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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.
Pic: Donncha Ó Caoimh

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.

Pic: Stephen McLeod Blythe

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 ever since.

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. Having taken a few months off to support my family through the disruption of a global pandemic, I returned to consultancy in March 2021, offering my services as a Product-Owner-for-hire through a new company, Tintou.

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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 (non-Covid years). I have big plans for when I move up to the next age group.