About Me

About MeHi I’m Mark and I’m a web developer that focuses on optimised custom WordPress and PHP development.

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 with some great organisations and with some amazing people over the past two decades (can’t believe how quickly that milestone arrived).

I have a diverse technical skillset. In essence, though, I’ve worked with PHP and WordPress for over a decade now and tend to specialise in customisation and optimisation of WordPress installs. If you’d like to get a flavour for what I can do please check out my skillset and CV.

I’ve worked with all sizes of website, from SME/lifestyle business brochure sites through to fully international, transactional high availability offerings. I also have a good amount of experience working within Government teams.

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. A key personal driver is to help those that I manage to improve and develop their mindsets and skillsets a notch or three. It’s why I got involved with organising LeedsJS (formerly NodeUpNorth), a few years back, helping to grow the group to over 100 members.

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

Current role

I’m currently engaged, full time, with Smart Insights as their lead developer.

Don’t let the job title fool you; I actually lead on the delivery of the digital platforms that Smart Insights utilises. So I’m responsible for its uptime as well as what goes on to it and talks to it. I manage a small design and development team and help to define the technical strategy for the platform and the business’ requirements.

Away from the day job

I’m a Formula 1 fan and a reader of sci-fi and modern crime fiction. I love live music so get to as many gigs as I can. Twice a year, I like to get 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 am taking on select projects, primarily these are new hosting clients and smaller projects or maintenance work.

Image courtesy of Jonathan Wootton.