I’m 30something and live in Bromsgrove (UK).
I enjoy most forms of exercise, in particular hockey, running and cycling.
I have three children – Rowan, Anya and Ella
The rest of this page is just a listing of what I’ve done in my life. Sometimes I update it, but don’t hold your breath.
I attended Presteigne Primary School…… I can’t think of much to say about this time of my life… I tended to play in mud and get quite dirty when not in school.
From 1992 to 1997
I attended boarding school () in Brecon (South Wales, UK). While there I achieved three A grade A-levels in Chemistry, Maths and Biology along with an S level pass in Chemistry. Along with things like CCF Duke of Edinburgh etc.
I started University in, doing a degree in Agriculture and Business which I had chosen mostly because I didn’t, at that time, know what I wanted to do; and due to my background it was an easy step for me to make.
I restarted University, to study Software Engineering (BEng).
July 2000 to August 2001 (Working for Compaq)
I worked forin Reading, on my Industrial placement year (part of my degree). To summarise, I worked for the Engineering Competency Team, part of the 150 strong Telecommunications Integration Service (TIS) practice. I provided technical support and traning primarily for ClearCase and ClearQuest ( ClearCase is a version control system, and ClearQuest is a defect tracking system. )
June 2001 – Holiday in Turkey
I’ll avoid a long description of it here, suffice to say it was quite good, apart from the problems with the plane, restaurant waiters and being unable to find any non-English food to eat.
August 2001 – Marriage
On the 4th of August 2001, I married Katherine (nee Pengelly) … in Aberystwyth’s Registrar’s Office.
July 2002 – Employment begins
July 1st marked the start of my employment “career”, working as a Research Associate for UWA.
My employment with UWA lasted until the end of May 2003 when my contract ran out, and Katherine and I decided to move to Birmingham.
While working for UWA I created a PHP Bioinformatics web application as well as helping develop an online virtual learning environment (see) using J2EE, SQL and various other bits and pieces which formed the basis of a spin out company from the University which we were involved with until approx June 2003.
June 2002 – First House
On the 29th June 2002 we moved into our first house (121 Heol Tyn-y-Fron, Aberystwyth), where we lived for about 12 months before moving to stay briefly in Harborne (84 Wisley Way, B32 2JU) until we bought a house in Bloxwich (near Walsall).
July 2002 – Openminds
I worked forfrom July 2003 to the end of September 2004, where I acted as a Technical consultant for High Availability solutions (laymans terms: if one computer dies, another takes over from it).
I gained an indepth knowledge ofLifeKeeper, , and various enterprise class distributions of Linux. I revamped their website, setup Google adwords for the site (which became the primary channel for sales), gave a few training courses on Linux (systems administration, apache, tomcat etc) and gained LPIC level 1 certification.
October 2004 – Janurary 2006 : Clockwork Software Systems
I moved to work with Clockwork Software with the intention of doing more software development, broaden my horizons and be more involved with Linux and Open Source in general.
While working for Clockwork I was responsible for general systems administration (Linux), deployment of a Linux desktop to a nationwide customer (300+ PCs), support, documentation, quoting, website redesign, PHP training and programming (php, python, perl, shell)
January 2006 – December 2006
Katherine had previously setup Pale Purple Ltd and had gradually built up a customer base. I joined in January 2006 after running out of evening/weekend time.
Pale Purple quickly grew and moved offices a few times.
Finally, we moved house to Bromsgrove, leaving behind Wonderful Walsall.
Rowan is born (20th Jan).
Katherine and I separate…
Completed my first marathon (Shakespeare – Stratford Marathon in 3 hours 35 minutes… )
Anya Rose Goodwin, my daughter was born – see here
Move to work full time for 29degrees/Grafenia/Printing.com.
Ella (baby #3) was born 1st May 2015.