Professional specialities

  • using the Drupal and Backdrop content-management systems to design websites which comply with web standards, are responsive to different screen sizes and devices, and get ranked well by Google

Passionate specialities

  • displaying information on interactive maps
  • the Drupal and Backdrop CMS Views module
  • clarity, exactitude and the power of words to inform, persuade, delight and give pleasure - once an English teacher, always an English teacher?
  • literature, not least because it provides endless examples of personal development

Background

  • previously in France between 1998 and 2016, running a software and website development business
  • restorer of two traditional French farmhouses; custodian and guardian of their hedgerows, trees and surrounding meadows; curator of oak beams; weekend artisan in lime render and terracotta tiles
  • enjoying a full-time, freelance status as a software/web developer since 1994 - originally based in Brighton, UK - creating relational databases, multimedia systems elearning and consumer applications (in ToolBook and VB.NET), websites and CMS websites
  • shaped by the richness of having worked as an English teacher for 17 years (in London and East Sussex, UK): English, English as a foreign language, remediating specific language-learning difficulties (dyslexia)
  • 7 years as Head of an English department in a special school
  • graduate of education (University of Southampton) and post-grad study (University of London) in the psychology of human information-processing

Abiding challenge

  • after two careers framing other people's content, I am now freer to generate my own: this site bears witness to some aspects of that process