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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 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 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.