Well hi there, it’s nice to meet you!
Here’s the part of my site where I introduce myself to you on a more personal level. If you’re anything like me, then this might be the most important page for you. When I choose to work with someone, I want to know that they have good skills but more importantly that they are also a decent person who I can collaborate with and trust.
So I’ll start with some basic stuff. I’m Bristol based and have lived in the city since 2001 when I came to Bristol University to do a BSc in Computer Science.
I’m from Cardiff originally and after all this time I’m afraid that all hints of my welsh accent are truly gone. Apart from when I’ve had a few too many to drink, then my speech gets all sing-songy again and if you listen carefully you can tell by how I roll my ‘r’s!
Ever since I was a teenager I have been interested in computers and programming. I wrote a story all about my journey in programming and how professionally I’ve got to where I am today for DevelopMe who I do most of my WordPress instructing with.
Aside from coding and tech roles, I worked at the Environment Agency, in a variety of project, programme and portfolio mangement roles for 8 years. It’s safe to say I know a thing or two about managing projects and spreadsheets.
If you’re interested in seeing my CV, check my LinkedIn profile which is always kept up to date.
I love nature and sports
Most people that meet me socially are often surprised by what I do for a living, as I truly love being outside in nature doing something active. It is actually very difficult to find a picture of me taken indoors!
When I’m not at my computer, and please don’t get the wrong impression I totally love what I do, I adore being a web developer, I enjoy gardening, running, cycling, or going for a walk with my partner Nick and our dog Lili.
But if I had to pick one passion above all others, it would be snowboarding and being in the mountains. I absolutely love snow and whooshing down mountains with a plank of wood strapped to my feet. There is nothing at all like it and if you want to get me talking non-stop about something, just ask me about snowboarding.
I do a lot of voluntary work within the WordPress community, especially in Bristol. I do it because it’s my way of saying thank-you to all the lovely people who have contributed to WordPress’s open source code base or who have freely shared their knowledge with me, and others, over the years.
Bristol WordPress people
I co-organise the Bristol WordPress People, which is a free monthly meet-up in Bristol. We arrange talks that appeal to all experience levels in all the different disciplines that might you find using or working with WordPress: developers, designers, user experience specialists, SEOers, marketers, bloggers and business owners.
Bristol WordCamp 2019
I was the co-lead for WordCamp Bristol 2019, which took place between the 17th and 19th May. It consisted of a Contributor day on the 17th and then a two-day conference of talks on Saturday 18th May and Sunday 19th May. We had a diverse array of speakers covering a wide breadth of topics and around 220 attendees in total. It was a great success and I am very proud to have heped make it all happen.
That’s enough about me, tell me about you!
Well hopefully that’s given you a bit of a flavour about me and the kind of person I am. Please reach out, get in touch and let’s have a chat about how we might work together.