Born in Scotland, raised in New Zealand and now based in Ireland. I've been building, playing and doing stuff on the internet since the late 1990s. And yes, my accent is a little weird.
Since those halcyon days of Internet Explorer 3, Netscape 2 and six digit ICQ UINs. I've been fortunate enough to work on projects that have run the gamut of big and small, complex to simple. Always with a focus on good design, intuitive UI and delivering value to the person using said system.
Back in the day I wrote an article for a list apart. Contributed to the making-up of web development standards for the New Zealand Government. And helped run a successful web design blog/community/thing.
At the BBC and Al Jazeera, I had the privilege of working with some of the finest people in my career. Serving a time-poor, illiterate audience that has zero filter - children.
This lead me to do a masters thesis on "The use of security mechanisms to authenticate and verify social connections for mobile games and applications aimed at children under 13". I also jumped on the "Certification Bandwagon" and am a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (IAPP CIPP/E) and an AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate & Professional).
Sure, I've lead "remote first" teams delivering API driven platforms on AWS and Azure. I even architected a content management platform that hosted over thirty brands, localised in seventy international markets, supporting over thirty languages to power hundreds of campaigns visited by millions of consumers for the world’s second-largest wine and spirits seller.
But, I also once built a soundboard of a local weather presenter to play a prank. So swings and roundabouts.
In my spare time I run a couple of "micro-SaaSs", one to help organisations comply with GDPR, and the other is a better way for teams to align business value with their service catalogue