I’m a middle aged guy, married with two kids, who grew up in South Devon.
I worked my way through University in London working for British Aerospace in Bristol learning all about electronics.
Then I followed my true passion becoming a freelance software developer. Based in London, I wrote trading software for banks in London, France, Germany, Switzerland, New York and Tokyo.
In 1994 I met Debra, within a year we’d moved in together in London, and after 6 years together we got married. A few years later, our boys Joe and Matt were born, and we realised we hankered for the seaside rural lifestyle for our boys the we had both grown up with. So after a few years of saving and planning, we moved back to Devon.
I switched from writing trading software to doing lots of contracting and consulting all over the the South of England until, in 2015, I finally settled down and took the role of Head of Engineering at Maistro Plc based in Exeter. We have a great team in the Tech dept, and with the company receiving 2 new oversubscribed rounds of funding and an entirely new board in 2017, we have a very exciting future in front us.
As for me personally – I do absolutely love writing software (have since I was 11 years old), and I’m fascinated by electronics, robotics, rocketry, asteroid mining, 3d printing, nano-technology, sci-fi and most other classically ‘geeky’ things, but that’s just me. I embrace my inner geek.
Ethically and politically I don’t have a strong affiliation with any particular party. But I do believe strongly in:
- …being courteous and respectful,
- …shopping locally (and nurturing local communities),
- …working & earning by creating value in other peoples lives,
- …doing something to make it right rather than moaning about it being wrong,
- …saving up before I buy things,
- …assuming other people are well intentioned, but being prepared in case they aren’t,
- …investing in the future
I support Cancer Research UK, because they fund research based upon the impact cancer has on peoples lives, rather than how much profit a potential treatment can make. But for me it goes beyond that. Much of what is researched in Cancer is really about better understanding our body’s fundamental cellular mechanisms. Technical leap in that will transform medicine in almost every respect. So for me, it’s the best balance between reducing people’s suffering in the near term, whilst laying the foundation for changing billions of peoples lives in the long-term.
And don’t even get me started on how Cancer Research is currently the best first step to mastering nano-technology and hence transforming the human-race as a whole (find out more about the Foresight Institute and K. Eric Drexler if nano-technology interests you!)