I’m 40 something 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.
Changed degree to Software Engineering (BEng).
August 2001 – Marriage
On the 4th of August 2001, I married Katherine (nee Pengelly) … in Aberystwyth’s Registrar 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.
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 – January 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 distributed+ 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.
Rowan was born (20th Jan).
Katherine and I separate…
Completed my first marathon (Shakespeare – Stratford Marathon in 3 hours 35 minutes… )
Anya was born – see here
Moved house. This might remind me when it happened when I’m next asked to fill in a form asking how long I’ve lived here.
I became tired of running my own business (managing people, sales/marketing etc) so wound down Pale Purple.
Moved to work full time for 29degrees/Grafenia/Printing.com, producing their w3pcloud hosting environment (LXC containers, AWS) along with bespoke PHP development for internal projects.
Ella born 1st May 2015.
Started working at Orlo, as a backend PHP developer with perhaps a little DevOps and developer management mixed in.
I’ve helped scale the platform, maintain the software (e.g. static analysis, unit tests, new features), moved our hosting from Rackspace to AWS, introduced Kubernetes (internal microservices) and a bit more.
Welcome Pickle! Woof woof!
Move house again (this one a garden big enough for the dog, and the children get their own bedrooms). I no longer have a garden office/shed thing to work from.
I do at least get a faster internet (thanks BT fibre)
Think of Christmas?
Buy fancy Christmas tree lights
Moan about the weather / price of gas / price of electricity / price of anything …
I used to enjoy running, but find I struggle to find the time for it (and the dog doesn’t seem to like being dragged along by me). So at the moment Pickle and I walk around most of Bromsgrove most days.
Previous records / maps etc may be viewable at (if these links still work?)