Work History


Senior Manager, Technology Risk Management



Compliance Manager



Director of Cloud Operations (Altis)

Human Made
  • Led the Cloud Team in becoming AWS Certified.
  • Led the re-development and migration from an EC2-based infrastructure to containerisation with ECS and ECR.
  • Manage sites that garner millions of page views per day and are resilient to digital attacks, as well as ensure smooth running during large live event traffic spikes that are pivotal to our clients’ success.
  • Leading the Cloud and Product Teams in the adoption of the ITIL4 framework.

WordPress Research & Development Engineer

X-Team / Stream
  • Utilising Node.js and Elasticsearch technology to build a cloud-based service. Undertaking design and deployment of Cloud-based infrastructure, specifically using Amazon Web Services
  • Advising on strategies to build and promote Stream as both a product and service, and to earn income while abiding by Open Source Software values.
  • Attending international and national WordCamps to promote Stream
  • Automation with Ansible
  • Using CouchDB as a primary data store and indexing in Elasticsearch
  • Integration with the WordPress JSON REST API
  • Integration testing with Node.js

WordPress Evangelist

  • Increased awareness of WordPress as well as Envato’s services, products, and contributions within the WordPress community
  • Contributed to the WordPress community through writing blog posts and attending conferences and user groups, and facilitated sponsorship of WordPress community activities
  • Contributed to WordPress core and encouraged best practices within Envato’s community
  • Organised and ran monthly WordPress Tasmania Meetup group
  • Maintained a personal brand to establish industry credibility

Senior Developer / Team Leader

Ionata Web Solutions
  • Led the development team
  • Application planning, including wireframes, specifications, and ER diagrams
  • Developed web sites and web applications
  • Customised themes and developed plugins
  • Retired custom CMS and switched to WordPress as the standard platform
  • Technological advisement on projects

Senior Developer

Engine Creative
  • Led the development team
  • Developed web sites and web applications
  • Customised CMSes and developed plugins
  • Technological advisement on projects
  • Encouraged the use of WordPress as the standard platform

Support Engineer Consultant

  • Troubleshooting and problem solving customer issues
  • Diagnosed high load issues
  • Restored data from backups
  • Updated online documentation
  • Responded to customers on the forums
  • Specialised in resolving WordPress-related issues

Technical Director

Fearless Media
  • Responsible for technological direction of the business
  • Retired custom CMS and implemented WordPress as the standard platform
  • Led the development team
  • Trained students in web-based technologies from HTML/CSS to PHP/MySQL
  • Development of web sites and web applications
  • Setup and maintenance of internal and external network infrastructure

Programmer / Technologist


Heading up web development in a small team in a small business. Development of websites and web applications, setup and maintenance of internal and external network infrastructure, and technological advisement on projects.


eCommerce Marketing Systems Administrator

Aurora Energy

Web development for multiple websites, management of stakeholders, coordination of outside contractors on a project by project basis. Communicating analytics information to marketing staff on a regular basis and assisting in implementing marketing strategies.


Web Developer

Aurora Energy

Web development for multiple websites, management of stakeholders, coordination of outside contractors on a project by project basis. Communicating analytics information to marketing staff on a regular basis and assisting in implementing marketing strategies.


IT Support Officer

Hobart City Council

General desktop support across network of over 400 workstations and multiple sites. Basic network and backup administration ensuring systems running and offsite backups rotated. Web development and web development training of other IT staff.


Nathaniel SchweinbergSenior Cloud Engineer at Altis DXP

Working with Japh the last four years has been one of the highlights of my career. His deep empathy for his direct reports has been one of the best I’ve encountered in his career. Additionally, he is able to manage expectations and set boundaries with clients. I’m a better person for having known him!

Reece ChaseOperations Manager at Access Training Services

Japh was instrumental in many of our projects. Highly skilled developer and all-round great guy. We wish him only the best on his next venture.

John CobbEngineering Manager at SafetyCulture

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Japh both within a team environment and externally as a freelancer. Japh is hands down the most experienced and knowledgeable WordPress developer I’ve had the privilege of working with. Furthermore, while being an expert of the highest degree in WordPress, Japh’s skill-set is incredibly broad and I have witnessed him working across various back-end and front-end tech stacks with ease.

Japh role as a mentor early in career was absolutely instrumental in allowing me to rapidly improve my skills and further my career. He is highly approachable and provided guidance and advice not just on technical matters, but on approaches to analysing and solving problems, increasing productivity and communicating with management and clients.

Most importantly, Japh is an incredibly fun person to work with and enlivens and enriches the working environment in a multitude of ways and in my opinion, this above all else makes him an incredibly valuable addition to any team.

Benjamin FornarinoProduct Principal at Bigg & Ogleigh

Japh has combined his knowledge, passion, skill and expressiveness in every working adventure that we’ve shared so far. He is a clear and compelling voice for his colleagues, communities of interest, and the broad industry.

Japh was a founding member of the Envato Studio WordPress team and generously shared his time and effort to deliver excellent work for his customers and to help shape the vision for our product and community. Thanks Japh, I know that our paths will continue to cross.

Troy DeanHelping Digital Agency Owners Scale & Get Control | CEO at Agency Mavericks

Japh does an outstanding job of managing many different stakeholders and the varying agendas related to the WordPress web design community. He has excellent diplomacy skills and is possibly one of the politest people I have ever met. His technical knowledge is second to none and his people skills are excellent – this combination makes him a rare gem. I’m looking forward to continuing my business relationship with Japh in the years to come.

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