under NDA.

React, Redux, Redux-Saga, Storybook, Webpack, Jest, Git, HTML, CSS

May - Aug 2017


Developer Bootcamp

12 weeks of intensive training in JavaScript and programming skills.

JavaScript, Node.js, Express, MongoDB, SQL, React, Redux, Redux-Thunk, Webpack

Jan - May 2017


Beginner Developer

Self-directed study in preparation for Northcoders bootcamp.

JavaScript, Git, JQuery, Sass

Jan - May 2017


Beginner Developer

Self-directed study in preparation for Northcoders bootcamp.

Basic JavaScript, Object Oriented and Functional Programming, Basic Algorithm Scripting

These are my interests beyond code.


My degree is in music. I sing and play guitar, bass and piano. I've played guitar at the Albert Hall and for the Queen.

Video games

An unexpected benefit from my developer career so far is that I've become quite good at CS:GO.


FLCL and Steins;Gate are among my favourite series.


I taught myself to crochet whilst I was ill one day. Making gifts for friends and family can be very relaxing.


Neil Gaiman is my author of choice, closely followed by Ursula Le Guin and George R R Martin.


I have a cat called Zac. He's pretty awesome.

And finally, some fun facts about me.

If I were a student at Hogwarts, I would be in Ravenclaw.

If I lived in Westeros, I would bend the knee to House Targaryen.

According to16personalities.com, I am an Advocate, or an INFJ.

I'd love to hear from you. Get in touch!

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