Hello!

I am a systems administrator/site reliability engineer, currently working at Bashton Ltd in Bristol. I have previously worked for a wide variety of organisations including MixRadio in Bristol, and eCommerce flash sales company Secret Sales and financial software house TIM Group in London.

Agile & DevOps

More recently I have been immersed in the worlds of Agile and DevOps, and love both! I’m passionate about efficiency, and believe that both of these cultures can drive teams forward and enable organisations to work smarter.

Technologist

Although I am a great believer in Free Software and wholeheartedly support open source development, in reality I’m more of a generalist and am comfortable working with and supporting a wide range of technologies, from Microsoft Exchange to Apache, from PHP to Tomcat, from vSphere to AWS.

I have written a number of Puppet modules and open source tools for a variety of purposes, all of which are available on my GitHub. I’m an active (where time permits) contributor to the ServerFault Stack Exchange community.

In the past I have been a PC performance enthusiast, my pride and joy years ago was a liquid-cooled monster (Intel Q6600 overclocked to 3.6GHz). Sadly I no longer require a hugely powerful computer and this PC has retired in favour of a MacBook Pro, but I still try to keep up with the latest PC hardware developments when time permits.

Musician & Audiophile

Music has played a monumental role in my life for many years. I own two bass guitars and have dabbled in recording and live sound engineering while at school and college, as well as being an active member of the stage crew for local amateur dramatic societies from an early age.

My music tastes vary wildly, from old-school heavy metal, through more commercial power metal and classic rock and all the way to musical theatre and modern classical.