About Alicia

web developer | scientist | entrepreneur 

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Alicia Thornthwaite is a Front end web developer, former scientist and entrepreneur

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Alicia was chosen to complete the Google Udacity Nanodegree course with a full scholarship. My knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript (jQuery, React, Ember)  NodeJS and PHP, allowing me to freelance helping small businesses with their WordPress and Shopify sites through my small business Thornthwaite Design.

I have two degrees in Forensic Science. BSc (Hons) with First Class Honours and MSc with Merit. In the past I worked with both Gas and Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry technology in drug surveillance: HPLC, GCMS and LCMS as well as NMR. I’ve worked at Kings College, London, the University of Cambridge and LGC (previously Horse racing Forensic Laboratory.

 I created AfroDeity Ltd which was founded to help small farmers in the Caribbean by bringing healing oils and butters to a new receptive UK audience. Alicia also created a new product line the Luxury ‘Joliette’ Collection made from oils and butters inspired by the Caribbean in honour of my mother.


I lived and worked in several countries. At sixteen, I was one of two students chosen to go to Ivy League Brown University to study Vertebrate Morphology and Physiology as part of a taster course for Young Aspiring People.

I later lived in Madrid, Spain for two years studying for a degree in Organic Chemistry and worked as an English Language tutor.

I transferred to Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge to continue my passion for Forensic Toxicology and achieved First Class Honours. I was also awarded a prize for my undergraduate thesis by the Forensic Science Service. I also worked part time in the university language centre.

I went to work as a Drugs Analyst at Kings College London and during this time analysed samples from the Olympics and many major sporting events.

I moved back to Cambridgeshire and continued to work in Drug Surveillance at the HorseRacing Forensic Laboratory. I completed my masters degree with Merit, whilst working full time. My main research was in canine toxicology and doping.

Web Developer

My stack includes HTML5, CSS including Bootstrap and Flexbox, Javascript E6 with Frameworks: React and Angular, Testing Software like Jasmine, Ecommerce platforms like Shopify’s Liquid and limited experience with NodeJS and Express JS.


What my clients say

Alicia did a wonderful job, really responsive and dealt with all the issues I needed help with - and more. Really went above and beyond and I look forwrad to working with her again. Definitely recommend.
Mrs. L.C.
Pretty Athletic
Alicia went over, above and beyond my exception nothing was too much for her to do. Her expertise knows no boundaries. I will definitely use her again and again and again. I recommend her highly. I am extremely happy with her work
Paul J.
Purely Natural
Alicia was amazing. I am so happy I found you. Alicia understood everything even before I sent the instructions to her, so easy to deal with. Just on Point each time. So reliable and trustworthy. Thank you
Jadzia S.
Alicia is a star! We're delighted with the website she created. She also has the patience of a saint - she put up with our non-techy ramblings and was always available to make changes and when Facebook decided to lock our account was invaluable in getting it going again. We highly recommend her services.
Nothing is too much trouble for Alicia. She is a brilliant developer and has made my site look so much more professional. I would happily recommend her to anyone looking to update their site.
Karin G.
Can't speak highly enough of Alicia, works fast, great communication, understood the project quickly, delivered exactly as expected. Thank you!
Tom W.
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