Gemma Leigh

Front-end web developer

I'm a London based front-end developer with over 12 years' experience. During the last two years I created and maintained a style guide for government services; viewed by over 30,000 people worldwide and replicated by other government guidance projects.

I'm very well-organised, hardworking and polite. I have a great eye for detail and I'm keen to keep learning new things.


Nov 2013 - Present - The Government Digital Service (GDS)

Senior front-end developer

I work within the agile multi-disciplinary Service Manual team, improving the guidance GDS produces for building digital services. Over the past six months, I have built and iterated a prototype for user research and built the production front-end for the new Service Manual.

I manage GOV.UK elements - a front-end style guide I created in 2014, which shows how to use GDS's existing tools to create a GOV.UK look and feel; with examples and code snippets to show best practice, the Sass for which is published as a package to npm.

I share a responsibility to maintain the GOV.UK front-end repositories - a Sass toolkit of variables and mixins, a GOV.UK-style template and a Node prototyping kit - used by designers across government.

I also spent six months working as lead front-end developer on GOV.UK Verify, the government's identity assurance programme.

2010 - 2013 - Little Digital Ltd

Director of a limited company providing freelance front-end services.

I freelanced for three years, working with Razorfish, Nation, Lean Mean Fighting Machine, With Associates, Ragged Edge Design and many more studios and agencies.

Highlights include development of front-end templates for Damien Hirst, Emirates Air-Line and Inside The Edit.

More detail on my project work during this period can be seen on LinkedIn:

2005 - 2010 - Poke London

Lead front-end web developer

Sole front-end developer on a number of large-scale projects, including Topshop, Alexander McQueen, Manchester City F.C. and Virgin Racing.

Development of microsites for Orange, Skype, EE and Yahoo!

Skills, tools and technologies


2001-2004, University of Sussex
BSc Multimedia and Digital Systems, 1:1 First Class Honours Degree


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CV last updated: February 2016