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Hello world.

I’m Simon Dickson. Director, Platform Services (Europe). King of various Mountains. But usually just Dad.

I was born and raised in Northern Ireland; but the 1970s and 80s were not happy times in my homeland, and I knew from an early age that I wasn’t going to hang around. I moved to England to go to university; and I never really went back.

Living in England has unquestionably made me feel all the more Irish, as you’ll immediately see on any rugby weekend or Eurovision night.

My career found me. I was literally in the right place at the right time to become a website specialist. I’ve worked for Sky News, Microsoft and various arms of Her Majesty’s Government – long before that became fashionable.

I first started working with WordPress, the software behind this very website, in 2007; and it’s been occupying my working hours ever since. I now work on the VIP team at Automattic, helping large-scale news publishers and enterprises get their heads around the idea of a personal publishing platform running at a global level.

You might also have seen me on-stage at WordCamp Europe, the annual gathering of the WordPress community each June.

My passion in life is cycling. I spend most dry lunchtimes on two wheels, hunting down Strava KOMs; and most wet lunchtimes on the rollers or the turbo.

I particularly love to ride the track: indoors whenever the opportunity arises, but more often, outdoors at Reading.

I finished close enough to the front enough times to win the Reading Track League B Division in 2018, earning my 3rd Cat racing license in the process, and I’m ranked in the top ten of Irish track sprinters at Masters level. I’m looking forward to my next milestone birthday, and the move up to the next age group.