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Hello world.

I'm Simon Dickson. I've worked in media, politics, government and technology over the last 25 years. People used to think it was a curious career path.

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 like many in my generation, I stayed.

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 has occupied my working hours for the last dozen years.

I was a solo consultant… then an agency co-founder… then, having sold my business to WordPress ‘foster parent’ company Automattic, I worked on the VIP team, bringing large-scale sites and clients to WordPress, and helping to expand the global partner ecosystem.

I left the company in May 2020, to seek fresh challenges and refreshed motivation.

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 in the top ten of Irish track sprinters over the age of 40. I have big plans for when I move up to the next age group.