Work & Study

Ashley is very ambitious and has set his sights high in the world of retail. Currently managing the Groceries Online department of Sainsbury’s in Bath, he hopes to progress into senior management within the company.


Ashley’s first ‘real’ job was as an Activity Instructor with Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre in the New Forest. As a qualified instructor in archery, air rifle, high ropes, climbing and other activities, he was responsible for running activity sessions with all age-groups and all abilities, in all weathers. Ashley’s role also included some house-keeping, administration, maintenance, and duty management responsibilities. In April 2014, Ashley took part in Credit Suisse‘s Spring Insight programme within their Technology division.

In November 2015, Ashley joined Sainsbury’s as a part-time colleague in the Customer Service department. Within a few months, he was trained and competent on all areas of the front-end. In mid-2016, Ashley increased his hours in order to take a more substantial and permanent role within the company, including in a supervisory capacity. In addition to his normal role, Ashley has taken an active part in supporting his store and the company, including volunteering to cover at other stores when needed.

After successfully completing the first of the company’s talent development programmes, Ashley became a Team Leader in the Groceries Online department of Sainsbury’s in April 2017. In March 2018, Ashley was moved to support the manager of the newly combined Fresh and Produce department in-store, again as a Team Leader. Within these roles, he was responsible for coaching colleagues, keeping the department safe and legal, deputising in the absence of the department manager and playing his part in making sure our customers receive the best possible shopping with us.

Following a restructure in 2018, Ashley was promoted again to the role of 4S Customer and Trading Manager – Online, gaining 42 direct reports and securing his first corporate management position. As well as the normal duties of a manager, in his first few months, Ashley was required to engage all his colleagues in an extensive programme of changes, including formal individual consultation for a colleague contract change.

University Study

Ashley withdrew in 2016 from studying MComp Computer Science at the University of Bath, after taking a year out for personal reasons. His first year saw him achieve a grade of Upper Second Class with 68.4%.

Within his studies, he successfully completed several projects including:

  • Building a replica of the game Mastermind in Python.
  • Building a maze game in Python, with built-in AI.
  • Designing and developing an equipment management system for a university society (team project).
  • Designing an inventory and order management system for a local business (team project).
  • Developing a program in OpenGL to display and translate different objects.

Whilst at university, Ashley has also contributed to the development of the department and its courses, and the university as a whole. This includes chairing the Department of Computer Science’s Staff/Student Liaison Committee (see testimonials page) and sitting on the department’s Learning, Teaching and Quality Committee (the main policy making committee for study in the department) through a time of great review of the curriculum. He also sat as a student representative on a review group for the Faculty of Science’s Teacher Development Fund.