Curriculum Vitae

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Benjamin Charles Peter Smithurst
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Nationality: British


I am hard working, well organized, and work well in a team
situation as well as individually. I have a strong personal
interest in many aspects of IT, and I am keen to pursue a
challenging and rewarding career in this field.

Professional Qualifications

  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP) on Virtual
    Infrastructure 3


2000-2003: School of Computing,
University of Leeds

BSc (Hons) Computer Science (result: first)

Final year project: A Web-Based Sports Booking
. This was written in PHP with a MySQL database.

1993-2000: High Storrs School,

A-Levels: Mathematics (B), Computing (C),
General Studies (C), Physics (D), Further Maths (E)
GCSEs: 8 at grade A-C including
Mathematics (A*) and English Language (C)


November 2003 – present: Senior Engineer,
Gradwell dot com Ltd

In this role I am one of the key engineers for one of the
largest UK VoIP providers, also providing web, email, and
broadband services. The development is mostly PHP and Perl. The
role has also included system administration of Linux

I was the lead engineer of the company’s multi-award winning
VoIP platform, which we now sell to end users and to many
partners. As such my focus recently has been towards developing
clustered, highly featured, and resilient VoIP services based on
Asterisk and OpenSIPS.

June 2003 – November 2003: Software
Engineer, Blitz Bookings, Sheffield

The primary responsibility was configuring an online booking
system to meet client’s specifications. However, the role also
included management of the LAN, telephone system, and

November 1999 – June 2003: Consultant,
Gradwell dot com Ltd (part-time)

Work including writing an email forwarding system in Perl, an
SQL based DNS management system with a web front-end, Direct
Debit integration, and numerous other smaller projects related to
Internet hosting services.

1997, 1999: Work Experience and Work
Shadow, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

For these placements I was involved in helping to design the
museum’s website, amongst other tasks, including general IT

Positions of Responsibility

April 2001 – June 2003: Head of Web
Development, Leeds Student Radio

This improved my team-working skills, as well as technical
skills required for maintaining the site
(, which was mostly developing and
enhancing the active content on the site, such as CGI

July 2000 – 2006 (approx): Developer,
FreeBSD Project

Being a member of this team improved my knowledge of the
operating system, and how the project works. This also shows I
can work effectively in a large open source project.


I have experience in, though not limited to, the


  • Mail Servers: good knowledge of qmail and Exim, and
    excellent knowledge of mail systems in general to allow
    development from scratch.
  • Web Servers: good knowledge of Apache.
  • DNS Servers: good knowledge of djbdns and BIND 9.
  • VoIP/Internet Telephony: good knowledge of Asterisk PBX,
    OpenSIPS (formerly SER/OpenSER), and good knowledge of the SIP
    protocol itself.

Operating Systems

  • Linux: good system administration knowledge, mainly Debian
    and CentOS focused.
  • FreeBSD: good system administration knowledge

Software Development

  • Excellent knowledge of C, PHP, Perl, and Unix shell
    scripts. Programming experience includes writing Unix daemons,
    CGI programs, and networking software.
  • Experience of object oriented progreamming in PHP and
  • Good knowledge of C++, Java, and JavaScript.
  • Writing programs and scripts to automate common
    administration and user tasks.
  • Experience with CVS and Subversion version control


  • Networking: knowledge of TCP/IP, IPv6, and Ethernet
  • Voice over IP: familiarity with voice over IP issues and
    good knowledge of one of the common protocols, SIP.
  • SQL: familiar with the language itself, and use and
    administration of the MySQL DBMS package.
  • Internet Services: good knowledge of many common Internet
    protocols and services, including, but not limited to: DNS,

Other Interests

I have a strong interest in IT, both personally and at work.
In the summer of 2001, while at university, my housemate and I
started creating a website for the 2002 World Cup in our spare
time. Within a few months we had created an impressive and fully
functional website.

As well as socializing with friends, I enjoy cycling, squash,
and travelling around the country when time permits.


References available upon request.


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