I qualified as a teacher after a degree in maths, and then taught for 2 years in a large comprehensive school, which I loved. I wanted to try working in the real world before settling down to a lifelong teaching career.. but once I’d left the school environment, I found all sorts of other things I wanted to try.
I worked in IT in both the private and public sectors for the next 11 years as a software developer, technical support consultant and database consultant. After the birth of my second son, and as my new-millennium resolution, I decided to try and develop a much more flexible career. Web design seemed the ideal choice – it was new, exciting and creative. Best of all, I could easily work from home.
Fast forward to now and I have a thriving business creating websites for local small businesses and freelancers. I also have a high-profile role in medical data management for a scientific group based at University College London.
BSc Honours Mathematics (University of Southampton, 1985)
PGCE Mathematics (University of Southampton, 1986)
MSc Information Technology (University College London, 1989)
Advanced CSS (Webcredible, 2013)
Advanced Microsoft Access (Best STL, 2014)
Responsive Design (Web Design Academy, 2015)
Of course, it is possible nowadays to teach yourself a multitude of technical skills using materials freely available on the internet. I do this all the time as and when I need to. The courses shown above are the official teacher-led classroom courses I have attended.
I live in Teddington with my partner Bill, our 2 sons, 2 cats and a dog. I am normally to be found doing one of my two passions .. cycling or singing.