Luke Wilson, Scrum Master and Software Developer in London, United Kingdom
Luke Wilson

Scrum Master and Software Developer in London, United Kingdom

Member since March 24, 2020
Luke wrote his first hello world program in QBasic at the age of eight and has been coding ever since. With 13 years of professional experience as an engineering manager, scrum master, and architect, he started his career writing trading systems in .NET before broadening his experience in the London startup scene. He then held various leadership and technical roles in the Toptal core team (working with Rails and Node.js) before moving on to remote tech lead and engineering management roles.
Luke is now available for hire




London, United Kingdom



Preferred Environment

Node.js, Neo4j, PostgreSQL, C#, .NET Core, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Redis, Linux

The most amazing...

...experience I've had was using natural language processing to parse classical music titles (e.g. Symphony #3 in C minor) into their component parts.


  • Graph Database Engineer

    2022 - 2022
    Terran One, Inc.
    • Delivered a graph database of blockchain transactions, allowing the company (a blockchain development studio) to perform more advanced analytics.
    • Managed the development team, introducing Agile and development best practices, including Scrum, proper UX and design workflows, and release workflows.
    • Line-managed developers, working with them to set objectives and develop professionally.
    • Helped design the hiring process and interviewed and hired developers.
    • Worked on a number of projects, including an interactive blockchain simulator and a scripting language for Cosmos-based smart contracts.
    Technologies: Neo4j, Data Engineering, Graph Databases, PostgreSQL, Scrum Master, Blockchain, Crypto, React, Rust, TypeScript
  • API Developer (Node.js and JavaScript)

    2022 - 2022
    Pfizer - Manufacturing Operations Solutions
    • Led the team delivering the COVID-19 vaccine rollout analytics dashboard, introducing agile and software best practices to the team, including production monitoring for a global pharmaceutical company.
    • Mentored a permanent team leader to take over the team after me.
    • Delivered a prototype for integrating multiple analytics dashboards into a common framework.
    Technologies: Node.js, APIs, JavaScript, GraphDB
  • Engineering Manager

    2021 - 2021
    • Managed two globe-spanning engineering teams (from Brazil to Sri Lanka) developing greenfield projects, overseeing the successful go-live of one of the projects, and helping support the other in production.
    • Coached both teams in Scrum, getting them to complete sprints with regular, incremental releases.
    • Helped address serious technical debt on one of the projects, and turned the team around so they started to deliver good quality code.
    • Identified and promoted team leads for each team, training and supporting them. This allowed me to step back from the day-to-day running of the teams.
    • Promoted to the exec team, allowing me to help with more strategic issues such as sales and marketing.
    Technologies: ASP.NET Core, Redis, Azure, SQL Server 2015, Scrum Master, Engineering Management
  • Lead Developer and Consultant

    2020 - 2020
    Westbury Music Consultants
    • Scoped out the prototype for a system to import artist discographies and store them in a Neo4j graph database for Westbury, a music company that represents some of the biggest names in the music industry.
    • Built an MVP for a system to identify unclaimed artist income.
    • Contributed to the MVP still in use; the client told me it has significantly streamlined his workflow.
    Technologies: Neo4j, .NET Core
  • Team Lead

    2020 - 2020
    • Took over a project with no documentation, nobody at the company working on it, and serious technical debt. Documented the architecture and principal workflows, fixed the highest-priority technical debt, and got it ready for release.
    • Introduced Scrum to the company; collaborated with the team leads and product managers to get teams working in sprints and taking ownership of quality and testing; and helped the product team develop a product roadmap.
    • Led the team in developing a technical roadmap to address the technical debt.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, .NET Core, Web Architecture, ASP.NET Web API, Agile, C#.NET, .NET, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Docker, Kubernetes, AngularJS, C#, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Core
  • Software Engineer | Consultant

    2020 - 2020
    Caerus (via Toptal)
    • Built an MVP of an e-learning platform for a Mexican university, integrating with the Google GSuite platform.
    • Built the site from scratch and delivered it within two weeks.
    • Coordinated with the client to develop product requirements and technical and database designs and demoed the site to key university stakeholders.
    Technologies: Linux, JavaScript, Express.js, Web Architecture, Agile, G Suite, PostgreSQL, React, Node.js
  • Team Lead

    2019 - 2020
    • Led a team that delivered a greenfield project to help a major US corporation become compliant with a new California data privacy law.
    • Built a preference management system that syncs the visitors' preferences across multiple devices and sites and integrates with services such as to manage analytics and data tracking on each device.
    • Built the product backlog, handled interactions with the client, oversaw the product's technical quality, built the team's culture, and line-managed the developers.
    • Drove our QA process, winning my team round to a pragmatic, automation-driven approach, focusing on performance and realistic, concurrent test scenarios.
    Technologies: Linux, JavaScript, Web Architecture, Agile,, Google, React, Express.js, Node.js
  • Back-end Developer | Team Lead | Scrum Master

