Paul M Furley, OpenPGP Developer in Liverpool, United Kingdom
Paul M Furley

OpenPGP Developer in Liverpool, United Kingdom

Member since July 15, 2015
Paul is a solid engineer and an energetic teammate. He started his professional career writing high-speed C++ but now prefers Python on Linux. Most recently, he co-founded a startup as lead developer and previously spent six months with the UK Government Digital Service. He loves efficient organizations with a strong testing philosophy and focus on quality.
Paul is now available for hire




Liverpool, United Kingdom



Preferred Environment

Git, Vim Text Editor, Ubuntu Linux

The most amazing...

...thing I've built was the software stack for a digital printing machine, from a PyQt operator GUI down to Arduino-powered machine control.


  • CTO and Lead Developer

    2014 - 2015
    Sea Level Research, Ltd.
    • Developed a RESTful API using Django REST Framework 3.
    • Built a mobile-first front-end using React.js and Bootstrap 3.
    • Configured back-end machines with Ansible, deployed from Jenkins.
    • Automated API deployment using Heroku and PostgreSQL.
    • Carried out customer discovery with Liverpool Pilots then managed and prioritized the product backlog.
    • Built the entire front- and back-end stack for an electronic tide tables application.
    Technologies: Jenkins, Ansible, PostgreSQL, JavaScript, React, Python, Django
  • Data Scientist/Software Engineer

    2013 - 2014
    ScaperWiki, Ltd.
    • Built data scrapers and aggregators, pulling, cleaning, and normalizing data from awkward sources.
    • Developed reusable helper libraries and new tooling to speed up development and ease the maintenance burden.
    • Introduced the team to unit testing and test-driven development.
    • Worked with investigative journalists to acquire and aggregate thousands of company records, supporting a corruption investigation.
    Technologies: Requests, SQLite, Linux, Python
  • Developer

    2013 - 2014
    Government Digital Service (UK)
    • Introduced my team to Django, kicking off the Stagecraft project which allows non-technical users to create new dashboards and achieve scale.
    • Used my experience of scraping poor-quality sources to build reliable collectors for government data.
    • Maintained a Linux web stack with Varnish, nginx, Gunicorn, Django/Flask, MongoDB, and PostgreSQL.
    • Improved reliability and repeatability with continuous integration scripts for Jenkins & Travis.
    • Built automated tests for a Flask/MongoDB storage back-end system.
    Technologies: MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Python, Flask, Django
  • Software Engineer

    2011 - 2013
    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
    • Developed high-speed C++ software using STL and Boost and targeted at 64-bit Linux.
    • Ported and refactored a legacy C application into modern C++ with STL, Boost, and Protobuf.
    • Developed a C++ libpcap application to inspect NAT sessions.
    • Created an automated test harness in Python to inject test data into our C++ applications.
    • Worked day to day with Wireshark, inspecting protocols such as TCP, SSL/TLS, and FTP.
    Technologies: Wireshark, libpcap, TCP, Python, Boost, C++
  • Software Engineer

    2009 - 2009
    JF Machines, Ltd.
    • Built an entire operator user interface for PicoColour digital printing press using Python and PyQt.
    • Built an ink system controller using Arduino to replace conventional Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).
    • Created image preparation software, integrating with Ghostscript, ImageMagick, and Python Imaging Library.
    • Researched and created image manipulation "screening" techniques to improve print quality.
    • Created a high-speed C++ image processing module in with Cython interface for use in Python.
    Technologies: PIL, Arduino, C, PyQt, Python


  • Languages

    C, Python, JavaScript, HTML5, SQL, Go, C++, CSS3, CSS
  • Frameworks

    Flask, Django, Django REST Framework, Bootstrap 3, Boost
  • Libraries/APIs

    Django ORM, React, Requests, libpcap, PyQt, PIL
  • Tools

    GPG, Ansible, Wireshark, Vim Text Editor, Git, Jenkins
  • Platforms

    Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Arduino, Heroku, Ubuntu Linux
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, SQLite, MySQL, MongoDB
  • Other

    OpenPGP, Scraping, SSL, Public-key Cryptography, TCP, Cryptography
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, Test Automation


  • MEng 1st Class Degree in Electronic Engineering
    2005 - 2009
    University of Durham - Durham, United Kingdom

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