About Me

Hi I’m Mark and I’m a freelance solutions architect and WordPress/PHP web developer of some vintage.

Here’s where I’m supposed to wax lyrical about my ninja coding skills, charity work and how I love soft, fluffy animals, but that’s not really my style… with me what you see is what you get.

I’m hard-working and have been around a bit so I know a thing or two about all aspects of delivering web solutions. I’ve been fortunate enough to work for some great organisations and with some amazing people over the past two decades (can’t believe how quickly that milestone arrived).

If you’d like to get a flavour for what I can do please check out my skillset and CV.

I’ve held managerial/owner positions for most of the last decade, so know about being self-motivated and taking responsibility. I’d like to think I’m a self-starter, whatever that really means, and have always been keen to enable others to progress. One of my key personal drivers at my last permanent role was to move everyones’ skill sets on a notch or three. It’s why I got involved with organising LeedsJS (formerly NodeUpNorth) helping to grow the group to over 100 members.

I recently spent a couple of years working with multi-national recruiter, Aquent, as part of their technical interviewer team. This entailed speaking to candidates across the globe assessing their front end and WordPress skills then producing reports for Aquent’s talent agents.

Away from the day job

I’m a Formula 1 fan and a reader of sci-fi  and modern crime fiction. Love live music and getting away from it all in the wilderness of Wester Ross in the Highlands of Scotland. I’m also a part time photographer covering a range of styles from headshots, commercial (stock, PR and editorial), creative fashion and fine art through to landscapes.

Current availability

I’m currently set to be free for new full time contracts from 18th December 2017.

I’m actively undertaking new side projects/maintenance jobs right now. Do get in touch if you need a hand clearing bugs, issues or need an extra pair of eyes or hands.

 

 

Image courtesy of Jonathan Wootton