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.
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.