    2017 - 2019
    • Took over the team responsible for general technical improvements to the main platform and managed the team's transition to focus on building tools used by the sales and recruitment teams.
    • Developed a communication system for the sales and recruitment teams, supporting VOIP and video calls, to provide essential analytics correlating call activity with a large amount of business KPIs.
    • Built a team that has a good relationship with the business stakeholders while still being product-led.
    • Worked as a scrum master on a team responsible for the developer experience of our large engineering team, building integrations between the various services (Slack, GitHub, Sentry error-reporting, YouTrack).
    Technologies: Linux, PostgreSQL, JavaScript, Express.js, Web Architecture, Agile, Kubernetes, Docker, Travis CI, Jenkins, Ansible, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Ruby on Rails (RoR), Node.js
  • Head of Technology

    2016 - 2017
    Propoly Online Ltd
    • Rescued a struggling project with an over-specified MVP, no investors, and most of the team gone.
    • Learned the product, tech stack, and codebase and managed the remaining developer (whose motivation had been severely impacted by the turmoil at the company).
    • Succeeded in delivering the site and signed up our first landlords.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, JavaScript, Agile, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Docker, PostgreSQL, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Senior Engineer

    2014 - 2016
    Quantone Music
    • Got a fairly junior team working together, introducing scrum and agile development, continuous integration and continuous delivery, and code reviews to developers who had never worked with them.
    • Built a website to showcase the company's music metadata to potential investors.
    • Built a parser to process classical music titles and broke them up into their components.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), JavaScript, Agile, .NET, C#.NET, ASP.NET MVC, Natural Language Processing (NLP), NLTK, Python, Scala, Neo4j, ASP.NET Web API
  • Software Engineer

    2011 - 2014
    Trayport Ltd
    • Integrated the bug-tracking system (Bugzilla) with the agile project management system (Rally).
    • Built an Excel plugin that subscribed to market data feeds and automatically updated spreadsheets for analysis.
    • Worked on various trading systems, writing concurrent, real-time, and low-latency code.
    Technologies: Linux, JavaScript, ASP.NET Web API, C#.NET, .NET, Microsoft Excel, Rally, Bugzilla, MS Silverlight, IIS, ASP.NET MVC


  • Propoly | An Online Lettings Platform

    As the head of technology, I was in charge of all technical aspects of the product. I carried out a large proportion of the development, covering everything from front-end and back-end coding to testing and DevOps.

  • Tanagra.js | A Simple, Lightweight Node.js Serialization Library

    An open-source library written and maintained by me. The Tanagra.js project aims to provide JavaScript developers with the ability to serialize complex, nested classes into a format that can be transmitted over a network or stored in a data store such as Redis. The deserialized objects contain all the data and functions of the original classes, allowing them to be used in code as the originals were. The library requires only standard JavaScript (currently tested with ES6 and Node.js), with no dependency on experimental features, Babel transpiling, or TypeScript.

  • Music Metadata API

    An API providing music metadata, covering popular and classical music. As a full-stack developer, I built a website to showcase the data to potential customers and investors, developed the algorithms to parse classical music titles into their component parts, designed and implemented the graph-based data model to store the data, and extended the API to retrieve it.

  • Serializing Complex Objects in JavaScript (Publication)
    The Tanagra.js library is designed to be simple and lightweight, and it currently supports Node.js and ES6 classes. The main implementation supports JSON, and an experimental version supports Google Protocol Buffers.


  • Languages

    C#, C#.NET, JavaScript, Scala, Python, HTML, CSS, Java, Rust, TypeScript
  • Frameworks

    .NET, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web API, .NET Core, Express.js, ASP.NET Core, ASP.NET Core MVC, ASP.NET Core 2, AngularJS
  • Libraries/APIs

    Node.js, Apache Lucene,, NLTK, React
  • Paradigms

    Agile, Web Architecture
  • Other

    Web MVC, Architecture, Software Architecture, Code Architecture, Scrum Master, Leadership, Technical Leadership, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Web Development, Engineering Management, Solution Architecture, Performance, Google, Natural Language Processing (NLP), IIS, SQL Server 2015, APIs, GraphDB, Machine Learning, Algorithms, Data Engineering, Crypto, Team Leadership, MVP Design, Open Source, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Smart Contracts, Cosmos
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, Neo4j, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, Redis, Graph Databases
  • Tools

    Amazon EBS, Ansible, Jenkins, Travis CI, MS Silverlight, Bugzilla, Rally, Microsoft Excel, G Suite
  • Platforms

    Amazon EC2, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, Docker, Kubernetes, Azure, Web, Blockchain


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and Computer Science
    2005 - 2008
    University of Leeds - Leeds, United Kingdom

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