About

database architect by day

In my day job, I work for a FTSE100 company as a database architect, responsible for designing, building, and maintaining databases and SQL Server instances on a number of tin-, VM-, and cloud-based environments. I’m learning other technologies as we work to move into OpenShift containers.

hacker, geek, FLOSS advocate

I have been looking for ways to give back to the hacker community for many years. I took part in Hacktoberfest in 2017 and 2019, and attended OggCamp in 2014, 2018 and 2019.

musician, podcaster, voice artist

As a musician, I’m a bit of a multi-instrumentalist – many instruments, master of none. I play – with varying degrees of competence – drums, piano, and bass. I’m the drummer in a covers band in my local area. I’ve also been known to sing.

As a podcaster, I’ve been podcasting for over 11 years. My main show is The Bugcast, a music and chat show which is streamed live every week. I also contribute to a number of other podcasts.

There’s not much going on with voice artistry, but if you need any voice work doing, let me know.

husband, father of three

I’ve been married to Caroline for nearly 19 years, and we have 3 utterly gorgeous children: Amy (14), Cara (12), and Alex (6). We live in a small mining village in South Yorkshire, UK.

coffee snob

I am most definitely a coffee snob. I own and use regularly a Nespresso machine, and I’m always on top of the special- and limited-editions they put out regularly. I really appreciate the different tastes, aftertastes, and mouthfeels of a good cup of coffee which – of course – has to be taken without any additions. No milk, no sugar.

I don’t do instant coffee (with one exception).

currently doing stuff

What am I doing /now?


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