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A customer-focussed Principal Solutions Architect with a strong engineering background and 13+ years' experience working on large IT platforms.
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Christopher Mark Buckley M.Sc. (Dunelm)

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A customer-focussed Principal Solutions Architect with a strong engineering background and 13+ years' experience working on large IT platforms. Proven technical leader and mentor, skilled at communicating with stakeholders at all organisational levels in fast-paced agile businesses. Excellent problem solver; experienced in delivering highly available, fault-tolerant, distributed systems in regulated and licensed industries using on-premise and cloud-based solutions. Keen advocate of open-source technologies and communities.

Professional Experience

Principal Solutions Architect

Company : Answer Digital

Location : Leeds, West Yorkshire

Dates : 2022--Present {:.meta}

  • Responsible for designing & implementing technical solutions across healthcare, financial & commercial clients
  • Providing technical leadership & support for new & ongoing programmes in public & private sector
  • Working with capability leads to define technical strategy, roadmap & progression plans

Senior Solutions Architect

Company : Sky Betting & Gaming

Location : Leeds, West Yorkshire

Dates : 2016--2022 {:.meta}

  • Launched a new games content aggregation platform with teams across the Flutter group, reducing third-party revenue share and driving platform independence
  • Responsible for delivery of new free-to-play product with third parties and all business functions
  • Pioneered real-time Kafka-driven data hub strategy for standardised communication with Data teams
  • Incident Commander providing measured support to on-call teams during incidents and major events
  • Engaged with heads of technology, product and marketing to align business and technical strategy
  • Oversight of compliance initiatives including GDPR, PCI DSS and vulnerability management
  • Technical contact for external vendors providing supporting services and delivery capability
  • Collaboration with architects from central Customer and Data tribes to align strategy and roadmaps
  • Mentor to other architects and engineers in teams across gaming products and services
  • Principal technologies: Kubernetes, Kafka, AWS, GCP, Vault

Engineering Manager

Company : Sky Betting & Gaming

Location : Leeds, West Yorkshire

Dates : 2014--2016 {:.meta}

  • Management of multiple agile software teams delivering products and services in the Gaming tribe
  • Provided leadership and line management for Software Engineers, Testers and DevOps Engineers
  • Implemented and communicated SDLC for governance of continuous delivery and operational support
  • Worked with Architects and Service Delivery Managers to manage third-party vendor relationships
  • Responsible for recruitment and retention of diverse-skill teams working closely with Talent Recruiters
  • Key advocate for corporate open-source contribution and technical community involvement

Principal Engineer

Company : Sky Betting & Gaming

Location : Leeds, West Yorkshire

Dates : 2012--2014 {:.meta}

  • Technical lead for Sky Poker in-house development team
  • Delivery and support of Rich Internet Applications in a virtualised LAMP environment
  • Technical liaison for third-party integration and software architecture
  • Close involvement with stakeholders to define product roadmap and strategic direction
  • Collaborated with Platform and Service Operations teams to ensure high availability
  • Worked with Architects to evolve company technical roadmap

Senior Software Engineer

Company : Everything Everywhere

Location : Darlington, County Durham

Dates : 2009--2012 {:.meta}

  • Development and maintenance of applications using Zend Framework
  • Project planning with stakeholders to define project scope
  • End-to-end accountability for projects from design to launch
  • Participation and leadership of daily stand-ups, planning meetings and sprint retrospectives
  • Active involvement with evolution of CI and code analysis tools
  • Design authority and development of standards for RESTful Web services
  • Involvement with team recruitment process (interviewing / technical tests)


Company : Vebra Solutions

Location : Pocklington, North Yorkshire

Dates : 2007--2009 {:.meta}

  • Development of PHP property management system and Ajax-driven UI framework
  • Refactoring of existing implementation for cross-browser compatibility
  • Maintenance of LAMP platform, CVS codebase, coding standards and Bugzilla


Manager HD Programme

Institution : Institute of Leadership & Management

Dates : April 2015 {:.meta}

  • ILM: Distinction

Practitioner in Enterprise & Solution Architecture

Institution : British Computer Society

Dates : December 2013 {:.meta}

  • AMBCS: Intermediate and Practitioner Certificates

Master of Science (Research)

Institution : Faculty of Science, University of Durham

Dates : 2006--2009 {:.meta}

Bachelor of Science

Institution : College of St. Hild and St. Bede, University of Durham

Dates : 2003--2006 {:.meta}

  • Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1)
  • B.Sc. Natural Sciences (Computer Science & Mathematics)

Personal Interests

  • Programming (contribution to a number of open-source projects)
  • Rock climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Cycling / mountain biking
  • Languages (French, learning Polish)
  • Music (electric guitar, live music)