My background

After my maths degree, I qualified as a teacher and then taught for 2 years in a progressive mixed ability comprehensive school.  Although I loved teaching,   I thought it was important to work in the real world before settling down to a lifelong teaching career.  However, once I’d left the school environment, I found all sorts of other opportunities and ended up never going back.

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 am also data manager for a scientific group based at University College London.

Qualifications

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 now possible to teach yourself a multitude of technical skills using materials freely and/or very cheaply available on the internet. I do this all the time as and when I need to and none of that is listed here. The courses shown above are the official teacher-led classroom courses I have attended.

Non-work

I live in Teddington with my partner Bill, our 2 sons, 2 cats and a dog.  I spend most of my free time cycling or singing.