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 let me share some info that will help you get a bit more of an idea about me, and will help you decide for yourself whether I would be the kind of person you would like to work with.
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.
I’ve been coding a long time
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. You can read it on Medium.
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 actally very difficult to find a picture of me taken indoors! The stereotype of a web developer is probably more along the lines of someone that might evaporate in a puff of smoke if they step outside. That definitely is not me!
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.
Voluntary and charity work
I have always been a big fan of charity and helping others. When I was fourteen, my first job was in my local Oxfam where I would go every Saturday morning to help organise the stock room. Anyone that knows me well, will know that I absolutely love organising and tidying things, so for me it was a great job and something I loved giving my time to.
I have also organised my fair share of bake sales over the years, and also cycled from London to Paris in 2013 to raise money for WaterAid. That was one of the hardest things I have ever done, as it rained relentlessly for the entire thing and I had five punctures in one day. Still I got there!
These days I do a lot of voluntary work within the WordPress community. I co-organise the Bristol WordPress meet-up and I am co-lead for WordCamp Bristol 2019, happening between the 17th and 19th May.
I love sharing knowledge with others and helping to empower people to do things they never thought they could do. Tech still has a lot of barriers around it, and dare I say a lot of arrogance from some quarters who like to befuddle and bemuse others with tech speak. I am passionate about helping others grow in confidence and surprise themselves.
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 I may be able to help you.